Factory Commander® v3.3 Release Notes


Installing Factory Commander®

To install this application you will need the FC33Setup.exe installation program, which can be obtained from the WWK products web site.  This site requires a specific user name and password.  If not known, contact WWK.  Once downloaded, run the FC33Setep.exe program on your PC.  Follow the directions shown on the screens.  This program can be installed and run concurrently with earlier application releases.


The installation of Factory Commander now requires the two folders be defined by the user:  one for the program (this includes the executable program and all non-editable support files), the other is the Database Folder.  The Database Folder, and its sub-folders, contains all of the program’s data and configuration files that are potentially writable.  The installation program will prompt you for both of these locations.  It is suggested that you use the default locations.  The default location of the model data folder may be changed after installation (see topic below).


If you are currently using the beta version of Factory Commander® v3.3, you will need to uninstall the beta program and install this release.  This action will not alter or remove user data or change program default settings.  Once the v3.3 program has been installed, follow the instructions in the Update Factory Commander topic.


Windows XP, Vista or Win 7 Installations

Installation of Factory Commander® on to the Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 operating systems requires Administrator privileges to be able to make changes to the Windows registry.  If you do not have these rights, contact your IT support or network administrator and have them log on to your system as Administrator to allow program installation.  Administrator privileges are not required for the program’s use or for running the program updates (patches).


Program and Database Folders (from the Installer)

During the installation of the program you will be prompted for the location of the Factory Commander program and the database.  Depending on the version of Windows, the Program Folder location will default to either:  “C:\Program Files (x86)\Factory Commander 3.3\” for 64-bit versions of Windows, or “C:\Program Files\Factory Commander 3.3\” for 32-bit versions of Windows.  It is advisable that you use the default location as provided.  This will eliminate the need to manually find the program folder when running future updates.  The installer will also prompt you for the location for the Database Folder.  This folder contains the writable files for the program (database table, example models, etc.).  This location may be changed as desired.  However, using the default location does not prevent you from changing the location for any user-created data (*.fcm models, Excel template files, etc.) after installation.  The location for these files may be set as desired from within the Factory Commander program at any time after installation.


HASP Key Driver Installation

If this is the first time Factory Commander® has been installed on your system, you will need to load the HASP device drivers.  Run the Hasp Setup.exe from the \Factory Commander 3.3 folder or by Windows Start menu: Start | Programs | Factory Commander v3.3 | Install HASP Drivers.  Note that the same HASP key used can be used for this release and any prior release of Factory Commander, so you should not need to reinstall the drivers if you are using a prior release on the same computer system.


Changing the Default Model Folder

Once the program is installed, the default location for model files (*.fcm) will be in a folder below the “Database” folder.  This folder’s location was indicated in the Database Folder dialog of the installation program.   For Windows 7 or Vista, the location of the model folder is: C:\Users\[User Name]\AppData\Local\Factory Commander 3.3\Models.  And for Windows XP it is: C:\Documents & Settings\[User Name]\Application Data\Factory Commander 3.3\Models.  It is likely that you will want to change this to a more familiar and convenient location prior to working with your models.  To change the model folder, run Factory Commander and change the path for the “FC Model Data Folder” field.  This field is found on the Program Settings page of the Program Defaults form (from the File menu).  


Updating Factory Commander®

Once you have completed the program installation, run the latest update (FC330xxUpdate.exe) also located on this site.  This provides fixes made from the time of the installer program was created until now.  It contains the latest program executable, CHM help file, and other related files.  Updates are posted to this site periodically without notice, so check for the latest prior to using the application.  If you have difficulties installing the setup program, or have any issues with the Factory Commander v3.3 application itself, please contact WWK tech support at [email protected].


Upgrading Model Data

The function of upgrading models is irreversible.  Therefore, if you want to use this release with models from a prior version (3.2 or earlier); it is best that you make copies of the model files prior to upgrading them.  To do this, go to Windows Explorer and copy your *.fcm files to a different location, such as the default model location (as described above). 

Run the Factory Commander® v3.3 program and locate the model file to be upgraded from the Open Model dialog.  Upon opening the model, the program will identify it as being the previous version and prompt you to upgrade it.  As part of the upgrade process, new data fields will be added and outdated fields removed.


Major Enhancements & Changes in this Release

The following describes the significant enhancements in this version with respect to Version 3.2.

·         Overhead Categories can be Classified as either Product-Allocated or Corporate – You now have the ability to class each overhead category as either a product-allocate cost, or a corporate enterprise cost. This determines how the costs are presented on the costing and financial reports. 

·         Ability to Select Individual Tool Groups or Material Items for Reports and Graphs – When outputting reports, you now have the capability so select a sub set of the total defined in a model.  This feature applies to on-screen reporting, printing, and exporting to Excel or PDF/HTML/Word conversions.  It also applies to the Standard calculated reports, Custom Defined reports, Graphs, and Inputs Reports where the record type are either tool group or material item based. 

·         Product Linking and Transformation Capabilities Enhanced – The capability of linking different product components together has been enhanced to allow splitting of one product to multiple down-stream products.  Among other things, this capability enables modeling of binning completed units for selling at different prices.  Changes pertinent to this feature include:

§         The Product Transformation page that was located on the Product Data form has been moved to its own form and renamed to Product Linking and Transformation

§         The Transformation Relationship field, that in previous versions was a user input, has now been changed to be a calculated field and renamed to Linkage Relationship.  This change was made to enable the relationship to be a result of the connection between the sub-products, and not a required input that had needed to be made prior to configuring the linkages.

§         A feature has been added to allow splitting of the product.  This includes a button on the right side of the Product Linking & Transformation form that facilitates duplicating products to enable that product to be linked to two or more different next products.

§         A new field has been added called the Split Ratio.  It is used in situations where a product separated into two or more down-stream products (i.e. a product split).  It allows division and allocation of the production volume to the down-stream products in situations where the demand is designated at the up-stream product in the linked product family.

§         The name for the family of linked products can be changed for reporting purposes.

§         A new import/export template has been added which includes the data that relates specifically to the product's linking & transformation.  This data has now been removed from the Product Data import/export template.

·         Utilization Rate Limit Expanded to be a Function of Tool Count – The functionality for the tool group's utilization rate limitation has been expanded to allow different limits based on user-defined ranges of calculated tool count. 

·         Default Sector for Process Step Can Be Specified – A sector assignment made at the tool group level can now be allowed as a default at the process step. 

·         Normalized Unit Conversion Expanded Over Time – Normalized Unit Conversion factor inputs are now separated by year for the first six years of the modeling timeframe.  In earlier releases, this was a single input applying to all periods. 

·         Operation & Maintenance Cost Added as New Sensitivity Output – Several new sensitivity outputs have been added to the program specific to the category of operation and maintenance costs.

·         Normalized Unit Costs Can be Presented on the Unit Cost Reports – As an option, the Unit Cost per Step and the Unit Cost per Sector reports can present the normalized unit cost (e.g. $/watt,  $/cm2, $/pin) in place of the cost per production unit. 

·         Sampling Rate Upper Limit – A feature is now available enabling a maximum number of production units to be sampled at metrology or other testing operations.  .

·         Material Cost at Step Modeled as Total Cost or Total Amounts – New methods have been added enabling material items to be modeled as either the total cost or the total quantity of the item consumed at the step.  This is in addition to the ability to model material based on production unit rates. 


Other Changes

·         Ability to Choose the Character Separating a Record's ID and Description

·         Ability to Show Name of the Data Type in Header of Exported Excel Files 

·         Enhanced Abilities for Process Step Data Export

·         Calculated Reports and Graphs Separated to their Own Form – The selection forms for the calculated output, which includes the Standard Reports, the Graphs and Charts and the Custom Reports, now each reside on their own separate form.  This enables better form sizing as it relates to the specific set of output selections.

·         Force Program Calculation Feature Revised – The "Force All Calculations to Run" feature has been changed to enable configuration of a persistent on or off (checked or unchecked) setting.  This means that you can set it one time and it will always force all the prior calculators to be re-calculated each time the Run button is clicked.  Also, this feature has been moved to the "More Options" portion of the Run Calculations form. 

·         "Total Labor Cost-based" Method Added for Overhead Cost Calculations – A new Cost Calculation Method was added to the Overhead cost titled “Total Labor Cost-based”.  This method allows an overhead category to be modeled as a function of the total headcount that includes both the direct and indirect labor categories. 

·         Modeling Timeframe Redesigned to be its Own Form – The inputs that were formerly found on a page of the General Model form have now been moved to a separate form titled Modeling Timeframes. 

·         Labor Used at Tool Group inputs and the Maintenance Used at Tool Group inputs Separated to their Own Forms – The pages titled 'Operators & Support Labor' and 'Maintenance Labor' that were formerly part o the Tool Group Data form have been removed and are now separate input forms.  These forms have been renamed to Labor Used at Tool Groups and Maintenance Used at Tool Groups, respectively.  

·         Model Data Set Exports can Include Record Types with No Defined Records – When exporting Model Data Set to Excel, the program now provides the option of creating a tabbed page for the record type even when no data records exist in the model's database.  Prior version of Factory Commander would automatically omit that record type from export. 

·         Grid Drop-Down Menu Enhanced – The program has been reconfigured to allow the drop-down arrow on selection menu fields to be visible in the grids in all situations.  Prior releases would only show the drop-down arrow icon when the user accessed the cell. 

·         Font Type Can be Selected for the Program's Interface – Users can now select the font type for display of text on all forms and menus.

·         Font Sizes Can be Selected for the Program's Interface – Included in this feature is the ability of the program to respect the Large Font selection made for the Windows operating system. 

·         Inputs Adjusted by Time Period when the Model Start Date is Changed – The program now provides the option of adjusting inputs for periodic fields from one time period to another in situations where a user changes the start date.

·         Period Record Sort Field Added to Excel Export – A numeric field is now included in export for the calculated reports to enable definitive and easier means of sorting records by time period.

·         Row and Header Heights of Grids can be Resized – Users are able to adjust the height of the grid’s rows and its header.  The changed row height is saved with models and maintained for the next session.

·         Currency Precision for Normalized Unit Cost Added for Reports – A user can now set the number of digits to the right of the decimal and the units of currency (e.g. either $ or $x1000) for the normalized unit cost that are shown on reports. 

·         Scrap Display Now a Report Option – The option to include scrap costs is now a report option and has been changed to be independent of the program calculations. 

·         Exact Number of Tool added to the Production Capacity at Step report

·         Sector ID added to the Production Capacity at Step report  

·         Equipment Category ID added to the Tool Group Utilization report.

·         Throughput and Usage Rate Inputs Expanded to Match Native Timeframe Periods – The Throughput Capacity inputs are now expanded to match each native period of the modeling timeframe.  Previous releases were quarterly for the first two years, and annual input for years 3 through 6 of the model.

·         Operations Time at Tool Group Inputs Expanded to Match Native Timeframe Periods – The Operations Time (specific to the tool group) inputs are now repeated for each native period of the modeling timeframe.  In previous releases, these were annual input applying to the first six years of the model.

·         Headcount at Sector Inputs Expanded to Match Native Timeframe Periods – The labor headcount at the sector inputs are now expanded to match each native period of the modeling timeframe.  In previous releases, these were quarterly for the first two years, and annual input for years 3 through 6 of the model.

·         Labor Availability Inputs Expanded to Match Native Timeframe Periods – Labor Availability Percentage inputs are now repeated for each native period of the modeling timeframe.  In previous releases, these were annual inputs applying to the first six years of the model. 

·         Tool Group's Spare Parts Rates Expanded Over Time – Spare Parts Cost/Rates are now repeated for each native period of the modeling timeframe.  In previous releases, this was a single input applying to all periods. 

·         Product Transformation Factors Expanded Over Time – The product's Transformation Factors are now repeated for each year up to the first 6 years of the modeling timeframe.  In previous versions, this was a single input applying to all periods. 

·         Import/Export Template Added for Throughput Over Time data – The data for throughput rates over time and usage rates rate over time have been removed from the Step Data template and now reside on there own data template. 

·         Import/Export Template Added for Product Linking and Transformation data – The data for linking and transforming of products, have been removed from the Product Data template and now reside on there own data template.

·         Revised Production Volume Header Default for Reports – This field has been changed from a checkbox showing the production volume in a report, to a drop-down menu.  A new selection item has been added called 'Prompt for Each Report' as an option.

·         MAT Expenditure Input Eliminated – This input is no longer needed due to the introduction of Corporate Overhead classifications and modeling.

·         Eliminated Option to Calculate Unit Cost Based on Number Units Out at Step – This option was eliminate because it was a non-standard means of calculating unit cost for products, and tended to needlessly complicate the calculations of unit cost for those reports.