We use clock #s on real people doing direct labor, so we can examine efficiency data on the people, the parts, other criteria.

We have a non-clock # for indirect labor (99999), and know to exclude that clock # from certain reports. This clock # is used when supervisors etc. temporarily help out somewhere.

Normal labor input is either machine or labor run time, with other codes available for setup, downtime functions, where for example the machine is being cleaned.

We altered the labor input screen, so instead of using letters for functions, it is all numeric input & the program converts to appropriate letter. This results in much faster data entry.

When labor is keyed in, if you leave the employee clock # unoccupied, you will get a TEAM screen, where you can key in list of people who worked on the same task, and BPCS should divide the time and effort between them, but we wrote a program to fix the math.

We found out about this by printing the help text, then mapping
"What the heck do you do to get to THAT screen?"

To All:

A client uses 2 sets of work centers for the same physical machine. One set
is for direct labor, the other for indirect labor.

The use of 2 work centers for the same physical machine causes problems in
both capacity reporting and shop order scheduling - capacity is doubled but
more importantly scheduling doubles up and schedules shop orders

The challenge the client is trying to overcome with this double work center
approach is avoiding a multiple on indirect labor

. an operator runs 3 machines in an eight hour shift - hours worked is
8, not 24.

. in the same work center an operator runs 2 machines in a 2nd eight
hour shift - hours worked is 8, not 16.

Disregarding the client's assumption having an operator monitor 3 machines
is indirect labor, how are you handling this multiple machines/1 operator
issue in your routings?

Roy Luce

Systems Plus - Midwest

Direct: 847-540-9635

800-913-PLUS (7587)

Cell: 847-910-0884

Email: rluce@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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