We produce paper bags, and they machines we run are variable sized machines. We can run several different product lines on them with anywhere between 2-8 hours (sometimes more) of changeover between them. Epicor doesn’t seem to have a way to know contextually that these jobs need to run in a specific order so what we have been doing is taking say 30hrs to a week’s worth of load, scheduling it immediate and manipulating global sequence so at least for a week we can set the exact order we need them to be in to minimize changeovers.
The rock and hard place is Epicor can only schedule based on the information it knows. But how do I tell it if you do the jobs in the order you want it will add 8 more hours to the load of maintenance jobs. Under those circumstances it would make different decisions.