A manufacturing dimension is data that can be added to an item, item variant, sequence work center, or a production order line as a kind of marker so that the program can group and sort records with similar characteristics.
Each dimension can have an unlimited series of manufacturing dimension values that are sub-units of that manufacturing dimension. For example, a manufacturing dimension called Color can have colors called Red, Blue, and so on as sub-units. These colors are manufacturing dimension values. Manufacturing dimensions and manufacturing dimension values are user-defined and unlimited, which means you can create manufacturing dimensions tailored to your company’s needs and business processes.
Manufacturing dimension can be used to sort production order lines by user-defined information and priorities in the sequence planning.
Additionally, planning dimensions can be specified for sequence planning. There is a difference between planning and manufacturing dimensions:
- Planning dimensions of a work center are the dimensions used for the priority planning of a work center. Here you can specify that you want to sort the orders for the work center in sequence planning by due date, then by color, and so on.
- Manufacturing dimensions are attributes of the work center. You can enter a type, a location, or anything else for a work center just as you would enter manufacturing dimensions for an item. This information is copied to a production order line that uses this work center. The manufacturing dimensions of the item are copied to the production order lines as well.
The following table describes a sequence of tasks, with links to the topics that describe them.
|Define the settings for manufacturing dimensions.||Setup|
|Add manufacturing dimensions to records using the two global shortcut manufacturing dimensions or the default manufacturing dimensions.||Manufacturing Dimensions on Records|
|Assign manufacturing dimension values to customers.||Manufacturing Dimensions on Customers|
|Learn about manufacturing dimensions on production order lines.||Manufacturing Dimensions on Production Order Lines|
|Search items, item variants, work centers, tools, and inserts by their specified manufacturing dimensions.||Search by Manufacturing Dimensions|
|Optimize planning using manufacturing dimensions.||Manufacturing Dimensions for Optimizing Planning|
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