For some time now, the trend toward individualization has been clearly emerging. Products are no longer bought “off-the-rack”. Have you already experienced this? Instead, goods are requested and manufactured on a customer- or order-specific basis. As a result, companies today have numerous product variants at their disposal. Quite confusing! However, they often lack a simple way to manage them in ERP solutions such as Dynamics 365 Business Central.
You will know the problem: In the system standard of Dynamics 365 Business Central or Dynamics NAV, you can create several variants per item, but only one bill of material. This means that you cannot create different assembly bills of material for each item variant. Let’s assume you produce furniture. So you could create the basic item “Table” with the variants “Red”, “Yellow” and “Blue” as well as a BOM for this item “Table”. But what you can’t do is create individual assembly BOMs per variant (for example, for the blue table, a blue tabletop, etc.).
Workaround: Create variants as items
Do you currently solve this challenge by creating variants as individual articles? Then the article master in the system inflates, you lose the overview and there are probably quite a few variant duplicates. Your response time to requests is slow.
Workaround: Add-ons from the market
Alternative add-ons from the competition are mostly aimed at companies with complex production processes that work with the “Production” functional area (Premium license). Thus, some functions (e.g. machine allocation plans) are often only aimed at them.
Neither of these workarounds, which we have seen many times in companies, is satisfactory. Both come with their drawbacks. If you have manageable assembly processes and work with the “Assembly” area in Dynamics 365 Business Central (Essentials license) and are looking for a way to create different assembly BOMs per item variant, you’re in the right place.
Select or create in documents
When you create documents (e.g. quotation, order), you can either simply select the variants or create them order-, quotation- or customer-specific from the sales line. This allows you to quickly respond to special orders and custom orders.
Check for duplicates
When variants are created, possible duplicates are automatically checked. Say goodbye to variant duplicates and don’t inflate your system unnecessarily.
Define multiple resource types
With anaptis Configuration, not only components but also machines and employees can be added as resources to the assembly bill of materials.
Process-controlled workflows for sales and assembly orders can be created from the variants.
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By the use of anaptis Configuration app, they can now configure variants easily. Directly from the sales line, they can now create several variants with different parts lists for an item.
You will quickly find your way around: The design corresponds to the familiar Microsoft look-and-feel. This makes the app very user-friendly and familiarization requires little effort.
From now on, you maintain one basic item with several variants including parts lists. Your item master remains lean. Thus, the administration is easy to follow and understand for everyone.
Less effort needed
Our add-on minimizes the effort required to maintain your product master data and significantly streamlines the processes in your assembly area.
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