When you need to consume materials onto a production order you can consumed them based on their relationship to the BOM. In a previous post we had a look at linking BOM lines to route operations. Let’s have a look at how we can generate a picking list to request the materials for production. AX allows you flexibility in when you generate the picking list for example if you have short productions then you might request material when you start. You might have long operations so you only pick when you need them. You might also replenish material on a manual system not tracked in AX and then just use the picking lists to indicate you have consumed some material.
So based on processes you will vary how you drive generating and updating the picking lists. There is a parameter on the start of production called automatic BOM consumption that you can use to vary how you have the system generate information of how you might want to update it yourself.
Here is a quick overview.
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When you need to start and report feedback to production there could be many different ways you might need to do that based on how you operate. It might be that a manager collects feedback and updates the system. It might be that you don’t often have issues or need to record detailed time so you accept the defaults setup for material and time consumption. AX allows you do vary the processes based on how you work.
In this example let’s have a look at a few ways to start and update production, in this example using operations and not tracking down to the job on a production order.
If you are working with production orders you want to decide how you want to manage the orders, there are many different aspects that you need to manage. One of these is the level of scheduling you want. In AX you can schedule are the operations level of the job level. Operations is handy if you want the system to tell you the day you should work on the productions where job level will give you down to the resource and individual time you should work. In most production there is usually a separation between what the order management systems and what the shop floor systems teams need.
If you want AX just to tell you when to start a production to meet the needs or the demand (sales/forecast) and then you leave it up to another system or the production manager to decide how things are managed on the day then operations scheduling is the right choice. This is usually good when you have a standard lead time you promise customers delivery of the goods and you will manage with overtime or extra runs to finish the goods to meet the order.
If you however want AX to give you more specific times to start and stop jobs then job scheduling is an option. This means you need to be very detailed about your route options, resources, calendars, master planning so that it can give you good enough times to help you plan your production day.
Once you have setup, looking at the production order you will have different information that you can use to manage the order.
In the D365 what’s new update for February there was a note about the monthly updates which allows new features to be continually released. You have to choose when you want to do your system maintenance when it’s convenient for your environment. I’m going to work through the process manually so you can see the few steps to deploy the binary updates. You can manage this through your lifecycle services project.
When you have a complex or long running production process you might have a large number of raw materials that could be required at different steps through the production process. So when you setup your BOM and Route you can link the BOM lines to specific operations.
In a follow-up video we’ll have a look at how to mange the pick lists at difference stages through the operations.