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By: Sidler Clarke  09-12-2011
Keywords: supply chain, Inventory Management, operational efficiency

Microsoft Dynamics NAV for Manufacturing Companies


With Microsoft Dynamics NAV for manufacturing, any size company can boost operational efficiency and effectively manage production, including production orders, bills of material, supply planning, and capacity requirements planning. Flexible processes and integrated information equip you to make accurate promises to customers, respond quickly to last-minute requests and changes, and take advantage of new business opportunities to help your business stay ahead of the competition.

Production management

  • Improve coordination of made-to-order requests.
  • Simplify make-or-buy decisions.
  • Modify components and operations as needed, even on released production orders.
  • Plan product family orders that share the same routing to create efficient build schedules.

Bills of material (BOMs)

  • Integrate different types of BOMs and customized definitions into manufacturing operations.
  • Support time-to-market and time-to-volume objectives.
  • Create, track, and process multiple versions of BOMs and routings.

Graphical scheduling

  • Access an overview of production schedules displayed in Gantt charts.
  • Use drag-and-drop functionality to reschedule operations.

Order promising

  • Promise orders more accurately with available-to-promise (ATP) and capable-to-promise (CTP) insight.

Exceptions handling

  • Quickly make exceptions and last-minute changes to meet customer needs.

Supply planning

  • Plan from the sales order, production order, or purchase requisition, or use traditional master production schedule (MPS) or material requirements planning (MRP) methods.
  • Facilitate materials flow through the supply chain with multilocation planning capabilities.
  • Update and change all materials, costs, and operations simultaneously.

Demand forecasting

  • Analyze sales patterns from multiple perspectives.
  • Compare forecasted demand with actual sales.
  • Consolidate and distribute demand plans with multiple stakeholders for collaborative planning.

Capacity requirements planning

  • Implement realistic plans according to all incoming resource capacity demands.
  • Redefine order modifiers and reorder policies as needed.
  • Accommodate changing shop floor workloads.
  • Simplify planning with calendars and machine center allocation tools.

Warehouse and inventory management

  • Integrate manufacturing and warehousing functionality.
  • Optimize warehouse layout and space utilization.
  • Maintain up-to-date inventory information.
  • Manufacturing costing
  • Understand item costs throughout the production process, including inventory, WIP, and cost of goods sold (COGS).
  • Manage sales and purchase prices with customers and vendors.
  • Automated data collection system (ADCS).
  • Collect and use accurate inventory data in real time
  • Increase the visibility of accurate inventory data throughout your business.
  • Improve warehouse efficiency.

Lean manufacturing

Maintaining efficient operations in today's manufacturing environment isn’t easy, but putting into practice the principles of lean manufacturing can further hone your organization’s competitive edge. Typical manufacturing plants have multiple vendors, multiple interfaces, complex information flows, and asynchronous processing, all of which can lead to limited visibility into orders, materials, and production. To achieve peak performance, manufacturers must systematically identify and eliminate plant floor inefficiencies.This lean manufacturing strategy requires a four-step cycle of continuous improvement:
  • Value-stream-mapping documents each step in the process, its inputs and outputs, across the entire supply chain.
  • Analysis and modeling identify tasks that could be simplified or cut altogether.
  • Implementation and continuous improvement actualize change on the plant floor.
  • Management and reporting evaluates the results and begins the cycle again.
The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011

Keywords: Inventory Management, operational efficiency, supply chain

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