Monthly Archives: April 2014

Chuteside Job Queue

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.)

Elevated Permissions

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.

Virtual Chuteside Jobs

Have you ever finished a chuteside job and then realized that you had given a product to every animal that wasn’t recorded in Fusion? Or perhaps you wished you could have Fusion pre-sort animals based on some criteria it already knew about? Virtual chuteside jobs can be used for these kinds of situations.

A virtual job is a chuteside job that can be run from an office computer and is based on a selection of animals. Of course, some things will not make sense in this context. For example, obviously Fusion will not be able to get an accurate weight for the animal. But many things will work just fine.

So how do you create a virtual job? You will first need to get a list of animals that you want to be in the job. You might do this by looking at a previous job and viewing the animals from that job. You might select a lot or pen and then open the Animal list as a child window to get a list of all the animals in that lot or pen. Or you might just open the Animal list window directly and apply a search to get the desired animals.

However you arrive at a list of animals, the next step is to select the animals. (Tip: the animals will show up in the job in the same order as they are listed, so if you need them in a certain order—to apply a tag number, for example—make sure you order the list appropriately first.) Next click the Modify menu button and select Start A Virtual Job With Selected Animals. You can then select a job, set the job up, and get started.

The first thing you might notice is that the job controller has some additional information indicating that this is a virtual job and how many animals are in the job. At this point there are two ways to move through the job:

  • Click the Next button to bring in each animal from the list into the job. This works well if there is something manual you need to do for each animal. The job will proceed just as if you were at a real chuteside with each animal coming into the chute. If you can finalize the job before all the animals from the list are brought into the job, the extra animals will not be included.
  • If you don’t need to do something manual to each animal, click the gear button in the Job Controller window and choose Automatically Do Virtual Job. This will start at the current animal and automatically bring each animal from the list into the job. When it is done, you can review the animals like normal before finalizing.

Fusion is not meant to handle more than 300-400 animals in a normal job and the same is true for virtual jobs. Keep that in mind when you are selecting animals for the job. If you need to work with more animals than that, it is best to divide into multiple jobs.

Virtual jobs are a powerful addition to Fusion and can be very useful in many situations. We hope you give them a try!