Lawin Ileto

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Drag & drop production scheduling, automatic scheduling, or both?

Posted by Lawin Ileto on Jun 8, 2021 10:45:00 AM

If you are reading this blog post, you already know the difficulties of scheduling your production purely with standard Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Dynamics 365 Business Central. Working on a proper schedule is so difficult. Typically, you get lost in all these open tables that are required to get all information needed. Let’s not forget to mention the difficulties to understand the grand scheme of things when you change data. Not to speak of getting this bigger picture by comparing the impact of data changes. The fact that many NAV and Business Central users regard this task as very tedious was, by the way, confirmed by the data that comes from our State of Business Central & Manufacturing Report.

In this blog post, I shed a light on how you can ease this task with production scheduling extensions and add-ins. While doing so, I also elaborate on the differences between purely manual drag & drop production scheduling and automatic scheduling based on scheduling rules

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Project and resource planning reference: Using capacities efficiently

Posted by Lawin Ileto on May 26, 2021 3:16:24 PM

Inarca SpA, a company based in Vigodarzere in Padua Italy, has been designing and developing connectors, terminals, connection technologies, and machines for electric connections (parts you find in washing machines, cars, etc.) since 1964. The company boasts 200+ patents and manufacture more than 7000 different products. Some of the products are used as components to some of the largest multinational companies in the world. 

The company found managing a high number of employees and a wide assortment of products as a big challenge. For them, it was very crucial to take into consideration different activities that could affect their resources, such as; capacity and scheduled machine maintenance. These activities are factors that determine the smooth and timely execution of their projects.

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Visual Scheduling Consulting Services now on AppSource

Posted by Lawin Ileto on Jan 26, 2021 11:45:00 AM

The increasing importance of Microsoft AppSource, as the marketplace for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central customers to try or purchase products made by ISV’s, has changed the landscape of the industry. Like many of you out there, who have your solutions listed on AppSource, we went through quite a journey of having our products listed there. Our whole portfolio of Business Central products has been available on AppSource since mid-2019. As of now we have three products on AppSource, namely; the Visual Production Scheduler (VPS), Visual Job Scheduler (VJS) and Visual Advanced Production Scheduler (VAPS).

We are proud to not just have our solutions on AppSource, but also the fact that we have already listed one consulting service, which will be a poster child for more consulting services to come. We believe by offering several consulting services on AppSource, we can greatly complement our applications. By doing so, we also make it easier for (prospective) customers to get in touch with us and learn about our products.

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Scheduling options in the Visual Advanced Production Scheduler (VAPS)

Posted by Lawin Ileto on Jan 7, 2021 2:06:27 PM

Today we want to talk about scheduling, one of the words that NETRONIC aims to be synonymous with (besides visual 😊). First a little bit of history. NETRONIC brought its decades of expertise from creating Gantt chart software controls and translated this to creating visual scheduling add-ins for Microsoft Dynamics NAV.

When we started offering our first slew of products for NAV in back in the year 2013, we offered plain drag & drop scheduling. This feature allowed Dynamics NAV users to interact with their data via simple drag & drop actions on the Gantt Chart. Since then, our (production) scheduling options and capabilities have grown.

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Easily identify bottlenecks with Gantt Charts in Business Central

Posted by Lawin Ileto on Dec 8, 2020 2:15:00 PM

Bottlenecks are common occurrences that happen in any industry that work with limited capacity. In general, the existence of bottlenecks could lead to stalls in production, supply overstock, issues with customers and issues with employees. This blog post shows how visual scheduling can help you identify bottlenecks in production when you work with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central.

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How to do proper resource scheduling when your machine breaks down

Posted by Lawin Ileto on Nov 18, 2020 11:48:29 AM

In the manufacturing industry, it is normal to have machines break down. Therefore, companies invest in preventive maintenance. The same would be the case if you were working with actual people, who either get sick or go on planned holiday. Sometimes these breakdowns can be foreseen and planned for, but in some cases it cannot. During these unforeseen scenarios, in most cases companies would need to quickly come up with a plan B as to how their new plan would look like.

From an ERP perspective, this would cause a downtime to your resources, leaving you no choice but to either reschedule your operation earlier or later or if possible, reassign it to another resource. This blog post deals with exactly that scenario, and shows you to get to that plan B in a both effective and efficient manner.

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The constant battle between production planning and scheduling

Posted by Lawin Ileto on Nov 2, 2020 5:55:10 PM

This week’s episode is a special edition of the Business Central Manufacturing Show. Last week, hosted our online event called “next by NETRONIC – session 2”. The idea of the “next” events is to talk about topics, not about products as well as to discuss with each other rather than to have a 1-way demo. Hence, last week’s event was a panel discussion in which we looked at the constant battle between production planning and scheduling.

The discussion was led by Martin Karlowitsch, and his guests were experienced Business Central manufacturing experts. If you took some time to attend our event – a big thank you from all of us at NETRONIC, if not then please enjoy this podcast.

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How to right-size your manufacturing ERP solution

Posted by Lawin Ileto on Oct 26, 2020 2:45:00 PM

We continue our podcast episode by going north of the border. From Wisconsin, we now head to Montreal, Canada where we had the chance to talk to Trevor Moore, the Product Director of ERP Solutions at Gestisoft. Trevor started his career in the manufacturing industry, where he implemented full ERP systems in two different companies as a production scheduler. Given his experience on the end-customer side, he ventured into the NAV world where he now has a 20-year track record of successfully implanting ERP systems to around 100 companies (mostly manufacturing).

Our conversation mainly centered around all aspects of how to right-size a manufacturing ERP solution for each client.

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