Different Order Types
Depending on the types of orders supported by the integrated ERP application, there are additional tabs, which appear next to the General Tab. (i.e. Production, MRP Jobs, Forecast, Sales, Purchase, MRP PO & WI).

Within finite capacity scheduling settings you are able to change the appearance of the task panel, factory explorer and planning board. Default planning interval settings can be configured to define the period of time into the future (and back into the past) where scheduling can occur.  Scheduling and routing rules allow users to set default rules for scheduling. These can be overwritten during scheduling, by using the options on the schedule tab if required.  Tracking when enabled, provides progress indicators to alert when production is running late or early by more than a set percentage.

Finite Capacity Scheduling Settings


To edit Finite Capacity Scheduling Settings

  1. Select the File Menu
  2. Select Company Settings
  3. Select Finite Capacity Scheduling

Refer to the table below for an explanation of all settings on the Designer General Tab.

Example Design

Designer General Settings



Wide Row Width

The size of each row in the production jobs window and the factory explorer

Hide Work Centres with no associated work units

When enabled, work centres with no associated work units are not displayed in the factory explorer or in the schedule board


Background colour of the planning board.


Colour of the schedule board where scheduled jobs/operations appear.

Schedule Height

Height of schedule

Separation Margin

Distance between each schedule

Label Font Size

Label font size on the schedule

Show Shifts

Specifies whether the shift bar is displayed which shows working and non-working time

Shift Height

Specifies the height of the shift bar.

Show Resources

Specifies whether the resources bar is displayed

Hide when Zero

Hides the resource label in the resources bar when resources are zero

Resource Height

Height of the Resource bar

Show Available Hours

Specifies whether resources available by hour are displayed above the schedule

Available Hours Height

Height of Available hours bar

Show Consumption As

Show resource as an equaliser, line or text

Percentage Data Labels

View percentage data labels which show available resources in the form of a percentage

Information displayed on each task on the schedule board can be amended to best suit user requirements. Changes are applied individually for Production, MRP & What-if operations. The left-hand window displays the available data that can be added to the schedule. Highlight the required heading and select right to move across to the right-hand window which shows what will be displayed on each operation. To remove data, select it in the right-hand window and click Left.

Each activity within an operation has a default colour assigned to it. Colours can be set for:

  • Order (the colour seen when labels are turned off)
    • Scheduled = Virtually scheduled and not saved and published
    • Saved = Saved and published
  • Operation Font (the colour of the font on the data label)
  • Operational Activity (the colour of different activities within an operation. These colours are only visible when labels are turned on from the view tab.

Designer Task Settings

Operational Activity Colours

It is often useful for Planners using Visual APS to quickly see more details about an operation, and which settings were used when the operation was scheduled.  Users are able to select the Show Details function to gain a better insight into the scheduling parameters used and the current status of the operation.  The Show Details function also provides users with the ability to customise and add additional fields to the screen.  

Under details there is a list of available column headings, with buttons allowing you to move them to the right (to include them in the additional details region) and up and down buttons to allow you to arrange them as necessary.  Up to 6 additional fields can be added. 

The show details function is accessed by right clicking on the operation line in the Task Panel.

Show Details Screen





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