With full manufacturing now being provided in the cloud in Dynamics 365 Business Central, manufacturers are in a unique position in which they can leverage cloud-based technology to satisfy their manufacturing requirements. Dynamics 365 gives businesses the opportunity to connect powerful tools, software, and apps into one seamless system.

Within Dynamics 365 Business Central, you can complete seemingly complex processes accurately and efficiently. Thanks to robust and intuitive features, you can stay ahead of the competition by providing customers with accurate information and on-time orders. Thanks to Business Intelligence, manufacturers can get a clear picture of inventory levels, production efficiencies, and forecast upcoming product demand.

Manufacturing functionality within Business Central includes:

Production Bill of Materials: Create bills of materials and calculate standard costs. Required for the configuration of all other Manufacturing modules.

Production Orders: Create and manage production orders and post-consumption and output to the production orders. After you have created a production order, you can calculate net requirements based on that production order. The Production Orders module includes a manual supply planning tool as an alternative to automatic planning. The Order Planning window provides the visibility and tools you need to manually plan for demand from sales lines and then to create different types of supply orders directly.

Agile Manufacturing: This module enables you to run the Agile Manufacturing, Supply Planning, and Capacity Planning modules.

Version Management: Create and manage different versions of the manufacturing bill of materials and routings.

Supply Planning: Plan material requirements based on demand with support for master production scheduling and materials requirements planning. Basic Supply Planning includes:
• Automatic production orders and purchase orders.
• Action messages for fast and easy balancing of supply and demand.
• Support for bucket-less and bucketed material requirements planning.
• The Setup for items with their own reordering policy, including registration of whether they are manufactured by or purchased from a third party.

Demand Forecasting: Manage demand forecasting based on items. Input demand (sales) forecasts for products and components in a more convenient way (daily, monthly, quarterly). This data allows the system to plan and create production and purchase orders taking into consideration the demand forecast together with the level of available inventory and parameters of requirement planning.

Sales and Inventory Forecasting: You can use the Sales and Inventory Forecast extension to get deep insights about potential sales and a clear overview of expected stock-outs. The built-in Cortana Intelligence leverages historical data and helps you manage your stock and respond to your customers. Based on the forecast, the Sales and Inventory extension helps create replenishment requests for vendors and saves you time.

Capacity Planning: Add capacities (work centers) to the manufacturing process. Set up routings and use these routings on production orders and in material requirements planning. View loads and the task list for the capacities.

Finite Loading: Manage finite loading of capacity-constraint resources. Taking capacity constraints into account so that no more work is assigned to a work center than the capacities can be expected to execute during a given time period. This is a simple tool without any optimization. Used with the Order Promising module, Finite Loading also enables the system to calculate capable-to-promise (CTP).

Machine Centers: Add machine centers as capacities to the manufacturing process. Machine centers are designed to help you manage the capacity of a single machine/producing resource. With machine centers, you can plan/manage capacity on several levels: on a more detailed level for machine centers and on a consolidated level for work centers. Machine centers allow users to store more default information about manufacturing processes, such as setup time or default scrap percentage.

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