Fresh out the oven! We just released version 1.11 of Visual Production Scheduler (VPS) on Business Central. This new version is available on-prem and can also be downloaded from AppSource for cloud customers. The new version brings a lot of new functionalities to the visual drag & drop production scheduler for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central.
Just in time before the summer break we can present you with version 1.6 of our Visual Advanced Production Scheduler (VAPS), the only available finite capacity scheduler that fully integrates with the manufacturing module of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. This version has already been approved by Microsoft and can be downloaded from AppSource as of now.
I hope you will enjoy reading about the new features and after that - who knows - play around with them directly ;-).
Our experience with hundreds of production scheduling customers from the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central and Dynamics NAV market has proven very impressively that starting using an ERP system for production planning in most cases is perceived as difficult.
A lot of the ERP "beginners" come from having used the most diverse planning systems with the most diverse level of technological development, such as corkboards with tacks, whiteboards, and the famous homegrown Excel spreadsheet, to mention just a few.
To us, it seems that many people face significant difficulties in knowing where to start because ERP systems can be really overwhelming. So with this blog, we want to offer some assistance by sharing the insights we gained from our experience with our partners and customers and show what can be done to make you ready to jumpstart production scheduling in Business Central.
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
The German manufacturing company Winter + Freis replaced their "analog" production planning with an ERP system and realized that a graphical planning board was needed in addition to make their processes more transparent and thus provide more planning security for their employees.
Read in this blog post how the Visual Production Scheduler made this happen.
Shortly before Easter, we released version 1.5 of our Visual Advanced Production Scheduler (VAPS), the only available finite capacity scheduler that fully integrates with the manufacturing module of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. This version has already been approved by Microsoft and can be downloaded from AppSource as of now.
See below the new features that will further facilitate your work with the VAPS.
We finished the new releases of our extensions for visual scheduling in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central shortly before Easter and now are glad that already versions 1.10 of both the Visual Production Scheduler (VPS) and the Visual Jobs Scheduler (VJS) were approved by Microsoft and can be downloaded from AppSource as of now.
So, sit back and see what we have on offer.
With the planning worksheet and MRP (material requirements planning), Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central offers a both efficient and powerful tool for achieving the equilibrium of item demand and item supply. As such, the planning worksheet obviously (automatically) creates production orders to meet a certain demand. However, this creation of the production orders is purely demand-driven and does not take into account the current schedule especially with respect to work/machine center load.
Finite capacity scheduling (e.g. of those production orders that were created via the planning worksheet) is achieved by using the Visual Advanced Production Scheduler (VAPS). However, combining MRP and finite capacity scheduling can be tricky. The big question here is: Which tool should take control over which production orders? Hence, this blog outlines how to best utilize MRP together with the VAPS (instead of both tools working against each other).