Insight Works for Manufacturing
End-to-end apps from Insight Works to configure Business Central for a tailored manufacturing solution
For small and mid-size make-to-stock (MTS), make-to-order (MTO), or assemble-to-order (ATO) manufacturers who struggle to find an affordable solution to manage their operations from end-to-end, look no further than Business Central with apps from Insight Works. Insight Works provides the modular building blocks needed to create a tailored solution that includes Material Resource Planning (MRP) and Manufacturing Execution System (MES) capabilities that work the way you need them to.
Entry-level accounting software packages are not designed to manage production on the shop floor. Spreadsheets can quickly get messy and complicated. With apps from Insight Works, you have all the tools you need, from order entry to planning and scheduling to shipping and everything in between.
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Simplify order entry with an industrial point-of-sale solution
Insight Works provides an app for Dynamics 365 Business Central that enables manufacturers to quickly and easily add retail capabilities to their system. Staff will appreciate the easy-to-use order entry screen, barcode scanning capabilities, and advanced search tools.
For manufacturers who operate parts counters, trade desks, and smaller outlet stores, the Insight Works order management system is also a great solution to facilitate sales and payments.
A robust configurator to make quote and order generation more efficient
Say goodbye to manually managing product options and variations and say hello to an Insight Works app for Business Central that significantly simplifies the creation of production Bill of Materials (BOMs) and routings, or assembly BOMs, helping to make quote and order generation more efficient.
Attach drawings, photos, purchase orders, invoices, receipts, and other documents to Business Central records.
With a simple drag-and-drop, users will attach documents to any page in Business Central. You’ll easily associate engineered drawings to orders, customer POs to orders, invoices to POs, quality documents to receipts, or any other file to pages in Business Central.
There is no need to maintain an independent file storage system, and you can forget about having to pass around documents using email. Easily attach documents to your Business Central records, making them accessible when you need them, without having to search for them, and making them available to other users.
Receiving and Stock Picks
Manage raw materials and finished goods with versatile a Warehouse Management System (WMS)
Accurately tracking and managing raw materials and inventory can significantly impact customer satisfaction and the bottom line. Trying to manufacture and assemble products when lacking inventory is highly ineffective. Manufacturers can use mobile computers with apps from Insight Works to update inventory levels in Business Central in real-time.
Insight Works transforms the traditional paper-based system of receiving stock and picking parts into a highly efficient and accurate time-saving process.
Simplify inventory counts with comprehensive data entry, reconciliation, posting and analysis tools
Why make physical inventory counts harder than they already are? The inventory app from Insight Works enables inventory managers to simplify inventory and cycle counts with comprehensive data entry, reconciliation, posting, and analysis tools.
Material Requirements Planning (MES)
Optimize your manufacturing process with a series of enhanced planning apps
Material Requirements Planning (MRP) is critical to every manufacturer. With apps from Insight Works, you get a robust set of tools that saves you time and gives you better insight into your resource requirements. The Insight Works apps enable production planners to create realistic forecasts based on historical data, visualize and edit complex BOM hierarchies, optimize inventory levels, and more.
Enhanced Planning Worksheet
Enhanced Planning Worksheet
A powerful tool to save time and to assist in Material Requirements Planning (MRP) within Business Central.
Item Planning Review
Item Planning Review
Optimize inventory levels and avoid excess or slow-moving stock by analyzing historical trends and current reordering strategies.
Enhanced Forecasting Worksheet
Enhanced Forecasting Worksheet
Generate more realistic Business Central production forecasts based on historical item usage trends.
Multi-Level BOM Viewer
Multi-Level BOM Viewer
Easily visualize and edit complex BOM hierarchies to help streamline your bill of material management and engineering operations.
Streamline scheduling with an advanced finite capacity scheduling app
Traditional methods of planning and scheduling are error-prone, time-consuming, and non-responsive, resulting in schedules that do not accurately reflect the actual capabilities of the shop floor. Insight Works’ advanced finite scheduling app for Business Central transforms production planning and scheduling from an inaccurate and time-consuming task into a responsive, repeatable, and highly accurate decision support activity.
Visualizing Production Schedules
Visualize each workstation, enabling managers & staff to manage production scheduling more effectively
Insight Works offers manufacturers who have less sophisticated processes a lightweight app that enables production managers and staff to visualize the work planned at each workstation, thus managing production schedules more effectively. More than just a visualization tool, users can easily drag and drop an operation on a production order to a new work center and time. As work is rearranged, associated operations will automatically update to reflect a new production schedule.
Downtime Planning for Maintenance
Minimize disruptions to your manufacturing process with intelligent maintenance planning
Many manufacturers will schedule equipment shutdowns based on a preventative maintenance schedule with little regard for how the shutdown disrupts production. With the right app from Insight Works, current production schedules are considered when creating maintenance schedules. For example, a current production schedule may show a specific piece of equipment not used for half a day in a week’s time. In this case, a work order will be slotted in to take advantage of the downtime.
Production Asset Maintenance
Turn Business Central into a robust maintenance management system
Manufacturing is an asset-heavy industry, so maintaining equipment plays a critical role. When machines go down, schedules are disrupted, deadlines are pushed, and the bottom line suffers. With apps from Insight Works, Business Central becomes a robust production asset maintenance platform to help keep your equipment in check and operating smoothly.
Manufacturing Execution System (MES)
Data collection and acquisition for better decision making
Business Central with apps from Insight Works creates an MES that facilitates data collection on the shop floor by using barcodes and web-based terminals to easily collect and track data. Data includes employee time, machine time, rework time, material consumption, material output, and more.
Business Central powered by Insight Works apps significantly reduces the labor costs and entry errors associated with manual data entry. Employees use barcode scanners or touch screens to speed up shop data input for time, material, quality, and more.
Highly configurable, built-in quality control
The Insight Works MES solution for Business Central includes a versatile quality control module. Whether you need to collect information for audits, comply with 3rd party regulations, track batch information, check that shipments are prepared correctly, or ensure parts are produced within spec, Insight Works has you covered.
Pass and fail parameters can be assigned to specific jobs with the ability to log actual results. The quality control module helps to reduce rework, produces a more consistent product and increases overall customer satisfaction.
Managing Safety on the Shop Floor
Improve and maintain shop floor safety while tracking corrective actions and hazard assessments
Your safety program is a critical part of your business, and proper record keeping is crucial to keeping it compliant with regulatory agencies and industry groups. With the right app from Insight Works, managing aspects of your safety programming with Business Central is easy. Improve shop safety by recording and publishing hazard assessments, logging and implementing corrective actions, and tracking employee certifications and training.
Evaluate your actual production times to your planned production times to improve costing, sales margins, and scheduling
Routings play a vital role in the manufacturing process. The adage that you can only improve what you can measure holds true when using Insight Works apps in your manufacturing process. Using Business Central to plan your routings is a great place to start. Comparing routings to actual production times enables manufacturers to streamline their operations.
Production Consumption and Output
Leverage handheld devices to accurately record output and consumption for production and assembly orders
Insight Works makes it a snap to track production consumption and output. Using mobile computers, employees scan items for specific production orders and serial numbers, capturing any lot or serial number information for the consumed item against specific serial numbers being produced. Employees can also output directly to license plates (e.g., pallets) for simplified put-away of produced items.
Easily track entire pallets, boxes, or containers of manufactured goods, including mixed lot/serial numbers
License Plate Management (LPM) from Insight Works allows users to track and generate labels to reference entire pallets, boxes, crates, or containers that contain mixed items or mixed lot/serial numbers. License plating can be particularly advantageous to manufacturers who deal with many different parts of a project or mass-produce widgets and need to track groups of products.
Performance reporting at your fingertips
With the Insight Works solution for manufacturing, users can easily track Right First Time (RFT), rework, scrap, output and Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE).
When it comes to rework, time and costs can be assigned to specific categories or departments. This is useful in determining the root cause of the rework which leads to modifying processes to streamline operations and increase efficiency.
Complete Shipping Solution
Easily add carrier integration, real-time shipping rates, package management, and shipment tracking to Business Central
Streamline tedious and error-prone shipping tasks by seamlessly integrating Insight Works apps into your Dynamics 365 Business Central system. Shop floor employees will reduce manual entry errors by scanning packages directly into Business Central. You will realize money and time savings by working directly with multiple carriers.
Hundreds of LTL Carriers Supported
Manage all your LTL shipping details from within Business Central using apps from Insight Works
When outbound LTL shipping is vital to your business, there is little room for error, and that’s why companies turn to apps from Insight Works. Designed specifically for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, Insight Works apps help manage your entire outbound LTL shipping process. Jumping between multiple online shipping portals and Business Central is cumbersome and prone to errors. Insight Works apps eliminate the need for third-party websites and enable you to administer your LTL shipments right inside Business Central.
Support for Hazardous Materials
Easily manage your hazardous material classifications and associated Business Central inventory items
Apps from Insight Works help manage hazardous materials while complying with regulations for businesses that produce or handle hazardous materials. Users will correctly classify items with formal, detailed hazardous material information using the Insight Works apps for Business Central.
Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)
Get business done faster, smarter and more accurately with EDI
Insight Works’ apps for manufacturing supports Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) through integration with leading EDI providers. When your organization relies on automated systems to maximize operational efficiencies, you can count on Insight Works to give you complete and real-time data. All data required for Advance Shipping Notices (ASN) is collected and managed apps from Insight Works and made available to EDI systems for transmission.
Complete hardware solutions
Huge selection of mobile computers, barcodes scanners, labels printers, and accessories... Insight Works is your one-stop-shop.
For anyone looking for barcode scanning-related hardware, including mobile computers, handheld scanners, label printers, and accessories, look no further than Insight Works. Whether you have experience with scanners or are new to this type of hardware, Insight Works can help you procure the proper hardware for you.
Insight Works only carries quality brands and great prices from vendors including Datalogic, Honeywell, Zebra, and others. When you buy your hardware from Insight Works, you also get support to ensure our apps are working properly.
We have the apps!
The Business Central manufacturing solution from Insight Works is made up of different apps, thus, making for a very modular solution. Users can select the apps they need and forgo those they don’t. With apps from Insight Works, you’ll supercharge Business Central into a robust ERP for manufacturing.
Ready to get started?
If you like what you see and you’re ready to configure Business Central with apps from Insight Works, the best place to start is with your Microsoft Partner. Your partner will help identify exactly which apps you’ll want and then streamline the integration.
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