What’s New in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 Manufacturing?

We don't often see a focus on manufacturing in the Microsoft Dynamics GP blogs, forums, or articles.  Considering the recent uptick in manufacturing in the U.S., a little attention to the enhancements in GP 2010's manufacturing functionality might be appropriate.

As you may know, GP has long provided very robust manufacturing features.  With every release of GP, it just keeps getting better.  Here are three improvements rolled out with GP 2010.

  1. Navigation enhancements in the Sales Forecasting window (see image below):
    1. Red arrow - ‘Issue To' has been changed to ‘Site ID' to indicate the Site in which the supply items are to be stocked.
    2. Green check mark and yellow highlighting - use the scrolling arrows to browse records in earlier or later periods. Using the scrolling arrows leaves the cursor on the same line item.  This allows you to enter Forecast Quantities for the same item after advancing to a new period.
    3. Red circles - Item Number lookup, Item Number sort order, UNIT COST sort order. 
      1. Use the Item Number lookup to open the Sales Forecast item lookup window.
      2. Use the Item Number sort order button to sort Items in the results pane in ascending or descending order. 
      3. Use the UNIT COST sort order button to sort items in the results pane by unit cost in ascending or descending order.
    GP 2010 Sales Forecasting
  2. Single-Level Cost Roll Up functionality. Checking the box “Enable Single-Level Cost Roll Up” allows you to choose to what level in a bill of material you want to roll costs to. The terminology “Single-Level Cost Roll Up” is a little misleading. Although the intent behind this change was to allow you to roll costs for a single level in a bill of material, in practice, it actually works to let you choose to which level in the BOM you want to roll costs.

    Manufacturing>>Setup>>System Defaults>>Costing

    Dynamics GP 2010 Costing
  3. Material Requirements Planning (MRP) Move-Out functionality. The new enhancements include:
    1. Eliminating move-out suggestions which result when the MRP projected available balance is below the order point quantity. In addition, a new time fence excludes supply orders, which fall near a demand document, from being moved.
    2. Quantity Range - the On Hand quantity for inventory items is now maintained between the Order Point Quantity and Order-Up-To Level fields.
    3. Move-Out Fence - the Move-Out fence is a range of days prior to an MRP demand, where that demand falls on or immediately after an oversupply date. Supply orders, contributing to an oversupply situation, that fall into this date range are exempt from being moved out.  The Move-Out Fence field has been added to the Item Resource Planning window where you can enter the value for the Move-Out Fence field in days.
    4. Look-Back Period - Supply orders that fall into the Look-Back Period are eligible to be moved out.  One end of the Look-Back Period is the start date of the move-out fence minus one day. The other end of the Look-Back Period is the first demand day immediately prior to the oversupply date, plus one day. If no demand exists on the day prior to the oversupply, then this date is the first day of the MRP planning horizon. These two dates are ordered chronologically and together define the Look-Back Period.


About Frank Hamelly

Frank Hamelly, Sr. Dynamics Consultant with I.B.I.S., Inc., in Charlotte, NC,  is a business and technology professional with over 25 years experience implementing and supporting various ERP systems and business process re-engineering initiatives across all organizational areas and across various industries, for small, mid-sized, and Fortune 500 companies.  He has held numerous positions in Accounting, Finance, Customer Service and Information Systems.  His application experience includes SAP R/3, Baan, Fourth Shift, Peachtree, MAS 90/200, Quickbooks and Microsoft Dynamics ERP.  His industry experience includes manufacturing, , distribution, telecom, aerospace, life sciences, utilities and media.  Frank studied Business Administration with an Accounting concentration at the University of Pittsburgh.  He is a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP), a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), and has been named a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) each year since 2008.  He writes articles for Dynamics-related web sites and is a regular speaker at Microsoft Dynamics Convergence, GPUG Summit, MSDynamicsWorld's De

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