QAD MSW/PSW and Maximizing Available Resources

Posted on: June 25, 2021 | By: Chloe Cope | QAD Financials, QAD Manufacturing, QAD Business Process

The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on businesses in many ways, and manufacturers are no exception. The persistent economic uncertainty has contributed to a labor shortage, making it difficult for companies to plan and fulfill production goals efficiently while maximizing their available resources.

QAD’s MSW/PSW functionality can help to alleviate scheduling issues that may arise if you have fewer workers than you anticipated. It is a very useful tool for planning production lines and maximizing the availability of resources. It is especially helpful when adapting to unexpected or last-minute changes in orders, quantities, available machine capacity and/or labor resources. In this article, we will walk you through the set-up of this functionality.


Step 1: Enable MSW/PSW in Site Maintenance

a. Enter Site and hit Enter

b. Check box “Use Plan/Sched Workbenches” to activate the Workbench for this site.

c. Hit the Next button for changes to take effect

Step 2: Set up production lines in Production Line Maintenance

a. Enter Production Line value

b. Enter Site and hit enter

c. Enter a good Description for this production line

d. Enter Units per Hour (the number of pieces you would get through a work order during its manufactured lead time divided by how many hours that line is running during that time frame.)

e. Check Enable Run Size box

f. Number of lines typically would stay at “1”

g. Horizon End should default to “Day”. The value for the Period Number should be entered as your rough average manufacturing lead time for the items in this Production Line. Do not worry if it isn’t exact for this field.

h. Hit Next

i. Enter your Item numbers that fall under this Production Line

j. Enter a Start Date, typically backdate based on the manufactured lead time to grab any potential past dues for the start up

k. Hit Enter

l. Enter Units per Hour (this allows the planner to change the units per hour for a specific part. The Units per hour from the first screen is your default average units per hour for this line. MSW/PSW will use the item value first)

m. Hit Next and then Back to accept the new record. Repeat for all Items

Step 3: Set up Shift Maintenance

You must set up at least one shift or your production lines will show zero capacity in MSW/PSW.

a. Enter Site

b. Enter newly created Production Line and hit enter

c. Modify Available shifts as needed and then hit Next (if you work Saturday and/or Sunday check those boxes as well)

d. Enter hours per shift that this line will be running > Hit Next > Hit (this creates records) (don’t take out breaks and lunches if the machine continues to run during these times)

Step 4: Set Purchased/Manufactured value to L (repetitive manufacturing) or M (discrete manufacturing)

Step 5: Set up personalized views in MSW/PSW

This only needs to be done once when you go into MSW/PSW for the first time.

a. Click on the Option icon in the top right and click on Preferences

b. In the Search tab enter your History Horizon value (this is how far back on the scheduling grid you want to see information) and your Future Horizon (how far in the future you want to see information)

  • Try to keep the Future Horizon small so that it easier to manage, particularly when you face changes in available resources

c. Accept defaults under the display tab (if you have machines that run 24/7, or if you set your Production Line run times to 24 hours, you may want to check “Consume Prior Days Remaining Capacity”)

d. In the Scheduling tab, we recommend changing “Run MRP on Save” to None. All other values should default to what is showing below.

e. In the Component Availability tab change Computation method to Dynamic.
Enter the value in CAC Horizon. This is how far out in the future you want to see potential Component Shortages. This value will be impacted by your purchase order lead times; however, you want to keep it as small as possible to both make the views easier to manage and read and to make the component availability checks to run faster.

f. Everything else should be left as it is defaulted. The only potential change could be the “Only Key Items” checkbox. This will vary by plant so discuss with your MSW/PSW Site Lead.

Hit “ok” when done, and you are ready to use MSW/PSW to maximize the availability of your production resources!

Next Steps

If you are interested in learning more about MSW/PSW and/or maximizing the use of QAD for production scheduling, contact us here to find out how we can help you grow your business. You can also email us at or call (312) 345-8810.



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