Note: This is an article for experienced M-Box users that choose to work with “Advanced Projects”. If you are not (yet) familiar with the functionality of Quick Jobs and Basic Projects, we recommend reading on that first.
To complete a project or sales order you may need to produce several different parts in different quantities. Each part can require a series of production steps, with their own program or work instruction, input material, and tools or fixtures. M-Box helps you organize the complete process with clear scheduling and file maintenance. This article explains how.
A project can have several Customer Orders. For example, if the customer orders multiple products or when there are repeat orders.
Every customer order is connected to a project.
Internal Order quantity (QTY) can be different from Customer Order QTY if you have some finished products in stock (for ex., from previous orders). By default, the system sets the Customer Order QTY as Internal Order QTY, but it may be changed at any time.
The system automatically tracks all time spent on Production Jobs and User Tasks connected to a Work Order. This is convenient for billing and cost price analysis.
Your company may start with a single Operational Department (for example: “Production”)
However, when you have different departments with their own managers and output responsibility, you follow your department structure.
In case you want to track (for example) efforts spent in Product Development work, you will issue Work Orders to an Operational Department “R&D”.
Simply said, every time a batch of (product) parts goes to a machine or workstation, a job is created. Jobs can be scheduled in the scheduling module. If connected to a smart card, the system will recognize the job as soon as the smart card is placed on the M-Box (even when the job was not pre-scheduled).
You may choose to produce a different quantity from the customer order:
Increase Safety stock
Reduce Consume redundant stock
Each customer order will normally be translated into an internal order. The product of the customer order and internal order are the same. By default, the system generates the internal order automatically in the same quantity as the customer order.
Production orders differ from internal orders when partial productions (sub-assemblies) are completed by different activity units. The finished parts of the production orders can be different from the product of the internal order, only one (final step) needs to be the same.
The (Operational) Departments in your company (each with its own supervisor or manager) will be held accountable for timely delivery on their assignments. The split-up of the Internal Order into different Work Orders lets you keep an overview of the progress of all the parts or process steps of the production.
You create a job for every time resource or work station activity. All jobs are scheduled individually, and their status and progress can be monitored in real time.
As you may have intermediate (semi-finished) parts in your factory, the production quantity for each job can be set individually.
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