Work Orders form an integral part of the internal communication process in any manufacturing environment by letting your shop floor know that an order was received and that production needs to start.
Better Work Order Processes Relieve Office Bottlenecks
As the SigmaNEST team visits shops, one of the first questions that arise is about Work Orders. Thankfully the answer to a better Work Order process can be very beneficial to the front office and the bottom line. The process of a Work Order begins when the form is received, production can start provided that the correct material is in stock. If the correct material is not in stock to complete the order or a part is scrapped during the production process, this must be communicated by the shop floor back to the estimating/work preparation department and a delay in delivery occurs.
Effective Work Order management allows you to streamline your production scheduling and tracking process while managing a leaner operation by not over staffing and controlling correct inventory levels.
Managing Work Orders in SigmaNEST
Advanced Work Order functionality, provided by our Job Tracking and Scheduling module in SigmaNEST, allows you to easily track orders in four stages – Not Started, In Progress, Done and Overdue. You also have the option of placing a Work Order on hold if there is a problem with that Work Order, such as materials being out of stock.
One example of a great Work Order:
The sketch below illustrates the typical flow of a Work Order in SigmaNEST:
SigmaNEST can automatically nest by Work Order, keeping Work Order parts together on a sheet if this is preferred for a specific order.
Combining Work Orders allow for scrap reduction by simply importing all jobs into SigmaNEST and allowing the task feature to sort the orders by material type and thickness.
SigmaNEST’s Color Offload™ module in conjunction with the Job Tracking module provides a touch screen enabled interface on the shop floor to allow for easy offloading and cut time tracking. Parts with poor cut quality are fed back into the system to be re-cut at the highest priority on the next job of the same material and thickness.
After all the parts in a Work Order have been cut and processed, the Work Order can be archived – an archived Work Order retains all information about it in the database and moves it out of the Work Order list.