As from 10th July 2017 our support hours are changing from 9-5 to 8am to 4pm to better suit the hours of our users.
When using Match-IT across a network it is essential that the network is reliable because any dropout mid file transaction can cause a corruption the a data file. Here are some tips to minimise problems:-
- On the server and workstations, exclude the Match-IT data folder (or .tps files) from real-time virus checking (etc) scanning.
- On workstations, do not use a mapped drive to point at Match-IT in your short cuts; use a UNC path.
- Do not rely on FiFi.
- Do not pull the network cable out of laptops before closing Match-IT and waiting for it to exit completely.
- Close Match-IT and wait for it to exit completely before shutting down your workstation.
- Never under any circumstances click the “shutdown anyway” when shutting down your workstation and WIndows says you have left Match-IT running. Close Match-IT properly first.
- A Terminal Services solution (user logs into a server and run Match-IT from there) will provide better stability if any of the above are unresolveable.
The output batches from an ad-hoc WO are almost always being used to satisfy a demand up the chain, so it is not usually possible to delete the WO itself.
The procedure needed is to go into the detail of the WO, then go to the Schedule tab, clear the Ad-Hoc Order Until date and save the WO. It is then removed at the time of the next full reschedule – either automatically by the Agent overnight or if you decide to do one manually.
Dave Nichols made two videos introducing the system, the first is a slide presentation overview and the second is a hand-on quick tour of the system.
Please note that these are Windows executables and you’ll need to download them before executing. Windows may “Protect your PC” when you do so, in which case click” more info” and “run anyway”.
The Product Manual briefly mentions a dis-assembly method, but what does it do in practice and when would you use one? This article attempts to answer those questions by means of an example.
Say for example that you use parts called A, B and C in your methods, and you can buy them from various suppliers as usual. However, let’s say that A, B and C are in fact parts of a connector (for example) and you can buy a whole connector cheaper than the component parts. By using a dis-assembly method attached to the connector, Match-IT will buy it and create a works orders to take it apart as needed; i.e. if it needs to acquire an A and/or B and/or C – which will have been defined as parts in other methods.
If the connector has an our part num of X and the relative value of A, B and C is 40%, 40%, 20%, the setup in the materials catalogue will look like this:-
X (can be purchased ticked and suppliers attached as usual) METHOD (dis-assembly option selected) STEP (normal works order step) PART (self) OUTPUT A (40%) (the percentages are set manually - only you know the values) OUTPUT B (40%) OUTPUT C (20%) A (nothing ticked) B (nothing ticked) C (nothing ticked)
“PART (self)” can be added to the method by dragging in a PART record from the list on the right – it defaults to “(self)” – i.e. use myself as the kit. Similarly the output records can be dragged in and then edited to define what they create; A, B and C in this case. If the connector cost £10 the cost of A, B and C will be £4, £4 and £2.
Any method requiring a whole connector will just have a “PART X” in its method somewhere as per normal; nothing special will happen; the connector will be bought and used like any other part.
If an A, B or C is required in a method, Match-IT will buy a whole connector X, create a works order to take it apart, using itself as kit and attach 3 outputs A, B and C, which will need to be booked in as the outputs of the works order.
Now say for example that a part called Y requires an A, the eventual schedule will partially look like this:-
WO(Y) < A < WO(X) < X < PO(X) B < C <
Unless of course there is some A in stock, in which case that will be used instead.
This is a very simple example. The dis-assembly method can also have resources to do the work and they will be costed as per normal. Other parts and/or tools may also be needed.
When you use the resource shutdown facility, what you are in effect doing is adding resource weeks to the system. Resource weeks are records that define availability. Each record spans one week and has a start date.
So to cancel a previous shutdown, go into the list of resource weeks:-
Functions | Standing Data | Resources | Resource Weeks
Then locate and Remove the relevant resource week records one by one.
When printing a document, you can tell Match-IT to use an alternative paper design as follows:-
- Select the second tab of the printing window – Print Options.
- Tick the Use an Alternative paper checkbox.
- Select the desired paper design using the ellipses button.
- Continue as normal.
The screenshot below shows an example of printing a sales order acknowledgement; you would use the ellipses button to select a paper design other than UserOrderAck.
We build Match-IT every night and you can always upgrade to the latest release of the current version. Sometimes we’ll tell you that a feature or fix will not be available until a particular version is released, which we will announce in a news item.
The free issue stock facility operates as described below:-
1. There is a flag in the material record – Is Free Issue. Note that the flag is against the material, not a PART in a method.
2. When this flag is set, it triggers the scheduler to create a new type of purchase line – free issue – and associate the customer for the schedule demand with it.
3. There is a free issue purchase schedule similar to the normal purchase schedule.
4. Lines in the free issue purchase schedule can be approved and printed, but it’s optional.
5. The event diary system nags for free issue stock, as for a normal purchase.
6. When booking-in goods, selecting a free issue item against a non-approved purchase line will auto approve it.
7. You can buy things directly from customers if you wish, there is no need to create another supplier record for them. Similarly, you can sell things to suppliers.
8. 6 and 7 are possible because you can associate two account references with a supplier/customer. One for use when selling and the other for use when buying. The appropriate account code will be passed to the accounting system. They can be the same.
Match-IT will always find the cheapest route through a schedule; i.e. when evaluating alternative materials, resources and purchases/sub-contracts.
Use of the URGENT flag forces Match-IT to change strategy to find the quickest route, but only when doing ASAP schedules. URGENT has no effect on JIT schedules. Note that (as has always been the case) if a JIT schedule fails, Match-IT will turn around and perform an ASAP schedule.