New Resource Scheduling Capability: One Resource in Multiple Groups

    Martin Karlowitsch
    February 24, 2017

    Here comes the next enhancement of our just plan it software to achieve an easy time and resource scheduling for SMB manufacturers. This time - expected and suggested by many of our users - we ship the capability to add one resource into multiple resource groups. This post shows you how to do this in the application, via the upload from Microsoft Excel, why this makes sense and gives you also a recommendation in the sense of a resource scheduling best practice.

    Why it makes sense to add one resource to multiple groups

    We observed that many of our clients have flexible resources and were not particularly suprised as we as a software company have this as well. For example, we have developers who can either build a web-based product like just plan it or could also work on developing an on-premise .NET custom scheduling application. The same seems to be true for many SMB manufactures who have multi-skilled people who can handle multiple tasks or machines; in addition to this, folks also have machines which can be used for multiple purposes.

    Let's assume the following scenario:

    • You have two multi-function machines that can do both turning and milling.
    • Then you have each three machines that can either do turning or milling.
    When having a resource just in one group, assigning a turning job would mean that you would have to decide if it goes to the proprietary turning machine or to the multi-function machine. Once you've done so, you could then see if the other resource would have had more free capacity and then re-assign. Your workflow would be much more streamlined, if you have each multi-function machine in each group. This is what we now allow, and here is how it looks like for the above scenario:

    One resource in multiple groups.png

    How to assign a resource into multiple groups

    You can assign a resource into multiple resource groups in the "Manage Resource Details" dialog which you can open by clicking the pen icon next to the resource's name. From the below, you can see that we changed the layout of the dialog a bit, and you see that the resource NX CAM #1 had been assigned into the resource groups multi-function, turning and milling.

    Manage Resource Details Dialog.png

    One final resource scheduling tip

    With just plan it, you can prioritize your resources within one group. That means, the resource that is shown first within a group gets assigned the tasks first, the second resource gets the next task (if the first resource is busy) and so on. If you have shared resources, we recommend that in each group you have the proprietary resources at the top, and the shared resources at the bottom. That way you make sure that the shared resources only are used in this group when all proprietary resources are busy.

    Here is a short video to show you everything that I wrote about in this post.


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