It is possible to process more than one Work Order simultaneously. This is especially useful when a Work Order needs to be completed in order for another Work Order to start. Instead of issuing each Work Order individually, Allocating Components and Receiving them and then closing the Work Order and then repeating for the next Work Order in the line and so on you can use the Batch Update feature.
In the example that follows we are putting together a DVD Box Set which includes two different DVDs in their case and a Collector's Booklet. Each of the DVD's is also the result of a separate Work Order combining the DVD itself with its case.
Creating the Work Order
In order to make the 'top-level' Box Set a usual Work Order is issued.
In case sub-assemblies are involved in this particular Work Order you are given the option to connect the initial Finished Good with the associated Wrok Orders and have them automatically created.
The connected Work Orders are associated with the Document Reference - see last column.
- Only products which are of type Manufactured from Work Order and which have no stock available have their Work Order created.
- If a product is identified as Buy from Supplier or Manufactured from Work Order and is included in a BoM a Work Order for it will be created (if stock is inadequate). In other words it will be considered to be of type Manufactured from Work Order. As such it is good practice to identify products either Manufactured from Work Order or Buy from Supplier and not Buy from Supplier or Manufactured from Work Order as long as the product type is known.
Batch Processing Associated Work Orders
You can manage each Work Order individually as usual or you can process them some or all of them in one go. Click on the ones you want to work on and click on Batch Update. A pop-up similar to the following appears.
You can decide from the drop down menus on the right how each of the Work Orders will progress. You can also drag and drop the Work Orders in the above list to indicate the order in which they will be executed. The order of execution is important as executing the top Work Orders may result in inadequate quantities for the bottom Work Orders - depending on the associated Bills Of Materials. The initial order they appear in is the one you clicked on them just before clicking on Batch Update in the previous step.
Clicking on the Batch Update will execute the selected options in the pop-up. You can do all the necessary processing here all the way to closing the final Work Order.
The combination of the above drop down menus along with the order of the Work Orders in the pop-up provides you with a very flexible and powerful tool to process your manufacturing workload very fast and without errors.