Scheduling options in the Visual Advanced Production Scheduler (VAPS)

Posted by Lawin Ileto on Jan 7, 2021 2:06:27 PM

Today we want to talk about scheduling, one of the words that NETRONIC aims to be synonymous with (besides visual 😊). First a little bit of history. NETRONIC brought its decades of expertise from creating Gantt chart software controls and translated this to creating visual scheduling add-ins for Microsoft Dynamics NAV.

When we started offering our first slew of products for NAV in back in the year 2013, we offered plain drag & drop scheduling. This feature allowed Dynamics NAV users to interact with their data via simple drag & drop actions on the Gantt Chart. Since then, our (production) scheduling options and capabilities have grown.

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VAPS use case: Improving your delivery time commitments

Posted by Paulina Soto on Dec 18, 2020 12:07:40 PM

Imagine this scenario:

You are a production planner and have a full schedule for this week and the upcoming. And now, one of your key customers calls and wants to order 4 additional items. These are Item 3000, 3007, 3008 and 3009. Being one of them a top priority.

The first question the customer asks is: When can you deliver this?

The second: What could be the earliest date to deliver for that priority item?

And a third may rise up, not from the customer, but most likely from your boss: Which jobs will be late and for which clients are they (if you squeeze in that top priority item)?

Typically you would need to make a couple of phone calls to answer, check in one Business Central table after the other (or in the Excel spreadsheets if its the case). But with the VAPS you can get the answer yourself in 6  quick steps.

Let me explain how!

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Six features making the Visual Advanced Production Scheduler advanced

Posted by Paulina Soto on Oct 15, 2020 10:45:00 AM

As we like to remind users, the Visual Advanced Production Scheduler is the first finite capacity manufacturing scheduler for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. Among others, it enhances the standard manufacturing module of Business Central by handling all machine and work centers as if their capacity always equals one (1).

If being finite is not enough reason for you to bet on it, in this blog I will briefly explain 6 further features that make the VAPS an advanced scheduler. These are added solutions to other most common challenges on the shop floor and its management. 

These are the earliest material availability date, production simulations, consideration of alternative machine centers, incorporation of a standby resource, the sales order view and the opportunity to see your schedule in regards to your preferred information, or as we call them color views.

Let’s dive into each feature, shall we?

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Using Excel when it comes to D365 BC Manufacturing -pros and cons

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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Baby steps to personalizing your visual scheduler

Posted by Paulina Soto on Apr 22, 2020 11:15:26 AM

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. 

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Release 1.4 of Visual Production Scheduler for Dynamics 365 Business Central

Posted by Ute Gillet on Nov 28, 2019 2:00:24 PM

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.

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Release 1.3 of Visual Production Scheduler for Dynamics 365 Business Central

Posted by Ute Gillet on Oct 21, 2019 12:04:23 PM

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.

 

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