Group Similar Orders for Efficiency in the Plant…

Hi there, this is the latest in a series of blogs I am writing on Abel’s features and what they can do for you. Did you know about Abel’s ability to group similar orders into “Shop Orders”? This could really help you run your plant more efficiently.

What are Abel’s Shop Orders, I hear you ask? Shop Orders are an “umbrella” process used to track a complex manufacture or assembly process and bring all the sub-manufactures together so you can manage them more easily. They complement Abel’s standard scheduling capability and provide a powerful top down view of complex jobs, tying them together in a single view and showing the status of each.

  • You can use Shop Orders to manage complex manufactures for a single customer order line, and to split a large manufacturing run into lot sizes that your plant or equipment can handle. Read more about these uses for Shop Orders in our earlier blog: Abel’s Shop Orders and Scheduling Around a Constraint Work Center.
  • You can also use Shop Orders to group similar work for different customers to improve efficiency in the plant, which is the subject of this blog – so read on !!

Let’s say you are a marmalade manufacturer. You create a Shop Order to make a batch of un-labelled jars of Breakfast Marmalade – in your business this is a raw material that is used in other manufactures e.g. producing marmalade labelled for Ireland or Canada.

You have created a Shop Order for making the un-labelled marmalade and you want to find (and add to the Shop Order) any outstanding customer orders for labelled marmalade that include the same un-labelled marmalade as a raw material.

You can select existing plant documents from various sources (e.g. different customer orders) and add them to a Shop Order document.

You can search for documents that require that particular raw material:
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Then select the lines that you want to include in the Shop Order:
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The orders that you selected are added to the Shop Order. In this example, your production run of unlabelled marmalade is now grouped with four plant orders to produce labelled marmalade for different customers in Canada, Ireland, Australia and Japan.
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So that’s it in a nutshell. If you want to know more about Abel’s functionality and how it can help your business, please contact your Abel Consultant or an Abel Distributor.

Until next time.

Rik.

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