ECO Editor

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ECO Editor

Clicking the ECO buttonECO_button will open the ECO Editor.

An Engineering Change Order (ECO) is sent by the engineering change system to alert the process engineers of changes to the product that are ready to be implemented.

If there was a corresponding ECR for the ECO, the ECO's arrival will close the ECR and move the eBOM status to Released.

All ECOs you see in the left side box can be sorted based on the criteria you have in the Preference settings. For this, go to Tools>Options. Then go to Change Order Tab where you can set the sort options.

Change Order Tab

Change Order Tab

ECO Header

The ECO Header contains summary information about the requested changed. The fields include:

ECO Number: The identification number of the ECO, as received from the engineering system.

Assigned To: The username of the manufacturing engineer to which the ECO has been assigned. This will be blank until the ECO is assigned.

ECR Number: The identification number of the ECR that corresponds to this ECO. This field includes a hyperlink to the ECR.

Status: Displays the state of the ECO. See possible values in the ECO Status section below.

Received On: The date on which the ECO was imported into the Assembly Planner system.

Note: ECOs must be processed according to their import date. If you wish to process an ECO with a later import date, you will need to first delete or process any older ECOs.

Project No.: The project number generated from the engineering system.

Description: A description of the requested change, as listed in the header file sent by the engineering system.

ECO Right Click Menu

Process ECO: Enter the process of turning the ECO into an MCO. Assign it to a User, give it a Due Date, and give it a reason and priority.

Delete ECO: Delete the ECO.

Change Import Date: Change the import date to change its precedence within the queue.

Change Project Work Task: Change the Project No.

Change All Item Revisions to Latest: Update the ECO to reflect the latest revisions of all items affecting the ECO.

ECO Tabs

While Assembly Planner's ECO Header gives an overview of the requested engineering change, the ECO Tabs contain more detailed information. Three of the tabs correspond to the files Assembly Planner receives from the engineering system.

The Header Tab displays more detailed information from the header in the engineering system.

The BOM and Item Tabs both display component (part) information. The BOM Tab shows the structured part list and structure-related component properties. The ParentIDs and ItemIDs show up as hyperlinks; you can click on them to be taken to the Component Editor to view details about the item and the change.



The Item Tab shows a flat file containing global component properties.

Note: You can have a customizable view for the Header, BOM, and Item tabs in the ECO Editor. If you go to any of the Properties within the Header tab and right-click, you will see options including Copy and Customize View. If you select Customize View, you will get a list of all the properties you can either move up or down the list based on importance. You also have an option of making some Properties visible and others invisible. You can also adjust the height of the rows in the Customize View window. This can be done by selecting the property and changing the row height at the bottom of the screen.