Material availability check on in the kanban board for transfer jobs

One of the basic applications of kanbans is to replenish purchased material in kanban supermarkets in production. Replenishment is handled using a kanban transfer job on the kanban board for transfer jobs. The status of a kanban transfer job can be one of the following Not planned In Progress Completed A transfer job changes from…

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Now available: Cumulative Update 7, featuring the product change case management

With the recent release of Cumulative Update 7 for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, the case management functionality of Microsoft Dynamics AX has been enhanced for documenting and releasing product changes to production. Many manufacturing companies will welcome this simple built in possibility of creating product change cases to document component substitutions in bills of…

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Supply chain excellence in manufacturing

Today I had the opportunity to take part at a Master Class on Supply chain management with Professor Martin Christopher from Cranfield University, Bedford, UK. The master class was hosted by Implement Consulting and the attendants were coming from all Industries in Denmark.   Professor Christopher succeeded to draw a relevant picture of the future…

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Attribute based sales prices for the Product configurator

Product configurator – Attribute-based sales prices In Cumulative Update number 7 to Dynamics AX 2012 R2, we have introduced analternative to the cost-based sales prices in the Product configurator, namelyattribute-based sales prices. This new feature will allow you to build salesprice models with sales prices based on components and attributes rather than onthe physical bill…

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Understanding the default configuration concept for constraint-based products

Introduction The default configuration concept enables users to start the product configuration process when the main product master data are available within a legal entity. You can learn more of the details of this concept in this post. The default configuration concept You must use the configuration technology Constraint-based when you configure product masters and…


Product configurator, new expression editor

In Cumulative Update 6 for Dynamics AX 2012 R2 we have included a new expression editor forthe Product configurator. You can use the editor to create expression Constraints,Conditions and Calculations. (Calculations is a new concept, which wasintroduced in Cumulative Update 6, and was described in a previous post in thisblog). The screenshot below shows the…

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Whitepaper "Lean manufacturing – Capable to promise and Kanban job scheduling" for CU6 now available for download

With Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, two new concepts were introduced for lean manufacturing: Event kanbans,  which support build-to-order and assemble-to-order scenarios, and also – in combination with the product configurator – configure-to-order scenarios. Capable to promise (CTP), a new delivery date control method that can be used to calculate the expected delivery date at the time of…


Product configurator, new Calculations concept

In cumulative update 6 for Dynamics AX 2012 R2 we are introducing a new conceptcalled Calculations in the Constraint-based product configuration models.Calculations have many similarities with constraints in the way they arecreated and maintained, but constraints are focused on limiting the number ofpossible combinations and Calculations to enable mathematical expressions. One otherimportant difference between Constraints…

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AX product configurator drives CAD and 3D printer.

More and more companies want to deliver configure to order scenarios at the cost of mass production – mass customization. This blog describes how the product configurator in Dynamics AX 2012 can drive programmable productions equipment like Cnc machines, 3D printers or robots.This post relates to the presentation on Convergence 2013 session DDAX19.  The scenario…


Working with Overlap in Microsoft Dynamics AX

Conducting Dynamics AX Manufacturing training for a class in Malaysia, it became clear that the current documentation on Overlap in Dynamics AX was not telling the full story. Therefore, I decided to write this blog. So, what is Transfer batch and Overlap quantity? In Dynamics AX ‘Transfer batch’ is the field used to control an…