Kerstin Sieckmann

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Manual order allocation - 4 backlog visualizations in planning boards

Posted by Kerstin Sieckmann on Jul 30, 2018 3:37:00 PM

In spite of the steadily growing automation, many small companies still plan their orders manually. Ideally, they use an interactive planning board for scheduling support. In this case, the order backlog (also called order pool or stock of orders) is an important part of this planning board. We have different ways to visualize this backlog for our customers, the presentation depending on whether the orders consist of several sub orders or not, e.g. For all of you dealing with Gantt charts and manual planning I have summed up four visualization versions.

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Production Planning with Excel - Is Your Spreadsheet Error Free?

Posted by Kerstin Sieckmann on Apr 30, 2018 4:34:00 PM

If you enter the term „excel horror stories“ into your search engine you’ll get a long list of stories about financial disasters, wrong scientific insights or organizational nightmares being caused by the spreadsheet software. TransAlta lost 24 million due to a cut and paste error, designations of genes like SEPT2 get changed unnoticed into data by Excel, the NASA had wrong measure data in their Excel tables with which they keep on working, and so forth. Are you sure that there is no mistake hidden in your Excel sheets with which you run your company or plan your production?

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Visual Production Scheduler JavaScript for Dynamics NAV: New Features

Posted by Kerstin Sieckmann on Mar 7, 2017 12:11:44 PM


With the Visual Production Scheduler (VPS), a planner working with Microsoft Dynamics NAV gains additional control of the completion of manufacturing orders and the capacity load of the resources. The data from the NAV manufacturing module get visualized in a planning table with different views thus providing the planner with an instrument for manually adjusting and finetuning the schedule in a very agile way. The new functions of the VPS JavaScript for all Microsoft Dynamics Clients (Windows, Web and Tablet) let the planner customize the overview according to his wishes at any time.

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Decison Support for Production Scheduling in Dynamics NAV

Posted by Kerstin Sieckmann on Feb 15, 2017 11:20:00 AM

You want to be able to easily reschedule a production order in Microsoft Dynamics NAV? With the Visual Production Scheduler (VPS) add-in you can do this in an easy and agile way by drag & drop. If an order consists of one operation only, it is of course quite easy to move it. If, however, the order consists of many linked operations, rescheduling will become more complex and thus hard to handle if you work with tools that cannot handle linked operations. You’ll have to click one operation after the other and drop it at another position of the timeline. The VPS allows to simplify this procedure by two options. Either, you can move your operation together with all its succeeding operations or you do it the other way round and move it together with all its preceding operations. Watch the video to see this function in action.

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New VSS Functions to Allocate Service Item Lines to Resources in NAV

Posted by Kerstin Sieckmann on Dec 15, 2016 3:22:00 PM

There is a dispatch board in Microsoft Dynamics NAV for helping planners allocate service orders to resources. As a matter of fact, however, allocating is not really done via the board but via an editing method carried out in different successive dialogs. To make this easier for the planner, the Visual Service Scheduler (VSS) sums up all information that is needed for dispatching purposes in ONE overview. The recently released new version of the VSS comes with four new functions making it even more comfortable to allocate service item lines to resources in NAV.

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Allocation of Service Orders in Microsoft Dynamics NAV

Posted by Kerstin Sieckmann on Nov 9, 2016 2:47:00 PM

The Visual Service Scheduler (VSS) is a visual dispatch board both for the service and the resource planning module in Microsoft Dynamics NAV, helping planners allocate service orders to the service technicians. The visual Gantt add-in enables shifting Service Item Lines per drag & drop from an order backlog to the resources while at the same time the planner keeps control of the resources‘ schedule. This blogpost is about a function of the VSS which allows for an easy overview of not yet allocated orders which will be especially helpful for companies with lots of service orders.

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NAV Production Planning: Manually Extend Capacity & Speed Up Delivery

Posted by Kerstin Sieckmann on Oct 6, 2016 2:06:04 PM

ERP systems like Microsoft Dynamics NAV support manufacturing companies in planning orders and resources. Based on previously made settings, like routings, resource data, work calendars etc , the system splits production orders into Production Order Lines (POL), schedules the operations, calculates due dates based on start/ release dates and allocates resources.

On the one hand, automatic production planning like this comes in handy, since it saves the planner some work. On the other hand, however, these settings are quite rigid. For example, they don’t take into account that an operation of a POL could be finished with just one hour overtime work and the delivery time of the complete order could be shortened.

These “speed-up points“ become visible when the data is presented in a visual production schedule. This blog post is about manually extending capacities in Microsoft Dynamics NAV to shorten the completion time of certain orders and how this works hand-in-hand with the Visual Production Scheduler.

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The Best Way to Allocate Service Orders to Resources in Dynamics NAV

Posted by Kerstin Sieckmann on Sep 7, 2016 8:57:50 AM

The customer is king - this slogan is of upmost priority to all service-oriented companies.

Knowing the customer’s needs in advance, executing orders in a competent way and in time – these are the challenges a good customer service is confronted with. The service module in Microsoft Dynamics NAV offers every function to optimize the service management. Really every function? What is missing is the good old planning board for staff scheduling, helping to keep track of the complete team’s work and to allocate service orders manually.

This is why this blogpost is about a simple way of closing the gap: by using a Gantt add-in.

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