Routing is another important base of production module, which defines the method of manufacturing. Method or route to be followed for manufacturing a product is a prerequisite for setting up production module.

The Standard Routing defines the non-material resources needed to support the production of items. An effective resource definition application should allow you to comprehensively identify all the enterprise resources needed to produce an item. It should also allow you to easily define the process steps required for production, and it should allow you to provide sufficient detail relative to process steps to clearly describe all the operations required. These definitions should be available to all other areas within the enterprise to efficiently conduct business in engineering and design, quoting and proposal writing, production planning and operations, and cost accounting.

Routing – The objectives of Routing module are:

  1. All tasks required to manufacture an item are determined.
  2. The work centers related to these tasks are identified.
  3. The sequence of task linked operations to be carried out on work centers or sub contracting work centers are established.

Department – An organizational unit that carries out a specific set of tasks. A department can be of various types such as work centre, service centre, sales office etc.

Work Centre – A Work Center is a place where production activities are performed. Resources (like men and/or machines) are linked to a work centre. Thus, a Work center is a group of resource units used as a functional planning unit. . Work centers may be departmental work centre or sub contracting work center.

Task – This term is used to describe any activity carried out on the shop floor. Work centers and machines (for machine tasks) are used to define tasks. Task may be of various types such as production, repair etc.

Work centre Task relationship – The task is linked to the work center if the work center is able to executing the task. Details such as set up time, production rate etc. are maintained under this relationship.

Routing Code – The routing code identifies a routing sheet. Multiple (alternative) routings are possible for each standard manufactured item. A routing selection can depend on the order quantity, which is called the Order Quantity Dependent Routing. A routing code is needed to be linked to the manufactured item.

Routing Operation – Here, series of routing steps that are carried out successively to produce an item is defined. The operations are identified by serial number, which indicates sequence of operations for the associated manufacturing process.

Routing Maintenance includes:

  • User-Defined routing sequence
  • Links to standard operations
  • 30-character base description
  • Unlimited routing step notes
  • Inside or outside process
  • Resource definitions for Work Center, Machine, Team, Department
  • Primary and alternate steps
  • Scheduling based on labor hours or machine hours

Work Center Maintenance includes:

  • Direct, indirect, or outside process types
  • Optional grouping by department
  • Shift-based capacity in hours per day
  • Standard and average queue times
  • Standard labor and overhead rates

Maintenance includes:

  • Optional grouping by work center or department
  • Shift-based capacity in hours per day
  • Standard and average queue times
  • Major and minor service intervals

Department Maintenance includes:

  • Shift-based capacity in hours per day
  • Accounting information for interface to General Ledger
  • Tracks production costs for period and year-to-date

Operations Maintenance includes:

  • Standard template for easier routing maintenance
  • Operation notes
  • Standards for: Setup hours, Run hours, Machine hours, Machine, Department, Team, Work Center

Alternate resources for:

  • Work Centers
  • Departments
  • Teams
  • Department
  • Inquiries for where work centers, machines, and operations are used


  • Routing step details
  • Where-used by Machine, Work Center, Department, Team, Operation


  • Define queue time, setup time, run time, wait time, and move times in terms of seconds, minutes, or hours. Overlap logic is used to determine the rate of pass-through.
  • You can set up flexible costing algorithms for labor and machinery. Overhead methods can be unique for each work center.
  • Easily define resource elements such as work centers, labor, machinery, and tooling.
  • Gain greater control of costs associated with production with interactive views.
  • Replace labor types, machine groups, tooling, and more globally.
  • Calculate overhead by labor, machinery, piece, and/or flat rate.
  • Set up required labor by machine group.
  • Define tooling by operation.
  • Estimate billing rates.
  • Interface with General Ledger and account definition for costing purposes.
  • Comprehensive user definable shop calendars.
  • Keep track of details with extensive notes fields.
  • Attach media for CAD diagrams, videos, and pictures.
  • Keep a detailed tooling database.
  • Use flexible costing algorithms.
  • Add extra user-definable fields.
  • Perform subcontracted operations.
  • Keep track of vendor information for multiple subcontractors.