The Business Central Manufacturing Exchange - Starting a new event series

Posted by Martin Karlowitsch on Jun 23, 2022 11:00:00 AM

Of course, we at NETRONIC have a passion for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central and manufacturing. And although our core focus is rather narrow (scheduling), we always have been looking in a broader sense at manufacturing topics. An example that underlines is my podcast, the Business Central Manufacturing Show

Oftentimes, when we speak to customers (and also to partners), we are confronted with requirements that are outside our scheduling core competency. Sometimes, we are asked for shopfloor solutions and time tracking. Another time, it is product configuration. And yet another time, it is that people request some warehouse functionality from us. Not seldomly, we are also asked for manufacturing solutions that are specific to one particular industry.  

Hence, we grasped a general need for more transparency on the Business Central manufacturing apps and solutions landscape. We took that need seriously and launched the Business Central Manufacturing Exchange to address this need.

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Capable-to-promise and production scheduling (a provocative view)

Posted by Ute Gillet on Jun 22, 2022 5:33:35 PM

A few weeks ago, Martin hosted the webinar "Capable-to-promise and production scheduling (a provocative view)". In this blog, he shared some ideas on how make-to-order manufacturers can give realistic delivery dates to their customers. He suggested a somewhat surprising mix of tools to achieve this. With this mix of tools (capable-to-promise, capacity-constrained resources, and the Visual Advanced Production Scheduler), Martin manages to leverage the strengths of each tool, while having one tool fix the weakness of the other. 

Read this blog to get a written recap of the webinar.  I also include the recording of the webinar and provide links to the respective minute of the presentation. 

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An insider's view into Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

Posted by Ute Gillet on May 17, 2022 3:43:19 PM

The guest in episode 26 of Martin's Business Central Manufacturing Show was Andrei Panko. Andrei is a program manager in the Business Central engineering team at the Microsoft Development Center in Copenhagen, Denmark. Having a Microsoft employee as a guest on the podcast was really a novelty. In the other episodes so far, all speakers were Business Central manufacturing experts working for a Microsoft partner. So this podcast provides most interesting insider insights into how things work in the Microsoft Business Central development team.

Andrei started working as a consultant, developer, and project manager in 2004 - back then it was Dynamics NAV, of course - and was an MVP for six years running. He has extensive field experience in the supply chain and has engaged in many other aspects of the Business Central application and platform as well. Besides, he is the author of the book "Supply Chain Management in Microsoft Dynamics NAV", which was published in 2008, and he holds a patent for metadata-driven machine learning for systems.

During their meeting before the show, he told Martin that he loves sailing and so they sailed together across the vast ocean of Business Central and manufacturing (and especially on options that users have to make Business Central even better). 

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How to win the battle between production planning and scheduling

Posted by Ute Gillet on May 12, 2022 10:09:09 AM

Two weeks ago, Martin hosted a webinar about "How to win the battle between production planning and scheduling". With this blog, I'd like to give a summary of the webinar for all who weren't able to attend or would like to recap the contents again in written form.  

I also include the recording of the webinar and provide links to the respective minute of the presentation. 

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Why simulations help with advanced production planning in Business Central

Posted by Ute Gillet on May 10, 2022 2:15:00 PM

Production planning and scheduling is a highly complex process, depending on a lot of determining factors and dependencies, such as availability of resources, possible bottlenecks, delivery options from suppliers, etc. And, of course, the more of these variants have to be taken into account, the greater the risk of losing track will become.

Read in this blogpost how a visual advanced planning and scheduling tool like the Visual Advanced Production Scheduler (VAPS) comes to help here. Even more: in addition to bringing finite capacity scheduling capabilities to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, the VAPS offers the valuable option of trying out different scenarios in so-called simulations before publishing the best fit to Business Central.

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March 2022 release of VPS and VJS for Dynamics 365 Business Central

Posted by Ute Gillet on Apr 26, 2022 9:16:23 AM

Together with release 1.9 of the Visual Advanced Production Scheduler (VAPS), we have released version 1.14 of the Visual Production Scheduler (VPS) and the Visual Jobs Scheduler (VJS) respectively. Both versions have been approved by Microsoft and can be downloaded from AppSource as of now. 

See in this blogpost how we have further improved our extensions for visual scheduling in 365 Business Central.

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Release 1.9 of VAPS for Dynamics 365 Business Central (March 2022)

Posted by Ute Gillet on Apr 13, 2022 12:20:28 PM

Just in time before Easter we can provide you with new versions of our visual scheduling extensions for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. Together with the versions 1.14 of the Visual Production Scheduler and the Visual Jobs Scheduler (watch out for the respective blog which is to come within the next few days), we have released version 1.9 of the Visual Advanced Production Scheduler which has already been approved by Microsoft and can be downloaded from AppSource as of now. 

For detailed information, please read the release notes

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A control add-in for D365 BC ISVs to develop Gantt charts by using AL

Posted by Dieter Temme on Apr 7, 2022 12:22:12 PM

Today I would like to inform you about a new release of our Visual Scheduling Add-in Developer Toolbox (VSADT). Microsoft Dynamics 365 BC ISVs use our control add-in to visualize data from their solutions in the form of interactive Gantt charts. They are completely integrated in D365 BC and can be developed without knowing any HTML5 code, but only with AL/CAL code. 

There are some powerful new features you should not miss. Read what's new in Version 6.1

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