Production Management System (PMS)

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Production Management System Overview

The Production Management System (PMS) allows users to control all aspects of batch production processing in a centralized and decentralized environment. PMS Flowchart (click on screen to enlarge).

PMS consists of the following modules.

Job Scheduling System

Job Scheduling is the user interface to many features of the Production Management system. It provides users with:

  • The ability to schedule batch production processes through simple, menu-driven screens.
  • The ability to create and sequence standard and unique jobs or job groups. A job group contains all jobs required to complete a specific process, such as month-end accounting reports, quarterly grade processing, and so forth.
  • The flexibility for specifying output devices, number of copies, and special handling instructions.
  • User prompts to enter required parameters and report formats.
  • The ability to reduce terminal data entry time through automatic schedule copying facility.

For complete documentation, see Using the Job Scheduling SystemPDF and Job Scheduling Instructions Documentation.

Operator Interface (OPI)

The Operator Programmer Interface (OPI) provides the computer operator with a method of monitoring and controlling daily batch processing. It enables the operator to rerun jobs, change job statuses, modify parameters, and make other changes to the Job Initiator and is used to set the production mode.

Download Operation User Interface GuidePDF.

Job Initiator

The Job Initiator is a program that automatically launches and monitors the scheduled jobs. It can execute several jobs concurrently while maintaining the job group, priority, and sequence integrity.

Output Distribution

The Output Distribution process allows users to produce report output on various printers and forms according to the data specified by the user on the Job Scheduling screens.

Job Scheduling/Output Distribution Utilities

The Job Scheduling/Output Distribution Utilities allows the applications programmer or systems manager to load and unload parameters, accounts, job groups, and job control language for each job.


The Transporter system allows data files and messages to be transferred between computers in a distributed computing environment.

For complete documentation, download Transporter Programmer/Operator Reference ManualPDF.

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