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6 Ways Dynamics 365 Business Central Helps Manufacturers


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When choosing an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) solution, manufacturers want flexibility and efficiency to keep their workflows proceeding smoothly. Microsoft has long led the field in ERP solutions, and their attention to detail and excellence continues with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (BC), Microsoft’s powerful Cloud ERP solution. Dynamics 365 BC boasts enhanced processes and business intelligence. Manufacturers who are looking to boost performance and efficiency should give Dynamics 365 BC a close look.

 

Dynamics 365 BC can play a pivotal role in your assembly or production environment. Let’s look at six areas where Dynamic 365 BC can enhance your manufacturing assembly and production processes: 

  1. Made-to-stock and made-to-order 

If you have instances where you build and stock sub-assemblies that will later be combined with raw materials or other sub-assemblies to produce your finished product, Dynamics 365 BC can help. 

You can assign a manufacturing/assembly policy for your made-to-stock sub-assemblies. Your replenishment criteria, such as re-order point or safety stock, can be based on either Hard demand (actual orders waiting for your components) or Soft demand (forecasted or planned orders). You can be alerted to low levels that need attention and always be prepared for the final assembly or production of finished items requiring these parts. 

You can assign a manufacturing/assembly for your completed sub-assemblies or stock. Your replenishment system can then look at Hard demand for the finished product and make sure orders are generated to support the Hard demand. 

  1. Accurate costing with shop or job time entry 

With Dynamics 365 BC, you can keep track of employees’ time by days or jobs. Personnel can clock in and out of each job, production order, or task through the simple scanning of a bar-coded badge.  

You’ll have a tool to track total time on the floor, whether it is spent on production or associated with downtime. The actual time recorded to a job or production order then flows to the job/production order automatically to register actual costs and provide valuable insight so adjustments can be made where necessary. 

  1. Warehouse activities tracked through scanners and barcoding  

Dynamics 365 BC allows warehouse employees to work within the ERP solution on handheld scanning devices and tablets that have a scanning device attached. For greater movement requiring tow motors, tablets can be mounted to the tow motors with a long-range scanner so that team members can complete their activities in real-time with a device conveniently mounted on the tow motor itself. 

  1. Simplified consumption reporting for jobs/production orders

You can set your system to backflush or forward flush low-cost components from a bill of material without a team member manually defining the quantities of lower-cost consumables. You might use this setting for items such as bolts, screws, washers, etc. that are required for the job, but where you don’t need employees to enter the exact count.  Estimated quantities can be entered into the order, and then cycle counts can true up inventory as required over time. Approaching low-cost high-volume items in this way can streamline your production/assembly process. 

  1. Standard cost analysis

Dynamics 365 BC can be set up to use a standard cost. The system will calculate the standard based on the bill of materials and routing (work centers and rates used in the process) set up for the assembly/production of your productThen you can perform a variance analysis on each order to identify outliers and flag them for investigation. 

  1. Lot and serial tracking of components or sub-assemblies throughout system activities

Your Dynamics 365 BC system can be configured to track lots or serial numbers of key components of your manufacturing environment. Being able to track items quickly and efficiently allows visibility into the use of such components. 

From the time a raw material or sub-assembly enters your manufacturing process, the lot or serial number can be scanned into the solution and tracked for a specific movement. Your team will know where and when particular items are used. If a vendor lot has a recall, a process can be run to inform team members of every finished good or sub-assembly involved with that lot so they can initiate a proactive recall or investigation. 

Dynamics 365 Business Central

Many of these features require customizations and attention to detail to function as optimally for your business. Luckily, BroadPoint’s ERP team has years of experience in Business Central deployment for manufacturersWe will tailor the solution to your specific needs. If you are interested in implementing these solutions into your assembly and production processes, contact BroadPoint to learn more about Microsoft Dynamics 365 BC for manufacturing. 

 

By BroadPointwww.broadpoint.net 

One Response to “6 Ways Dynamics 365 Business Central Helps Manufacturers”

  1. Prateek says:

    So True, great piece of information. Thank you

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