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.

We meet your requirements via three instances:

1 Standard ERP solution

Experience has shown that we can map many of our projects in the standard of the ERP solution Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. This means that your system can be updated in the long term and you remain independent of the partner.

3Individual development

If you need further special functionalities, we can also solve your challenges by individual adaptations. Take a look at the requirements we have already implemented in practice for our existing customers.


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.

Optimal utilization of capacity

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.


Your functions for manufacturing in Dynamics 365 Business Central.

  • Agile manufacturing

    A manufacturing company operates agile manufacturing in order to be able to react quickly to market changes and customer needs – while maintaining consistent quality and cost control. The tools, processes and training are organized accordingly.

    Dynamics 365 contains a module for agile manufacturing that enables dynamic delivery and capacity planning. The functions include:

    • adding workstations
    • automatic creation of production orders and purchase orders
    • capacity planning
    • communication
    • finite loading
    • material requirements planning
    • planning of production orders
    • quotation planning
    • reordering processes for internal and external material orders
  • Basic capacity planning

    Add capacities to your production process. Set up routings and use them in production orders and in material requirements planning. Display the capacity utilization and the task list for your capacities.

    In addition, you can book used capacities that are not assigned to a production order (for example, maintenance work) using the “Capacity Journals”.

  • Basic supply planning

    Production can only take place as planned if the necessary production factors labour, operating resources and materials are provided according to type, quantity, place and time. Supply planning can therefore be regarded as the preparation of the necessary procurement orders in the purchasing, assembly or production departments to meet requirements. Companies usually carry out procurement planning on a weekly basis to control production orders and purchase orders.

    Dynamics 365 Business Central has features to provide expected and actual demand from sales and production, as well as distribution planning capabilities using inventory data and transfers between storage locations.

  • Finite loading or limited capacities

    The “Finite Loading” function is useful 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 resource overloads are prevented.

  • Machine centers

    Add 365 Business Central workstations to your manufacturing process in Dynamics. The system differentiates between three versions (hierarchical arrangement):

    • work center group
    • work center
    • machine center

    The planned capacity of a work center consists of

    • the availability of the corresponding machine center and
    • the additional planned availability of the work center.

    The planned availability of the work center group is the sum of all availabilities of the corresponding work centers and machine centers.

  • Material demand and consumption

    Track the consumption of your components and the quantity of finished goods produced in Dynamics 365 Business Central. The values are posted as items under the released production order.

    Consumption quantities are posted as negative item ledger entries, finished quantities are posted as positive item ledger entries. Such posted items can also be displayed as actual quantities at the bottom of the journal.

  • Outsourcing of operations to a subcontractor

    Dynamics 365 Business Central allows you to easily visualize the process of submitting selected operations to vendors. This is important because this procedure is common in many manufacturing companies.

    This includes the following functions:

    • Work center groups with different vendors (subcontractors) or work center group for external labor: You can identify costs at routing or work center level
    • Workplace group costs based on units or time (subcontractors usually charge a flat rate per unit)
    • External work proposal: Search for material that can be sent to subcontractors and automatic creation of work plans for production orders for external work operations


  • 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.

    An assembly BOM can also be used to sell a parent item as a kit consisting of its components.

  • Production costs

    Calculate the cost of manufactured items and consumed components for financial reconciliation.

  • Production planning

    Production, work or work orders are the basis for work in production. Production planning includes all measures that are necessary for planning an effective production process. In Dynamics 365 Business Central, you also benefit from integrated inventory and capacity planning.

    Production orders receive the following information:

    • planned products
    • materials required for the planned production orders
    • completed products
    • materials used for completed production orders

    In addition, production orders are the starting point for:

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

    Conversion of purchase materials to production articles
    With the help of production orders, Dynamics 365 Business Central transforms purchased materials into production items. You can also create manual production orders.

  • Sales and inventory forcasting

    Dynamics 365 Business Central offers a simple way to plan the sales of your articles and to fill in the order proposals as a result. A sales plan can be copied and edited as needed. For planning purposes, however, only one sales plan is allowed at a time. There can, of course, be several sales plans, which are differentiated by name and type.

    Sales and production planning
    You can create sales or production planning together or independently of each other.

    Component Planning
    You can also carry out component sales planning or create sales planning by storage location.

  • Scrap

    If scrap is produced during processing, it can be entered in the output journal.

  • Time expenditure

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


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Add-Ons by us and our partners.

  • Configuration of Variants

    Easily build your own product variants with individual assembly parts lists with our add-on anaptis Configuration – including conditions and detection of double variants.

  • Document Management

    For professional document management, we offer you an interface to third-party software (e.g. D3 or the fully integrated Document Capture solution). Manage documents anytime, anywhere.

  • Extended Inventory

    The inventory extension anaptis Physical Inventory for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central enables you to create count lists for inventories. Thus you can define responsibilities and dates. The assigned employees can, for example, use MDE scanners or smartphones to carry out the inventory and, if necessary, order recounts.

  • Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365)

    The standard ERP solution Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central runs smoothly and barrier-free with Office applications such as Excel, Word and Outlook. Your mail server is professionalized by Microsoft Exchange Online and your documents are stored online on Microsoft SharePoint for everyone to access. You also work together in Microsoft Teams.


  • Microsoft Power Platform

    The Microsoft Power Platform helps companies to collect, transform and cleanse data from a wide variety of data sources (Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Azure, etc.). The data can be easily transformed into a data model and then used to create meaningful reports.

    The Power Platform consists of the following elements:

    • Power Apps: Create custom applications without any programming knowledge
    • Power Automate: Automation of processes and creation of workflows
    • Power BI: Visualization and analysis of data from various sources
  • Mobile Data Acquisiton (MDA)

    With our add-on anaptis Mobile Logistics you are able to map and record all standard warehouse processes on the move.

  • Payments

    With the OPplus add-on you can optimize your payment transactions (import and export) with manufacturers, wholesalers or end customers. Automate your processes (clearing, initial account assignment, etc.) and get more transparency about your payments.

  • Planning Chart for Production

    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.



Individual developments by us.

  • Booking Terminal for Orders

    Until now, our customer was not able to systematically track where each item is in production process and when it was completed. As a result, important key performance indicators were missing. We introduced a booking terminal, which now allows employees to scan orders and enter the appropriate quantity. This provides an overview.

  • Knowledge of Order Status

    Before working with us, it was difficult for our customer to see at which station an order is currently located. Today, our customer’s employees can see the order status at a glance. There is no need for tiresome inquiries in the company and everyone can provide information.

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