How to: Create Routings

A routing holds master data that captures the process requirements of a given produced item. Once a production order is created for that item, its routing will govern the scheduling of operations as represented in the Prod. Order Routing window under the production order.


  • Item cards are created. For more information, see How to: Set Up Items.

  • Production resources are set up. For more information, see How to: Set Up Work Centers.

  • Gather all data about produced items, production resources, operation specifications, and process times.

To fill in the routing header

  1. In the Search box, enter Routings, and then choose the related link.

  2. Create a new routing. On the Home tab, in the New group, choose New.

  3. In the No. field, number the routing, for example, according to the process or the parent item.

  4. In the Description field, name the routing, for example, after the process or the parent item.

  5. In the Type field, select Serial to calculate the production routing according to the value in the Operation No. field.
    Select Parallel to calculate the operations according to the value in the Next Operation No. field.

  6. To edit the routing, set the Status field to New or Under Development. To activate it, set the Status field to Certified.

To fill in the routing lines

  1. In the Operation No. field, enter the number of the first operation, for example, 10.

  2. In the Type field, specify which kind of resource is used, for example, Work Center.

  3. In the No. field, select the resource to be used, or type it in the field.

  4. In the Routing Link Code field, enter a code to connect the component to a specific operation. If the column is not visible, open the shortcut menu for the column headings, and then choose Choose Columns to add it.


    Routing links between operations and components ensure that material consumption is not posted until it has actually been consumed. In addition, routing links provide a process view in the Production Journal window where components are listed under the linked operation. For more information, see How to: Create Routing Links.

  5. In the Run Time and Setup Time fields, enter the process times needed to perform the operation.


    Setup time is calculated per production order, whereas run time is calculated per produced item.

  6. In the Concurrent Capacities field, specify how many units of the selected resource are used to perform the operation. For example, two people allocated to one packing operation will halve the run time.

  7. Continue to fill in lines for all operations involved in producing the item in question.

  8. To copy lines from an existing routing, on the Actions tab, in the Functions group, choose Copy Routing to select existing lines.

  9. Certify the routing.

  10. You can now attach the new routing to the card of the production item in question. For more information, see How to: Set Up Items.


Remember also to recalculate the item’s standard cost from the Item card: On the Navigate tab, in the Item group, choose Manufacturing, and then set Calc. Standard Cost to All Levels.

Quick guides for manufacturing are available in a document that you can edit and print in Microsoft Office Word. The file, called “Quick Guides – Manufacturing Foundation.doc”, is installed in the documentation folder of your client installation.

See Also


Purpose of the Routings