New releases in Visual Production Scheduler for D 365 Business Central

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New release of Visual Production Scheduler for Dynamics 365 Business Central

As promised, Netronic is continuing to update us on new releases for the scheduling models for Dynamics 365 Business Central, Below are the latest releases for the Visual Production Scheduler (VPS).

#1  Show a progress bar

This is a major new feature that came with the July release of VPS. You can now decide whether to display a progress bar for production order routing lines of released production orders. For this, Netronic implemented a new option in the “Setup Dialog” where you can select whether to show a progress bar at all or one by quantity or by time.

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The color of the progress bar depends on the routing status and the percentage of completion:

  • Status “finished”: black
  • Status “none”, “planned”, and “in progress”:
    • Progress by quantity/time < 100%: grey
    • Progress by quantity/time (i.e you have posted more than initially planned) > 100%: red

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When you have switched on “Automatic scheduling of predecessor” and/or “successor” the operations routing status is being taken into account, so if you want to move an operation that’s in progress or whose predecessor/successor is in progress, you’ll receive a warning message and can cancel or continue your action:

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#2 Visualize the setup times

One of the new features of the August release has its origin in customer feedback Netronic got for the .NET add-in and applies to the Capacity View. Users explained that rather than the wait time, the setup time was really relevant to them and that they wanted to see it at a glance.

Their wish was Netronic’s command and now they offer a context menu for showing or hiding the setup times at the bar.

The setup times are visualized as a grey section at the beginning of the bar.

#3 Show/hide non-working periods

This feature was already part of the .NET VPS and Netronic has now added it to the D365 BC app.

Some planning situations require to focus on the working periods of a work or machine center only. If so, click the new “Calendar” item in the “Actions” menu to select the desired option:

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After having selected the “Hide non-working period”, you’ll only see the non-working periods that are unique to some work and machine centers.

#4 New data filter

The VPS now offers a data filter that applies at the data interface so that the amount of loaded data will be reduced. To specify the filter settings, open the new “Edit data filter” dialog that can be reached from the “Setup” dialog:

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If, for instance, you want to see released production orders only, enter the relevant criteria:

After having confirmed your choice and having reloaded the data, the result will be as shown below:

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Enhance Visual Production Planning in NAV

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Enhance Visual Production Planning in NAV by customizing tooltip and label information

In the Visual Production Scheduler, our Gantt add-in for visual production scheduling, tasks, resources, and capacities are displayed along a timeline, thus providing an optimum overview for planners. A visual plan always faces the dilemma of having to show all the information needed for the planner to quickly recognize planning conflicts and intervene while on the other hand avoiding to show too much information to not jeopardize the clarity. This is where the tooltip and bar label come in: Important data is only shown when needed and presented in an understandable way.

Grasping the importance of a meaningful tooltip and bar label, we implemented an enhancement in the last VPS release: The standard NAV information can now be supplemented for each of the VPS objects (PO line, PO routing line, work center, machine center) by equipping up to five internal custom fields with data to use them in tooltip and bar label.

To do this, follow the instructions given in this blog post.

How to proceed

To use five additional fields, only some C/AL code adjustments are needed.

Step #1

Open the C/AL code of the XMLport 5416000 NETRONIC VPS Export and adjust the assignments for the variables as described below. The necessary code lines are already present, but have to be activated:

  • POLCustomField 01…05
  • PORLCustomField 01…05
  • WCCustomField 01…05
  • MCCustomField 01…05

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Step #2

In the code units 5416015 NETRONIC VPS Tooltip Mgt. and 5416016 NETRONIC VPS Label Mgt. you find the procedures Add*CustomFields for the variables having been defined before. In the procedures, you’ll find some demo code you can activate and adjust to your requirements.

Step #3

Save and compile all your modifications.

Result

The newly defined fields are now available in the “Configuration tooltip and label” menu in the VPS.

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Visual Production Scheduling for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

Knowing our proven Visual Scheduling Suite for Dynamics NAV (2013 up to 2018) you will be glad to hear that the Visual Production Scheduler for easy production scheduling with interactive Gantt charts, is now available for Dynamics 365 Business Central extension on AppSource.

Together with the simultaneous release of the VJS for Dynamics 365 Business Central and the VRV in May this year, this makes us the company offering the most complete stack of visual scheduling software for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central and NAV of which we are really very proud.

Of course, you can rest assured that we didn’t change the basic features or the handling of a proven tool like the VPS so that in this regard the VPS extension has stayed the same in comparison to the VPS add-in for Dynamics NAV. The layout was adapted to Dynamics 365 Business Central and modernized a bit but it is still an essential tool for easily scheduling your manufacturing processes. Here are the 5 basic features of our Visual Production Scheduler extension.

#1 Drag & drop planning of operations

Visually plan production orders, production order lines, and operations by simple mouse actions such as drag & drop. The VPS both supports horizontal movements (i.e. modification of start and end state) and vertical changes (i.e. modification of allocations to work or machine centers).

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#2 Fully integrated

As known from our “old” Visual Scheduling Suite, the VPS also fully integrates with Dynamics 365 Business Central. Double-clicking on production orders, for instance, opens the production order card, while double-clicking on a work center correspondingly opens the work center card where you can navigate and make changes as usual.

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#3 Automatic scheduling of successors and predecessors

When operations that are part of a production order are moved, the successors and predecessors can be automatically shifted with them while at the same time the float time is always minimized. This can be done with both sequential and parallel options.

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#4 Show capacity information

The Visual Production Scheduler is not just an interactive Gantt chart. Apart from the time-related position of production orders and their allocation to resources it also shows the workload of the resources. Exceeding resource capacities are indicated by a visual warning so that you can react immediately. This way, you can keep dates and capacities in check at any time.

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#5 Easy navigation

The Visual Production Scheduler offers lots of comfortable options for easily navigating your plan: jump to the time now line with one click, zoom into a period by mouse-wheel, jump back to your starting position and much more.

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