Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Configuring Production Control Within Dynamics AX 2012

The Production Control area within Dynamics AX is a great feature to leverage if you are performing any type of manufacturing within your business, and is very powerful and flexible.

It is able to handle almost anything that you want to throw at it, and is able to handle discrete and process based manufacturing requirements, it is able to perform both traditional and Lean based execution methodologies, it has inbuilt shop floor terminals that you can take advantage of, it has scheduling out of the box, and also has comprehensive costing capabilities that you can take advantage of. But that doesn’t mean that it’s complicated to set up.

In this book we will start you off on your way by showing you how you can start using the Production Control module to create Bills Of Materials, link them with Routes and Resources, and then show you how you can easily configure the shop floor interface, control the production through work instructions, and finally extend out the costing capabilities by creating Costing Sheet template. Once you have this up and running you will have almost all that you need to model all of your production within Dynamics AX.


Before we start creating BOM’s and Routes and reporting production, there are a few codes and controls that we need to set up.

Chapter Topics

  • Configuring Production Journals
  • Configuring The Production Control Parameters
  • Configuring Working Time Templates
  • Configuring Calendars
  • Configuring Production Units

The first step in the process of configuring Production is to mark your products as having a Bill Of Material behind it, and then creating for Bill Of Materials for the product.  Once you have done that, you have all of the structure in place to perform cost roll ups and calculate the material costs of the product.

In this chapter we will walk you through the steps that you need to work through to do just that.

Chapter Topics

  • Marking a Product As BOM Based Product
  • Creating a Bill Of Materials For A Product
  • Approving Your BOM
  • Activating Your Default BOM
  • Viewing the BOM in the Designer Mode
  • Blocking Users From Editing BOMs Once Activated
  • Printing the BOM Within the Designer Mode
  • Setting Product Production Site Defaults
  • Performing a Manual Cost Roll Up
  • Viewing Cost Rollup Details
  • Activating Item Price Costs
  • Creating a Production Order
  • Releasing Jobs To Production For Estimation
  • Starting Production Jobs
  • Reporting Jobs As Finished
  • Ending Jobs
  • Tracing Job Transactions

Once you have defined your Bills of Material for all of your products you can start getting a little more clever by creating routes for your production orders that will tell the system what resources to use during production, how long the production stages will take, and also give you more detailed costing for the product by incorporating overhead and machinery costs.

Chapter Topics

  • Configuring Resources
  • Configuring Resource Groups
  • Configuring Operations
  • Configure Route Groups
  • Configure Shared Categories
  • Configure Cost Categories
  • Configuring Routes
  • Testing Route Feasibility
  • Approving Your Route
  • Activating Your Route
  • Linking BOM Lines To Route Operations
  • Performing Cost Roll Ups With Route Details
  • Creating Route Based Production Orders
  • Scheduling Job Operations
  • Starting Scheduled Production Jobs
  • Using The Job List To Update Production Jobs
  • Viewing All Job Operations

Dynamics AX has a nifty feature built into it that allows all of the production transactions to be performed through Registration Terminals.  These are not your typical screen though because they have been designed to be ran through a shared Kiosk and allow workers to clock in, view their jobs that they have been assigned, report production, and then clock out, all through a touch screen enabled form.

This is a great alternative view for production, especially if you don’t want to give all of the workers PC’s or have them access the more detailed screens in Dynamics AX.  All you need to do is a little configuration and you are up and running.

Chapter Topics

  • Configuring Indirect Activity Categories
  • Activating Employees for Job Registration
  • Accessing Job Registration Terminals
  • Using The Registration Terminals To Track Attendance
  • Converting Registration Terminals To Touchscreen
  • Accessing Job Details Through The Registration Terminals
  • Starting Production Jobs Via The Registration Terminals
  • Reporting Job Output Via The Registration Terminals
  • Switching Resource Within Job Registration
  • Clocking Out Of Job Registration

Once you have configured all of the BOM’s and Routes and are tracking the actual execution through the standard screens or through the Registration Terminals you can start working on ensuring that everything is done correctly.  One way that you can do that is by configuring your Work Instructions so that they automatically show up ducting the production stages, and also requiring the users to review the documentation before they start working on the jobs.

Luckily this process is not hard to configure.

Chapter Topics 
  • Creating A Work Instruction Document Type
  • Creating Work Instruction Document Groups
  • Attaching Work Instructions To Your BOMs
  • Viewing Work Instructions Through Job Registration

One final tweak that you may want to make to the production area is to configure Costing Sheet formats.  These are a great tool because they give you a better way to view all of your costing information.  Not only do they allow you to group your costs into more logical groupings, but they also allow you to add additional surcharges and costs to your cost structure that is automatically included within the rolled up cost.

Chapter Topics 
  • Configuring Cost Groups
  • Associating Products To Cost Groups
  • Associating Cost Categories With Cost Groups
  • Configuring Costing Sheets
  • Viewing The Cost Sheet Details
Configuring Lean Manufacturing

 The Lean Manufacturing capabilities are new with Dynamics AX 2012, and they give you a different way of managing your manufacturing processes as compared to the traditional discrete manufacturing models of BOM’s and Routes.  Don’t be scared away though by its new terminology and constructs that it uses to model the manufacturing processes.  It shares a number of the processes that the traditional manufacturing models use, and is pretty easy to configure if you know the right steps.


Also, you don’t have to be a pure “Lean” organization to use the Lean manufacturing processes that are built into Dynamics AX.  You can pick and choose what you use, and even create hybrid manufacturing models that blend both the traditional and lean processes.


In this worked example I will show you how you can create a simple set of Lean Manufacturing processes and see them in in action.

Chapter Topics

  • Configuring a Value Stream
  • Configuring a Production Group
  • Creating a Production Flow Model
  • Creating a Work Cell
  • Creating a Production Flow
  • Creating a Production Flow Activity
  • Activating Your Process Flow Version
  • Creating a Kanban Manufacturing Rule
  • Assigning Tasks to Work Cells Through the Kanban Scheduling Board
  • Reporting Jobs through the Kanban Board for Process Jobs
  • Creating a Kanban Transfer Activity
  • Creating a Kanban Transfer Rule
  • Executing Transfers through the Kanban Board for Transfer Jobs
  • Marking Transfer Kanbans as Empty through the Transfer Board

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