How Dynaway shortened their time-to-market with the VSADT (Visual Scheduling Add-in Developer Toolbox)

Using the VSADT allowed Dynaway to achieve more scheduling funtionality with less effort

Regular and professional maintenance is a big issue for companies with high-value assets. The Danish ISV Dynaway takes these companies into its focus and offers an outstanding Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) software built for the Microsoft Dynamics platforms. The EAM helps not only to prolong the asset life, by e.g set up preventive maintenance sequences. The software also minimalizes equipment downtime and optimizes maintenance processes that lead to an overall reduction of maintenance costs.

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Toolbox gives free space for Dynaway's own strength

It was clear that for effective maintenance planning and scheduling a planning board was needed. Dynaway already built a scheduling board solution for the Dynamics 365 Finance & Operations platform that they were considering to adapt to Dynamics 365 Business Central.

However, the NETRONIC Visual Scheduling Add-in Developer Toolbox, introduced by one of their developers, seemed like the smarter way to go, instead of developing a planning board by themselves. Ulrich Kærgaard, Managing Director at Dynaway:

"It has allowed us to focus on what we do best: providing the functionality that customers need instead of focusing on building the platform itself. Using the toolbox significantly shortened our time-to-market. Thus, we could achieve more scheduling functionality with less effort."

Another aspect for the decision in favor of the VSDT was the complete integration into their solution:

"One of the main benefits of using NETRONIC toolbox is that we don't need to introduce a new tool and we can provide our partners with the solution that they are familiar with and know how to work with", says Ulrich.

At the same time, working and integrating the toolbox was very simple. Mikkel Oldenburg, Director of Strategic Partnerships EAM for Business Central, concludes:

"We didn't really have any support cases, the communication with NETRONIC was very smooth and easy, as well as the implementation of the solution was flawless"

Today the Scheduling Board is an add-on to the Dynaway EAM and helps to reach optimal capacity utilization among maintenance workers.

Scheduling challenges for asset management

The typical user of the Dynaway EAM Scheduling Board add-on is a maintenance manager, planner, or supervisor within manufacturing, energy & natural resource companies. Many responsibilities are linked to this one person:

  • He has to prepare, schedule, and oversee all maintenance-related work by managing a team of maintenance technicians and supervisors.
  • He has to ensure that the facility satisfies all industry regulations, manage budgets as well as spare part inventory, implement maintenance strategies, look for potential to increase productivity.
  • His main overall objectives are reducing downtime, efficient planning of workload, keeping track of ongoing maintenance work, and finally optimizing the maintenance strategy. 

Thus, the Dynaway EAM Scheduling Board add-on combines all information about maintenance-related work orders and resources in one time-centric overview and lets the planner manually assign orders to workers. The planner can also easily control and manage the schedule in the long- as well as in short term.

Overall, the Scheduling Board helps the planner to react to errors, to manage overbookings, to check resource availability, and, to sum it up, simplifies his work. 

Dynaway Scheduling Board

The Scheduling  Board consists of four parts:

  1. A flexible timeline that allows switching between long term and short term planning horizons easily by mouse wheel
  2. Table part with resources/technicians
  3. Gantt area with assigned work orders + histogram below, showing resource allocation and overbooking (red)
  4. Stock with unassigned work orders on the right side from which the planner can assign work orders to resources

Dynaway Scheduling Board for asset management with manual scheduling of work orders for Microsoft platforms

The most important information about the work order is shown on the bar itself, but for more details, tooltips are available. Dynaway Scheduling Board with tooltip for more information

The Scheduling Board is fully integrated into the EAM Solution respectively into Microsoft Dynamic 365 Business Central. Hence the planner can open e.g. a work order card in Business Central directly from the Scheduling Board and make any changes.

dynaway scheduling board

Or he can use filter options in Dynamics 365 Business Central to focus on a specific timespan or resource.

dynaway scheduling board fully integrated

"Our vision is to create a better overview of the resources when it comes to maintenance, and the most recognized tool in the market (NETRONIC) empowered us to create this tool", concludes Mikkel.

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Summary: tangible benefits of using the toolbox for developing your own interactive graphical planning board

Shortens time-to-market significantly

Gives free space for the companies' own strength

Comprehensively simplifies the planners' work

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