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This function is applied to define and maintain the method of manufacturing a specific item.  This is done by specifying the operations (also referred to as routing) required to do so.  It includes the operations to be performed, their sequence, the work centres involved and the standard setup and runtime for the individual operations stated as either elapsed time or time per piece.


Additional operation data includes, for example, the operation type, design responsibility, effectivity status and date, as well as scheduling and costing options.  This function is also applied to define and maintain the method of maintaining, a maintenance significant item by specifying operations to be performed when executing preventative or corrective maintenance tasks.


The function is applied to define both production operations as well as maintenance/repair operations and these are differentiated by the operation type and applied accordingly depending on the type of orders involved.

The function also allows for Contract/project specific operations where operations may vary in terms of set-up or run time, the work centres where the tasks are performed or where additional operations are added as per contract requirements and terms.

Routing sets can also be created in addition to the standard part operations. This is optional, but once an alternate routing set is activated, the standard part operations will have their 'active" status set in accordance with the active operations linked to the routing set.


The View Selection tab is applied to specify criteria that will impact on the resulting operations displayed for the selected part number.  View options includes operations types, work centres, operation effectivity date, the financial year rates to be applied for viewing operation costs and other criteria to obtain the desired view result.  Clicking on an operation in the list box will automatically open the "Operation Maintenance" tab and display the detail for the selected operation.


The Operation Maintenance tab is applied to add new operations and to maintain or delete existing operations.  Existing operations are displayed in the list box and the operation that needs to be changed or deleted must be selected in the list box.


To add a new operation, the operation number must be typed in the appropriate field or the "Copy Ops From Another Part" tab can be used to accomplish the addition of new operations.  The setting ECP Control Part Operations on System Configuration governs whether maintenance of part operations is subject to ECP control.  If so, the addition, deletion or changing of an operation will be subject to the existence of an approved engineering change proposal that needs to be specified before the transaction will be executed.


The Operation Copy tab is applied to copy part operations from a referenced part to the linked operations of the maintained part.  The available operations, of the referenced part, will be displayed in accordance with the view settings selected by the user.  The user selects one or more operations to be coped and clicks the "Add" button to link the selected operation(s).  The operation detail is copied exactly as defined for the referenced part and, should the user require performing changes to, for example, runtime, work centre, or other detail, this needs to be done via the "Operations Maintenance" tab.


Tab "External Operation Cost"

For part operations where the work centre has been identified as an External work centre the user can now add external operation costs.

The external operation can be performed by more than one supplier, therefore a record can be created for each supplier in terms of the supplier the buyer (Your company buyer) and the cost per unit.

This information will be used as defaults for External Order Operations.

The records are inserted to the table "Part Operations External"

User will be able to add, change and delete records.


Tab "Operation Attributes"

When a user clicks on an operation in the view selection tab and then clicks on the tab operation attributes all attributes linked to the operation in terms of resources required (i.e. Tools, Drawings and Manuals etc.), Skills required to perform this operation (i.e. Engineer or Artisan etc.) and the facilities where this operation can be performed (i.e. Workshop, Field Workshop or Original Manufacturers Workshop)


The tab "Linked Projects" is applied to obtain a list containing all the Projects for which part operations have already been linked for a selected part number. The list displays the project number (node), the project description and project manager.


The tab "Routing sets" contains 2 sub tabs that are applied to specify alternate production routings with linked operations and to activate a set as and when desired to become the active set of standard operations.