In this article we’ll take a look at a feature that has been around since Fusion 2.6—putting chuteside jobs in a queue. The queue gives feedlot managers more control over how jobs are set up and a chance to review the job before it is finalized, all from the office.
Adding a Job to the Queue
To add a job to the queue, go to Fusion Chuteside→Jobs→Start Job and follow these steps:
- Choose the location the job will be performed at.
- Choose “Start A Brand New Job”.
- Choose the job you want to start.
You will then be presented with the Job Options window where you can set the job up exactly the way you want. When finished, click the Add To Queue button instead of the Start Job button. At this point you can give the job a different name for the queue. You can also check the Request Finalization option. Then click the Add To Queue button and the job will now be in the queue.
Starting a Queued Job
When the crew is ready to start a job that is in the queue, they choose Start Job→Start An In Queue Job and then choose the job they want to start. The jobs will be listed by the queue name you gave them. After they choose the job, they will not see the Job Options window. Instead, the job will be ready to begin immediately.
About Job Queue Names
When you are giving the job a name before adding it to the queue, you want to name it something that will make sense to the crew that will be doing the job. For example, you might have a generic “Re-implant” job you want to use to re-implant several lots during the week. Maybe the job needs to be set up differently for each lot (a different implant or weight breaks, for example). You could add a job for each lot to the queue and name it after the lot (Lot 1 Re-implant, Lot 2 Reimplant, etc.). When the crew runs the job they just choose the job based on the name of the lot they are working with.
The Request Finalization Option
If you turn this option on before queueing a job, Fusion will not allow the crew to finalize the job when they are done. Instead, they’ll only have the option to send the job for review. When they do this, you will get a message that a job is ready to review. From the office, you can review the job and finalize it when you are satisfied it is done correctly. (If you are set up to receive text messages when an urgent message is sent, you’ll get a text when these jobs are done.)
I’d like to mention another feature that ties in nicely with the job queue. One of the options in the Job Definition window is the checkbox labeled “Requires elevated permissions to begin job”. When this option is turned on, the job cannot be started by someone who doesn’t have the correct permissions set. You could set this option for jobs that should only be added to the queue from the office. That way, only your managers could start the job, but they could do it from the office and get it in the queue so anyone else could actually do the job.
We hope this feature adds the flexibility and control your chuteside managers need in making sure the correct things are done during each job.