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Exact for Manufacturing Ease of Use: Planned time support for schedulers

Written by Pieter Hamans on . Posted in Exact Online


The smallest time bucket in Exact for Manufacturing is a day. All activities, from orders to shop floor operations, may be assigned a date (like a delivery date or an operation start date) but not a specific time. When we connect with production schedulers we will be able to refine our planning with specific times. We are now supporting that the planned time is stored in Exact for Manufacturing, and is displayed in overviews and on the shop paper.

Use of production schedulers

Exact for Manufacturing can export the shop orders to a production scheduling tools using XML ([Import/Export] XML, Shop orders) and the REST API (endpoint ShopOrderRoutingStepPlans). After creating or updating the scheduled times, shop orders can be imported back into Exact for Manufacturing.



In the XML for Shop orders, time is included in the tags PlannedStartDate and PlannedEndDate:



In the REST API for ShopOrderRoutingStepPlans, time is included in PlannedStartDate and PlannedEndDate:



Displaying time in Exact for Manufacturing

The planned time is shown in the Gantt chart on the shop order card (mouse over):


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The planned time is shown on the screen Shop floor planning ([Manufacturing] Planning, Shop floor planning):


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The planned time from the Shop floor planning can be exported to Excel and printed:


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Displaying time on the shop paper

By increasing the field width of Start date and End date of the operation on the shop paper, time will be included.


These improvements are available soon for all versions of Exact for Manufacturing. The Ease of Use project aims to make Exact for Manufacturing easier and more efficient using the feedback of customers. Do you think we can make Exact for Manufacturing better? Contact Exact support and we dive into your suggestion.


More information with Pieter Hamans, pieter.hamans@exact.com


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