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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NETRONIC and TecMan collaborate on visual advanced production scheduling

Posted by Martin Karlowitsch on Apr 29, 2019 6:27:27 PM

NETRONIC Software GmbH from Germany and Technology Management Ltd. from the UK today announce the collaboration in the development of a visual advanced production scheduling extension for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. The joint product is meant to provide manufacturing users of Dynamics 365 Business Central with advanced scheduling capabilities. The product, named Visual Advanced Production Scheduler (VAPS), will be sold through NETRONIC’s international network of resellers. The first version of the VAPS will be presented at Directions NA (May 5-8, 2019) in Las Vegas, Nevada (US). 

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Customer story: Visual scheduling in NAV helps keeping delivery dates

Posted by Ute Gillet on Feb 20, 2019 10:51:59 AM

The Kenyan supplier of innovative solutions for water and energy systems, Davis and Shirtliff, desperately needed to improve their internal information exchange process to ensure keeping delivery dates as promised to their customers.

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

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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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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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