Real time material and labor updating through the Work Center Schedule screen is not only practical, it saves a great deal of time and dramatically improves shop throughput.
It saves time because the alternative, which is updating at the end of the day, means that you are relegated to operating the shop in the dark without any current information.
Real time updating is highly practical because the entries are easy to make and can be done by the workers themselves or their supervisors. It only takes a few clicks to update any job sequence for material issues or labor. Furthermore, these entries cannot be avoided and they are easier to make as they occur compared to the tediousness of batch entry. Any worker or supervisor, even with no computer experience, can be taught to make these simple and highly repetitive entries.