Manufacturing in Dynamics 365 Business Central.


Your manufacturing – especially the production planning and control – can be easily managed with Dynamics 365 Business Central.

From production material planning based on sales and demand forecasts, variant configuration to workstation and machine utilization, you can map and control all areas with Dynamics 365 Business Central. Special features such as agile manufacturing or finite loading can be taken into account.


Your functions for manufacturing in Dynamics 365 Business Central.

  • Planning processes

    If the following functionalities are too complex for your company, please have a look at the comparison to the “Assembly” module. The assembly module has a much simpler structure and is completely sufficient for many companies.


    • Production orders

      What is the purpose of a production order in Dynamics 365 Business Central?

      Create manufacturing orders in Dynamics 365 Business Central. These are used in the ERP system to manage the conversion of purchasing materials into production items. Production orders (work orders or work orders) schedule work through various facilities such as work centers or work center groups in the manufacturing area.

      Production orders are the core components of Dynamics 365 Business Central’s manufacturing functionality. This is because they contain the following information:

      • planned products incl. required materials for the planned production orders
      • just manufactured products incl. used materials for corresponding production orders
      • previously manufactured products incl. materials used in previous manufacturing operations

      In addition, production orders are the starting point for:

      • future production planning
      • monitoring of the current production
      • tracking of the completed production

      How do I create a production order in Dynamics 365 Business Central?

      Production orders can be created manually on an order-by-order basis from the Production Order pages or automatically from Sales Order Planning and/or Order Scheduling. Multiple orders are created from the Planning Proposal page.

      Information from the following sources, among others, is used to create a production order:

      • Article
      • Production BOMs
      • Routings
      • Work centers
      • Work center groups
    • Production planning

      Production planning forms the basis for production. The production steps that must be carried out in order to process the material into finished products must be planned regularly – depending on the volume and type of products.

      Planning can also be seen as the preparation of the necessary procurement orders in the purchasing, assembly or manufacturing departments to meet the demand. Dynamics 365 Business Central provides functions to fulfill the expected and actual demand from sales, assembly and production as well as functions for distribution planning.

    • Routings

      Production companies use routings to define the production process. The routing is also the basis for process planning, capacity planning and for documenting production.

      As with production BOMs, routings are assigned to the production end item or the semi finished product. A routing contains master data that captures the process requirements for a specific item being produced. Once a production order is created for that item, the routing governs the planning of operations.

    • Capacity planning

      As part of production planning, it is possible to schedule capacities. You can display the utilization and task list for your capacities at any time based on planned and released production orders.

      Also: Finite loading or limited capacities
      With Dynamics 356 Business Central, it is also possible to prevent the overloading of certain resources. It also ensures that no capacity remains unallocated if this could increase the lead time of a production order. Bottlenecks are identified and the overloading of resources is thus prevented.

    • Machine centers

      Dynamics 365 Business Central distinguishes between three different types of capacity units. These are arranged hierarchically. Each level contains the subordinate levels:

      • Work center group
      • Work center
      • Machine center

      The top level is the work center group. Work centers are assigned to the work center groups. Every work center can only belong to one work center group. You can assign various machine centers to every work center. A machine center may only belong to one work center. The planned capacity of a work center consists of the availability of the corresponding machine centers and the additional planned availability of the work center. The planned availability of the work center group is, therefore, the sum of all corresponding availabilities of the machine centers and work centers.

      Dynamics 365 Business Central makes it possible to set up machine centers as part of the manufacturing capacity planning and production management processes. With machine centers it is possible to monitor manufacturing activity, collect information on productivity as well as scrap percentage, etc.

    • Planning chart for production (add-on)

      Keep the overview and control of your production plan and present it even more clearly. Simply add your own individual functional areas to the graphical planning board in Dynamics 365 Business Central using Netronic’s Visual (Advanced) Production Scheduler.


  • Production

    Map your production – whether simple or complex – in Dynamics 365 Business Central. At the same time, you always remain flexible in order to be able to react to short-term requirements.


    • Agile manufacturing

      Agile companies want to be able to react quickly to market changes or changing customer needs. With Dynamics 365 Business Central, it is possible to make delivery and capacity planning correspondingly dynamic. Dynamics 365 Business Central enables the automatic creation of production orders and purchase orders. Capacity planning, including finite loading, rounds off the module.

    • Subcontracting

      In some manufacturing companies, operations are passed on to vendors. In Dynamics 365 Business Central, you can easily represent the operation.

    • Production costs

      Based on raw materials and labor times in Dynamics 365 Business Central, calculate the cost of manufactured items.

    • Resource usage (opt. customisation)

      Track in Dynamics 365 Business Central the usage of your components and the quantity of your manufactured end items. The values are posted as items under the released production order.

      Posting terminal for orders (customisation)
      At one of our customers we have implemented a custom booking terminal. In order to simplify the entry of orders, we developed individual masks for the terminals, which work optimally for touch operation and scanner entry.

    • Production bill of materials

      Use Bills of Material (BOM), for example, to structure higher-level items that must be assembled or manufactured from individual components by resources or machine centers.

    • Scrap

      If a scrap has occurred during production, then this can simply be entered and booked out in Dynamics 365 Business Central. Scrap can also be included in the planning process.

    • Time expenditure

      Maintain the time spent on operations in Dynamics 365 Business Central. The values are posted as items under the released production order. The spent times are posted as capacity items. Such posted items can also be displayed at the bottom of the journal as actual quantities.



Do you perform assembly and not complex production?

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If you do not have complex products and production lines, the functional area “assembly” can be a useful alternative to production for you. Colloquially, we refer to this as “small production”. The end result of both areas (production or assembly) is the same: the finished product. Only the way to get there differs.

You can see the exact differences in the tables below:

  • Planning process
    Function Production Assembly
    Orders ✔ = Production Orders ✔ = Assembly Orders
    Production Planning ✔ limited
    CApacity Planning
    Machine Centers
    Planning chart
    Variant configurator optional: orderbase VariPlus optional: anaptis Configuration
  • Activities
    Function Production Assembly
    Agile manufacturing ✔ = without capacity planning
    Resource and material usage
    Bills of materials ✔ = Production BOM ✔ = Assembly BOM
    Time expenditure ✔ limited, used time per resource (but no steps)

Your benefits by the functions in the production area.


In manufacturing, your employees can use digital production orders and bills of material to easily understand what needs to be done.

Flexible design

You can react quickly to changing customer requirements and optimize your manufacturing in the long term.

Capacity utilization

The constant overview of resources allows you to optimally plan the utilization of employees and machines at any time.

Reliable delivery dates

Assure your customers of the planned delivery date. Good planning makes this possible without any problems.

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