Support for BOMs that includes items with different product dimensions of the same item

This blog post describes new functionality released with the Microsoft Knowledge base (KB) in article 3089402. When using one or multiple of the product dimensions in production, you can have situations where you would like to produce an item, based on a different variant of the same item. There are many scenarios where this can be…

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Checklist for improving MRP performance - Part 1: How to run MRP

If Master Planning (MRP) runtime is too long, here are a couple of simple things you can try in order to improve it. The list was compiled for Microsoft Dynamics Ax 2012, so parts of the checklist may not apply to earlier versions. You must, of course, try these out on a test environment first and, if you…


Choosing the right coverage setting for when to Fulfill minimum

Why this blog post?Multiple people have asked how the four different options to Fulfill minimum works and I was missing a detailed description of this. Therefore, I decided to describe the different options to ‘Fulfill minimum’ in Microsoft Dynamics AX. So here we go:Fulfill minimum defines when the Minimum (in this case 10) should be…

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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…


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….

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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…

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