Using Queue Points in Abel’s Scheduling

Posted on 12.09.2013 by Rik

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Hi There, This is the next in our series of blogs on Abel’s features and what they can do for you.

Have you heard about Queue Points in Abel’s scheduling process? Queue Points cause Abel’s scheduling functionality to synchronize disparate activities to a point you define in the parent Bill of Materials (BOM). For example, you can use Queue Points to identify the same kind of external manufacture within several sub-BOMs and co-ordinate them to finish together at a point defined on the parent BOM.

Benefits of Queue Points

  • Queue Points help you schedule complex manufactures more efficiently by allowing you to easily synchronize specific activities from different sub-BOMs. For example, you can synchronize external manufactures (such as powder coating or granite cutting and polishing).
  • When you need to use your sub-BOMs both standalone and as part of larger manufactures, Queue Points allow you schedule your larger manufactures more economically and efficiently while still preserving the flow for standalone use of those same sub-BOMs.

How it Works

You can define your Queue Point in the parent BOM at a point where you want to synchronize a number of activities. Then set the Queue Point attribute for the activities in the sub-BOMs that you want to synchronize, giving them the same Queue Point identifier that you defined in the parent. This causes Abel’s scheduling functionality to schedule the specified activities at the Queue Point defined in the parent BOM, instead of where they fall in the sub-BOMs, and makes them all finish at the same time.


In this example, a manufacture of metal balustrades has two sub-BOMs, one for posts and one for panels each with an external manufacturing activity for powder coating and you want to ensure that both powder coating activities are scheduled at the same time to provide an efficient workflow between your factory and the external manufacturer who does your powder coating.

  • In the parent BOM, add an activity for Queue Point ‘A’ at the place where you want the external powder coating to happen.
  • In each of the two sub-BOMs, enter ‘A’ in the Queue Point attribute for the external powder coating activities that you want to synchronize. There is no need to move these activities.

Abel’s Scheduling functionality will look for all activities that have a Queue Point of ‘A’ and schedule them to happen at Queue Point ‘A’ defined in the parent, instead of where they fall in the sub-BOMs, and makes them finish at the same time. All the powder coating activities that you identified have been grouped to the same queue point for efficient management of the external manufacturing workflow with your powder coating supplier.

If you would like to know more about scheduling, or how queue points can help your business, please contact your Abel Consultant or Abel Distributor.

Until next time,