A few months ago, I presented our Model for Resource Planning HTML5 Gantt Charts in a two-part blog post. Now that we have successfully realized many more projects in the meanwhile it is time to give you an update.
Whether an operation needs a rest time after processing and how long this will be is an important information for the production planner and hence should be visualized in his planning table. In the daily life of manufacturing companies you can find a lot of examples for operations with rest times: After varnishing, a table top has to dry for 24 hours before it can be further worked on. In theory, visualizing rest times in the planning board is very easy: you have to create a node with two layers – the first one visualizing the operation, the second one the rest time. One of our VARCHART XGantt customers recently asked how he could visualize rest times that can also be outside working hours, if, e.g., the drying phase of the paint falls on a weekend. For this, you have to take into account the “Duration field” setting in the Edit Layer dialog for the “Wait Time” in VARCHART XGantt. Click here to learn more:
During the last years we gained a lot of experience in developing HTML5 Gantt charts. It boiled down to a generalized model for resource planning, that is now basis of our Visual Scheduling Widget. How this model looks like, I started to explain in my previous blog post, when I described the data model and its' different types of objects we think are relevant to visualize resources and their activities.
In this post I explain how to map the members of this data model to interactive graphical representations. So the second (and last 😉) part of my series of blog posts about our generalized model for HTML5 Gantt Charts refers to the concept of mapping.
Some time ago, I reported on the way NETRONIC helps its customers develop web applications for scheduling or resource planning by offering custom tailored, interactive HTML5 Gantt charts. Since then, things have evolved outstandingly. My update on this is the following blog post about our new generalized model for resource planning that is today the basis of our Visual Scheduling Widget.
Resource load plays a key role when it comes to order planning. Planners have to ask themselves whether a certain resource has enough capacity on a certain day to work off a task. Usually, the capacity load is visualized by a capacity curve, also called histogram, in a Gantt chart. In this blogpost I‘ll introduce two other ways of displaying capacity load: by an own resource view and by a calendar view as is known from Microsoft Outlook.
In spite of the steadily growing automation, many small companies still plan their orders manually. Ideally, they use an interactive planning board for scheduling support. In this case, the order backlog (also called order pool or stock of orders) is an important part of this planning board. We have different ways to visualize this backlog for our customers, the presentation depending on whether the orders consist of several sub orders or not, e.g. For all of you dealing with Gantt charts and manual planning I have summed up four visualization versions.
We at NETRONIC pursue the mission to empower every SMB organization to gain operational agility with visual scheduling. Visual scheduling is the effective management and change of time- and resource-oriented planning data which enables faster decision making, more reliable delivery time commitments, and a better use of resources. Consequently, we offer Gantt charts for visual scheduling. In that regard, customers often ask us what we mean exactly when we speak about a "Gantt chart scheduler" and for whom this tool is appropriate. This blog post provides an answer to this question.
Gantt charts visualize tasks, resources or capacities along a timeline and so provide an optimum overview for planners. When designing them, one should keep in mind to directly show information that is essential for the planner so that he can quickly recognize planning conflicts and intervene. Showing too much information might jeopardize the clarity. That is why a tooltip is a good way of showing important data only if needed. What is true for Gantt charts also applies to tooltips: information has to be perceived quickly, meaning that it has to be presented in a clearly sorted and arranged way. This step-by-step guide shows users of our Gantt component VARCHART XGantt how to design a clearly arranged tooltip.