Production scheduling with NAV: Keep material availability in check

Posted by Ute Gillet on Jul 12, 2018 1:11:54 PM

A key challenge in production planning is ensuring the necessary supply of materials – if just one little part needed for a certain product is missing, the whole production process might come to a halt. But it is not only shortage of material that should be avoided - either a too high stock of materials runs counter to the principles of material management.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV holds several Production BOMS ready to keep the needed materials in check, but – once again – this feature could be a bit suppler to handle and in times of high order density the planner might easily lose the overview when trying to keep track of the material availability with the help of lists and cards.

Read in this blog about two options of visually presenting the material availability in NAV that will make production scheduling with NAV more transparent and thus easier and quicker. At the same time you will again see how a powerful tool like NAV becomes even more powerful when supplemented by a visual production planning add-in.

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What is Good Scheduling? An Interview with Mercurius IT’s Lee Cridland

Posted by Jake Hostetler on May 17, 2018 2:32:00 PM

In this post, Mercurius IT’s Operations Director, Lee Cridland, speaks to NETRONIC about his experiences of production and project task scheduling at Siemens and job scheduling at Mercurius IT, as well as provides insights into what good scheduling looks like.

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Production Planning with Excel - Is Your Spreadsheet Error Free?

Posted by Kerstin Sieckmann on Apr 30, 2018 4:34:00 PM

If you enter the term „excel horror stories“ into your search engine you’ll get a long list of stories about financial disasters, wrong scientific insights or organizational nightmares being caused by the spreadsheet software. TransAlta lost 24 million due to a cut and paste error, designations of genes like SEPT2 get changed unnoticed into data by Excel, the NASA had wrong measure data in their Excel tables with which they keep on working, and so forth. Are you sure that there is no mistake hidden in your Excel sheets with which you run your company or plan your production?

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Visual Production Planning With NAV:  Tips For Using Filters #2

Posted by Ute Gillet on Nov 2, 2017 3:23:00 PM

Last week, I started my two-part series about the meaningful usage of filters in the VPS, our Gantt add-in for visual production planning with NAV, by describing how to work with the Data Filter.

Learn today how and when to use the View Filter, and also why sometimes operations seem to vanish after the filter was applied.

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Visual Production Planning With NAV:  Tips For Using Filters #1

Posted by Ute Gillet on Oct 11, 2017 12:09:33 PM

Two weeks ago, I told you about the new feature for customizing the VPS conflict management  that was developed as a result to a frequently posed partner request .

Of course, also questions on other themes arise every now and then and ones that reach us quite frequently concern the filter functionalities. Since this complex issue would go beyond the size of one post, I decided to split it into a series dealing with the different kinds of filters in the Visual Production Scheduler, and when and how to use them.

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Conflict Management in Visual Production Planning with Dynamics NAV

Posted by Ute Gillet on Aug 22, 2017 3:49:00 PM

As user of and/or partner reselling our VPS Gantt add-in for production planning with Dynamics NAV you most naturally will be confronted with all kinds of customer requests now and then. A request that was brought to us quite often was to make the two types of conflict management, that hitherto were applied automatically on saving, customizable.

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New Features in Add-in for Production Planning with Dynamics NAV

Posted by Ute Gillet on Jun 29, 2017 1:45:41 PM

A new version of the Visual Production Scheduler, our add-in for production planning with Dynamics NAV, has been released. The interactive planning board for visualizing production orders, production order lines and operations in connection with the capacity utilization of work and machine centers offers some new features. For the sake of brevity I can't give a detailed description of each so that I picked two to present in this blog post. Read below what we've come up with.

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Custom Indicators For Visual Production Planning with Dynamics NAV

Posted by Ute Gillet on Jun 2, 2017 4:18:57 PM

As user of and/or partner reselling our VPS Gantt add-in for production planning with Dynamics NAV you most likely already know its visual alerts indicating impending collisions of planned orders with operational processes: The capacity curve, for instance, turns red in case of an impending overload and delivery date exceeding will be hatched.

There are cases, however, when more, individual visual signals are called for in order to highlight conflicts with individual business rules at operational level. So let me show you today how you can use the indicators available in the VPS to set certain visual signals individually.

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