A step based on this step template sets a date and time by which the job must complete a Deadline step to have a Deadline outcome of Met. If a job does not complete the Deadline step before the deadline time, the Deadline outcome for the job is set to Missed. The Deadline outcome of Met or Missed is set after the deadline time has passed.

When a job misses its deadline, RICOH ProcessDirector adds a red dot to the Deadlines portlet and to the Schedule risk column for the job in the Jobs table. The heading of the Schedule risk column is blank. To see the name of the column, hover over the heading area.

You set the deadline time using the combination of the Deadline date, the Deadline time, and the Plus or minus properties.

A workflow can have multiple SetDeadline steps.

Job property defaults

  • Deadline step: Not set
  • Deadline date: Today
  • Deadline time: 12:00 AM
  • Plus or minus (days): 0
  • Inherit deadline from parent job: No
  • Override existing deadline: Yes

Usage notes

  • You cannot select a Deadline step for the SetDeadline step template. The list of steps is only available after the step template is added to a workflow.
  • More than one Deadline step can be defined in the workflow for a job, but only one Deadline step is active at a time. For example, different branches in a conditional workflow could set different Deadline steps. Because the job can only take one branch through the workflow, the Deadline step in that branch determines the Deadline outcome. As a job moves through the workflow, you can see the values related to the deadlines change.
  • If a job passes through multiple SetDeadline steps, the value of the Override existing deadline property determines if this property should be changed when the step runs.
  • If you select a step in the workflow that runs before the SetDeadline step as the Deadline step, specify the Plus or minus value carefully to make sure that the SetDeadline step does not always change the Deadline outcome to Missed.
  • No-service periods are not included when calculating predicted completion times.