5 WHS Dynamics AX Tips & Tricks

5 WHS Dynamics AX Tips & Tricks

August Blog Series: Tips & Tricks

Insights From: Jay Yadavalli (Fullscope Dynamics AX Consultant)

Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP offers manufacturers the Warehouse (WHS) feature, which is designed to help run more efficient operations. The module assists in improving productivity, visibility and accuracy through several features including inventory control, production processes, mobile devices and more. Maximize your Dynamics AX WHS investment with the following WHS tips & tricks:

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#1 Storage dimension group and WHS

For items that use unmanaged and managed warehouses, setup the storage dimension to use advanced WHS.  If you plan to use managed warehouses at a later date, setup a storage dimension group that uses advanced WHS.

AX automatically selects Additional Dimensions for the Storage Dimension group when you check 'Use warehouse management process' on the dimension group.   Products that are setup using advanced WHS can also be processed through non-managed warehouses.

#2: Inventory Status

Use the inventory status to sell on-hand inventory with certain characteristics to specific customers.

Inventory status can be used to define statuses other than those used by quality or quarantine processes.

For example:   An inventory status of 'Seconds' can be created, and on-hand inventory for items that are good (but not within the expected attribute range), can be associated with this status.

Specify a default inventory status for the customer:

Now, whenever customer 'CUST-00008' buys item 'D2003,' the system will only reserve on-hand inventory that has a Default inventory status of 'Seconds'.

#3: Last Pallet

Relieve the picked material on production orders using the 'Last Pallet' functionality from the mobile menu.

A material that has been picked must be relieved before the status can be changed to 'Report as finished.' Locate the new function 'Last pallet' in the Mobile menu under 'Indirect' mode.

Once a production order has been completed and all quantities reported, select the 'Last Pallet' function on your mobile device for that production order.

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#4: Unpick Production Orders

Relieve the picked material on a production order from the client.

Like the previous tip, a material that has been picked must be relieved before the status can be changed to 'Report as finished.' Select the 'Stop and Unpick' button in the production order details form.

Once the button is clicked, the system unpicks all materials in a 'Picked' status on the components.  However, it stops the production order, and you must click 'Remove stop' to process the order further.

The 'Stop and Unpick' function can also be used if items have been picked against an incorrect production order.  This helps unpick all components at the same time, rather than unpicking each one at a time.

#5: Production Input Locations

Raw material picking to different input locations based on an operation where the item is being used.

AX allows users to create work that moves raw materials to different resource input locations based on the formula/route and resource setup.

Step 1: Specify the input locations on each resource group and resource.

Step 2: The Formula should be defined to use resource consumption and an operation

In the example above, the system looks at the resource associated with operation 10 for RM800 and operation 20 for RM801.  If the resources have different input locations, work will be created for each input location.

Fullscope has an experienced team of consultants, project managers and directors that can help your manufacturing business with WHS for Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP. From data conversion, writing FDD's, implementation, configuration and training to go-live. Contact us today for more information or schedule a demo.

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