When a workcenter is not running a job, a new job can be dispatched to it. There are two ways jobs can be dispatched, from the performance dashboard and from the workcenter view. Jobs can only be dispatched to currently unscheduled workcenters unless the current job running is stopped.
In order to dispatch a job from the workcenter view, click on the "Start Job" button for the workcenter. Read more about the workcenter view here.
If the selected workstation is currently running a job or in setup, the current job will need to be stopped in order to start a new one. The Start Job screen will appear and allow you to dispatch a new job to this workcenter. Select when the job should stop and whether to start the job in setup or directly in production and the job will begin.
The Start Job screen:
- Search Bar - Allows the user to search for a job by name.
- Job Name - A unique descriptor to identify each job. When a job name is selected the user will have the option to start the job in setup, or start the job directly in production. Additionally, the user can click on the job name again to return to the job list and select a different job.
- Job Cycle Time - The amount of time each cycle is expected to take during this job.
- Expected Setup Time - The amount of time the workcenter is expected to be in setup status before moving the job into production.
- Close Button - Brings the user back to the workcenter view.
The second way jobs can be dispatched is directly from the performance dashboard. First, select the unscheduled (grey) workcenter you want to dispatch a job to, next select the "Start Job" button:
The "Start Job" prompt will appear on screen which contains the same information and functionality as above using a different interface.
Just as when a job is started from the workcenter view, jobs can be searched for by name and started in either setup or production. Additionally, when starting a job from the performance dashboard, jobs that are not already configured for the workcenter can be configured on the fly and dispatched to the machine. This configuration will then be saved for future dispatches of the same job to this workcenter.
Being able to start a job directly from the performance dashboard makes it much more efficient to start multiple jobs on multiple workcenters since the user does not need to open the individual workcenter view for each machine.