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How To Optimise Production Processes With Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management?

For decades, organisations have been creating connected, agile, and sustainable manufacturing processes to customise products and services while adopting out-of-the-box business models such as offering products as a service. This entails enhanced visibility across production floor and supply chains along with hyper-automated processes. Furthermore, enhanced interoperability and standardisation of software across plants is a vital capability to support more remote management and control.

The recent investments of Microsoft in Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management are now guiding organisations to innovate with intelligent manufacturing operations. This is done by helping them adapt to innovative business models, enhance the visibility of the shop floor, improve planning agility, and ensure round-the-clock uptime and business continuity.

Today, manufacturers can work seamlessly with any kind of manufacturing execution system (MES) and thwart data siloes. Also, they can optimise production processes with improved visibility on the shop floor and enhance throughput and quality.

Priority-based planning

One of the biggest hurdles before manufacturers in the context of supply planning occurs when there is not enough stock on hand to fulfill all demand and multiple orders for the same items land simultaneously. Now comes the big question - which store orders or distribution centre should be filled and in what order? How should manufacturers set priorities? While it may be relatively simple for a team member to manually review and determine planning priorities in these situations, but manufacturers have overall missed a systematic process to automate these decisions at scale. This is where Master planning with Planning Optimisation comes into the picture.

The Priority-based planning feature can be leveraged to configure optimal replenishment based on priority, instead of by date only. Master planning with Planning Optimisation helps organisations enhance service levels, optimise their supply chains, and reduce on-hand inventory by prioritising replenishment orders to make sure urgent demand is fulfilled before less important demand.

Priority-based planning allows organisations to:

  • Group planned orders at firming

  • Calculate, manually edit, or default on planning priorities

  • Split and optimise distribution orders using planning ranges

  • Control replenishment by setting reorder point parameters

  • Apply planning priority capabilities to intercompany orders

  • Utilise customisable planning priority ranges

With the introduction of Priority-based planning, Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management is guiding organisations to eliminate stockouts by automatically prioritising current stock levels, projected inventory, and replenishment of high-demand items in near-real-time based on order priorities.

MES integration

A big majority of manufacturers face the issue of coming to two automation layers [production lines and equipment and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems] is how to how to keep data synchronised as transactions occur across both.

Manufacturing Execution System (MES) integration of Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management solves this challenge by offering the means to keep transactions and data synchronised between both systems. Furthermore, it provides manufacturers a path to realise their Industry 4.0 ambitions by making it faster and easier to integrate Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management with common manufacturing execution systems.

If you are ready to leverage the best of modern, cloud-based supply chain management solutions, please feel free to call certified CRM experts at C.I.G Consultants, one of the most trusted and reputed Microsoft Dynamics 365 Implementation Partners in the United Kingdom.


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