Setting the weekly throughput
Weekly throughput is the total hours of production operations completed during an average week.
If you have enabled automatic production deadline calculations (read more), you need to set a weekly throughput for your workshop. You can set it by navigating to the Manufacturing section, clicking on 'Configure estimates' at the top corner of the manufacturing orders list and switching on the toggle button for calculating production deadlines.
Katana MRP uses the production time for each Manufacturing Order (MO) and weekly throughput of your workshop to estimate the production deadline for MOs. Production time for a product can be set in production operations on the product card.
Example for setting the weekly throughout:
- 3 production employees work on a full-time basis in the workshop (40 hours per week per employee).
- The total working time per week is 3 x 40 hours = 120 hours.
- In weekly throughput, you should only include productive hours, not the total working time. Taking into account the time the production team might spend on searching for any missing materials, the lunch break and coffee breaks etc., total productive hours for 3 employees could be approximately 100 hours per week.
We recommend checking the 'Last 7 days actual' value in the estimates configuration window, which gives you an indication of the actual weekly throughput for your workshop. It is the sum of production times for all completed Manufacturing Orders over the last 7 days.
Note: if your 'Last 7 days actual' value differs significantly from the weekly throughput you have set for your workshop, it might indicate a need to change the weekly throughput or revise the duration of production operations for your products. Some products might take more or less time to produce than you have estimated in production operations.