Due Date Schemes (TMS)

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Due date schemes allow users to configure a set of conditions which will be used to automatically calculate a due date for projects received via the submitter portal or automated project creation (legacy).

Due date calculation

  • The due date is calculated for each language based on the total net words for that language (as seen in the summary table in the respective analysis), the latest date is then used for the project due date.

  • The due date is calculated based on the operating system time zone settings.

  • Net counts (e.g. net word count) are used if the net rate scheme is specified in the service.

  • When SP and APC generate analysis for the first workflow step:

    • The net rate scheme for the first workflow step is used.

    • The number of workflow steps has no impact on the calculation.

Set up Due Date Scheme

Follow these steps:

  1. From the Settings Setup_gear.png page, scroll down to the Automation section and click on Due date schemes.

    The Due date schemes page opens.

  2. Click New.

    The Create page opens.

  3. Specify scheme details.

    Name, Quota and Office hours are mandatory fields.

    • Quota

      Quota is used to determine the volume of characters, words or pages that can be processed within a given time period. The combination of these two factors is used to calculate an hourly rate for which documents can be translated.

      When a document is submitted, the values are used to calculate the approximate delivery time (e.g. it takes 5 hours to translate 50 words).

      The lowest calculation threshold is set to 2 hours. This ensures that even small assignments do not add up to create unrealistic delivery times.

    • Working days

      Working days specify what days assignments are worked on and used to calculate a Due Date.

      Non-business days can be used to exclude specific days from the calculation (e.g. bank holidays, or a company-wide absence).

    • Office hours

      Office hours specify which hours of the given workday work is performed on assignments.

      Depending on when the Due Date falls, they are also used to specify the Start of the calculation and Delivery times.

    • Start

      Specifies the starting time of the calculation depending on whether the documents have been received during or after office hours. The calculation can start immediately, a specific number of hours after submission, or at a specific day and time.

      Use case:

      • The calculation for jobs received DURING office hours starts immediately after document is received.

      • The calculation for jobs received AFTER office hours starts at the beginning of the next working day.

      Small jobs (e.g. 10 words) submitted less than 2 hours before the end of office hours are regarded as being delivered AFTER office hours. This ensures that small assignments are not delivered late due to being submitted near the end of the office hours and not being addressed in time.

    • Delivery

      Based on the Quota, Office hours, and Start time, a Due Date is automatically calculated using an hourly rate. Depending on the size, this determines when jobs should be delivered but may fall both during and after specified office hours or working days. Delivery rules specify how the deadline should be adjusted if the Due Date falls outside of the desired time ranges. Due Date can also be adjusted for jobs to be delivered within office hours.

      Use case:

      • A job’s due date falls on Wednesday, 18:00 (outside of office hours),

        • Rule defines that job is not delivered immediately, but in the next working day at a specified hour.

      • A job is calculated to be delivered at 13:00 (inside office hours).

        • Rule defines that job is delivered immediately or at a specified hour during the same working day.

    • Large assignments

      The automatically calculated due date can be extended by a specified number of hours or days depending on the size of the received job.

      Click add.png to add more size exceptions.

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