Run Assembly Orders Efficiently from within Projects

Apr 17, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Run Assembly Orders Efficiently from within Projects

In the latest version of To-Increase Industrial Equipment Manufacturing for Microsoft Dynamics NAV, we provide a full integration between assembly orders, job management, and resource management. You can now create assembly orders—typically used in light manufacturing—from within a project, and run them in a job-specific manner. This capability, which is less complex than the production module for assembly orders in Microsoft Dynamics NAV, is designed to help manufacturers simplify their production management. In this post, we take a look at how this works.

The new integration between assembly orders and job and resource management extends the more basic integration in the earlier version of Industrial Equipment Manufacturing between assembly orders and jobs.

Expanded BOMs

The solution now handles assembly bills-of-material (BOM) in the same way as production BOMs. When they are job-specific, they need to be expanded. You can maintain the component lines, and modifications will be copied to your assembly order.

In the illustration below, the highlighted lines are job-specific, recognized as demand by the job planning line. When lines are blue, they have not been transferred to a replenishment document and therefore requires attention from a planner. The grey lines are displayed for information only. The demand associated with them is recognized by the assembly order component lines.

IEM Assembly Order 1

Assembly Order Workflow

We designed a specific assembly order workflow to ensure correct order handling, including, for example, preventing premature posting before time lines are posted. The workflow determines the standard document status.

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Generic Tasks Type Assembly

We also created a new generic task type called Assembly Order to ensure that assembly orders are completely integrated with the Resource Management capability in Industrial Equipment Manufacturing. At the same time that you post assembly order time lines, the solution creates several other entries related to capacity, values, resources, and the job ledger.

IEM Assembly Order 3

If you have any questions or feedback regarding assembly order management in Industrial Equipment Manufacturing, please contact us.

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Luciano Cunha

Luciano Cunha

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) For Luciano, being responsible for To-Increase’s global sales and marketing means unleashing the company’s insight, innovation, and creativity to tell our story and help customers achieve their goals. On the road much of the time, he travels the world to meet with customers, understand their challenges and ambitions, and find the most effective ways to help them advance. Luciano develops and mentors our marketing and sales team, and creates strategies to help the To-Increase worldwide partner channel thrive and grow.
Making Customer Needs the Main Business Driver Luciano and his team have daily conversations with the To-Increase research and development organization to bring customers’ requirements and concerns into the road maps and design of our solutions. Luciano brings his insight to the marketing group to make sure the company’s communications resonate with customers and speak directly to their experience.
“I’m awed by customers’ innovative spirit in taking business management technology past its limits and by their generosity in letting us participate and empower them. I hope to transform our organization to become even more customer-centric than we are today. That means making more resources available to spend productive time with both our customers and partners, so we can ensure that we place into customer businesses effective solutions that fit the evolutionary stage of their operation and the way their people and processes work.”
Empowering a Global Channel
Because To-Increase only sells through partners, readying the channel to be successful in helping customers is a business-critical effort. Luciano aims to meet partners where their interests are. Partners who consider the relationship with To-Increase strategic can rely on our industry specialists to work with them as they plan their growth and serve customers. If partners prefer a less collaborative relationship, they still receive the rich To-Increase expertise and resources to ensure they win the business, perform a successful deployment, and retain a satisfied customer. In working with partners and their customers, Luciano brings to bear his experience of many years of creating successful, customer-focused business development and marketing strategies in many of the world’s countries and regions.
Enabling Customer Success in Challenging Business Environments
Looking into the near future, Luciano expects that customers will continue to expect To-Increase to help them make business sense of unfolding trends and technologies. For example, the internet of things (IoT) will thoroughly revolutionize manufacturing, engineering, and supply chains. Big data will be meaningful and valuable when decision-makers can use technology solutions to transform it into actionable business intelligence that supports key roles and business processes. Mobility will help companies become digital enterprises and move business processes forward from any location, at any time. Team To-Increase harnesses innovation to help customers translate the promise of these technologies into business results.
Before his current role, Luciano for several years was one of To-Increase’s global industry directors, responsible for our industry solutions. His experience also spans more than 17 years in IT and manufacturing management roles. These positions took him into various areas at IBM Brazil, serving as product manager for several software development companies, and included working in senior management at a manufacturing organization in the U.S.
Luciano is married with two young children. Away from work, he enjoys participating in a soccer class together with his son and daughter as well as taking relaxing walks in natural environments with his family.

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