-Succeed With Process Manufacturing Software That Allows For Mobility For Raw Material Tracking-
With evidence of four major stories about food contamination in the last month alone, there is no doubt that there's a need for process manufacturing software; one that allows for the convenience of mobility through handheld devices. The much needed mobile tracking also lends process manufacturers aid in quality controls and makes for easier product recalls when necessary.
In the past, raw material tracking on a plant floor was not easily accomplished. This was because employees had to use old school work stations on the factory floor, causing them to have to supply your system with backflushed data. Today, process manufacturing businesses can operate with mobility and better accuracy by using handheld devices and Dynamics AX software. In this article, you will learn how the workflow process for raw material tracking operates on handheld devices, and watch a video that demonstrates how easy tracing materials is with Dynamics AX.
Dynamics AX supports raw material traceability on handhelds through workflows
In light of handheld device's ability to decrease errors and increase productivity, a workflow has been created in Dynamics AX to further improve its capabilities called KB-3164415. This workflow enables the user to report raw material consumption for production and batch orders. It is also useful in areas of strict requirement, meaning the exact time and exact quantity must be reported for consumption. This will be particularly helpful with the new traceability and serialization requirements for pharmaceutical companies, too. This process is used instead of backflushing the data which can lead to data entry errors.
Johan Hoffman describes the process in further detail in his blog,
This simple scenario explains how the new workflow can be used: A production process is consuming a raw material RM that is stored on a license plate 4543 with two batches; B1 and B2. The material is registered and consumed on a continuous basis.
- Configuration of the new flow
First create a new Mobile device menu item with the activity code: Register material consumption
Add the menu item to a Mobile device menu
2. Make the consumption registration on the hand held device
Create a production order for the finished product FG
The production order has a simple bill of material with a raw material RM. The Bill of Material line is set up with a flushing principle: Manual.
The raw material is on-hand with two batches on a license plate on location 00901.
The production order is started.
The production order is now in status: Started.
Video Showcasing Dynamics AX Raw Material Tracking
Software that allows for mobility and
In Dynamics AX, manufacturers can trace items, raw materials, or ingredients back to the vendor, and forward through the production and sale of the finished product. See the video below to see how effortless your job can be with Dynamics AX to trace components used in the manufacturing process.
Process manufacturing software that allows for mobility helps your company track raw materials more easily, complies with regulatory requirements, and also helps quality officers and production managers analyze and take action to address variances in the quality of products and materials. Here are some examples of the diverse functionality of item tracing in Dynamics AX:
- Determine how much of the item or raw material has been shipped, and to which customers.
- Identify any planned shipments that include the item or raw material.
- Locate production orders that use the item or raw material.
- Find out which vendor the item or raw material was purchased from.
Watch the video to see how simple Dynamics AX makes item traceability for
If you are current on maintenance in AX, the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 cumulative update 6 expanded the item tracing functionality to provide consolidated, and more actionable, visibility into the source and destination of items and raw materials in the supply chain.
Clients First implements Dynamics AX Operations for process and discrete manufacturers and has developed mobile applications that help improve picking, shipping and remote sales. Our client base includes drug manufacturers, pet food manufacturers, and aviation companies who need help with raw material tracking and finished good inventory lot/serial tracking. Dynamics AX can benefit your regulatory requirements too. Clients First operates both nationally and internationally, our AX consultants headquartered in Minneapolis/St. Paul at 877.428.7205, Minnesota and Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas are committed to making your work life easier through implementing ERP and better business processes. We would be glad to help you become more efficient using mobile apps. Give us a call at 800.331.8382. Or email us by clicking on the links above.
by Clients First