The Five Ways Microsoft Dynamics NAV Helps Manage a More Agile Manufacturing Process

Manufacturing agility is the ability to respond quickly to unpredictable changes in the market & demand. In today’s market, agility is not only the hallmark of the most competitive manufacturers, it’s also a requirement for day-to-day survival. With a few exceptions, those manufacturers that survive in this market must be able to change directions at a moment’s notice, without encountering significant loss in production quality.

Companies that adopt agile manufacturing are better placed to manage shifts in customer demand and changes in the wider economy. If there’s some uncertainty in your business, it might be worth considering agile manufacturing.

How ERP can help

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications can help manufacturers respond with unprecedented agility no matter what customers might demand. ERP can help organisations reach lean manufacturing capabilities and just-in-time production principals, as well. One of the ERP systems of choice and a valuable solution for manufacturers is Microsoft Dynamics NAV.

Here are the top five ways in which Microsoft Dynamics NAV can help manage a more agile manufacturing process:

1. Clear, cross-organisational process visibility

Many manufacturers use accounting software as their main method of managing what’s going on in the organisation. The problem with this approach is that, although valuable, accounting software won’t provide the clear, cross-organisational view necessary to help decision makers respond to current and future demands. Microsoft Dynamics NAV, however, can provide insight into customer purchasing history, real-time sales order processes, and production levels so decision makers can respond quickly to changes in customer demand or in general market conditions.

2. Flexible production scheduling

The trademark of an agile manufacturer is the ability to switch gears quickly between production runs, shortening or lengthening the run or even changing products, as necessary. Microsoft Dynamics NAV makes it easier for organisations to adopt this type of flexibility by providing scheduling strategies to handle unexpected orders or order changes through features such as capacity planning, work order management, and materials requirements planning.

3. Automating manufacturing capabilities

One area in which Microsoft Dynamics NAV can really pay-off for manufacturers is in the ability to automate processes and functions that don’t require human interaction. Nearly two-thirds of manufacturers still use manual tracking processes, which can introduce errors and duplication that interfere with the agility of the manufacturing processes. By automating manufacturing processes and transactions, those manufacturers can free human resources for more lucrative activities, such as product design, innovation, and sales.

5. Dynamics NAV can contribute to customisation

The reason manufacturers often reach for agility is to be able to serve more customers with customised, short-run (and sometimes single-run) manufacturing services. This customisation can be accomplished with Microsoft Dynamics NAV and helps organisations streamline the manufacturing process so that the interchangeable components of the process are monitored closely, and those components that aren’t interchangeable can be switched to create a custom product, when necessary.

Manufacturers of the past functioned perfectly fine without an ERP system. Some used financial applications in place of ERP; others just used manual methods for planning and resource management. In today’s market, however, manufacturers need to have a solid ERP application in place that will help to create visibility, improve scheduling, and enable the automation and customisation that are the true benefits of being an agile manufacturer.

Investing in an ERP solution should be the result of a carefully made decision, because it will be an integral part of your organisation. Get advice from professionals who will take the time to understand your business and optimise technology to help you achieve your goals. If you’re serious about creating business agility for your manufacturing organisation, contact Acora.

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