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…


Support for Recycled By-products in AX 2012 R3 CU8

This new functionality is available with KB 2989470 / HF 2989470 and will be included in Microsoft Dynamics AX2012 R3 CU8. To find the HF you can use LCS Issue Search. What’s new? To support recycled or recurrent products in process industry, it is now possible to use the same product as both input and…

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Product Configuration: Setting values based on system variables – example, current user ID

In this blog post we will describe how you can  set valuesbased on the current user ID by leveraging system-defined table constraintstogether with the build-in query range methods.   If you are familiar with the Product Builder configurator,you may by familiar with the User Profilefeature where you can associate a collection of default values with…

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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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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…


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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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…


Use of ingredient types for batch balancing in production

In an earlier blog post, http://blogs.msdn.com/b/axmfg/archive/2012/12/05/what-s-new-in-microsoft-dynamics-ax-2012-r2-potency-management.aspx#10421522, we introduced the new capabilities in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 that support potency management business processes for process industries. This blog provides more information about the four ingredient types that were introduced, None, Active, Compensating, and Filler, and the impact that they have on how quantities are calculated for batch…

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