Manufacturing Capabilities Of Dynamics Business Central

In today’s blog post, let’s look at an in-depth review of Dynamics 365 Business Central’s manufacturing capabilities. At AdCirrus, we’ve been implementing full manufacturing, planning, and warehousing solutions/processes for the past 18 years. We are experts in full-to-end manufacturing implementations that include many types of manufacturing industries such as:

    1. Manufacturing – Make to Stock
    2. Manufacturing – Mixed Mode
    3. Manufacturing – project-based manufacturing

Step 1: Item Setup

Make sure your items are set up correctly. In the item card, there is a tab called Planning. In this tab, you define how the item is planned when running MRP and MP processes using the planning worksheet. The first step is to identify the correct reorder policy. This will help activate the related planning fields in this tab. Furthermore, you need to identify safety stock as safety stock lead time should be considered when entering data into this area. If you are using multiple locations where the same item can be stocked, please don’t keep more units. Instead, define the planning parameters at the stock-keeping unit card.

Step 2: Vendor Lead Times

When adding new items to the system, it’s important to identify whether the item is planned as a purchase item or a production order item. This field is located on the item card called the Replenishment System. Once the item identifies as a purchased item, the best practice is to add the default vendor or multiple vendors from whom this item can be bought. Besides, add what the average lead time for the set item will be. This will help in expected receipt dates when the planning process is run.

Step 3: Create Work Center/Machine Centers

The next step is to identify and create the appropriate number of work centers and/or machine centers that will be used in the manufacturing process. Work centers and machine centers are used to help identify the best logical path items have to go through. You can insert these records into the routing tables; I use them to calculate start and end times for production orders.

Step 4: Create Routing and Production Bill of Materials

To get the correct components and work centers for production orders, the correct routing records and production bill of material records should be created. In Business Central, you can utilize routing versions if multiple versions are necessary. The same applies to the production bill of materials as well. Once these records are created, you can assign them back to the respective item cards for each production order item.

Step 5: Demand

Once all the setup is complete, then you’ve to get demand lines in Business Central. Demand includes sales order lines, job planning lines, production order component lines, demand forecasts, etc. This will be the basis to calculate spots for the parent items listed on these various different record types.

Step 6: Planning Worksheet

This is a critical step that brings together on-hand inventory, and lead times while looking at existing open supply lines and demand. It suggests a plan to generate purchase orders and production orders to meet your demand due dates. The planning worksheet uses the best MPS and MRP practices along with focusing on orders that need to be created based on time fences set at the filter level. This process will also help you meet your delivery due dates by focusing on the just-in-time methodology.

Step 7:

Convert  Firm Planned Production Orders to Released Production Orders

Once the firm plan production order is generated from the planning worksheet, it’s time to review capacity and material requirements for the production order before its release to the floor. This step is very important as the firm planned production is used to confirm enough people and machine hours are available to process this production order. Furthermore, users can use this to evaluate if enough inventory is available before production commences. Finally, you can review unit costs also before the production order is released. Once the firm plan order is in place and all the required pieces are confirmed, then the firm planned order becomes a released production order to begin production on the floor.

Step 8: From Work In Process to Finished Good Outputs

At this step, the system will record any labor entries that are happening against the work centers or machine centers. This occurs alongside issuing inventory raw materials from stock to the production order and generating the proper working process journal entries for the production order through its lifecycle. There are many users of this production order such as material handlers. If a go is issued on this production order along with the shopfloor user who is recording their time against the production order, then you can proceed. And finally, the finance team will be reviewing the ongoing costs and variances of the production order before the production order is marked complete. Furthermore, this step is when output is recorded, and the finished good inventory is placed into stock and prepared for shipping.

Our team has extensive experience in implementing Business Central Manufacturing modules. No matter the complexity or sophistication of your current manufacturing environment, let us give you a free assessment and show you how Business Central Manufacturing functionality would work well for your business. Our team is here to ensure the highest level of success in your ERP investment!

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Industry Specific Edition

Acumatica cloud ERP’s Industry-Specific Editions are a unique combination of Acumatica cloud ERP functionality and functionality specific to a particular industry or industry segment.

For example, the Manufacturing Edition includes both manufacturing and distribution modules, as well as modules for field service and general business use. The Distribution Edition includes only distribution modules.

The Industry-Specific Editions include all of the core Acumatica cloud ERP functionality including:

  • Core Accounting
  • Core Billing & Invoicing
  • Core Business Management  (including project management and portfolio management)
  • Core Data Modeling & Validation  (using the same data model used in the Core Accounting module)
  • Core Enterprise Resource Planning  (including CRM integration)
  • Core Human Resources & Payroll  (HRIS integration with HR applications such as Zenefits)
  • Core Inventory Management  (including barcode scanning technology that can be used to identify inventory items based on their UPC codes or SKU numbers.)

Retail Commerce Management

Deliver a consistent customer experience across all your sales channels with full integration between your online, mobile, kiosk, and in-store service.

  • Reduce stock-outs and back orders 
  • Speed up order processing and fulfillment 
  • Streamline returns and exchange 
  • Provide an omni-channel experience 
  • Offer a world-class eCommerce presence 
  • Integration with web stores and POS systems

Project Management

Streamline project management: The project accounting suite enables you to track project costs, carry out planning and billing, and manage time and expenses while completely integrating with the fundamental accounting operations like general ledger and accounts payable.

Customer Relationship Management

Set up customer relationship management: CRM is an important tool for any business that wants to build strong customer relationships and retain customers. With Acumatica, you can set up a customer relationship management system that works for your business.

The CRM feature includes:

  • Customizable reporting dashboards
  • Powerful business intelligence capability
  • Service and support automated workflows
  • A customer self-service portal

Service Management

Maximize dispatching and boost revenue by scheduling the right people at the right time, and see real-time data for work taking place in the field.

  • Single version of the truth
  • Multi-dimensional reporting
  • Security by role
  • Custom reports and personalized dashboards
  • Multiple display options

Construction Management

Provides a complete, mobile-enabled cloud-based construction and accounting software solution.

  • Instant data access in role-based dashboards 
  • Native AI and ML for automation and data processing 
  • Superior compliance management 
  • Flexible drop-shipping to project sites 
  • Real-time connection among workers-field, office, and remote.

Sales Improvement

Acumatica’s sales management features can help businesses increase their sales and revenue.

Utilize Business Intelligence

You may gather crucial data from various sources and show it in reports made for quick decision-making with Acumatica cloud ERP. This software includes analytical tools for monitoring the state of your business. It identifies problems before they substantially harm your company.

Warehouse Management

Streamline warehouse operations and transaction to reduce errors, automate processes and increase productivity.

  • Reduce errors 
  • Increase customer satisfaction
  • Automate data capture 
  • Simplify tracking
  • Prioritized, direct picking 

Inventory Optimization

Optimize inventory: Acumatica’s inventory management tools can help businesses reduce inventory costs and improve stock levels.

Manufacturing Management

Built for make-to-stock, make-to-order, engineer-to-order, project centric, job shop, batch, repetitive manufacturing, and more.

  • Complete, multi-site cloud manufacturing control and planning system
  • Improve efficiency with intuitive, award-winning UI
  • Empower collaboration with cross-module workflows 
  • Create business resilience with our future proof design 

Order Processing

Use order processing: Order processing is another key feature of Acumatica ERP software. With this feature, you can streamline your order process and keep track of orders as they move through the pipeline.

Improve financial management

There are a number of ways businesses can make the most out of Acumatica’s features. For example, businesses can use Acumatica to:

– Improve financial management: Acumatica’s financial management tools can help businesses save time and money by streamlining accounting and financial processes. This functionality includes:

     General ledger incorporating real-time analysis fully integrated with all other features

     Accounts receivable and payable

     Cash, currency & tax management solutions

     Fixed assets

     Recurring revenue management