Configure Output Clock on Behavior

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In Shop Floor Insight version 7.6 and newer, recording output when a time card line is involved helps track operator output; the user must select a time card line (clocked on or clocked off). This is a common customization to automatically clock on or clock off to a production order routing line when choosing output.

In Shop Floor Insight 7.9 and newer, the automatic clock on/off for output from a dispatch process is mandatory to work with other features such as recording output to a license plate or triggering output automatically. The user can choose between an automatic on, automatic off, or do nothing (with no features or for backwards compatibility).

This process is acceptable for scanning barcodes. For installs that are going barcode-less and running the clock on procedures from the dispatch screen, this becomes a two-step process, clock on and output versus only selecting output. The two steps may cause user confusion, and when output is recorded without tracking time, the user loses the ability to record which time card line the output is associated with.

Configure Output Clock on Behavior

You can configure Output Clock on Behavior setting per scanning station based on the Shop Floor Client configuration record.

  1. Navigate to the Production Order
  2. Go to the Behavior
  3. Set Output Clock On Behavior to one of the following:
    • Auto – Clock On
    • Auto – Clock Off
    • Use Workflow
    • Manual

Note: For more information on each of these settings, please see the Output Clock On Behavior section below.

Output Clock On Behavior

Auto – Clock On

Start with this setting first for most installs.

When the user selects Output from the production dispatch screen, they are automatically clocked on if they are not yet clocked on to the selected production order routing line from the screen. If the user is already clocked on to that production order routing line, that line is selected on the time card. This is the default and recommended behavior that works and is the most flexible option for most installs.

Auto – Clock On works with the workflow of scanning the barcode to start work workflows and having it clock off using the Clock Off button or by starting other work when the time entry mode is set to Auto on the client configuration card.

Other standard Shop Floor behaviors (e.g., clocking off previous lines, auto-splits, and more) continue to operate.

Auto – Clock Off

Auto – Clock Off is more common for manufacturing settings where output is only recorded at the end, but work may not immediately start on the next production order. The setting is intended to simplify clocking off the task when any output is recorded.

When the user selects Output from the production dispatch screen, they are automatically clocked off the selected production order routing line on the screen. If the user is already clocked off the production order routing line, that line is selected in the time card. If they have not clocked on or off that production order routing line, the line is clocked on and then off.

Do not use this setting when partial output is recorded unless you want a unique time card line for every shot of a multi-shot output.

Use Workflow

Use Workflow setting for when you want to use one or more Business Central workflows or have a customization integrated with workflows. You must have the appropriate workflows configured in Business Central for this setting.

Do not use this setting if you do not have a corresponding workflow, or this setting causes errors when the user selects the Output button from the dispatch screen.

Manual

The Manual setting requires manual clock on and off, and the user must manually clock on to the production order routing first before recording output.

Only use this setting if the install has customizations or other integrations that interact with this process. Do not choose this setting if you do not have an existing customization or other integration.

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