The configuration of the system takes place on the Configuration Desktop. (NOTE: All Icons and forms on this desktop are blue, this color convention is used to make clear that you are defining the system; you are creating a blue-print for flows, parts, steps etc.)
We will configure the system by taking the following 4 steps:
NOTE: It's NOT possible to track parts without Part Definitions. So first a Part Definition has to be created.
For the initial implementation we only define the Name, Part Number, and Revision attributes for the Part Definition. The other attributes of a Part Definition are explained in the Configuration Manual
For now these are all the attributes we define. Leave all other input fields unchanged. (Read the Configuration Manual if you want to learn more)
Follow the steps in the following figure:
Take the following steps to Create a Part Definition:
After the Part Definition is moved to the active state, the following can be seen:
To create a Flow Definition (a Flow Definition can be seen as a template for Travelers), you first have to create the Step Definitions that represent the actual operations needed to create the product.
We will create two Step Definitions with the following attributes:
The following figure shows step by step how 'Step 1' can be created.
Take the following steps to create a Step Definitions:
After repeating the same procedure for the second step the Step Definition Listbox will show the following:
Using these 2 Step Definitions and the Part Definition, we will now create the Flow Definition.
Revision of the Flow Definition. Note: The Revision + Flow Number have to be unique.
This checkmark determines if the Traveler dialog closes after it finishes a step. For this example we do not check this checkmark. That makes testing the Travelers easier (That way you do not have to open the traveler each time you finished a step).
Determines if the Flow Definition Grabs or Creates Parts. For this example we will configure the Flow to create the parts.
This determines the State of the Parts on the Travelers when the Traveler finished its last Step (The state of the Traveler will be 'Closed').
The following figure shows step by step on how to create the Flow Definition.
Take the following steps to create a Flow Definition.:
After defining the information on the General Tab, you have to Add the Steps to the Flow Definition. The step by step sequence to add steps is shown in the following figure:
The following figure shows the Flow Steps dialog after the two steps are added to the Flow Definition.
After you have added the 2 steps you can press the 'Next' button in the upper right corner. This will move the Flow Definition from the Pending to the Active State.
This is a very basic example. Click the following link to start using this Flow to move Parts.
You can start extending this configuration by clicking one of the following links.