The first thing we must configure is the number of hours shown in the calendar (template) and the hours of the day in which each of the machines is operational, the days of the week and holidays each month. In this way, Twist Print can know what resources it can count on each day.

Configurations > Time zone

With this the calendar template will be displayed from 07:00 hr to 21:00 hr.

After that configure the structure of the calendar (order and name of columns).

Settings > Machines > Yellow button "Schedule machines".

Here you can define the display order of the machines in the calendar, the name of the columns and the number of machines contained within a column (yes, they can be grouped).

Finally, you have to define the specific working hours of each of them.

Settings > Machines > Green clock icon

Then, we have two options, to generate the schedule manually or automatically.

When developing a work order at the bottom we can choose:

Production > Job tickets > Select a Job ticket

Green button: save and generate the Job Ticket. It will generate the Job Ticket and advances towards the following state.

Blue button: save, generate Job Ticket, and auto schedule. This option will generate the Job Ticket and also it will automatically schedule the job following the optimal Twist Print strategy.

Additionally, we can see from Production > Scheduling, that we can schedule manually or automatically (blue calendar button) all the jobs we have available, even if they have only been saved and not planned at the time of developing the Job Ticket.

How would you like to plan the presses, project, part or press sheet?

You must configure how you need to schedule each job ticket as default: by project, part or project.

Each schedule can have 3 icons:

  • Shopping Cart: light gray indicates that there is an order generated for that job (dark gray: purchase order in process, black: paper received at the plant).

  • Plate: when black, indicates that the plates of that piece, sheet, or project have already been burned.

  • Knife: when it is black, it indicates that the paper of that piece, sheet, or project has already been pre-cutted.

Schedule by Project: there will be a schedule in the calendar for each machine contained in an order.

Note 1: if an order has two parts, ex: Cover and Text, but they are printed in the same press, then there will be only one schedule with the total duration of the order.

Note 2: This is recommended for companies processing relatively short jobs or for digital machines.

Note 3: For flexo and large format it is recommended to select this option. For offset printing, we also suggest this option because it is the simplest to manage.

Schedule by Part: there will be a schedule in the calendar for each part contained in the project.
This is recommended for companies that process long runs and multiple sheets.

Schedule by Press sheet: A schedule will appear for each "press sheet" or "form" contained in the order.

If we have decided to plan by press sheets or part, How can we report the progress of production?

Note: if the pre-press/cutting or press operator registered the Job Ticket as "finished", the reports logic will be skipped by part and the whole work order will be advanced, saving the operator administrative work in case it is required.

In addition, if the operator makes the mistake of not finishing one press sheet and starts with the next, he can also report all the work on the first sheet, without affecting the statistics.

In order to pass from press status onwards, it is necessary to have finished each scheduled part contained in the order.

If by default I plan the production by part but I want to schedule it in a particular order and report it by press sheets, How can do I do it?

Why does each operator see different colors?

Depending on having reported "burned plates", "cutted paper" and  "finished in press" the icons explained at the beginning will be marked in black. This will change the color of the orders in the calendar, thus giving feedback to the operators that the job is finished despite the fact that the general order is in Imposition state.

Once the whole process is finished in each station, it is required anyways to click the button to finish the whole process of "prepress, pre-cut or press".

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