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Production scheduling and order tracking

Bator Scheduler is the production scheduling and order tracking solution that helps customers increase the accuracy of delivery dates, identify untapped production capacity, and allows for planning of preventative maintenance.

Shop floor driven

Bator Scheduler provides a central planning board that is driven by real-time data from the shop floor.

Using a specialized mobile interface, machine Operators can provide status updates about orders and machines, which is then instantly reflected in the main planning software and digital signage such as Live Screens and Dashboards.



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Manage all orders in one application

Easily plan, organize, and track all your planned orders in one application that’s driven directly by the actual activities on your shop floor.

Increase delivery accuracy

Increase the accuracy of delivery dates with a complete real-time overview of all your planned orders, machine capacity, shifts, and more.

Real-time order status

Follow the status of orders in real-time and instantly see the consequences of machine downtime on dependant and following orders.

Eliminate production bottlenecks

Get an overview of your machines’ capacity, multi-machine orders and dependencies to avoid bottlenecks and costly downtime.

Identify untapped production capacity

Get the most out of your machines and production by knowing exactly when your machines are being used.

Allows for preventative maintenance

Know when to schedule machine maintenance to avoid critical downtime when it’s time to deliver.



Timeline-based overview of machines, orders, and dependencies over several weeks. Each machine has its own row with machine status, orders and shifts. Dependencies are shown as lines between orders.

Order status at a glance

Real-time overview of order and machine status. Orders have indicators and progress bars to show the status of operation, material availability, and delivery. Information can be directed to TV screens for open space monitoring and digital signage.

Machine capacity overview

View the available production capacity for all your machines over weeks and months. Each day is colored to indicate available capacity.

Automatic scheduling

Auto-schedule orders by either placing new orders after the last one scheduled or by placing them further ahead where there is available capacity. Start and end dates can be simulated before scheduling for production.

Rescheduling orders

Modify or delete orders directly from the Timeline or drag-and-drop orders between machines. The consequences of a change are presented for approval before an order, and any affected orders, are automatically rescheduled.

Operator interface

Update order and machine status directly from the shop floor with the Operator interface. Display key order data, start/stop orders, set machine status, or enter reasons for downtime.


Schedule Planned Maintenance similar to orders. If the system is notified that a machine is down, Unplanned Maintenance is auto-inserted in the Timeline and the remaining part of an order, and subsequent orders, are pushed back.


Create custom reports from your order data with the template-based reporting system. Reports can be printed or exported, and templates can be customized with the desired information, layout and style.

Import orders

Auto-import orders from an external system such as an ERP system (using XML formatted data). Use the automatic scheduling feature to quickly simulate and schedule imported orders.


Visual planning board / Timeline
The Timeline provides an overview of time, machines, scheduled orders and order dependencies over several weeks. The timeline is structured with a horizontal calendar running on top and a row for each machine that shows the machine’s status* and the orders scheduled for that machine and their status. Shifts are indicated in the background of each machine’s row.
Easy selection of which group of machines to view. Navigate the Timeline with zoom in/out, mouse-scroll or view a predefined period of time such as the next 5 days. Jump directly to an order with the search option.
Customize your own Timeline views. Configure which elements to show, the hight/width of machine rows, how orders should look and more.
Orders are shown as colored boxes that each contain key information about the order as well as its current status. Order dependencies are visualized as lines between orders and orders are always placed on the machine (row) that will be used to manufacture the order.
Individual shifts can be configured for each machine row.
National holidays are included.
Order and capacity overviews

Bator Scheduler presents an overview of unplanned orders and an overview of available production capacity. For easy access, these overviews are positioned in the bottom part of the interface, below the Timeline.

A list of all unplanned orders that can be searched and sorted as needed. These are orders that have not yet been scheduled for production. Orders can be planned by simply dragging them onto the Timeline.
The capacity overview shows the available production capacity for each machine during the next 4-5 weeks. A specific color is assigned to each day where red days equal no capacity, gray days equal full capacity (free) and green days equal medium capacity.
Planning of orders
An order is made up of one or more Operations that can each be assigned to a specific machine. An Operation can also be marked as “External” which means it will not be scheduled, but will impact the total time of the order. This can be an external operation such as hardening or other operation/process that must be taken into account.
Dependencies describe the relationship between Operations in an order and the sequence in which Operations will be completed. Dependencies are also used when an order or operation must be rescheduled. A line between Operations in the Timeline indicates a dependency.
Only orders that are marked “Approved for Scheduling” can be scheduled/planned on the Timeline. An order/operation box on the Timeline contains key information and has several real-time status bars to provide an overview at a glance: 1. Status of operation: as expected / better / behind 2. Status of material: available / not delivered 3. Status of delivery: in time / close to exceeding delivery date / delivery date exceeded 4. Operation progress: progress bar based on num. of parts done The color of the order/operation top bar indicates whether it is not started, started or finished.
Both the background color and the information displayed in an order/operation is fully customizable such as displaying Start-end time, Customer name, Number of parts, Duration and more. Data such as Parts done is updated in real-time.
Data from previous orders such as order time, setup time, and downtimes are stored in the systems database and can be reused for recurring orders. This makes it convinient and fast to schedule new orders.
Automatic scheduling / Simulation of orders / Import (ERP)
CIMCO Scheduler comes with the ability to auto schedule orders and can simulate the start and end dates of orders before they are scheduled and placed on the Timeline. Orders can be auto scheduled in two ways; by simply placing the new order after the last one scheduled or by placing the new order further in the future at a point with plenty of free production capacity.
Orders can be auto imported from an external system such as an ERP system (using XML formatted data). With the help of the auto scheduling feature in CIMCO Scheduler it becomes an easy workflow to take one or more imported order, simulate their start and end dates, make adjustments if needed, and approve them for scheduling/production.
Rescheduling orders / Drag and drop
All the key information of an order can be updated directly from the Timeline and orders can be drag and dropped from one machine to another. Modifying key information, such as changing the number of planned parts or moving an order to a different machine, will auto reschedule the order itself and any affected orders. When a change affects other orders, CIMCO Scheduler shows all the consequences of the change in a dialog for the user to approve. Rescheduling of affected orders can be disabled if needed.
CIMCO Scheduler allows you to configure how and when auto rescheduling should occur. Set the end-time tolerance before an order is auto rescheduled, set the amount of time that is added to orders that exceed delivery/end date, set if delivery date of stopped jobs should be recalculated when started again and more.
Dedicated Operator interface (PC and mobile)
Login can be enabled for users of the Operator interface. For both security reasons and for user identification and logging.
The Operator interface displays a sorted list of upcoming orders for the machine. An order is started by simply tapping on it and the machine and order’s status is updated in CIMCO Scheduler.
Key information about the current order is displayed in real-time such as Number of items, Order time, Progress, Delivery date, and more. The information shown can be customized.
Enter machine downtime directly from the Operator interface such as Waiting for Setup, Waiting for Maintenance, Scrapped Part, Inspection and more. The remaining order is automatically recalculated and updated in CIMCO Scheduler when the order/job is resumed. Downtime reasons is optional and can be fully configured.
Digital signage / Monitoring
Use Live Screens to visualize the status of running orders and machines* in real-time. Machines are listed top to bottom with dedicated colors that clearly indicate the state of each machine. Colors can be set to flash on critical states and smaller notification/alert lights can be displayed by each machine. Live Screens are entirely customizable and can be displayed on large TV monitors as digital signage or on any mobile device.
Use Dashboards for real-time order data and performance tracking. Dashboards provide an overview of your real-time production data and KPIs at a glance. Dashboards can be displayed on large TV monitors as digital signage or on any mobile device.
Shop Floor Screens provide a bird’s eye view of your entire shop floor and enable you to see the status of all your machines* (and current orders) based on where they are located. The color of machines change based on their state and smaller notification/alert lights can be displayed by each machine. Select any machine to get detailed information such as KPIs, current operator/order and other relevant information. Shop Floor Screens can be displayed on large TV monitors as digital signage and can be viewed and customized on any tablet or smartphone.
CIMCO Scheduler comes with a flexible template-based reporting system. Specify a few criteria such as time period, Machine Group, and which template to use and CIMCO Scheduler generates a report that can be printed or saved. More elaborate search criteria are also supported for generating advanced reports.
Create custom report templates that define the visual layout of reports as well as what data to extract from CIMCO Scheduler and its underlying database. Custom reports require coding knowledge.
With the Dashboards feature in CIMCO Scheduler you can show multiple reports simultaneously for quick access and easy overview. The criteria of each report (time period, Machine Group, ect.) can be changed directly in the Dashboards interface.
Because CIMCO Scheduler is built on the same software foundation as our Manufacturing Data Collection solution, CIMCO MDC-Max, it can take advantage of the same software components including the advanced reporting capabilities in CIMCO MDC-Max.
Fine-grained control over User/Group permissions such as who can schedule orders, change orders, what machines users can access and so forth.
System components
CIMCO Scheduler is built on CIMCO’s proven client/server and database software. It’s a highly scalable solution that can benefit both small shops and corporate enterprises with machines in multiple remote facilities. System software can run on a single PC or, for enterprise requirements, be distributed on multiple servers with an unlimited number of PCs and Web Clients connected. Please note that the system is adapted to your company’s specific requirements and as such the features available depends on your requirements and license type.
The main PC application that provides a central digital planning board where production orders can be planned out, organized and tracked in a timeline-based environment. The application includes time-saving features such as automatic rescheduling of orders, order dependencies, import/export of order data and more. See below for all the details.
Robust and reliable server application that operates a fast SQL database (or Microsoft SQL, PostgreSQL). Does all the heavy lifting in the background such as processing incomming data, updating reports, communicating with external systems and distributing monitoring data to Live Screens, Dashboards, Operator Screens, etc. Features available depends on your requirements and license type.
Modern browser-based webclient that works on any (modern) mobile device such as a tablet, smartphone or smart TV. Enables remote access to Operator Screens, Dashboards, Live Screens and Shop Floor Screens. Data is updated in real-time without any browser-reloading and all clients can be updated from a central point. Supports both a bright and dark theme. Features available depends on your requirements and license type.
Machine port configuration and management is handled by our powerful DNC communications software CIMCO DNC-Max which also provides features such as advanced program transfers, Remote Request, dynamic feedrate and spindle speed adjustment, auto-receive, parameter offsets and much more. Features available depends on your requirements and license type.