Visual Scheduling Tips & Tricks

Manage conflicts in the VPS

Customize the two types of conflict management in the VPS

There are two different scenarios in which conflicts can occur and which the system has to check:

Mode 1 - checking modifications of operations

Conflict in this context means that, if,  e.g.,  you have modified the plan by moving an operation, in the meantime, another planner could also have done some alterations to the plan. Even in a single-planner surrounding this sometimes happens due to changes made in NAV by another person.

In order to avoid constantly uppopping warnings, conflict management in the Visual Production Scheduler is customizable. The user can decide whether to check

  • All operations (default, status as known before).
  • Only the modified VPS operations. This option helps to keep a better overview, since you are not "disturbed" by changes not concerning you.
  • Nothing at all. This option may be useful if e.g. several planners are responsible for different machines and they know that they won't affect each other.

Mode 2 - checking calendar/capacity changes

The other way of conflict management is checking modifications concerning calendar or capacity.  Conflicts in this case mean that although you might not have moved any operation in your plan, there might still have been other changes, namely ones that affect capacities or calendars. If, e.g., downtimes have been added or calendars have been modified, these changes could well affect capacities in a way that orders can't be processed in time. 

Since these kinds of changes don't occur very often and a check should only be done every now and then, we decided to leave the choice to you and let you choose whether these conflicts are to be checked every time the plan is saved or not ("not" being the default setting)

Specify settings in the Setup table

To customize the conflict management options you have to run the table VPS-Setup. Here you find two columns where you can carry out the desired user-specific settings.