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.
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.
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:
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.
The Scheduling Board consists of four parts:
The most important information about the work order is shown on the bar itself, but for more details, tooltips are available.
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.
Or he can use filter options in Dynamics 365 Business Central to focus on a specific timespan or resource.
"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.