Autodesk Prodsmart enables you to create and edit shifts on your end, so that you can specify when workers and machines start and end their working hours. Take a look below at the steps needed to create your first shift.

How to create shifts

1. On the left-side bar, go to Workers -> Shifts

2. Click “+ Add Shift”

3. In the following screen, you can create your shift by adding schedules. Schedules represent individual working hours with no breaks.

Let’s consider for example a shift that starts at 07:00 AM and ends at 04:00 PM, with two breaks: from 09:30 AM to 10:00 AM and from 12:30PM to 01:00 PM.

This shift consists of 3 schedules:

  • From 07:00 AM to 09:30 AM,

  • From 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM,

  • And from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM.

When you click and drag on the calendar you are prompted with the following screen:

This screen allows you to specify the days of the week where the schedule is to be applied as well as its start and end times. You can also use the shortcuts on the top right corner of the screen to select the days: Select All, Select None, and Select business days.

On the video below you can check how to create this shift:

4. The following step includes filling the shift code on the top right corner of the screen.

You can introduce a code manually, such as Mon-Fri 07:00AM/04:00PM or use the magic wand next to the code box. The magic wand will make Autodesk Prodsmart to suggest you the shift code considering each individual schedule that you created.

5. Save your shift by using one of the following options on the bottom.

Additional considerations

1. You should only edit shifts in case it has been incorrectly set. If your workers or machines shift has changed, you should create a new one and add a shift change.

Consider a scenario in which from the following month onwards the shift presented above will be changed: the morning break will start at 09:00 AM and end at 09:30 AM. You shouldn’t change the shift to accommodate this change - doing it will impact all the production records collected between this time interval.

The correct approach is creating a new shift - with new schedules -, and creating shift change for the workers impacted by this change. You can investigate how to create shift changes here.

2. Schedules cannot be overlapped

When adding a new schedule, ensure that it doesn’t overlap any existing schedule. If you do such, the system will display a warning message, similar to the one below. If you click "confirm", the schedule that you created will replace the existing schedules on overlapping days.

3. If a shift starts in one day and ends on the following one, you need to create (at least) two schedules.

Schedules always start and end on the same day. Therefore, in a scenario where the worker starts at 10:00 PM and ends at 06:00 AM on the day after, you must create two separate schedules: one from 10:00 PM until 11:59 PM, and another from 12:00 AM until 06:00 AM.

4. Shifts can only be accessed by admin user roles

Please beware that only admin user roles will be able to create and edit shifts. You can check your user role here.

If after reading this article you still have some doubts, feel free to reach out to us through our Live-chat feature, or directly to your CSM.

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