Master Planning in Microsoft Dynamics AX exchanges information with other functionality inside the solution, including production, logistics, trade and CRM, helping streamline your manufacturing processes and supply chain.
In addition, Master Planning in Microsoft Dynamics AX can be run for inter-company transactions, can help you reduce costs, satisfy your customer demands, and improve your overall business performance.
Optimize production flow
By utilizing the information possessed within your company and associated supply chain, Master Planning in Microsoft Dynamics AX can help you optimize production, material planning and scheduling. Finite material and capacity scheduling can be performed at the same time so that available capacity, inventory levels and purchase and transportation lead times are taken into consideration in your production planning. This helps you plan purchase, production and transfer orders more reliably, which can help you optimize your production flow and provide on-time delivery to your customers.
Flexible planning results in increased efficiency
Use different master plans to run online simulations and what-if scenarios, so you can foresee the impact of different sales forecasts and planning strategies. You can run master scheduling in a fast, net change mode where only the latest changes are included in the calculations. This allows you to run materials and production planning as often as needed, so you can always have an up-to-date picture of the net requirements.
Outsource production with ease
Master Planning in Microsoft Dynamics AX helps you outsource production to sub-contractors whenever you need to. You can also model sub-contractor capacity levels in the system and quickly implement make or buy strategies throughout the planning process. This benefits both you and the customer; freeing your capacity and helping you keep delivery promises.
Quickly respond to changes
Action messages suggest changes to purchase and production orders based on changing requirements, helping you to optimize inventory levels and improve production flow. Additionally, future messages provide notification of the earliest possible delivery date, so that you can quickly take action on sales orders to maintain customer satisfaction. You can also increase the efficiency and accuracy of planning with time fences, which help ensure that procedures are carried out at the correct time according to your manufacturing policies.
Deliver on time
Avoid making delivery promises you cannot keep by running available-topromise (ATP) calculations based on available inventory and current production orders, as well as capable-to-promise (CTP) calculations based on raw material lead-times and production capacity.
Minimize inventory levels to reduce costs
Cut down on unnecessary inventory carrying costs while still meeting your customers’ delivery demands. Forecast scheduling in Master Planning in Microsoft Dynamics AX uses sales forecasts to project production and purchasing plans that are closely matched with demand. You may also optimize your safety stock levels based on either target service levels or on lead time coverage. Include seasonal deviation in product sales when calculating safety stock to further refine inventory levels.
Function seamlessly across warehouses
Further optimize your production planning by sourcing materials from across multiple warehouses. Master Planning in Microsoft Dynamics AX can operate with any number of warehouses and automatically generates transfer orders to fulfill inventory requirements. In addition, you can set up each warehouse with individual parameters to help ensure correct levels of safety stock and service at different locations.
- Minimize lead times and maximize on-time deliveries to customers
- Respond quickly to changes in demand for materials and capacity
- Reduce inventory levels through improved production planning and forecast scheduling
- Finite capacity schedule at order taking