Locations Overview
  • 27 Feb 2023
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Locations Overview

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  🌐 ✔️ MES (v6.3.5, v6.5.X) ✔️ LES (v6.5.X)

Define and manage the different locations used in the drug production process. Resource management structures can easily be defined that reflect the hierarchies, profiles, and statuses of materials and other critical operating elements.

This article covers the following topics:

What is a location?

In the Tempo Manufacturing Cloud, locations are used to:

  • Reflect the hierarchy of locations where batches and procedures are executed by your organization
  • Track where material and equipment resources are stored for auditing and procedure execution purposes

At the procedure level, authors can specify which equipment and materials will be used or consumed during procedure execution.

From the Locations page on the web application, users can configure locations in the system to accurately match an organization's manufacturing facility details. There are four different types of locations that users can configure: site, building, area, and unit. Typically, each site is composed of one or more buildings, each building is composed of one or more areas, and each area is composed of one or more units. Most information about a location's status, compatibility, and other attributes is managed on the unit level. In order to configure new locations in the system, a user must begin at the site level and work down to the unit level.


A site is the location that sits at the top of the locations hierarchy in the system. Sites contain information such as the main facility's address, city, state, country, and zip code details. Each location configuration always begins with a site.


A building is the second level of the locations hierarchy in the system. A building might represent the information for a single building within a larger site (e.g., a specific warehouse). Users can attach buildings to site locations in the system.


An area is the third level of the locations hierarchy in the system. An area might represent the information for a single area within a larger building (e.g., a packaging area). Users can attach areas to site and building locations in the system.


A unit is the fourth and final level of the locations hierarchy in the system. A unit might represent the infomation for a single unit within a larger area (e.g., a dry freezer). A unit may contain resources such as material or equipment. Users can attach units to site, building, and area locations in the system. After configuring a unit, the following tabs display:

Material and Equipment Compatibility tabs

After configuring a unit, users can add compatible material and equipment classes to the unit via the Material or Equipment Compatibility tabs. Adding a material or equipment class helps track and determine which material or equipment resources are approved to be contained in the unit.

For more information on adding a compatible material or equipment resource to a unit, refer to the Unit section of the Creating, Editing & Deleting a Location article.

Usage Log tab

After configuring a unit, a Usage Log tab displays. From here, users can view and filter through a list of user actions previously completed in the system that are related to the unit location (e.g, status changes).

Statuses tab

After configuring a unit, a Statuses tab displays. From here, users can view a list of statuses that are attached to the unit location in the system. Users can also update the stages for each status from this tab. When a status change occurs, users are prompted to enter their system credentials to approve the change. For more information on statuses and stages, refer to the Statuses Overview article.

Accessing locations

This article reflects Tempo v6.5.X. If you are using an earlier version, hover over the left navigation panel, then click Locations.

From the left navigation panel, click settings Platform > Locations. A list of configured locations in your organization displays.

From this list, users can access the following functions:

  • View, search, create, edit, and delete location information
  • Customize filter views to fit display preferences
    • Click Columns to select which location columns to display in the list.
      • Columns reflect specific information stored on a location object within the system, including information such as Name, ID, Description, and Type.
      • An Actions column also displays that provides a shortcut link to add a building, area, or unit to a specific location at the next level up in the hierarchy.
    • Click filter_list Filter next to a column of your choice, then select a filter criteria and enter a term in the search bar.
    • Click Reset Filters to reset the filter view.
  • Import and export location data

Next steps

Review the articles below to learn more about the following topics:

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