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How Inarca achieved more efficient planning and a better use of capacities

The Visual Jobs Scheduler brings a transparent data structure and better informed employées.

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Ever since 1964 Inarca SpA – a company based in Vigodarzere in the province of Padua in Italy, has been designing and developing terminals, connectors, connection technologies and machines for electric connections. In layman’s term these are the terminals and connectors found inside washing machines, cars, etc. They currently employ around 130 employees, boast 200+ patents and manufacture more than 7000 different products. Their products are sold worldwide to some of the largest manufacturing multinational companies.

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Executive summary

The initial situation

For a lot of customers, working with standard Microsoft Dynamics NAV or Dynamics 365 Business Central might not be enough to solve their requirements. This was the case for our customer Inarca SpA, who have been using Microsoft Dynamics NAV for several years. They need to manage plenty of resources and hundreds of projects at any given time using the standard Dynamics NAV jobs and resource planning modules. NAV’s typical way of handling and presenting data mainly in tables and dialogs made scheduling a big challenge for the company. In 2020 they decided to start using the Visual Jobs Scheduler to help solve their scheduling challenges. This turned out to be a game changer.

Solution & results

After a thorough review, the choice fell on NETRONIC's Visual Jobs Scheduler (VJS).

This led to

  • integration of scheduling with the NAV enviroment and the already existing customizations
  • in the wake of this, no data loss or faulty data
  • clear-cut and reliable overview of projects and resources
  • better informed and thus more satisfied employées

The situation before working with NETRONIC

n terms of the project side of the business, Inarca SpA manages many projects during one working year. Projects typically include the manufacturing of any of the following types of products: custom or standard made products or machines, as well as the introduction of new products to the market. The company focuses both on quality and on innovation, with an ambitious target of 0 defects and reinvesting 10% of their turnover into new products and technologies.

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Main challenges

Inarca SpA reached out to us in early 2020 because the standard jobs module of Microsoft Dynamics NAV was limiting their capability to manage, control and overlook all of their projects. In general, they found it difficult working with 7 different departments in terms of resourcing for around 100 big projects per year. This meant that a total of 2500 job tasks needed to be managed.

For Inarca it is very crucial to take into consideration their resource’s capacity and scheduled machine maintenance. Both are important factors that determine a smooth and timely execution of their projects. However, while working with standard Dynamics NAV, they lacked transparency especially due to the high number of resources being distributed across multiple departments.

NAV as ERP was not enough

Cristian Coianiz, Project Manager at Inarca SpA, describes the situation before using the Visual Jobs Scheduler as follows: “In terms of planning, in the past we were simply checking delivery dates and looking out for priority projects without any visualization whatsoever. This created issues in terms of knowing how busy certain departments and resources were. Everything was based on our gut feel, which at the end of the day was simply a broad estimate. Since everything was subjective, I was convinced that this was a weakness in terms of our planning”.


Requirements for the visualization tool

Inarca analyzed the status quo and created a list of requirements for a new project and resource scheduling tool:

  • Visual planning board with drag & drop functionality
  • Dashboard where all their projects and resources are visible
  • Create dependencies between job tasks and job planning lines
  • Ability to filter through resources and projects
  • Compatibility with the customizations that have already been made
  • Full and direct integration into Dynamics NAV and no data management outside of Dynamics NAV

Experiences working with the Visual Jobs Scheduler



Based on the list of requirements, Inarca searched for an appropriate solution and found the Visual Jobs Scheduler. In addition to this, they not just bought the product, but also the so called “Quick Start Package”. This is a fixed-price implementation and consulting offer from NETRONIC which makes sure that customers gain the biggest value of their respective visual scheduler.

Benefits of the VJS

Now that Inarca has been working with the VJS for almost one year, Christian summarizes its benefits for his company:

  • Integrated solution - “It is a 100% integrated solution and has helped us a lot since everything is under one roof.”
  • More efficient planning – “with everything under one dashboard, it has really become easier for our planners to do the scheduling”.
  • Better understanding of resource capacity - "It serves as a good visualization tool of our data and helps our team understand what is really going on, by having a dashboard of our current workload."

Pleasant cooperation with NETRONIC

Right now, we continue to work closely and support Inarca with the VJS. When asked about our working relationship, Cristian mentioned, “We continue to use the product and adapt it little by little to our daily needs. It is also a big plus that the cooperation regarding any issues with the VJS has been dealt with quickly by the NETRONIC team. They are always very responsive and have a wealth of experience and best practices when it comes to visual project and resource planning with Dynamics NAV.

Reference story Inarca project manager

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Clear overview of projects and resource utilization

Transparent planning process = better informed employées

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