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.
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.
New software, new struggles, right? Let’s hope not! So, you’ve got the Visual Jobs Scheduler (VJS) or the Visual Production Scheduler (VPS) for Dynamics 365 Business Central, you understand the basics but can’t seem to fully get it? That’s fine! Let me tell you something. You have a visual scheduler installed because someone thought it was a good idea.
And here’s why. With a visual scheduler, you can view all your orders at a glance, and you can change the production dates and resources. You can even create links between orders or jobs and much more, by only using your mouse. There’s no need to drown in dozens of Business Central cards anymore. The first step to embracing it is to own it. No, I don’t mean the license, but to personalize it.
In this blog, I will address the steps to personalizing your new visual scheduler. And, I will refer you to our articles on the topic for clearer instructions.
Have you already been waiting for our November release of the Visual Production Scheduler? This waiting has come to an end - I proudly present the new VPS features "hot off the press".
And as always, you will read about the new Visual Jobs Scheduler in a few days.
With version 1.2 hardly released, here comes version 1.3 of the VPS already. And though it's only been a month since the last version, also the new one was equipped with lots of handy new features which I'd like to introduce to you in this post. Of course, the Visual Jobs Scheduler is also available in a new version, the enhancements of which I will present in a separate blog post.
Sticking to our promise of providing new releases every month, we came up with releases of the VPS (and, of course, the Visual Jobs Scheduler) in July and in August. Due to the summer holidays, there was no special blog about the July release, so that today I'll give you the tour of both VPS releases. The VJS will follow next week.
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.
Knowing our proven Visual Scheduling Suite for Dynamics NAV (2013 up to 2018) you will be glad to hear that the Visual Production Scheduler for easy production scheduling with interactive Gantt charts, is now available as Dynamics 365 Business Central extension on AppSource.
Together with the simultaneous release of the VJS for Dynamics 365 BC and of the VRV in May this year, this makes us the company offering the most complete stack of visual scheduling software for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central and NAV of which we are really very proud.