Working With Availability Groups and Work Time Schedules

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Benefit of Using Availability Groups and Work Time Schedules

WHY

M-Box gives the option to set very specific work time schedules for different resources (machines and work stations) in your operation. When using these work time schedules, it is easy to see if a resource is supposed to be productive and the notifications or alerts will not go out for stops outside working time.

When using work-time schedules that you can more accurately evaluate equipment and staff performance.

What Is 'Availability Group' and 'Work Time Schedule' in M-Box

WHAT

Schedules:

Work time schedule:
In your operation you may (depending on your order situation) need to work with different work schedules. For example:

  • 4x 6-hour shift for 6 days = 144 hours per week.
  • 3x 8-hour shift for 5 days (with breaks)  = 115 hours per week

The system allows a multitude of working schedules to be registered for each location.  

Holiday schedule:
Annual holidays can be easily scheduled into the system.

Availability groups:

Availability Groups are groups of resources that follow the same work time schedule. Different groups can follow different schedules. The system lets you easily create these availability groups to assign a work time schedule and multiple holiday schedules. 

The functionality allows easy switching between different schedules (for past and future dates).

Let’s have a look at the October schedule for the CNC machine availability group on location BPK:

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You can choose not to set any work time schedule. In that case the system assumes your resources are available 24/7. Also, any equipment that is not connected to a work time or holiday schedule that you have created is considered to be available around the clock. 

Tutorials

The tutorials that are available in the portal (check the suggestions on the bottom of this page) will guide you step by step through the process but for your convenience we present the main steps here. 

For the availability group (a group of machines that is active in the same work time schedule):

  • Select a work time schedule and set the starting date and time. The schedule is active from that moment onwards, until another schedule (set by you with later date or time) takes over. 
  • Previously used schedules are saved, so it is easy to go back in time and verify historical use of schedules for that specific availability group.

You can choose not to set any work time schedule. In that case the system assumes your resources are available 24/7. Also, any equipment that is not connected to a work time or holiday schedule that you have created is considered to be available around the clock. 

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Tutorials You May Want to Watch

Available Only for Active Users of Monitor-Box System

Organization >

  • How to create and configure availability groups
  • How to schedule holidays
  • How to create work time schedule
  • How to add shift to schedule
  • How to add period to shift

Equipment > 

  • Check availability groups equipment
  • Add equipment group
  • Add work schedule > Step 1. Create a new work schedule
  • Add work schedule > Step 2. Connect work schedule to equipment
  • Add work schedule > Step 3. Holidays