The visualization

Which information do I see in the Capacity View?

The VAPS provides you with a visual drag & drop frontend to manage your production schedule. The Capacity View brings all schedule information into one place. Here is an overview of what is included and how to read this.

The Capacity View looks as shown in the screenshot below.

There are three main areas:

  • The time scale (at the top of the view)
  • The table (left-hand part)
  • The diagram (the core part of the Capacity view)

Let's look at all three areas in detail.

The time scale

The time scale covers the period that was defined in the simulation's filter. This is the time from the earliest date to the latest date.

You can change the resolution of the time scale and seamlessly zoom in and out. You can achieve this both with the mouse and/or with the touchpad.

  • With the mouse: position the cursor over the time scale. Then change the resolution with the mouse wheel.
  • With the touchpad: position the mouse cursor over the time scale. Then move two fingers up and down on your touchpad.

In addition to this, you can also use the time scale to scroll left and right. This can be done by clicking the mouse on the time scale, keep the left mouse button pressed, and then move the mouse left and right.

The table

The table shows you work center groups, work center, and machine center. A triangle indicates that you can expand or collapse the respective row. In the screenshot above, the work center group machining is expanded (down-facing triangle) and you see the work centers cutting, drilling, milling & turning, and paining.

The triangle next to e.g. the work center cutting is right-facing. This tells you that you can expand this work center and drill into more information. Here is how this looks like after you do this:

Now you see, that are three machine centers in this work center: cutting #1, cutting #2, and cutting #3. You also see a machine that visually stands out with its yellow background: the so-called standby resource

The standby resource does not exist in your Dynamics 365 Business Central machine centers. It is a virtual machine center that we automatically create in every work center. It contains all production order routing lines/operations that are not yet scheduled from within the VAPS, and hence are just scheduled by the Business Central scheduling run.

  • The standby resource always is treated as a resource with infinite capacity.
  • All other machine centers are treated as finite capacity resources (with a capacity of 1).


In the work center row "cutting" or "drilling", you also see a right-facing triangle at the right-hand side. Again, this shows you that you drill down into more information by clicking in this triangle. The additional that you get is the so-called histogram for this work center. Here is how this looks like for drilling:

The histogram is a capacity utilization chart.

  • The outer (black) line shows you the maximum available capacity per day (derived from the capacity of the underlying machine centers).
  • The grey filled area indicated how much of that available capacity will get utilized by the current schedule.
  • The red area shows you that based on the current schedule, you require more capacity than you have available on Friday, February 12. 

The diagram

The diagram shows you which machine center is working on which production order routing line/operation when. 

  • A production order routing line/operation is shown as one bar.
  • A bar is either colored or white. The colored area of a bar indicates that this timespan is during the work time of the underlying machine center. The white area of a bar indicates that this timespan is during the non-work time of the underlying machine center. 
  • Predecessor/successor relations are shown as arrows ("links") between the bars. They are only shown for the production order that is currently selected.
  • The grey and white area in the background visualizes the work and non-work periods of the respective wor/machine centers. They are derived from the respective shift calendars.

All the graphical elements can be seen from the below screenshot - with the blue production order being selected and hence showing the links.