Integrating with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

How to set up standard Business Central options to work best with the VAPS

At this point in time, the VAPS needs certain BC settings in order to run effectively and smoothly

The VAPS is built in such a way that it fully integrates with Dynamics 365 Business Central. It is our aspiration that both products – Business Central and VAPS – truly work hand in hand. However, the VAPS is a much younger product and as of now it does not support every standard Business Central manufacturing functionality yet.

That means that at this point in time, the VAPS needs certain BC settings in order to run effectively and smoothly. This concerns a few BC fields that we have compiled in a list for you together with the recommended settings. You can differentiate between two cases:

  1. Fields that are not considered by the VAPS at all 
  2. Fields that are considered by the VAPS
    1. For some of these fields the VAPS automatically uses predefined values as shown in the list and ignores other values.
    2. For some fields we recommend you use the values given in the list. Otherwise, the VAPS might not deliver the expected results.

See here the list of fields that are affected (and by the way: we aim at making this list shorter the more we enhance the VAPS):

Work Centers

Fields not considered by the VAPS: 

  • Alternate Work Center – can be set by Alternate Routing Set of the VAPS
  • Simulation Type

    Visual Advanced Production Scheduler for Dynamics 365 Business Central - recommended setting
  • Maximum/Minimum Efficiency

    Visual Advanced Production Scheduler for Dynamics 365 Business Central - recommended setting

Fields that are considered by the VAPS

a)      The VAPS ignores your settings and uses the below default values

  • Capacity = 1 (Subcontractor = infinite)
  • Efficiency = 100


b)      The VAPS might not deliver the expected results if you use another than the recommended value

  • Consolidated Calendar = yes (Subcontractor = no)– in case you set this field to “no” the capacity curves might not be displayed meaningfully.

    Visual Advanced Production Scheduler for Dynamics 365 Business Central - recommended setting

Machine Centers

Fields not considered by the VAPS

  • Maximum/Minimum Process Time
  • Setup Time - can be set via Alternate Routing Set of the VAPS
  • Wait Time
  • Move Time

    Visual Advanced Production Scheduler for Dynamics 365 Business Central - recommended setting
  • Maximum/Minimum Efficiency

    Visual Advanced Production Scheduler for Dynamics 365 Business Central - recommended setting

Fields that are considered by the VAPS

a)      The VAPS ignores your settings and uses the given default value

  • Capacity = 1
  • Efficiency = 100
  • Concurrent Capacities = 0

Routings 

Fields not considered by the VAPS

  • Routing link code
    • Not considered for the calculation of the EMAD (which is on production order line level)
    • Not considered for the routing if a sub-assembly / component is required for a later operation of the subsequent production order
    Maximum/Minimum Process Time

Fields that are considered by the VAPS

a)      The VAPS ignores your settings and uses the given default value

  • Concurrent Capacity = 1



b)      The VAPS might not deliver the expected results if you use another than the recommended value

  • Only operations on Machine Centers = yes.  It is highly recommended that you build your routings on machine center level

Up/Downtimes:

  • Are only considered on Machine Center level
  • On Work Center level up/downtimes are only considered for subcontractors


    Visual Advanced Production Scheduler for Dynamics 365 Business Central - recommended setting