Dynamics 365 for Operations: Overlayering Out, Extensions In… For Good

Dynamics 365 overlayering to extensions

Since launch, Microsoft has set out to make Dynamics 365 for Operations an integral part of their Digital Transformation message and solution. Striving to make this transition easier, changes are coming that will affect customizations made to the code in both implementation and upgrade scenarios.  In fact, one of the main objectives Microsoft has outlined…

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Intro to Task Recorder and BPM in Dynamics 365 for Operations (Part 2)

select library in LCS task recorder

As part of Dynamics 365 for Operations (aka AX7), Microsoft introduced a novel approach to assist users with releases, business processes and training. Using a familiar web based application Life cycle services (LCS) and the improved Task recorder tool, Partners and Customers can, quickly and easily, record and publish a guided help experience in Dynamics 365 for Operations.…

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Leveraging Mobile Devices in Plastics Manufacturing Warehouses

Mobile Devices in Plastics Manufacturing Warehouses

The warehouse continues to be a focal point for performance improvement in Plastics Manufacturing. Equipping personnel with RF guns or other mobile devices is an important factor in picking and putaway performance. Microsoft continues to understand mobile device advantages by developing mobile applications, using HTML5, or specifically targeting RF devices. There are still pros and…

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Intro to Task Recorder and BPM in Dynamics 365 for Operations (Part 1)

As a part of Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations, Microsoft has introduced a novel approach to assist users with releases, business processes and training. Using a familiar web based application Life cycle services (LCS) and the improved Task recorder tool, Partners and Customers can, quickly and easily, record and publish a guided help experience in Dynamics 365…

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How Plastics Manufacturers Add Customer Service Value Using Consignment Inventory

Consignment Inventory

It is not unusual for Plastics Manufacturers to offer a Consignment Inventory model as a value added service to customers. Whether it’s due to the: • Tight collaboration necessary in the Supply Chain required by industries like automotive, • Volatile demand in your customer’s industry, • Financial needs of new customers related cash flow or…

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Exploding Phantom BOMs and Their Impact on Production Estimation

bill of materials lines dynamics 365

Recently a client noticed variances between the Bill of Materials on the Production orders (Production BOMs) and the Bill of Materials on the Items (Item BOMs). As far as anyone knew no manual changes were being made to the either BOM, which seemed plausible. After further investigating, it was clear that upon creation of the…

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Plastics Manufacturing – Intelligent Handling of Scrap in Dynamics AX

Scrap and By-product management in plastics manufacturing

Scrap re-use is generally a requirement in Plastic Manufacturing to improve yield. Microsoft’s ERP system, Dynamics AX (aka, Dynamics 365) has handled both discrete and process manufacturing for years (and, mixed mode manufacturing) which means that scrap can be accounted for, re-used, and costed accurately in the same production order. In a previous blog post…

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Power BI Gets the Premium Treatment

Power BI Premium Edition

Last week, Microsoft announced a big change for the business intelligence community. Particularly for the over 200,000 organizations currently using and those considering using Power BI, there is much to be excited about. Who Needs What When The introduction of Power BI Premium promises greater flexibility in terms of licensing, scaling and ease of deployment.…

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Continuous Improvement in Plastics Manufacturing

Continuous Improvement in Plastics Manufacturing

As Plastics Manufacturers continue to improve yield percentage, operational speed or uptime, it is important to track the events or draw insight for root cause. Quality issues related to high scrap rate can be due to materials, process, calibration or human factors. It’s important to capture these non-conforming events and report on them, so corrective…

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Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations Non-Conformance Reporting

A non-conformance is an unexpected event or deviation from specified requirements or procedures. When a non-conformance occurs, it can lead to budget overruns, project delays, rework, unnecessary scrap of materials, decreased productivity or product recalls, just to name a few examples. In Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations non-conformances are used to record and report anything that…

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