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Shipping Route - Properties

Shipping Route Properties     Shipping Route Description - Title of the shipping route, must be unique among the shipping routes. Join with Assembly Option - When the shipping route is assigned to an accessory part with the accessory load tracking option checked this field is used to determine if/when the weight of the accessory should be included in the shipping weight of the assembly.  If the Jobsite destination is in the shipping route then this option must be set to None, since the accessory will have already been shipped to the jobsite.         None - The weight of the accessory is not
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  • Shipping Route
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Shipping Routes - Maintenance

There are global shipping routes as well as job-specific shipping routes.  When a job is created it starts with a copy of the global shipping routes and then can be changed as necessary. Shipping Route Maintenance   The Shipping Route Maintenance window:   New - Opens the shipping route properties screen in insert mode. Copy - Opens the shipping route properties screen in insert mode, starting with a copy of the selected shipping route. Properties - Opens the shipping route properties screen in edit mode. Delete - Deletes the selected shipping route.  If the job-specific shipping routes are
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  • maintenance

Load Material into Purchasing by Seq/Lot

In FabSuite 16.1 and earlier the Production Control > Purchasing > Load Material into Requisition and Load Material into Purchase Order options did not include the ability to set a filter on the sequence or lot #.  The reason for that was that those options looked strictly at the reference # field of the production items when determining if it should be loaded.  If an item already had a non-blank reference # then it was considered to have already been purchased and was not loaded again.  So if an item happened to be in multiple sequences then loading the first sequence would have set
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Shipping Routes

The Shipping Routes feature in Production Control allows for multiple shipping and receiving of materials.  Production Control - Global Shipping Route Maintenance Assemblies and parts can now be shipped through any number of intermediate destinations. Shipping routes can be set up globally as well as for specific jobs. Ship an accessory part on it's own and then join it's weight with the assembly for subsequent shipping steps. Set up a shipping route with more than one available firm for a shipping step, allowing the actual destination to be chosen on the fly. The production status screen,
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  • Sipping Routes

Load Tracking - Material Locations

Material Locations    Opened by clicking the Current Locations button on the loads or material loaded screens. Filter - Allows the list of items to be filtered based on any details of the parts. Shows the current location of the material that has been shipped including the: Pos - position of the destination in the shipping route.  Blank if the destination is no longer in the part's shipping route. Location - The name of the firm that the material is currently located at.  Shop if the material has been returned to the shop.  Jobsite if the material has been shipped to the jobsite. Last
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  • Load Tracking
  • Material Locations

Load Tracking - Material Loaded

Material Loaded Shows a list of material that has been added to a load.  The screen can be opened by clicking the View Material button on the loads screen. Buttons Filter - Allows the list of loads to be filtered based on any details of the loads or the parts on them.  If any filters are set on properties of the parts then a Show Empty Loads checkbox will appear below the Filter button.  If checked then empty loads will also be shown. New Load - Opens the load details screen in insert mode. Load Properties - Opens the load details screen in edit mode for the selected load. Delete Load -
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  • Load Tracking
  • Material Loaded

Load Tracking - Loads

Opened from the main production control screen with the Production Control > Load Tracking menu option.  Can also be opened by clicking the Loads: button on the bottom-right of that screen, which also sets a Main Mark filter to the value of the selected item. Menu Options Find Load (Ctrl+F) - Enter the load # to find it quickly in the grid. Shipping Ticket - Opens the shipping ticket report selection screen for the selected load.  Disabled if the selected load has not been shipped. Buttons Filter - Allows the list of loads to be filtered based on any details of the loads or the parts on
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  • Loads

Load Tracking - Load Details

Click the ‘New Load’ button to start a new load.  The ‘Load Details’ (New) window opens. Click the drop down arrows to select a location the load is shipping from.  From – Click the drop down arrow to select the location the load is shipping from Destination Group – Click the drop down arrow to select a load destination Load # - The load number automatically populates the load number        Trailer # -  Click the drop down arrow to select a Trailer # Carrier - Click the drop down arrow to select a Carrier Capacity – The Capacity automatically populates according to Load number  and Trailer
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Load Tracking - Add Material

Add Material – Click the ‘Add Material’ button, opening the ‘Loads – Add Material’ window. Opened by clicking the Add Material button on the loads, load details, or material loaded screens.   Filter - Allows the list of items to be filtered based on any details of the parts. This screen has an included/not-included selection of parts to add to the selected load.  The order of the destinations that a part is shipped to is enforced, so the items available for selection are only those that: Include the load's destination group in it's shipping route. Have the firm that the load is shipping to
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Load Tracking

Load Tracking   The Load Tracking window: Click the ‘New Load’ button to start a new load.  The ‘Load Details’ (New) window opens.   Click the drop down arrows to select a location the load is shipping from.  From – Click the drop down arrow to select the location the load is shipping from Destination Group – Click the drop down arrow to select a load destination Load # - The load number automatically populates the load number        Trailer # -  Click the drop down arrow to select a Trailer # Carrier - Click the drop down arrow to select a Carrier Capacity – The Capacity automatically
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Production Status

The production status screen displays a summary of the production and shipping status.  In FabSuite 17.0 you can now choose any field to summarize the status on, and in fact any combination of fields.  Any filters can also be used to restrict the data that is to be displayed. To open the production status screen: Select the Maintenance > Production Control > Production Status menu option.  Select the desired summary fields and filters and click OK.  Open a Production Control job and select the Production Control > Review > Production Status menu option.  Select the desired summary
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  • Production Status

Piece Tracking - Station - Add Completed

This screen allows parts to quickly be marked as having completed a particular Station. First, select the station in the Station input on the bottom-right section of the screen.  This will default to the station that was being viewed on the previous screen.  The parts will be populated on the 'not included' side of the screen based on the parts that are routed through the selected station and have a quantity remaining to be completed. Click the Filter button to alter the filter used to restrict the list of parts that is shown.  The navigation tree on the left side of the screen can also be
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Piece Tracking - Stations Completed

The stations completed screen displays the individual records for parts that have completed various stations.  Click the Filter button to change the filter used to select which records to display.  The navigation tree on the left side of the screen can also be used to drill-down on specific data.  If a station filter is set then it will be displayed directly above the grid. Click the Add Completed button to open the Station - Add Completed screen. Click the Delete button to delete the selected records.  If only one record is selected and it has a quantity greater than 1 then a screen will
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Piece Tracking

The Production Control > Piece Tracking option now opens to a station summary screen.  The filter used on the main PDC screen is carried over.  Click the Filter button to change the filters in use on this screen.  All stations that the parts matching the filter are routed through are shown on this screen. This screen can also be opened from the main Production Control screen by clicking the 'Piece Tracking' button on the bottom-right of the screen.  This automatically sets a filter on the main mark of the selected assembly giving quick and easy access to the production summary of that
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Instance Tracking - Load Tracking

The add material screen incorporates the instance numbers just like the new piece tracking entry screen.  The available instance numbers are shown on the not-included side of the screen, and when a part is included then the quantity and/or instance # input can be used to identify exactly what to update. Go to Production Control - > Load Tracking and click 'New Load'. Enter the load information and click 'Save'. Now click 'Add Material' to begin adding parts to the load. The 'IN' column shows the available instance numbers for parts with instance tracking enabled.  To add a partial
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  • Instance Tracking
  • Load Tracking

Instance Tracking - Inspections

Go to Production Control -> Review -> Inspection Test Records. When viewing the list of test records if any test records are included in the filter that have instance numbers associated with them then an Instance # column will appear in the grid. Click the 'Run Test' button to begin entering a new inspection record. On the New Inspection Test Record screen for an Assembly test when the selected part is flagged for instance tracking an 'Available Instance Numbers' display and 'Test Instance Numbers' input appear below the quantity input.  The 'Available Instance Numbers' are all of the
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  • Instance Tracking
  • Inspections

Instance Tracking - Cut Lists and TFS

To include instance numbers on reports, Check the ‘Show Instance Tracking’ box above the report list. The Cut List reports will show the applicable Instance Number.  The shop will need to physically mark the parts to correspond with the cut list items. Open the Production Control Cut List window and go to Production Control -> Review -> Cut Lists. In the Cut List window, double click on a cut list or click ‘Details’ at the bottom. Double click on a cutting detail to open the details window.  Note that parts with instance tracking enabled will show the instance numbers to be cut at the
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  • Instance Tracking
  • Cut Lists
  • TFS

Instance Tracking - Setting the Instance Tracking Option

Making the Instance Tracking option available in the input and display fields for Production Control: Add Instance Tracking to the display area of Production Control: Go to Maintenance -> Production Control -> Edit Display fields, opening the ‘Production Control Display Fields’ window. Click ‘Edit Types’ to continue. Locate ‘Instance Tracking’ in the list of Available Fields, move it to the Included Fields side. Click Save. Click the red ‘X’ at the top right of the window to close, returning to the ‘Production Control Display Fields’ window. Click the red ‘X’ at the top right of
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  • Instance Tracking
  • Settings

Instance Tracking

The purpose of the instance tracking option is to allow tracking of the history of each individual instance (quantity of 1) of a part.  These instances are represented by instance numbers, from 1 to the total quantity of the part.  Each instance number is associated with a sequence and lot number. The instance tracking option can be set on each individual part to indicate whether it should have this additional level of tracking.  Settings are available to automatically set the instance tracking option based on the tracking requirements of the job. Instance Tracking provides Heat number and
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Estimating Manual Override

Overview The estimating module includes a great deal of settings, labor standards, and rates to control the behavior of the labor calculations.  If properly set, these will ideally lead to the correct result being computed for every line item without any further adjustment.  However, there are cases that arise where a senior estimator's experience tells them that, for whatever reason, the time should be lower or higher than what was calculated.  Prior to FabSuite 16.2 the labor time could only be manually increased by entering a value into the additional MHrs/Pc field and it could not be
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