Tools are accessories that can, sometimes, be required to perform an Operation. Tools can affect the routing positions in many aspects. For example, tools can:
- Increase the cost of Operation
- Limit production capacity if the tool is in use and is required for another Operation
- Change the production time when tools can make the process faster or slower or when tools can process a different number of products at the same time
Utilities, on the other hand, are simplified tools that cannot limit the production capacity nor change the production time.