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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From Aachen to your  home office: Online events!

Posted by Paulina Soto on Nov 4, 2020 3:39:29 PM

There’s no doubt we are in “strange” times, right? We all had to adapt, both personal and professionally speaking. Large events were canceled or postponed. Even the Olympics were deferred to 2021. Luckily for us, on the IT side of life, most of our events are migrating to online hosting, like Directions 4 Partners n this week. At NETRONIC, we embraced this spontaneous change by hosting our own virtual event, which we named next by NETRONIC. The idea of our "next" events is to talk about topics, rather than to demo products.

Our first session, back in May covered visual advanced production scheduling. We invited experts and the audience to take part in a session to talk about the main hurdles when it comes to production scheduling in Business Central and how to overcome them.

We had fun organizing and moderating our first session that we felt delighted with the idea of bringing up session 2. This time we discussed the constant battle between production planning & scheduling. And here is our takeaway!

 

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Should you use Excel when it comes to production planning in D365 BC?

Posted by Kerstin Sieckmann on Sep 24, 2020 11:00:33 AM

Is Excel a suitable add-on tool to support the production scheduling in a company? Many manufacturing companies using the EPR System Microsoft Dynamic 365 Business Central including the Manufacturing module will answer this question with a clear yes. They work with it and have come to terms with its minor and major shortcomings. But is Excel really a suitable tool for reliable and optimal production scheduling ? What are the dangers of using Excel to manage your production in Microsoft Dynamics 365 BC? That's what this blog post is all about.

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Nineteen VAPS certified partners and counting

Posted by Lawin Ileto on Sep 17, 2020 9:54:03 AM

The Visual Advanced Production Scheduler, which you already might know as VAPS was a product we started working on around middle of 2019 in collaboration with our friends from TecMan from the UK.

The VAPS is the first finite capacity visual scheduler fully integrated into Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. As such, the VAPS is the big brother of the Visual Production Scheduler (VPS), which you probably already know about. Although both products work with Business Central’s manufacturing module, they are still quite different.

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Customer story: Visual Production Scheduler solves planning conflicts and inconsistencies

Posted by Ute Gillet on Nov 5, 2019 1:19:07 PM

Kutterer Rus, a Russian manufacturer of components for aluminum and plastic tubes, as well as plastic packaging with in-mold labelling for the milk industry desperately needed to find a software that could keep pace with the company's steady growth.

Read in this blog post how they solved their problem with the help of the Visual Production Scheduler.

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Enhance visual production planning in NAV by customizing tooltip and label information

Posted by Ute Gillet on Jul 16, 2019 6:59:33 PM

In the Visual Production Scheduler, our Gantt add-in for visual production scheduling, tasks, resources and capacities are displayed along a timeline, thus providing an optimum overview for planners. A visual plan always faces the dilemma of having to show all information needed for the planner to quickly recognize planning conflicts and intervene while on the other hand avoiding to show too much information to not jeopardize the clarity. This is where tooltip and bar label come in: Important data is only shown when needed and presented in an understandable way.

Grasping the importance of a meaningful tooltip and bar label, we implemented an enhancement in the last VPS release:  The standard NAV information can now be supplemented for each of the VPS objects (PO line, PO routing line, work center, machine center) by equipping up to five internal custom fields with data to use them in tooltip and bar label.

To do this, follow the instructions given in this blogpost. 

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Production planning with Dynamics NAV: Link production orders

Posted by Ute Gillet on Jun 18, 2019 5:45:49 PM

It's been a while since I provided you with news and information about our add-ins. At the moment, we are quite busy with developing our Visual Scheduling Suite 2.0 – based on JavaScript and fully applicable for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (and NAV), for cloud and on-premise.

But, of course, we don't neglect our "good old" proven Dynamics NAV add-ins for visual scheduling and a question that was brought to me recently was how to work with linked production orders in the Visual Production Scheduler. This question can be answered easily and quickly - and as I'm sure many of you would like to know how this is done, I'm gonna share the solution with you today.

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