M – References – Jobs and Machines

Jobs #

This section allows the definition of Jobs, to which Items, ITI’s, Assemblies and Kits can be issued.

All Jobs’ details are common to all Vending Machines.

Jobs can be set up to run for certain date ranges.

This would ensure that users could not select a Job that is no longer being run. Furthermore, the date range allows you the flexibility to create Jobs ahead of time and have them appear on the list at the prearranged date.

Job ID:
A unique alphanumeric identifier for each Job.

Description:
A description of the Job.

Alias:
An alternative name for the Job to facilitate searches in Vending Machines.

Job Group:
Previously defined in the Job Group tab. Can be very useful to facilitate the setup of Restrictions and Rationing within Vending Machines.

Job Enabled:
Disable this option if you don’t want to display this Job in the User Interface.

Date Range Enabled:
This will allow the use of the Date Range Validity Check for the selected Job.

Start Date:
The date the Job will become active in the User Interface.

End Date:
The date the Job will become inactive in the User Interface.

Cost Centre:
A Cost Centre previously defined in the corresponding tab. It is recorded in the Transaction Log. Useful for reporting purposes.

Batch Size:
The batch size of the Job.

Machines #

This section allows the definition of Machines and related data, to which Items, ITI’s, Assemblies and Kits can be issued.

Machines data is divided into logical sections. Most of the main data is found in the Machine Details section.

Additional optional information can be found under the Parameters, Coolant, Preset Adaptor and Machine Carousel sections.

Machine Details

Machine ID:
A unique alphanumeric identifier for each machine that is generally the name by which ATMS users identify the machine.

Description:
A description of the machine that can incorporate any useful information.

Machine Group:
Previously defined in the Machine Group tab. Can be very useful to facilitate the setup of Restrictions and Rationing within Vending Machines.

Machine Enabled:
Disable this option if you do not want to display this Machine in the User Interface.

Data Range Enabled:
This will allow the use of the Date Range Validity Check for the selected Job.

Start Date:
The date the Machine will become active in the User Interface.

End Date:
The date the Machine will become inactive in the User Interface.

Cost Centre:
A Cost Centre previously defined in the corresponding tab. It is recorded in the Transaction Log. Useful for reporting purposes.

Department:
The Department the Machine belongs to. Useful for reporting purposes.

Parameters #

The maximum permissible speed, feed, power consumption, and torque can be detailed, and their units identified from the relevant combo boxes. (The content of these combo boxes is maintained from the “Lists” tab.)

Coolant #

This section indicates the maximum coolant pressure deliverable by the machine, and whether it has through spindle coolant or external coolant delivery.

Preset Adaptor #

Each Machine will use a particular Adaptor (machine back end/arbor) and this can be referenced. This is of particular importance when considering the building of Assemblies and pre-setting of those Assemblies, and makes the Assembly machine / machine group specific.

Type of Adaptor and Size can be specified.

Machine Carousel #

If the machine has a tool changer, the carousel details can be summarised.

The number of pockets, the maximum width possible – without the need to leave empty pockets, the maximum width possible even with empty pockets, maximum tool weight and maximum tool length (usually specified by the machine tool manufacturer).

Job and Machine Groups #

Job Groups and Machine Groups exist more for administrative reasons; they are largely invisible to the user, but they are no less effective.

Job and Machine Groups can be used for Restrictions and Rationing in the Vending Machines, for example, allowing you to restrict Users to a particular set of Jobs and/or Machines in one stroke. 

They are also powerful accounting tools. For example, a set of Machines can be grouped together as a cell, with users restricted in the tooling they use accordingly.

Reports can then be created, detailing costs for the entire operation, instead of the individual machines within the operation.

For the Machine Groups there is the option to specify a Preset Adaptor for use on each group of machines. Preset Adaptors are created in their corresponding tab.