Kitting in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 using product configuration and sales event kanbans

Many Microsoft Dynamics AX users have asked for a solution that supports kitting. To support a kitting solution, two primary components are needed: Configuration of a kit for the order management An activity that assembles the kit Many ERP and SCM solutions support kitting as part of the Warehouse management or logistics functionality. Without having…


Importing product configuration models into AX 2012 R2

Some of the new features in Product configurator for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 required that changes were made to the schema for product configuration models. As a result, if you want to import a product configuration model that was exported from a previous version of Microsoft Dynamics AX, you must make sure that the…


Logging and Tracing Dynamics AX MRP Runs

Understanding why software acts like it does can be an overwhelming task. There can be discrepancies between what we expect a program to do and what it actually does. The more complex a program is the more likely we are to experience these discrepancies. Master planning (MRP) in Microsoft Dynamics AX is a prime example….


What’s new in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 – Batch order sequencing

Many process industries are faced with a need to sequence the production of their products by using multiple levels of complexity. Production is sequenced based on a particular criteria that is assigned the highest priority. Production within that sequence is then further sequenced based on additional criteria that are assigned appropriate priorities. For example, a…


What’s new in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 – Lot inheritance

Process industries often produce items for which certain characteristics, or attributes, of the ingredients need to be transferred or inherited to the manufactured items. These manufactured items may be finished goods and/or co-products. In many cases, only certain characteristics need to be inherited since these characteristics may become diluted when mixed with other ingredients. In…


What’s new in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 – Attribute based pricing and batch balancing

In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 we introduce the batch balancing and attribute based pricing features that are used with potency management. Batch balancing feature enables you to modify a production formula by selecting the inventory batches of the active ingredients based on their current potency. Attribute based pricing is applied to the pricing of…


What’s new in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 – Potency management

With this blog entry, I would like you to familiarize you with the concepts that we have introduced in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 to support potency management. Potency management lets users define products as having a concentration of an active ingredient. The concentration of active ingredient can be used to affect the amount of…


Lean manufacturing for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012: Event kanbans – the single piece flow

The ultimate lean goal – the single piece flow with zero inventories – is not an illusion. Many industries have been able to replace build to stock/supermarket by assemble to order scenarios that support single piece flow. Lean manufacturing for AX 2012 provides a powerful new instrument to support these scenarios: Kanban production and replenishment…


Table Constraint Definitions

In this blog I’ll explain the concept of table constraints as it is implemented in Constraint-based product configuration in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.   Definition A table constraint lets you specify the valid combinations of attribute values that can be assigned when configuring a product configuration model. The structure of a table constraint consists of…


Separating tactical and operative planning for master scheduling

Master scheduling has to deal with an increasing number of transactions, especially if a company goes through  a lean transformation. The lean transformation leads to shorter lead times and smaller batch-sizes. Having reached the ideal of batch size one may suddenly increase the number of transactions that master scheduling deals with by factor 10 to…