VJS: Visual Jobs Scheduler for Dynamics 365 Business Central

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New release of Visual Jobs Scheduler for Dynamics 365 Business Central

Netronic has announced the enhancements of the Visual Jobs Scheduler (VJS), their interactive planning app for visualizing jobs, job tasks, job planning lines, and resources.

#1 Create links between job planning lines

The VJS now enables creating links between job planning lines by means of a new context menu. According to customers needs and planning situation, you can select between two possible relations:

  • Start-Start (the successor must not start before the processer)
  • Finish-Start

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The link structure that you build this way will be taken into account when a job planning line in this chain is moved so that all job planning lines of the chain are moved according to their position, or remain where they are.

 

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#2 Schedule successors

This feature, having also been implemented in the July release, is directly connected with the option of creating a link chain. It can be found as a new entry in the menu ribbon and in the context menu of the job planning lines. This ensures that the link structure is taken into account with no buffer time, i.e. linked operations are processed without temporal offset. This applies to the selected node and all its successors.

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#3 Indicate violated link orders in red

If the link order within a link structure gets violated, the according link(s) appear in red.

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#4 Calculate and distribute planning line quantity taking into account a resource’s capacity

As it is widely known, the quantity of job planning lines is calculated independently of the resource’s capacity in standard Dynamics 365 Business Central. If you have a look at the resource “David Butler” in the screenshot below, he is allocated 16 hours, but only has the capacity of 8 hours.

If you want to bypass this way of visualizing the quantity, you can make use of the new feature that came with the August release. Since this is a company-wide setting, Netronic implemented a new dialog “VJS Company Settings” where “Calculate Job Planning Line Duration” has to be ticked.

After having confirmed and reloaded, David Bulter’s task was lengthened accordingly.

#5 Regard non-working periods when rescheduling job planning lines

If you haven’t activated the “Calculate Job Planning Line Duration” option in the “VJS Company Settings”, the VJS takes into account the days with no capacity when job planning lines are moved.

#6 Information during long calculations

When a calculation takes a bit longer than expected, a status window pops up informing you.

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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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