Ignoring Prove-Out Parts
On the "Stage 5: OrderLink" page on the SeedTactic: Planning website, parts can be marked as either "Production Ready" or "Prove Out Only". If a part is marked as "Prove Out Only", the part will not be automatically scheduled by OrderLink. Even if there are existing orders or unscheduled bookings, the part is ignored by OrderLink during automatic scheduling. When importing the flexibility plan, OrderLink will display a message on each prove-out part, warning that it will not be automatically scheduled. This allows you to still enter the part in SeedTactic: Planning to ensure the system has available capacity, test potential flexibility plans, and predict costs, while temporarily preventing the part from being automatically scheduled.
Manually test prove-out parts
When OrderLink first starts, there is an option to "Test a prove-out part". In this mode, OrderLink will load the flexibility plan from the cloud (including prove-out parts). You can then select a part and manually specify a load station, pallet, and machine to use. The generated single-part job is then downloaded to the cell controller.
When adding a new part to the system, the suggested sequence of steps is as follows:
Add the part to SeedTactic: Planning website and mark it as "Prove Out Only" on the "Stage 5: OrderLink" page.
Enter monthly (or longer) expected demand for all parts including the new part into the "Stage 1: Goals" page of Planning.
Use Planning to evaluate if the flexibility plan will meet the required demand. If not, changes to the flexibility plan can be made. Also, use Planning to estimate part costs.
Use OrderLink in "Test a prove-out part" mode to run a single part cycle of the new part on a specified pallet-machine. If the part runs successfully, repeat this for all needed pallet-machine combinations.
Once all pallet-machine combinations have been tested, go to the "Stage 5: OrderLink" on the Planning website and switch the part from "Prove Out Only" to "Production Ready".
Manually test new flexibility options for existing parts
While primarily designed with prove-out parts in mind, the "Test a prove-out part" mode of OrderLink is not restricted to prove-out parts. If you want to test out a new pallet-machine combination of an existing part, the "Test a prove-out part" mode can be used to specify any part with any pallet and any machine.