Dynamics 365 Business Central

The Most Useful Manufacturing Features of Dynamics 365 Business Central

Marketing Team
Published on August 8, 2021

Manufacturing is a group of modules in Dynamics 365 Business Central that allows you to use variable inputs to generate one or more outputs. You can track direct labor, as well as indirect and administrative expenditures, in addition to components. The technology allows us to break down and identify the various phases in the manufacturing process, as well as record them in real-time. You receive a simplified, integrated, all-in-one management solution with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central manufacturing that covers all elements of your business and manufacturing process. It is an ultimate solution that allows you to adapt swiftly to today's evolving demands. It enables you to concentrate on providing consumers with exactly what they want when they want it.


Production Orders

Production order is the basic unit of the Manufacturing Industry.  Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central streamlines and integrates all sectors of the manufacturing and production process. Production orders are used to track the transformation of raw resources into finished goods. Work is routed via several machine units on the shop floor by production orders. Production orders consist of Bills of material, Routings, and four stages of production orders - Simulated, Planned, Firm Planned, Released. Production orders are the starting points for:

Planning future manufacturing

Controlling current manufacturing

Tracking of finished manufacturing

Production orders can be manually made from the Production Order page or automatically generated from the Sales Order Planning or Order Planning pages. The Planning Worksheet page allows you to generate several orders. After creating and scheduling the production order it is released on the job floor to be executed.

Bill of Material

A production bill of material (BOM) is a document that contains master data on the components and parts involved in the manufacture of a parent item. Once a production order for that parent item is established, the production BOM will control the material needs calculation. Before it can be utilized in production order, the production BOM must be certified and allocated to the production item. The production BOM content becomes the production order components when you manually insert the production item on a production order line or refresh the order. You can create multiple versions of BOM. it tells the journey of raw material through various steps of being a finished product, which helps you to calculate the cost of the product distinctly.

The Planning Worksheet

Planning your production ensures that you have sufficient inventory update based on forecasting. Dynamics 365 Business Central gives you the power to manage your inventory. It can enhance your decision-making, acquire a better understanding of inventory levels and consumer demand, and manage your cash and investments more efficiently and effectively using Business Central. Moreover, in addition to inventory settings, it can create Planning worksheets to calculate Master Planning Schedule (MPS). Business Central Material Requirements Planning (MRP) engine calculates suggestions and generates a list for you to examine; you then edit the list and execute it. It acts as a powerful tool for every manufacturing industry, saving time and providing deeper insights into resource requirements. These calculations are done by analyzing market demand. If you combine the MRP and MPS system of Business central, it can guide and suggest you to create, change, add or cancel orders at every stage in the production process.

Inventory Management

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central can maintain your inventory in the most optimum way.  Material Resource Planning is the key feature of business central. To keep your inventory updated it will alert you to drill down your aged stock under the "over 120 days" section. This will help you to cut down on your manual searching and adjusting. Business central can plan and forecast inventory needs with exact quantity analyzing your past deals. It will list down your top-selling items to the least needed one, thus, enhancing the efficiency of inventory management. It will not just alert you with needs but also guide you on how to procure them. After updating your stock, it will direct you to the nearest available vendors list, with their probable cost and lead time, thus cutting down any manual search and adjustment in the process.