You want to be able to easily reschedule a production order in Microsoft Dynamics NAV? With the Visual Production Scheduler (VPS) add-in you can do this in an easy and agile way by drag & drop. If an order consists of one operation only, it is of course quite easy to move it. If, however, the order consists of many linked operations, rescheduling will become more complex and thus hard to handle if you work with tools that cannot handle linked operations. You’ll have to click one operation after the other and drop it at another position of the timeline. The VPS allows to simplify this procedure by two options. Either, you can move your operation together with all its succeeding operations or you do it the other way round and move it together with all its preceding operations. Watch the video to see this function in action.
As user of Microsoft Dynamics NAV you may sometimes be faced with issues or questions that are not always treated in the according manuals and where you look for quick help. This seems to be especially true when it comes to the often complex topic of production scheduling.
That is in this blogpost I have put together for you some useful links to articles, posts or other contributions shared by experts or simply by other Microsoft Dynamics NAV users with special regard as to production scheduling.
ERP systems like Microsoft Dynamics NAV support manufacturing companies in planning orders and resources. Based on previously made settings, like routings, resource data, work calendars etc , the system splits production orders into Production Order Lines (POL), schedules the operations, calculates due dates based on start/ release dates and allocates resources.
On the one hand, automatic production planning like this comes in handy, since it saves the planner some work. On the other hand, however, these settings are quite rigid. For example, they don’t take into account that an operation of a POL could be finished with just one hour overtime work and the delivery time of the complete order could be shortened.
These “speed-up points“ become visible when the data is presented in a visual production schedule. This blog post is about manually extending capacities in Microsoft Dynamics NAV to shorten the completion time of certain orders and how this works hand-in-hand with the Visual Production Scheduler.
Production can be complex, especially in today’s fast paced marketplaces. But with the aid of technology and enterprise resource planning tools like Microsoft Dynamics NAV, producers as well as consumers can benefit.
Using Peik Bech-Andersen’s book, Manufacturing with Microsoft Dynamics NAV, manufacturers using Dynamics NAV have direct access to a user guide which helps them swiftly maneuver through the Microsoft Dynamics NAV manufacturing module. This book highlights best practices and shows how NAV can help increase your overall agility. Initially, the book was written for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013, but meanwhile there is an updated whitepaper dealing with some NAV 2015-specifics. This blog post gives you a brief overview of how Peik solves today´s challenges in manufacturing with Dynamics NAV.
Naturally, a the complexity of production planning increases with the number of resources used. If only one machine is needed for finishing off an order, planning will be easy: Bringing forward an urgent order will postpone all other orders accordingly. Changing pre-planned orders will become a bit more difficult, however, when planning e.g. the manufacturing of products requiring several resources such as machines, staff members and tools, since the different allocations have to be taken into account. In such cases, visual production scheduling will be helpful.
This blog post mainly addresses manufacturing companies who need to plan production orders, manage delivery time commitments and have to allocate multiple resources to one order or to dedicated operations of one job. Learn from this blog post how a graphical control panel helps visualizing the results of an automatic remote control with several resources and in addition supporting the manual control of orders by immediately showing conflicts when an order is moved.
When it comes to production planning, graphical planning tables provide valuable assistance as to visualizing complex contexts and bringing transparency to production planning data. However, developing, designing and definining a graphical planning table often is harder than many people initially expect. This blog post provides you with some functions that you should think of when starting to deveop your visual planning board.
The Visual Production Scheduler (VPS) is an interactive graphic planning board for Microsoft Dynamics NAV, visualizing production orders, production order lines and operations in connection with the capacity utilization of work and machine centers. Operations can easily be moved by drag & drop, thus not only providing new transparency of the Dynamics NAV data, but also enhancing the Microsoft Dynamics NAV production scheduling capabilities.
A new version of the VPS also for Dynamics NAV 2016 will be available on November 23, 2015. Amongst other new features, a major enhancement is the multi-level visualization and visual scheduling of linked production order lines as they typically are used in an make-to-order environment. A new linking lets the planner recognize whether the completion of the single suborders are scheduled in a way to not jeopardize the delivery date of the entire order.