Two deadlines in a linear workflow scenario

In this scenario, a linear PDF workflow sends each job through an external program for the accounting department and then prints the job. You want to set one deadline for the external program and another deadline for printing the job. You place two SetDeadline steps in the workflow. The first SetDeadline step tracks the time required to complete the RunExternalProgram step. The second SetDeadline step tracks the time to print each job after it completes the RunExternalProgram step.

Linear PDF workflow

SetJobPropsFromTextFile

DetectInputDataStream

CountPages

SetDeadline: makes RunExternalProgram the deadline step; sets 30 minutes for the deadline time (Deadline date = Relative to property value; Property = Current time; Plus or minus = 30 minutes).

RunExternalProgram: runs a program for the accounting department.

SetDeadline: makes PrintJobs the deadline step; sets 15 minutes for the deadline time (Deadline date = Relative to property value; Property = Current time; Plus or minus = 15 minutes).

PrintSetup: lets the operator verify that the requested paper is loaded in the trays.

CreatePageRanges

PrintJobs

RetainCompletedJobs

RemoveJobs

With this workflow, you can see whether a job meets or misses each of its deadlines. If a job misses its first deadline, Ricoh ProcessDirector adds a red dot to the Schedule risk column for the job in the Jobs table. If the job then meets its second deadline, the red dot is removed. You can see an audit history of the deadline outcomes for both steps in the job log. If you have installed the Reports feature, you can create an audit report. Select Deadline outcome as another property that the system tracks for reports and then add Deadline outcome to a custom report template.

With this workflow, you can see whether a job meets or misses each of its deadlines. If a job misses its first deadline, the row for the job on the Jobs table is colored red. If the job then meets its second deadline, the red color is removed from the row. You can see an audit history of the deadline outcomes for both steps in the job log. If you have installed the Reports feature, you can create an audit report. Select Deadline outcome as another property that the system tracks for reports and then add Deadline outcome to a custom report template.

 
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