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Comprehensive Guide for Microsoft Dynamics NAV Manufacturing Module

Posted by Jake Hostetler on Apr 21, 2016 9:08:53 PM

Production can be complex, especially in today’s fast paced marketplaces. But with the aid of technology and enterprise resource planning tools like Microsoft Dynamics NAV, producers as well as consumers can benefit.

Using Peik Bech-Andersen’s book, Manufacturing with Microsoft Dynamics NAV, manufacturers using Dynamics NAV have direct access to a user guide which helps them swiftly maneuver through the Microsoft Dynamics NAV manufacturing module. This book highlights best practices and shows how NAV can help increase your overall agility. Initially, the book was written for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013, but meanwhile there is an updated whitepaper dealing with some NAV 2015-specifics. This blog post gives you a brief overview of how Peik solves today´s challenges in manufacturing with Dynamics NAV.

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Topics: Production Scheduling, NAV Gantt add-ins


Visual Production Scheduling with Multiple Resources

Posted by Kerstin Sieckmann on Feb 16, 2016 3:30:00 PM

Naturally, a the complexity of production planning increases with the number of resources used. If only one machine is needed for finishing off an order, planning will be easy: Bringing forward an urgent order will postpone all other orders accordingly. Changing pre-planned orders will become a bit more difficult, however, when planning e.g. the manufacturing of products requiring several resources such as machines, staff members and tools, since the different allocations have to be taken into account. In such cases, visual production scheduling will be helpful.

This blog post mainly addresses manufacturing companies who need to plan production orders, manage delivery time commitments and have to allocate multiple resources to one order or to dedicated operations of one job. Learn from this blog post how a graphical control panel helps visualizing the results of an automatic remote control with several resources and in addition supporting the manual control of orders by immediately showing conflicts when an order is moved.

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Topics: Production Scheduling, Windows Forms Gantt Control, Gantt Best Practice


Production Scheduler Add-in for Dynamics NAV Web Client - New Features

Posted by Juergen Theis on Dec 8, 2015 3:30:00 PM

It's been quite a while now since I submitted a report about the progress in developing the Visual Production Scheduler JavaScript Add-in. Due to the huge extensions and modifications it took us a little longer than was originally planned. But now the time has come to share our latest developments with you. Version 1.4 of the Visual Production Scheduler JavaScript Add-in, that can be used in the Dynamics NAV Web Client as well as the Tablet and Windows Client, is ready for use and available for our partners and customers.

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Topics: Production Scheduling, NAV Gantt add-ins, NAV JavaScript development tricks


10 Graphical Functions a Production Planning Table Should Offer

Posted by Ute Gillet on Dec 4, 2015 10:30:00 AM

When it comes to production planning, graphical planning tables provide valuable assistance as to visualizing complex contexts and bringing transparency to production planning data. However, developing, designing and definining a graphical planning table often is harder than many people initially expect. This blog post provides you with some functions that you should think of when starting to deveop your visual planning board.

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Topics: Production Scheduling, Windows Forms Gantt Control, Gantt Best Practice


Microsoft Dynamics NAV Production Scheduling Enhanced: VPS version 1.4

Posted by Kerstin Sieckmann on Nov 11, 2015 2:56:00 PM

The Visual Production Scheduler (VPS) is an interactive graphic planning board for Microsoft Dynamics NAV, visualizing production orders, production order lines and operations in connection with the capacity utilization of work and machine centers. Operations can easily be moved by drag & drop, thus not only providing new transparency of the Dynamics NAV data, but also enhancing the Microsoft Dynamics NAV production scheduling capabilities.

A new version of the VPS also for Dynamics NAV 2016 will be available on November 23, 2015. Amongst other new features, a major enhancement is the multi-level visualization and visual scheduling of linked production order lines as they typically are used in an make-to-order environment. A new linking lets the planner recognize whether the completion of the single suborders are scheduled in a way to not jeopardize the delivery date of the entire order.

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Topics: Production Scheduling, NAV Gantt add-ins


Guest Post: Shopfloor Execution and Visual Production Scheduling

Posted by Ute Gillet on Nov 3, 2015 9:30:00 AM

This blog is provided courtesy of Gunter Strickert, longtime ERP trainer as well as production planning and scheduling expert. This post introduces a fictional, but nonetheless typical, production company with its typical challenges concerning the communication between the shopfloor and the backoffice/ scheduler, resulting in the everyday trouble of meeting delivery deadlines.

The blog also outlines how these challenges can be mastered by using a Dynamics NAV manufacturing execution solution provided by the NETRONIC partner NAVEKSA,  which seamlessly integrates the NETRONIC Gantt chart add-in Visual Production Scheduler (VPS).

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Topics: Production Scheduling, NAV Gantt add-ins


Synchronous Scheduling Gantt Chart - "GPS" for Production Planning

Posted by Markus Hammers on Sep 29, 2015 3:00:00 AM

For our manufacturing end customers (especially, for small and mid sized production companies)  we often develop visual scheduling applications that are exactly tailored to the individual and specific production planning requirements. When specifying these requirements, we very often realize that a great deal of added value is created by linking operative production planning to the real-time events on the shop-floor. In other words: by equipping dynamic planning with dynamic updating, such as a GPS for cars that informs us about the distance to move and the expected arrival time.  We call this the synchronous scheduling Gantt chart.

This blog post gives you an idea about the principle of a synchronous Gantt diagram that could be compared to a GPS for production planning.

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Topics: Production Scheduling, Planning & Scheduling Insight, Gantt Best Practice


Different Views Help Production Scheduling With Microsoft Dynamics NAV

Posted by Kerstin Sieckmann on Mar 26, 2015 11:30:00 AM

The purpose of visual production scheduling for Microsoft Dynamics NAV is to enable manufacturing users to better understand the production schedule, constraints and capacities. This helps them manage production orders, operations, items, material and capacities so that delivery time commitments can be met and capacity conflicts are avoided. Following the thought that a visual scheduling solution should best be based on the unchanged NAV standard (e.g. due to speed-of-implementation and ease-of-upgrade reasons), a visual production scheduler always should work on the results of the standard NAV material requirements planning (MRP) process. These results should be visualized in an intelligent way so that users quickly see issues with the schedule, and can take corrective actions immediately.

In this blog post we explain why we recommend 4 different views on the same data to provide the production planner in NAV with a first class drag & drop scheduling solution. 

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Topics: Production Scheduling, NAV Gantt add-ins


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