6 Critical Features Of Business Central For Job Shops

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Business Central Job Shop 

There are Significant Differences between Business Central Job Shop Projects and Production Manufacturing

A production manufacturing company and a job shop manufacturer are very different.  There are also different approaches to how Business Central is implemented depending on the type of Job Shop that the manufacturer is. At Sabre, more Business Central Job Shop customers are approaching us, and we find more of the common small manufacturers are taking a deeper look into Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. The key to a successful implementation is to identify what type of Job Shop we're implementing for.

Three Non-Essential Features to a Job Shop Running Business Central

Most manufacturing companies are not like job shops. They need very different things. If you speak to an implementation team and they bring these up, they probably don't get your business.

1. Warehouse Management

Job Shop manufacturing doesn’t usually need to keep track of inventory as they order to the job and keep only the most common material on hand (and in small amounts).

2. MRP and MPS

Material Resource Planning (MRP) and Master Production Scheduling (MPS) work when sales are pre-planned or safety stocks and reorder points can be defined. Job Shops typically don’t forecast sales or maintain safety stocks of components and items - so these modules aren't all that useful.

3. Assembly Management

This is a lightweight version of the Production Management modules, but wouldn’t typically be recommended for Job Shop implementation as it doesn’t offer the option to collect and analyze the labor spent on a job - something Job Shops usually find super critical.

To find out more read our blog on Business Central Job Shop.

What are the Important Features for a Job Shop Running Business Central?

These are some of the features and capabilities that should be strongly looked at because they will greatly benefit a Job Shop manufacturer -

Repetitive Job Shops Features for Production Management

These job shop manufacturers are starting to get some repetitive business, but still mix in some real one-off stuff too.

  • Bills of Material and Routings
  • Finite Scheduling & Capacity Planning
  • Make to Stock or Make to Order based planning
  • Machine and Work Centers
  • Production Orders linked to Sales Orders
  • Sub Contractor (Outside Service) Planning and Execution

Project Manufacturing Features | aka Business Central Jobs

When a job shop is also doing product design for customers, making simple machines or fixtures - then they have a lot of similarities with a project manufacturer.

  • Purchase Orders linked to Jobs
  • Freeform collection of time from Engineering, Tool Makers, Production and other staff
  • Creation of unlimited "Tasks" for separating cost collection into buckets
  • Flexible invoicing
  • Simple WIP tracking

Good Add-ons for Job Shop's

InsightWorks Shop Floor Insights

The InsightWorks addon for Business Central allows you to collect time cards from staff and export that data into all your payroll systems. These Shop Floor capabilities enhance the standard production management module by offering:

  • Real-time labor reporting against Jobs and/or production orders
  • Paperless travelers and access to attached shop drawings
  • Recording the materials used and recording extra materials
  • Shift configurations and rules for payroll and time and attendance use
  • Supervisor review and approval

Netronic Production | Visual Job Schedular

One of the most popular Business Central addons to assist with production scheduling is from Netronic. It is designed for scheduling production orders where cycle time, setup times and machine sequence is of importance. The Visual Jobs Scheduler is mainly designed to schedule resources (people) rather than machinery.

Closing Thoughts

At Sabre Limited, we are experts in manufacturing. We stand among the best manufacturing ERP implementation partners across North America. What sets us apart from our competitors is that we use fixed fees instead of time and material billing and we always put the customer first. 

Our areas of expertise include:

Be sure to reach out to us if you'd like to learn more about Business Central manufacturing.

If you're interested in learning more about what Sabre Limited can offer, we've been dedicated to helping small to medium-sized manufacturers learn and adopt Business Central. Reach out, and let's explore how we can contribute to the success of your manufacturing journey. Contact us at info@sabrelimited.com or call (519) 585-7524. We look forward to hearing from you.

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