Setting Up Manufacturing

To convert material into produced end items, production resources, such as bills of material, routings, machine operators, and machinery must be set up in the system.

Operators and machines are represented in the system as machine centres that may be organised in work centres and work centre groups. When these resources are established, they can be loaded with operations according to the item's defined material (BOM) and process (routing) structure, and according to the capacity of the machine or work centre. You can also set the production capacity of each resource. Capacity is defined by the work time available in the machine and work centres, and is governed by calendars for each level. A work centre calendar specifies the working days or hours, shifts, holidays, and absence that determine the work centre's gross available capacity (typically measured in minutes). All of this is determined by defined efficiency and capacity values.

When you have set up manufacturing, you can plan and execute production orders. For more information, see Planning and Manufacturing.

The following table describes a sequence of tasks, with links to the topics that describe them.

To See
Configure the manufacturing features, such as defining shop floor work hours and selecting planning parameters. The Manufacturing Setup page.
On the Planning tab on the Manufacturing Setup page, set global planning parameters that override parameters set on individual item cards. Design Details: Planning Parameters
Define a standard working week in the manufacturing department in terms of starting and ending times of each work day and related work shift. Create Shop Calendars
Organise fixed values and requirements of production resources as work centres or machine centres to govern their output of production performed. Set Up Work Centres and Machine Centres
Organise production operations in the required order and assign them to work or machine centres with the required work times. Create Routings
Organise production components or subassemblies under a produced parent item and certify the BOM for execution at work centres. Create Production BOMs
Make sure that the right component quantity is available when produced items are stocked in one unit of measure but produced in another. Work With Manufacturing Batch Units of Measure
Define families of production items with similar manufacturing processes to save consumption. For example, four pieces of the same item can be produced from one sheet and 10 pieces of another, different, item at the same time. Work With Production Families
Use standard tasks to simplify the creation of routings by quickly attaching extra information to recurring operations. Set Up Standard Routing Lines
Prepare work centres and routings to represent subcontracted production operations. Subcontract Manufacturing

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