Orders that have tooling, material, and capacity have a good chance of being completed on time and can be released to the shop floor.

Other orders that do not have all of the necessary elements should not be released because they only cause excess work-in-process inventory and may interrupt work on orders that can be completed.

The process for releasing an order is shown in the side Figure.




























Implementation is arrived at by issuing a shop order to manufacturing authorizing them to proceed with making the item. A shop packet is usually compiled which contains the shop order and whatever other information is needed by manufacturing. It may include any of the following:

- Shop order showing the shop order number, the part number, name, description and quantity;

- Engineering drawings;

- Bills of materials;

- Route sheets showing the operations to be performed, equipment and accessories needed, material to use and the setup and run times;

- Material issue tickets that authorize manufacturing to get the required material from stores;

- Tools requisitions authorizing manufacturing to withdraw necessary tooling from the tool crib;

- Job tickets for each operation to be performed. The worker can log on and off the job using the job ticket and it then becomes a record of that operation;

- Move tickets that authorize and direct the movement of work between operations.