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Process Routes: Work Centre Maintenance

Work Centre Maintenance

Work Centre Maintenance

This window is opened then you operate the Masters — Process Routes — Work Centres function. Within it you can carry out all maintenance functions for Work Centres.

Work Centres for the production processing must be defined so that the location of process route operations can be identified. Process operations make up process routes and there should be one process route for each non-phantom assembly. The Process operations define the expected time an operation will take in the manufacturing of the assembly. The Work Centre defines the location of that processing and the cost rates for the particular type of processing carried out at that location. Work Centres can be machine tools, assembly areas, process equipment, etc. Changes in work centre cost rates will have an immediate effect on list and report valuations of process route costs, but will only have an effect on part current costs after a product cost roll-up.



Work Centre List

List of all Work Centres. Click on a line to select a Work Centre.

Work Centre Code

Work Centres. Work centre unique identifier code. {WKCFILE.WKCCODE char 4}


Work Centres. Description of work centre. {WKCFILE.WKCDESC char 30}

Quantity of Centres

Work Centres. Quantity of these work centres available for planning. {WKCFILE.WKCQTY number 0dpShortnum}

The number of these Work Centres that are operational in the manufacturing area. The default is 1. This enables a Work Centre to be defined as a machine or work area type. For example the company may have 4 lathes, 2 vertical mills and 3 CNC machining centres. Capacity planning will then calculate on the appropriate multiple of these identical Work Centres.

Available Time

Work Centres. Hours available in each Make day for the work centre. {WKCFILE.WKCTIME number 2dpShortnum}

Tip TIP: Having 2 quantity, each with 8 hours per day, is not the same as having 1 work centre working 16 hours a day. A Work Order batch can only pass through one Work Centre. An 8 hour operation will take a full day in the first case whereas it will take a half day in the later case. In this way you can identify work centres that can operate operations in parallel or series.

Department Code

Work Centres. Department code. {WKCFILE.WKCDEPT char 4}

This is used to group Work Centres. You can use this departmental grouping to view capacity analysis by department, rather than specific work centre.

Outwork Work Centre

Work Centres. Outwork processing centre subject to PO. {WKCFILE.WKCOUT boolean}

If you designate a Work Centre as an Outwork work centre, operations assigned to it are assumed to be processed by an outside sub-contractor. These operations must be purchased on a Purchase Order and then received in the normal PO manner before further normal operations can be processed.

Note NOTE: Care should be taken with applying cost rates to Outwork work centres. It is recommended that you apply a single unit of cost (1.00, or 10.00 or 100.00) to both setup and run labour rates, with zero overhead rates. Then use setup and run times to determine costs.

Setup Labour Rate

Work Centres. Setup labour cost per hour. {WKCFILE.WKCSLAC number 2dpShortnum}

Setup Overhead Rate

Work Centres. Setup overhead cost per hour. {WKCFILE.WKCSOVL number 2dpShortnum}

This should include normal overheads attributable to the Work Centre as well as any special set-up consumables not provided for in the Bill of Materials.

Runtime Labour Rate

Work Centres. Runtime labour rate per hour. {WKCFILE.WKCRLAC number 2dpShortnum}

Runtime Overhead Rate

Work Centres. Runtime overhead cost per hour. {WKCFILE.WKCROVC number 2dpShortnum}

This should include normal overheads attributable to the Work Centre as well as any special time based consumables not provided for in the Bill of Materials.

Default Operation Lag Time

Work Centres. Default operation lagtime for Process Route maintenance. {WKCFILE.WKCOPLE number 2dpShortnum}

Default Operation Setup Time

Work Centres. Default operation setup time for Process Route maintenance. {WKCFILE.WKCSTIM number 2dpShortnum}

Job operation sales commission class

Work Centres. Commission class (for choice of commission agent applicability on Job operation items). {WKCFILE.WKCCOML char 1} See the Commissioned Sales Agents Maintenance window for full details of the commission handling system.

Warning WARNING: If a blank commission class is applied, no commission agents will be filtered onto job lines.

Job operation default margin

Work Centres. Default margin % applied to Job Operations. {WKCFILE.WKCMARG number 2dpShortnum}




This will create a new (normally blank) record in the file. You will then be able to enter details for the record. Then confirm with an OK, or abandon the New record with a Cancel.


Execute this button to permanently remove the currently selected record from the file. If you are permitted to delete the item, you will be asked for confirmation, otherwise an explanation will be given.

Mass Change…

To mass change one work centre for another for a range of parts. This is particularly useful when you want to delete an obsolete work centre. It opens the Work Centre Mass Change window.

Print List

Will cause a report to be printed of the subject matter. Right-click to change the report destination.

Revert to Saved

To cancel any changes and revert to that last saved.

Save Changes

To save any changes you have made.

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Compiled in Program Version 5.10. Help data last modified 24 Apr 2012 10:54:00.00. Class wWkcEdit last modified 23 Sep 2017 10:51:13.

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