Assembly Management Replaces Kitting in Dynamics NAV 2013

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Assembly can be defined in different ways depending on the company or industry.  In general, assembly is a physical item that is built from components and withdrawn from stock as an item number.  Kitting, usually associated with assembly, is combining already finished goods into a group.

Assembly is an attractive inventory stocking strategy for two main reasons: reduced inventory and increased customer service.  Assembling can be postponed until after the customer order is received or common components have left the production plant. Additionally, last minute customer requirements can be accommodated, pre-assembled promotional kits can be quickly shipped and special pricing options can be offered through a “kit.”  While you store components, you sell finished products to customers. Many times, the same components are used in different products. For this reason, you do not want these finished products in your warehouse as it will cause excess inventory since you are unsure what your customers will order.

If you are a light manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer with simple conversion processes and non-complex setup and maintenance the new Assembly Management Module in Dynamics NAV 2013 is for you. With assembly management you can:

  • Assemble-to-stock
  • Assemble-to-order including automatic creation of reserved assembly order linked to sales lines and automatic synchronization of changes
  • Roll-up standard cost across assembly and production BOMs
  • Easily report on assemble-to-order sales, item timelines, BOM (Bill of Materials) cost share distribution
  • View data in treeviews including BOM Structure, BOM Cost Shares and Item Availability by BOM
  • Configure a price roll-up on demand
  • Historic record of posted assembly order
  • Basic warehouse support for assembly processes

If you are currently using Dynamics NAV 2009, consider an upgrade to NAV 2013 and utilize the enhancements of the assembly module over the kitting module. Get a sneak peek at Dynamics NAV 2013 - register for a free 1-hour webinar here.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV Gold Partner, SBS Group, works with manufacturing, retail and distribution clients to mutually explore business needs and recommend ERP/accounting technology solutions.  Contact SBS Group today or email [email protected] to schedule a complimentary discovery call and explore Microsoft Dynamics ERP.

By: SBS Group – New Jersey Microsoft Dynamics NAV, GP, SL, AX, CRM Partner & Microsoft Master VAR

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