Product Levels & Services

To best meet the needs of our clients, JobTime5 Production Scheduling Software now supports five product levels, Level-1 through Level-5. Existing JobTime5 clients still using our older 4-Level system of JobTime5 can now upgrade to the current version as part of their annual maintenance renewal rights, at no additional charge. 

These five product levels help clients select the best features to fit their own specific needs. Each level allows a set of optional additional features, which can enable the modeling more demanding scheduling requirements, if more advanced scheduling requirements arise for your company in the future.  Our 5-Level concept allows companies with simple needs to buy only the features they need, and to later upgrade to a higher level and select required optional features, when needed and  justified. Our lowest level JobTime5 products let us welcome newcomers, especially small manufacturing companies who might not even have acquired an ERP, but recognize that effective scheduling is a strategic requirement for their business success.  At any JobTime5- Product Level you may select, you can rest assured in the wisdom of your JobTime5 selection, with built-in protection when your company growth, partnerships, requirements change, you will be able to preserve your scheduling investment to-date, and conveniently migrate to a higher and more powerful JobTime5 Product-Level whenever the need may arise in the future.   

JobTime5 - Infrastructure - JobTime5 Framework

The JobTime5 Infrastructure is a solid framework of user interface, scheduling, reporting, schedule board, and integration features. This JobTime5 technology gives reliable support to every JobTime5 product level.   The general infrastructure includes the user interface, scheduling features, reporting features, schedule board features, and integration features for Import/Export data from/to a host ERP system.   Click to see the full details of the JobTime5 Infrastructure, to confirm, that even at Level-1, you will receive a fully-featured and comprehensive finite-scheduling application.

Please click on the indicated product levels below to learn more details on each JobTime-5 product-level:  

JobTime5 - Level 1  - Single Constraint Scheduling - Basic

Level-1 is the only required level, because it includes the essential infrastructure for every level.  Other Levels can be added as desired and needed.  Levels can be skipped, and need not be added in a cumulative manner.  This flexibility assures that you need not pay for features or functionalities you do not require.  Level 1 starts with basic machine scheduling.  

JobTime5 - Level 2 - Single Constraint Scheduling - Advanced Features

Level 2 adds explicit recognition of explicit work-stations within a given work center.  Explicit work-stations let you define a subset of a work-center's work stations, to indicate which are the preferred work-stations to be allowed for a given route-operation step.  An additional option inside Level 2  recognizes setup-matching, to gain efficiency, by running exact or similar jobs back-to-back, with a stated time-horizon limit for setup-matching. Each task has a 'Setup-Code' which tells a work-station to seek orders in the work-center's current queue matching that setup code.  A 3rd option in Level-2 is the ultimate setup-matching which lets the scheduler define a matrix of from-to Setup times between every possible 'from-to' 'Setup-Codes'. This lets setup-times realistically determined as a function of which setup-state was most recently in effect on each work-station in the work-center.  

JobTime5 - Level 3 - Multi-Resource Finite Constraint Scheduling

In Level-3 you can add finite-capacity secondary resource constraints most commonly for labor or tools. But you can even also specify additional finite-constraints such as tooling, or even floor-space, electric power or emissions, if you consider such variables in how you schedule sequences of jobs.  At Level-3's Basic Level, labor is defined a a maximum sized 'pool' of operators. This feature is perfect in departments where you have more machines than operators.  Typical operator-pools might be order pickers, setup mechanics, service workers, finishers, etc). A more advanced feature in Level-3 lets you define skill-groups and skill-levels for your labor resources. This feature insures that JobTime5's schedules will recognize your true capacity, meaning the true number of people with given skills of each skill-type.  JobTime5 delivers schedules not only as work-center to-do lists, but also schedules per Operator, as well as to-do list schedules by skill group. JobTime5's power multi-resource constraint scheduling defines the state of the art among all Advanced Planning and Scheduling competitors. 

JobTime5 - Level 4 - Bill of Work Orders - Assembly Structures

In Level-4 you can add assembly-link constraints. This insures that your BOM structures of make items (work-orders) will  assemble correctly according to defined BOM structures.  BOM's are examples of a many-to-one network of links leading up to a final product. Sometimes, in cases where a common part has to be manufactured in a large quantity, such as a fastener, which will be used in many downstream work orders.  We call this relationship 'one-to-many', because a single work-order must link into and constraint the starting time of dependent work-orders. There are many other cases (e.g. supply chain scheduling) where sequencing parts from other sources using explicit sequence-links is extremely powerful way to create schedule visibility in a global manufacturing organization.  

JobTime5 - Level 5 - Materials Based Scheduling

Level-5 adds material constraints to help you be certain that work orders are never scheduled to start if essential raw materials are not on hand in inventory. In case you are out of stock, Level-5 will cause impacted work-orders to be delayed properly.  If you have implemented Level-4, your custom import will add one 'PO Job', a work order representing a PO for the missing item, based on that item's lead-time, and each 'PO Job' will be linked to the relevant Work-Order. This will cause the Work Order to not be released, until the longest lead-time of the missing raw-material items. At the end of scheduling each missing from starting by at least the longest purchasing lead-time for missing parts.  One optional feature is to add even greater visibility to the logistics of supplied raw materials over time. Level-5 supports two materials based options to recognize currently open-purchase orders per item.  Material supplies and how they are consumed, can be scheduled either statically or dynamically.  In the static case, material allocation peggings from your ERP's  MRP system dictate which orders get which quantities.  In the dynamic case, JobTime5 itself calculates material receipts and issues dynamically over the schedule horizon.  The results can provide powerful help to materials planning, by pin-pointing finite-capacity based net-requirements, and their adjustments to planned future orders. This insures avoidance of stock-outs, and is supported by finite-capacity based multi-resource scheduling, an ideal marriage between JobTime5's powerful Advanced Planning & Scheduling and traditional ERP material planning.  This level is often tailored to specific client needs to best meet their required scope to accurately schedule corporate-wide supply chains.  

Special Services

We also supply multiple scheduling-related services including systems analysis, modeling, integration specification, training, startup/go-live support, report tailoring and on-going ROI Analysis throughout the entire life-cycle of your JobTime5 Production Scheduling Application.  



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