Overlapping is when one or more operations in a manufacturing order are started before the previous operation(s) is completed.

In M3 overlapping is regulated in two fields, Queue unit per work center and Queue value in the queue and transportation time tables. This queue value can be overriden for each operation in thr routing. A queue value is the numerical value for each queue unit.

Queue units can be referred to in one of the following ways:


Overlapping can be used for large quantity orders with low transportation costs. The main reason for using it is to shorten lead times for manufactured products.