Resource skills

Resources can be assigned skills, which represent certain qualifications. Assigned skills can be date effective, and also a priority to define how the algorithm chooses an resource among the qualified ones.

Resources can also be organized in a hierarchical tree to group similar resources together.

An operation can load a resource or a resource pool, and you can specify a skill required to perform the operation. The planning algorithm will then automatically select an available resource with the required skills from the pool.

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Here is a step by step guide to explore the example:

  • This example models a simple job shop. It has a number of machining tools and an operator pool. Each operator is only qualified to work on a few of the machines.

    This table depicts the skills of each operator. It is defined in the resource, skill and resource-skill tables.

    Operator Plasma skill Saag skill Boor skill Draaibank skill Bou skill Sweis skill Verf skill
    Andries x x x     x  
    Davie   x x   x    
    Gustav x x x   x x  
    Hennie   x x       x
    Johnny   x x x     x
    Resources Skills Resource skills
  • The resource detail report shows the assignment of resources (either a machine or an operator) to manufacturing orders.
    In the screenshot below, you can see that the manufacuturing order with reference 6 uses the resources “bou” and “Davie”. Davie has indeed the required skill. In this report you can see that the task can also be assigned to Gustav, who also has this skill.
    Resource detail