Customer story: Improved machine utilization by visual scheduling in NAV

Posted by Ute Gillet on Jan 28, 2019 2:34:44 PM

The Swiss food supplements manufacturer, Nahrin AG, wanted to reduce the intermediate cleaning of the machines to a minimum. At the same time they need to react flexible to new orders and short delivery dates.

Read in this blog post how this worked out with the help of an individual extension of the Visual Production Scheduler.

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Production scheduling for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Essentials

Posted by Ute Gillet on Jan 17, 2019 10:16:21 AM

Are you (or your customers) a small or mid-size make-to-order manufacturer? Do you use Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central as your ERP system or are you thinking about using it? In both cases you might have already noticed that while the manufacturing module of Dynamics 365 Business Central Premium is quite a bit oversized for your purposes, the Essentials package lacks essential production planning functionality matching the requirements of your business. So far, you haven't found a satisfying solution to this problem?

So let me help you further by showing you how easily this dilemma can be solved by using our cloud-based software just plan it for visual production scheduling tailored especially towards small and mid-size make-to-order manufacturers.

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NAV Project planning: HTML5/JavaScript Gantt chart for ISV solution

Posted by Ute Gillet on Oct 25, 2018 1:56:00 PM

Resource planning for pest controllers

Pest controlling has more and more become a highly complex service business, no longer being a mere matter of setting traps or placing baits but meanwhile also including making service contracts to ensure that the trap systems in the infested buildings will be checked and equipped on a regular basis. Moreover, comprehensive regular documentation is mandatory for the pest controller as well as for his customer. Pest controllers with a big customer base nowadays can’t do without consistently being supported by software. For this reason, many of them use the ERP system Microsoft Dynamics NAV that simply lets them better manage customer contracts, recurrent on-site services, invoices, and inventory.

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How to: Improve service order scheduling with NAV

Posted by Ute Gillet on Oct 23, 2018 4:08:00 PM

Some months ago, I showed you how to speed up allocating Service Item Lines to resources in the Visual Service Scheduler (VSS) for Microsoft Dynamics NAV.

But that is by far not all the order backlog of the VSS offers in terms of gaining more clarity and thus being able to allocate tasks to resources quickly, comfortably, and unerringly. Read today about three useful options of structuring your order backlog so that no matter which planning situation you are in, the orders shown will always fit this situation.

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How to master unplanned incidents in production scheduling with NAV

Posted by Ute Gillet on Oct 19, 2018 11:34:00 AM

There's one thing most everyone working in production scheduling knows: No matter which system you use, however accurately your data might be, and how much time you have spent dealing with sophisticated scheduling algorithms - production reality never follows your system's implicit or explicit model. Hence, users of any production scheduling system should not only look at how it deals with a typical or an average production schedule, but they should also ask how the system supports them when dealing with unplanned incidents.

So this is why today I'd like to show you how to deal with short-term deviations from the planned capacity (i.e. when a machine operator calls in sick for a shift, or when a machine breaks down etc.).

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Visual Scheduling Podcast: An Interview with ArcherPoint's Dave Weissman

Posted by Jake Hostetler on Aug 24, 2018 2:25:00 PM

In this inaugural episode of the Visual Scheduling Podcast, we talk to long-time scheduling consultant and ERP industry expert Dave Weissman from ArcherPoint about his experiences with scheduling. 

This episode covers:

  • Getting started and setting up your schedule
  • Advice from an expert on creating a new schedule, including factors to consider
  • Challenges faced with creating a new schedule and how to overcome them
  • What's more important, resource utilization or meeting job deadlines?
  • Final pieces of advice from a scheduling expert
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Improve project planning with Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018

Posted by Ute Gillet on Aug 7, 2018 4:39:00 PM

The so called Jobs module of Microsoft Dynamics NAV is designed for companies with largely project-based business (like engineering or construction companies) to gain better control of their projects. Since the ERP system’s module seems to focus more on the aspects of financial project controlling rather than on the requirements of a day-to-day project management, I’d like to outline in this blog post how you can easily enhance your NAV 2018 system with interactive Gantt charts to facilitate a graphical drag & drop project planning.

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Professional project planning with NAV - how milestones can contribute

Posted by Ute Gillet on Jul 31, 2018 11:04:00 AM

If you search for getting tips about how to build a professional project plan, you'll find many useful posts and articles.

In nearly all of them you will stumble across milestones. Setting milestones is generally considered as indispensable when it comes to gain successful project delivery. 

'So, that's all very well', you may think, 'but I'm a Dynamics NAV user and NAV doesn't offer any milestones'.

In today's blog I'll show you how to work around this shortfall - read how to create and use milestones in the Jobs Module of NAV. Furthermore, you will see how to visualize your milestones in the Visual Jobs Scheduler, our add-in for visual project planning in Dynamics NAV, to gain further planning agility and clarity.

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