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.
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.
Some weeks ago, I informed you about our having revised the user guide for our visual service planning add-in, the VSS.
Of course, we have also been busy working on our other Gantt chart add-ins for visual scheduling. Next in line for a comprehensive overhaul and updating was the manual of the VPS, our Gantt chart add-in for visual production planning in the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Manufacturing Module.
So, let me inform you today about what is new in the VPS manual that can be downloaded from our website as of now. At the same time, I'd like to take the opportunity to recall for you some perhaps small but nevertheless useful features of the VPS.
If you talk to enough people within a certain industry, do enough presentations, read enough blogs, you begin to draw certain conclusions of the time. My conclusion of the time since joining NETRONIC two years ago has been this: the visual scheduling add-ins we build for Microsoft Dynamics NAV are no longer a 'nice-to-have' for customers, they are a 'must-have.'
This blog post will dive specifically into the Visual Production Scheduler for Microsoft Dynamics NAV and the features which must be shown during demos to really win over prospects.
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.