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  • Enhancements
    Several new enhancements were added to the workbenches for this release, as discussed in the following topics.
    Note: For Component Availability Check Browse Collection enhancements, see Component Availability Browse Collection.
    Intersite Requests
    A new Intersite Requests tab within the workbenches displays an intersite request panel with information for distribution requirements planning (DRP) intersite requests. DRP balances supply and demand for items transferred between sites. The transfer of demand from the site receiving the items (receiving or demand site) to the site supplying the items (shipping or supply site) is facilitated through the generation of intersite requests. DRP calculates distribution item requirements, generates intersite requests, and manages shipment schedules and transportation. Use the workbenches tab to review information to schedule items for the intersite requests.
    Holiday Calendar
    A new Holiday Calendar tab within the workbenches displays a Holiday Panel with data for holidays and other non-work days that apply to an entire site. This helps you schedule effectively.
    Holidays are days that no one works; the plant is shut down and no production is scheduled. Manufacturing orders are never due and operations are not scheduled on a holiday.
    Quick Find
    Within the MSW Schedule Grid, you can quickly find production order records by using a new Quick Find feature in the toolbar.
    Note: You can use this feature in the PSW, too; however, since the PSW displays a limited number of orders, the order may or may not be visible in the PSW. If the order is not visible in the PSW, you can switch to the MSW and find the order using the next/previous buttons.
    You can enter either numbers or text in the Quick Find feature. You can be at the site level, work center level, and so on. Once results display, click on the Next arrow (>) to go from find to find, one record at a time. For examples of criteria for the Quick Find search see the MSW chapter of User Guide: Planning and Scheduling Workbenches, version eB2.1 SP4-2012SE.
    In both the Schedule Grid and the Production Order Maintenance Panel, you can easily find items by:
    Order ID
    Sales Order
    User field 1 and 2 within the work order master table

    Quick-Find Feature
    Dynamic Forecast
    The system includes the ability to forecast dynamically in the Supply/Demand Panel when you select a new Include Forecast Demand option within the Display tab of the user preferences. You do not have to refresh your search data when you enable Forecast Demand in user preferences as the system includes the forecast demand within the total demand. When you disable Include Forecast Demand, you can still view the forecast demand.

    Dynamic Forecast Demand
    PSW Enhancements
    The following enhancements were made to the PSW:
    You can now view planned orders on PSW Production Order Browse, saving you hours of scheduling time as you can now mass-firm planned orders or directly take a planned order and schedule it on the PSW Sequence Grid. This avoids firming orders, a single order at a time on the MSW Grid.
    The right-hand grid in the PSW now lists production orders with a P(lanned) status.
    New Workbenches Fields
    The workbenches now include the following fields:
    Buyer/Planner data from the item master and detail records that display in the MSW Schedule Grid and PSW Sequence Grid.
    Part Type from the item master record displays on the MSW Schedule Grid and PSW Sequence Grid.
    Work Order Remarks and Order Type from work order master records displays on the PSW Sequence Grid.
    On the PSW Sequence Grid, you can use the Order Type data to keep from changing from repetitive orders to discrete orders when you have both discrete and repetitive on the same production line.
    The Component tab of Production Order Maintenance now includes the following fields:
    Pur/Man code from Item-Site Planning (1.4.17) records
    Item Type—a finished good, sub-assembly, component, or trade part —from Item Master Maintenance (1.4.1) records
    BOM Qty Per Value from Product Structure Maintenance (13.5) records
    Co-/By-Product Support
    The workbenches use the same co-/by-product features as those found in QAD EE. That is, you can manage joint sets through the workbenches, in addition to other QAD EA programs, such as Work Order Maintenance, Planned Production Order Approval, and others.
    Within the workbenches, you can:
    Display base process items, co-/by-product items, and co-/by-product orders on production lines.
    Note: The PSW only displays and sequences base process orders.
    Display co-/by-product items on work centers (MSW only).
    Display calculated CAC status for base process orders.
    Update due dates and depending on order status, optionally synchronize the updated dates across all orders in the set.
    Update quantities and depending on order status, optionally synchronize the updated quantity across all orders in the set.
    Set an option to automatically synchronize changes in order status and production line across the joint order set.
    You can use the new Order Relationships Tab within the Production Order Maintenance frame at the bottom of the workbenches to view order relationships as defined in production order sets. In the MSW Schedule Grid or PSW Sequence Grid, when you select a production line or work center and an item, the system displays all production order records for the selected item.
    When you select an item in the Schedule Grid and a production order in the Production Order Summary Panel that is part of a joint product structure, the Order Relationships Tab displays the related joint product set of work orders. This provides you with a view of the entire joint product work order set, regardless of whether you selected a base process, co-product, or by-product item/order in the Schedule Grid or Production Order Summary Panel.
    For more information on co-/by-product scheduling within the workbenches, see User Guide: Planning and Scheduling Workbenches for version eB2.1 SP4-SE 2012. To find the user guide, see Finding User Documentation.

    Order Relationship Panel
    EAM Support
    The Planning and Scheduling Workbenches are integrated with QAD Enterprise Asset Management (EAM).
    EAM provides supply chain management solutions for project accounting, plant maintenance, repair, and operation, including inventory and purchasing. EAM is integrated with the Manufacturing and Financial modules in QAD ERP, too. Using EAM, you can create entries that describe individual pieces of equipment with assigned attributes, then create repair orders that reference the equipment entries. These work orders also contain information about how long the equipment is down. It is this aspect of EAM that constitutes the bulk of the interaction with the Planning and Scheduling Workbenches.
    Within the Planning and Scheduling Workbenches, you can see information about planned/preventive maintenance work that is scheduled in EAM. Since EAM manages your organization’s physical assets by maximizing manufacturing equipment use and minimizing repair costs, you can see EAM orders within a new EAM Repair Orders tab that displays at the bottom of the workbenches. You also can see that an order is an EAM order as well as the status of the order by an icon that displays in the Schedule Grid.
    Reverting Production Order Changes
    This release provides the ability to undo all changes made to a production order. This feature is useful when you accidentally make a change to a production order or when you decide that the resulting effect on the schedule is not as expected or wanted. You can undo all changes to a production order as long as you have not saved your data.
    CAC Internal Performance Improvements
    Internal performance improvements were made to the CAC calculation function, including reduced message sizes sent to/from the server and internal improvements to the CAC calculation engine.
    New CAC Chunksize Field in User Preferences
    You can now specify a CAC chunk size in the Component Availability tab of the User Preferences. In the CAC Chunksize field, you specify a number that represents the number of work order component detail records that are sent in each call to the server; see New CAC User Preferences.
    Single, large CAC calculation server calls that take more than five minutes can result in timeout problems when running over a wide-area network (WAN) or using the OpenEdge AppServer Internet Adapter. The ability to divide a single large, long-running CAC calculation server call into a number of smaller and shorter server calls shortens the processing time per call and avoids timeout problems.
    When you set CAC Chunksize to a non-zero value, this indicates the maximum number of work order component detail records that the system sends in each call to the Appserver.
    When you set CAC Chunksize to 0 (zero), chunking is disabled and the system sends all work order component detail records in one call to the Appserver.
    New CAC Work Order Status Selection User Preferences
    You can now select a particular order status to be included in the CAC calculation in the Component Availability tab of the User Preferences; see New CAC User Preferences.
    Selecting an order status reduces the number of work orders for which CAC is calculated, thereby reducing the overall calculation time. You can select from the following statuses:
    The system calculates CAC status for the specified order types only. The system does not calculate orders with a status you did not select and sets the status of unselected orders to a CAC status of No Status.
    CAC User Preference Computation Method
    For workbenches-embedded component availability check user preferences, you can now indicate how and when CAC processes and calculates data. You can use the new Computation Method field when you select Preferences |Settings|Component Availabilty; see New CAC User Preferences.
    You can set the field to the following:
    None: CAC calculations do not occur during data search retrieval and save. Shortage Report and Production Order Maintenance Component Supply/Demand Summary and Detail windows are blank.
    On Search Save: CAC is enabled and calculations occur during data retrieval and save. Component status information displays in the Production Order Maintenance tab, the order component list panel, the Component Supply/Demand Summary and Details Panels, and the Shortage Report
    Dynamic: CAC processes dynamically and on-demand for only the items you select on the workbenches. CAC does not process during search and save functions as background processing on all orders in the horizon.
    The Dynamic option is useful when you may only schedule a few dozen items and work orders; otherwise, when On Search Save is selected, the system can perform CAC calculations for a number of work order and components which can increase the data retrieval time. When you select a new row/item before CAC processing completes on a prior row/item, the system cancels the prior row/item CAC.

    New CAC User Preferences