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Axtension® Production Planning

Eliminate Shop Floor Bottlenecks in Dynamics 365 with Axtension® Production Planning

Production constraints can arise from almost any area of an organization. With limited visibility, planners can only do so much to anticipate and mitigate these issues. Axtension® Production Planning is embedded directly in Dynamics 365, leveraging real-time data from purchase and sales orders, resource capacity, inventory levels, and more to provide planners with a comprehensive view of production.

Let’s explore how Axtension® Production Planning can help you eliminate shop floor bottlenecks, increase equipment effectiveness, and unify your company by providing visibility to every stakeholder who needs it.

Axtension® Lets You Plan Production Operations Visually in Dynamics 365

Visual planning is a core feature of Axtension® Production Planning. It allows planners to see all related data in a single view, making it easier to simulate decisions and see their impacts.

  • Intuitive Drag-and-Drop Interface: Planners can drag and drop tasks to simulate different scenarios. This helps in identifying the most efficient production schedule and avoiding potential bottlenecks.
  • Comprehensive View: All related data, including purchase and sales orders, resource capacity, and inventory levels, are leveraged to create a comprehensive picture of your production process. This ensures that everyone is on the same page, reducing the chances of miscommunication.

Schedule Production Orders within Projects or from Master Planning

Scheduling production orders is a breeze with Axtension® Production Planning. Whether it’s within a project or from master planning, the tool provides flexibility and control.

  • Project Integration: Orders can be scheduled as part of larger projects, ensuring that all components are aligned and timelines are met. This integration allows for better coordination and timely completion of tasks.
  • Master Planning: For more strategic planning, orders can be scheduled based on overall production goals, balancing short- and long-term needs. This helps in optimizing resource utilization and meeting business objectives.

Validate Material Availability, Resource Capacity, and Requirement Dates in Dynamics 365

Axtension® Production Planning ensures that all necessary materials and resources are available before production begins.

  • Material Checks: The system validates that all required materials are in stock or will be available on time, preventing delays. This proactive approach helps in avoiding production halts and meeting delivery schedules.
  • Resource Capacity: It checks if the necessary resources (machines, labor) are available and capable of handling the scheduled tasks. This ensures that there are no unexpected capacity issues that could disrupt production.
  • Requirement Date Compliance: Ensures that production can meet the required dates, reducing the risk of late deliveries. This validation helps in maintaining customer satisfaction and trust.

Ensure Short- and Long-Term Capacity

Capacity planning is crucial for smooth production operations. Axtension® Production Planning helps manage both short- and long-term capacity.

  • Short-Term Capacity: Ensures that day-to-day operations run smoothly by managing immediate resource availability. This helps in handling urgent orders and maintaining a steady workflow.
  • Long-Term Capacity: Plans for future production needs, taking into account potential changes in demand and resource availability. This strategic planning ensures that the organization is prepared for future challenges.

Prioritize Make-to-Order, Engineer-to-Order, and Make-to-Stock Orders

Different types of production orders have different requirements. Axtension® Production Planning allows for prioritization based on the type of order.

  • Make-to-Order: Prioritize orders that are customized for specific customers, ensuring timely delivery. This helps in maintaining high customer satisfaction and meeting specific client needs.
  • Engineer-to-Order: Manage complex orders that require engineering before production, coordinating all necessary steps. This ensures that all detailed requirements are met before production begins.
  • Make-to-Stock: Maintain inventory levels by planning production to keep stock available for future orders. This helps in ensuring that common products are always available for quick delivery.

Production Planning Made Simple in Dynamics 365

Imagine having the power to visualize your entire production process, easily simulate changes, and instantly see their impact—all while ensuring that every stakeholder is on the same page. With Axtension® Production Planning in Dynamics 365, this becomes a reality. It’s a game-changer for managing production effectively. It offers a comprehensive and real-time view of all production elements, from material availability to resource capacity, helping planners make informed decisions quickly.

By eliminating bottlenecks and ensuring efficient scheduling, Axtension® Production Planning helps maintain smooth operations and timely deliveries, significantly boosting overall productivity.

Don't let production bottlenecks slow you down. Contact Axtension today to learn more about how our Production Planning solution can transform your production processes and drive your business forward