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Netronic Boosts Performance with Updates to Visual Scheduler Suite

The Netronic Visual Scheduler is a suite of software tools designed to streamline scheduling processes within Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. It offers interactive Gantt charts and visual representations of schedules, allowing users to efficiently create, modify, and track tasks, resources, and projects. Recently, they announced significant updates to these extensions. In this article, we explore the features and changes introduced.

Visual Advanced Production Scheduler

Streamlined data integrity checks

Netronic has introduced a new Role Center Page within VAPS aimed at simplifying data integrity checks. Recognizing the complexity of data patterns within Business Central that can sometimes lead to undesired outcomes or system crashes, Netronic emphasizes collaborative efforts between customers, partners, and themselves, especially during the initial phases of VAPS implementation. The newly introduced page is designed to detect data anomalies early on, expediting implementation timelines and ensuring seamless operation by enhancing the ability to conduct thorough data integrity checks.

VAPS - VAPS role

The page provides insights into various activities, including:

  • Information from Business Central with numbers of production orders and resources.
  • EMAD information.
  • General information about the VAPS simulations.
  • Data validation data for Business Central: the cues appear in red when data is not valid, otherwise they are displayed in green like the other cues.

Move operations via dialog

Previously, users were limited to dragging and dropping one operation at a time or scheduling entire production orders. However, feedback from customers highlighted the need to move multiple operations individually, particularly when dealing with numerous production orders. To address this, Netronic has introduced a feature allowing users to select and move multiple operations simultaneously without affecting their sequence. This is facilitated through the addition of the “Move Operation(s)” context menu item, triggering the “Select Production Order Routing Line(s) to move” dialog. Users can then make further adjustments in the “Move Production Order Routing Line(s) Settings” dialog, defining parameters such as start date, capacity type, and target machine center.

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Visual Production Scheduler

Viewer Mode

During the Dynamics NAV era, Netronic provided separate licenses for VPS planner and VPS viewer. However, with the transition to Business Central, Netronic consolidated these licenses into one, allowing broader access for schedule adjustments. Yet, as customer feedback poured in and needs evolved, Netronic identified situations where having a visual production schedule in a view-only mode would be highly beneficial. This realization prompted the development of the VPS Viewer Mode.

Why and how: VPS Viewer Mode

  • VPS: shows data directly from production orders.
  • VAPS: shows data from the simulation table (by design, these data can and should differ from the BC production order data).

There are use cases, where “non-production-scheduling-people” want to see the production schedule; Examples:

Sales
  • What: check and understand the general production backlog.
  • Why: derive conclusions for delivery time commitments.
Shopfloor workers
  • What: see which production orders are scheduled for today.
  • Why: make operational decisions (if allowed).

Netronic built the VPS Viewer Mode with all cases in mind but focused on the shopfloor.

  • Sales = open schedule, assess backlog, make conclusion, close schedule.
  • Shopfloor = schedule “always on” … on a screen on the floor.
  • Needs to show a fixed period.
  • Needs to be pre-filtered.
  • Needs to update automatically.

In the Viewer Mode, all options for changing the schedule are deactivated, along with the corresponding menus and functionalities, including saving. However, changes to Business Central data remain possible via the Business Central pages.

As usual, the progress window appears during reloading. If a user previously working as a planner switches to the viewer mode after making changes, those changes will be overwritten without prompting (saving is disabled in viewer mode).

VPS - Viewer Mode

Users can select the mode through the designated option in the new “Editing Mode” section within the VPS setup. The Scheduling Mode is set as default.

VPS - editing mode

Depending on the selected mode, the settings offered in the newly added “Automatic Screen Updates” area of the Setup dialog differ:

Viewer mode:
  • whether and how often the view should be updated.
  • whether and how often the view should scroll.
  • whether the current date-timeline is shown and how often it should be updated.

VAPS - Automatic Screen Updates Viewer Mode

Scheduler mode
  • whether the current date-timeline is shown and how often it should be updated

VAPS - Automatic Screen Updates Scheduler Mode

Comprehensive performance improvements

With this release, Netronic has significantly boosted scheduling performance, achieving up to a 30% increase.

Visual Job Scheduler

Performance improvement

Netronic has made substantial improvements in performance, particularly benefiting customers with extensive resources and employees configured as resources.

The complete information can be found in the release notes. And don’t forget to browse the knowledge base for more detailed information found here.

For further information on Netronic Visual Scheduling Solutions. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with allonline365 at +27 (21) 205 3650, email us at contact@allonline365.com or visit our website www.allonline365.com. 

What NETRONIC VPS & VJS version 1.20 brings to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

What NETRONIC VPS & VJS version 1.20 brings to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is a cloud-based fully integrated business management solution. That helps businesses manage their finances, operations, sales, and customer service in one unified platform. Business Central provides tools for financial management, supply chain management, project management, and more. Although Business Central is a functionally rich solution. The Jobs and Resource Planning Modules are rather complex. Your data is buried deep in hierarchical tables of jobs, job tasks, job planning lines, and resource allocations. NETRONIC Visual Job Scheduler (VJS) serves to simplify that data. Allowing you to see everything at a glance with a project plan and resources Gantt Chart.

VJS enhances Business Central’s scheduling and planning capabilities. By providing a visual representation of resource allocation and job scheduling.  This makes optimizing resource usage, tracking job progress, and making real-time adjustments to schedules easier. This integration helps businesses streamline their operations, improve efficiency, and make better-informed decisions regarding resource allocation and job assignments within the Business Central ecosystem.

Recently, NETRONIC has released version 1.20 of the Visual Production Scheduler (VPS) and the Visual Jobs Scheduler Business Central.

Create flow fields for tooltips, table, and label texts in NETRONIC’S simulation tables (VPS & VJS)

Until now, flow fields could be created in the original tables of Business Central or its extensions and calculated as required via the OnBeforeTransfer events. However, with the new version, they introduce a new capability. Now,with certain conditions met, flow fields can also be created directly in NETRONIC’s own simulation tables, and be used for tooltips, bar labels, and table labels.

Important: Please note that only persistent records can be used as the foundation for calculating the values in the flow field formulas. This means that values resulting from interactive rescheduling in the planning board are not considered in the calculation. Additionally, there is no event triggered before the flow field value is calculated, making it impossible to apply a date filter to restrict the calculation to dynamic values, for example. Therefore, it is recommended to utilise this feature only together with values from standard Business Central tables.

Info bar showing information about view filter (VPS)

In the world of visual scheduling, it’s easy for planners to get lost in a sea of data and wonder why they’re seeing certain information. NETRONIC understands this challenge and has worked on a solution. There is now a new info bar that appears below the Gantt chart. This handy tool provides real-time information about the active view filters, ensuring that planners always know what they’re looking at.

In the “Appearance Section” of the VPS Setup dialog, you can specify whether to show/hide the status bar.

The status bar also informs you when no filter is active:

Info window shows progress when loading/reloading (VJS)

When data is loaded into the VJS, multiple stages of data processing are executed until the visualization finally appears and the users can start working with it. Especially when there are large amounts of data to be loaded/reloaded, this process may take a while, during which the users do not know what is happening and are often unsure whether the application is still working.
To give the users more feedback as to what is happening during the loading process, a new info window has been implemented, this window:

  • gives feedback that something is happening at all (meaning the extension has not crashed)
  • provides insight into the volume of data being loaded, offering an explanation for the potential delay in the process gives an estimate of the duration of this process and the expected wait time for the users
  • assists our support team during customer training or when handling support cases, enabling them to gain a deeper understanding of the customers’ unique environment.

Performance improvements (VJS)

NETRONIC have conducted extensive internal optimization and maintenance for the VJS, resulting in significant performance improvements. For example, loading a large record with numerous links now experiences a 22% increase in speed, while reloading it is now 20% faster. These enhancements ensure a smoother and more efficient user experience.

Article Credit: New version of VPS & VJS for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (netronic.com)

For further information on NETRONIC VJS. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with allonline365 at +27 (21) 205 3650, email us at contact@allonline365.com or visit our website www.allonline365.com    

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