Navigating Last-Minute Manufacturing Changes with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management

Posted on: January 29, 2024 | By: Fred Liu | Microsoft Dynamics AX/365, Microsoft Dynamics Manufacturing

In the fast-paced world of manufacturing, the ability to swiftly adapt to last-minute changes in production orders is crucial. Microsoft Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management introduces new features to enhance this flexibility, catering to the evolving needs of manufacturers. This article explores these features and their impact on manufacturing operations. You can enable this feature in the feature management workspace if you’re running version 10.0.38.

Adapting to the Last-Minute Changes: New Features for Flexible Production

Manufacturing agility is tested by supply shortages, shifting demands, and unexpected changes in production schedules. Microsoft Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management’s latest capabilities are designed to streamline responses to these challenges.

1. Adding Margins to Manual Scheduling To manage the complexities of production schedules, especially for orders with deep bills of materials or multiple related orders, the ability to insert buffer times is invaluable. The new feature allows adding issue, receipt, and reorder margins when rescheduling production orders. This buffer is crucial for ensuring timely delivery and managing overlapping production schedules.

2. Optimizing On-Hand Inventory and Planned Receipts A key to increasing order fulfillment rates lies in effectively using on-hand inventory and planned receipts for urgent orders. The system’s master planning suggests creating new planned orders for items required outside their lead time, while utilizing existing supply for needs within the lead time. This optimization is controlled through the new Dynamic positive days parameter, enhancing inventory management.

3. Preventing Premature Release to Warehouse To ensure smooth production flow, it’s now possible to prevent the release of production orders requiring full reservation to the warehouse until all necessary materials are available. This feature safeguards against production delays due to material shortages.

4. Changing Items on Production Orders Flexibility in item substitution is critical in production. The new features allow for the substitution of items in scheduled orders, the completion of stock for discontinued products based on discontinuation time, and changes based on available stock. This adaptability is crucial for maintaining production efficiency.

5. Modifying Routes on Production Orders The ability to change routes on multiple scheduled production orders is a game-changer. This feature enables modifications for setup, run time, or resources, ensuring that production processes remain agile and responsive to changing requirements.

The Future of Manufacturing:

The enhancements in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management underscore the importance of agility and adaptability in modern manufacturing. By enabling manufacturers to respond effectively to last-minute changes, these new features not only streamline production processes but also improve overall efficiency and productivity. As the manufacturing sector continues to evolve, tools like Microsoft Dynamics 365 play a pivotal role in empowering businesses to thrive in an unpredictable environment.

Next Steps:

If you want to learn more about navigating last-minute manufacturing changes in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management, contact us here to learn how we can help you grow your business. You can also email us at or call (312) 345-8817.

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