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Service Installer Shop Load Facility

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109795D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-24
Document File: 2 page(s) / 59K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hull, RC: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for providing shop load information for an automotive repair facility using a computing system.

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Service Installer Shop Load Facility

       Disclosed is a method for providing shop load information
for an automotive repair facility using a computing system.

      The method disclosed replaces manual control using paper
calendars or lists with control utilizing a computing system in a
manner that provides an overall view of shop loading as an aid in
setting appointments and schedules.

      A typical primary screen associated with this method is shown
in the figure.  For ease of explanation, use of a computer "mouse" is
assumed.  The system can be described as follows:
1.  The computer display contains a calendar consisting of three
weeks with the current date appearing within the center week, a list
of technician names and service bays, the current date, shop load
currently displayed, and "up/down arrows" used to scroll backward and
forward through the calendar.
2.  The bar graph appearing in each date "box" represents the shop
load for that date.
3.  The height of each bar graph is determined by comparing the
maximum number of hours or jobs allowed per day (set by the user)
with the hours or jobs set as service appointments are made.  For
example, if 10 jobs per day are allowed and 5 have been booked, the
bar graph will be 1/2 the height of the date "box".
4.  Individual  technician or service bay loading is viewed by
pointing and clicking the mouse at the desired technician or bay (or
entire shop).
5.  Pointing and clicking at any calendar da...