Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Manufacturing: FABTECH 2019 Preview

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FABTECH 2019, North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event, will take place November 11-14 in Chicago. Established in 1981, FABTECH serves as a “one-stop-shop” for attendees to see the latest technologies and productivity tools that drive manufacturing and increase profitability.

While most exhibitors will showcase manufacturing hardware, there is a space for business solution software at the show as well. Turnkey Technologies, Inc. will fill that space with an exhibition of Microsoft Dynamics 365. As the sole Microsoft presence on the show floor, Turnkey will present the value of a modern enterprise resource planning solution for fabricators. We will also have live demonstrations of manufacturing processes in Dynamics 365, presented by President and CEO Christiano Gherardini.

In addition to Chris, the following Turnkey representatives will also attend FABTECH: Dynamics 365 ERP Practice Director Javier Ramirez, Customer Engagement Director Rokas Varanavicius, ERP Sales Executive Michael Ramatowski and Demand Generation Marketing Specialist Michelle Murray.

Turnkey Technologies will exhibit at Booth A3216. Click here for your complimentary pass!


Why Microsoft Dynamics 365 Is Ideal for Manufacturers

While the market is teeming with ERP products, Microsoft Dynamics 365 is among the strongest candidates for manufacturers. With comprehensive manufacturing functionality and the ability to integrate with Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement applications, Dynamics 365 ERP empowers manufacturers with the following benefits:

  • Unified processes from quote to cash
  • Accelerated innovation and time to market
  • Integrated manufacturing and project management
  • Choice and flexibility with hybrid cloud
  • Peace of mind and compliance with cloud security
  • Global scalability with Microsoft Azure available in 140 countries
  • Guided user experience and faster time-to-value
  • One common data model across applications
  • Real-time analytics to drive intelligent actions
  • Predictable implementations and updates
  • Access to business apps on nearly any device anywhere

Depending on the scale of their overall operations, manufacturers can benefit from one of two Microsoft Dynamics 365 solutions: Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, or Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations

Optimized for midsize to large enterprises, Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations streamlines business processes and complex financial structures in the following areas:

  • Financials
  • Supply chain
  • Manufacturing production
  • Integrated CAD (computer-aided design) and PLM (product lifecycle management)
  • Project management
  • Service management
  • Plan-to-product

Specific manufacturing capabilities in Finance and Operations include:

  • Production
    • Workspaces
    • Material and capacity planning
    • Production scheduling and sequencing
    • Resource management
    • Subcontracting
    • Production Bill of Materials (BOM, formulas, recipes)
    • Product configuring
    • Routing
    • Production orders
    • Production reporting
    • Inventory dimensions for process manufacturing
    • Potency management
    • Lean manufacturing
    • Production costing
    • Job card device page
    • Product change management
    • Shop floor control
    • Inventory management
  • Supply Chain Management
    • Inventory management
    • Multi-site warehouse management
    • Tracking and tracing
    • Demand forecasting
    • Shipping carrier interface
    • Returns management
    • Material handling
    • Product management of goods and services
    • Quality management
    • Intercompany
    • Master planning, including order promising (available to promise/capable to promise)
  • Procurement and Sourcing
    • eProcurement
    • Indirect procurement (catalog and non-catalog)
    • Category management
    • Purchasing policies and signing limits
    • Direct procurement
    • Trade agreements (vendor)
    • Vendor management
    • Vendor self-service portal
    • Vendor rebate management
    • Broker and royalty contract management
    • Workspaces
    • Procurement reporting
    • Procurement workflows

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

On the other hand, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central tends to be the go-to solution for small to midsize manufacturers. Designed for organizations who have outgrown entry-level accounting software, Business Central incorporates the following functionality:

  • Financial management and accounting
  • Supply chain, manufacturing and operations
  • Sales and service
  • Project management
  • Business intelligence and reporting

Manufacturing capabilities in Business Central include:

  •  Connected Manufacturing Operations
    • Production orders
    • Production bill of materials
    • Version management
    • Machine centers
    • Basic supply planning
    • Demand forecasting
    • Basic capacity planning
    • Finite loading
    • Sales and inventory forecasting
    • Agile manufacturing
  • Connected Warehouse Management
    • Order promising
    • Calendars
    • Campaign pricing
    • Cycle counting
    • Put away
    • Warehouse receipt
    • Warehouse shipment
    • Standard cost worksheet
    • Warehouse management systems
    • Internal picks and put aways
    • Automated data capture system
    • Bin setup                    

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