Visual Scheduling Suite for Microsoft Dynamics NAV

Interactive graphical planning boards for the modules manufacturing, jobs and service.

Visualize Your Planning Data, using our powerful Gantt chart technologies we have developed a Visual Scheduling Suite just for Microsoft Dynamics NAV. As true add-ins, our products are fully integrated into Microsoft Dynamics NAV and provide seamless user experience when visually scheduling time-centric, resource-oriented planning data.

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Introduction to Visual Scheduling for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 

How to Spice Up Gantt Charts With Intelligent Colors

Videos

Introduction: Visual Jobs Scheduler for Microsoft Dynamics NAV

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Drag & Drop planning of production orders

Move the position of production orders by simple mouse actions – horizontally to modify start and end dates or vertically to modify assignments to different work or machine centers. When moving production orders, you can also recognize the capacities of resources, and non-working periods are visually emphasized in the calendar.

Complete integration in NAV

The Visual Production Scheduler has been completely integrated into Microsoft Dynamics NAV as a page applying the Dynamics NAV .NET Framework Interoperability concept. This integration allows for a seamless collaboration of Microsoft Dynamics NAV and the add-in. Double-clicking on production orders for instance opens the production order card, while double-clicking on a work center correspondingly opens the work center card

Visual decision support in real time

The Visual Production Scheduler is not just an interactive Gantt chart. Apart from the time-related position of production orders and their allocation to resources it also shows the workload of the resources. When a production order is moved exceeding resource capacities, a visual warning will be displayed enabling you to react immediately. This way, you can keep dates and capacities in check any time!

Automatic Scheduling of Successors and Predecessors

When operations being part of a production order are moved, the successors and predecessors can be automatically shifted with them while at the same time the float time is always minimized. This can be done with both sequential and parallel operations.

Disposability of material

By a right click on the production order a graphical bill of material of the PO opens according to the planned starting date. Simulate possible disposabilities of the material for an earlier date and you can easily decide, if you want to postpone a production order or not.

Production order view

  • Data shown by production order status, production number and work/machine center which is responsible for the respective operation.

  • Focused on the question: Do I manage to finish my production order in time?

  • Indicates also resource conflicts.

  • Allows interactions, i.e. drag and drop of operations and production orders.

  • Typical user roles: Production planer, Sales

Resource view

  • Data shown by work and machine centers.

  • Focused on the question: Where do I have capacity bottlenecks and which operation do I need to move to change this?

  • Indicates also delivery time conflicts.

  • Allows interactions, i.e. drag and drop of operations and production orders.

  • Typical user roles: Production planer

Histogram

  • Data shown by work and machine centers.

  • Only focused on capacity bottlenecks. Provides capacity overview at one glance.

  • Interactions not allowed.

  • Typical user roles: Production supervisor, Plant manager, Production planer

VPS JavaScript add-in

  • graphical planning board without client-side installation that visualizes production orders and resources

  • completely integrated in NAV

  • delivered as part of the VPS set-up

  • from NAV 2013 R2

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Despite the fact that visualizing the project plan with a Gantt chart is common practice precisely in the project management, Microsoft Dynamics NAV offers no project visualization whatsoever. Although you could export data from Dynamics NAV and use external products to visualize them, that’s not the most suitable way since you would have to deal with two applications. Besides, when using this method, it often happens that it is only the project reporting that will be realized and not the interactive project planning according to the available capacities.

Gantt Add-in: Visual Jobs Scheduler

Those deficits are the gap that the Visual Jobs Scheduler (VJS) for Microsoft Dynamics NAV (2013 R2, 2013, 2009 R2) wants to fill: as an add-in completely integrating in Microsoft Dynamics NAV and visualizing all job data (jobs, job tasks, job planning lines) from the Jobs Module as Gantt chart.

Interactive Project Planning with Gantt Charts

The VJS not only offers an overview of the jobs but also of the scheduled resources, letting the planner immediately recognize the modifications’ effects on the capacity utilization. Drag&drop modifications will be immediately re-written to the Dynamics NAV data base if desired.

Improved Project Execution & Resource Utilization

Users of the Jobs Module of Microsoft Dynamics NAV will be granted the following advantages when applying the Visual Jobs Scheduler:

  1. Improve the qualitiy of your jop planning by viewing jobs, job tasks, job planning lines and resource utilization at a glance and modify them by simple actions.

  2. This transparency pays: the resource utilization will be improved and the accuracy of delivery date promises will be increased.

  3. Recognize dependencies: links between job tasks can be added easily; dependent job tasks can then be shifted or rescheduled en bloc.

  4. The good thing is: your employees don’t need extensive training for using the Visual Jobs Scheduler. They can get started right away.

Features:

Shift Job Tasks and Resources

Shift jobs, job tasks and job planning lines and resources by simple mouse actions  – no matter whether horizontally (i.e. modification of start and end date) or vertically (i.e. modification of resource allocation). At the same time, you can implement and visualize dependencies of job tasks by simple interactions.

Integrates in Project Module of Dynamics NAV

The Visual Jobs Scheduler fully integrates in Microsoft Dynamics NAV as page. After having opened it from the role-tailored department menu, a page within the system will start. This integration ensures the seamless cooperation between Micrososft Dynamics NAV and the add-in. Double-clicking a job task will, for instance, open the card with the corresponding job planning lines and double clicking a resource will open the corresponding resource card.

Short Response Time in Case of Planning Errors

The Visual Jobs Scheduler is not just an interactive Gantt chart. Along with the position of jobs, job tasks and job planning lines in terms of time and their allocation to single resources it also shows the respective resource utilization. If moving a job task results in an overload, an optical warning will be given so that you can react immediately. Of course, this happens in realtime.

 

 

 

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No Visualization in the Service Module

The standard Dynamics NAV service module seems to support—at least—two different roles when it comes to managing service orders: (a) a sales and/or service contact person creates a service order including some basic information such as customer, service item(s) and response date. It is then upon (b) the dispatcher to assign these service orders to service technicians and to plan for the time that working on these service items should take.

Gantt add-in: Visual Service Scheduler

The Visual Service Scheduler (VSS) is a fully integrated add-in for Dynamics NAV which supports the day-to-day work of the service dispatcher. It combines a visual representation of the service schedule for all service technicians with a view on the yet unassigned service orders. As such users can see the workload of the service staff on a timeline, and can assign them new service tasks with simple and intuitive drag and drop actions. Of course, the VSS also allows creating dependencies between service tasks, cancel or change service order allocations and modify the length and timing of service orders.

Key Values

  • Information value: View service orders, service item lines, resources and resource utilization at a glance. See both the service schedule and the not yet allocated service orders.

  • Decision value: Ease the service dispatch process, understand conflicts, and take corrective actions with drag & drop.

  • Business value: Better management and utilization of service staff, more agile reaction to unplanned incidents.

Features:

Full Integration in NAV

The Visual Service Scheduler is a fully integrated add-in for Microsoft Dynamics NAV. It opens as NAV page and does not require from the users to learn any kind of new menus, icons, symbols, etc. Double-clicking on a not yet allocated service item will, for instance, open the respective service order card with the corresponding service item lines. Likewise, double-clicking a resource will open the corresponding resource card.

Drag & Drop Scheduling of Service orders

Move service item lines from the ‘not yet allocated’ area to the service schedule—either from the lower to the upper Gantt chart or from the right-hand list to the Gantt chart. As such create new resource allocation entries. Change the duration of the service tasks interactively. Also, change the allocation to service resources by vertically moving the service item allocations.

Understand & Manage Resource Utilization

In the Tree and Gantt Chart view: click on a resource or resource group to see the resource utilization as histogram below the Gantt chart. This helps you to immediately understand the impact of changes in the service schedule on your overall resource utilization.

Cancel Service Order Allocation, Split Service Tasks

Remove already allocated service orders from the service schedule and let them appear again in the ‚not yet allocated‘ area. Likewise, split service order allocation and separately manage and schedule the individual bars in the dispatch board.

 

 

 

 

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