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Dynamics 365 for Plant MRO Video

Dynamics 365 MRO Plant Services

Dynamics 365 for Finance & Operations Video

Equipment Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO)

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Machinery and equipment are often required in the production process and when a needed machine or piece of equipment is unavailable, it can create havoc on an organization’s production and / or operational schedules and even, at times, affect the customer.  While we can’t stop the need for preventative maintenance, we can work towards reducing unplanned repairs with diligent and timely planned preventative maintenance.  Effectively managing this is one of the best ways to limit MRO tasks having as small effect as possible on customers.

Watch this short video of the MRO process for plant maintenance, then reach out to us for a full demonstration of Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations.

Dynamics 365 Enterprise Edition is a touch screen enabled, do anything from anywhere, at anytime on almost any device; ERP and App package.  We are excited by the packages interoperability given to the ERP by the Common Data Model, Power Apps, and Flow.  And think you should be excited too.

Need a partner to help you navigate your AX or Dynamics 365 Enterprise system or want to learn more about how Dynamics can work for you:  We are a national organization serving an international base.  We are a Microsoft Gold Partner and would love to show you how we put our clients first since 2003. Please feel free to call or email us to discuss how we can help you today!

Dynamics Projects Video

Dynamics 365 for Finance & Operations: Project Accounting



Dynamics 365 Enterprise Video

Project Accounting, Management Module

Informational


Dynamics Enterprise 365 Projects module is a versatile tool that can be used across many types of projects and industries. Clients First  used this module as the backbone of our Application for Dynamics, the ProMRO solution.  Our experience with this module is within the Engineering, Architect, MRO, Job Shops and Project Manufacturing.  



Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations is a touch screen enabled, do anything from anywhere, at anytime on almost any device; ERP and App package.  We are excited by the packages interoperability given to the ERP by the Common Data Model, Power Apps, and Flow.  And we think you should be excited too!

Need a partner to help you navigate your AX or Dynamics 365 Enterprise system or want to learn more about how Dynamics can work for you:  We are a national organization serving an international base.  We are a Microsoft Gold Partner and would love to show you how we put our clients first since 2003. Please feel free to call or email us to discuss how we can help you today!

If you would like to learn more on your own then please download: FactSheets and Whitepapers or view more of our Online Demonstrations.

ProMRO Part 1 Intro & Equipment Details Table

ProMRO Solution Pt. 1 Intro & Equipment Details Table

This demo will demonstration the Dynamics AX Equipment Table in the ProMRO module (formerly known as the Extended Project Manager (EPM) Module.  The Equipment Table stores the details of Generic and Customer Specific Equipment.  When a piece of equipment is specified on a Project or Quotation it is automatically tracked on the Equipment Table.  Tracking the equipment from all projects and quotations creates a comprehensive view of the equipment history.  The equipment history contains all information, past and present, regarding equipment allocation in projects and quotes.  This enables the user to immediately see the status of the equipment.  Examples of equipment status could be shop floor, project allocation, approved lost or any value that fits your company’s way of working.  Right clicking and going to the main table on the project or quotation number opens the respective form.  This is where more in depth details are readily available.

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The Equipment Table keeps track of what project and quotations that Generic or Customer Equipment is linked to.  It gives a quick picture of when the Equipment has been worked on and what stage it is in.  It will also show users if a particular customer has had that specific equipment.

Users can quickly see which quotations have become projects, which quotes were lost, and which quotes are in process for a specific piece of Equipment.

The Dynamics AX Equipment Table in the ProMRO module adds a dimension of visibility to a repair or maintenance shop, allowing asset tracking from start to finish.

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ProMRO Solution Part 2: Engineering Values

ProMRO Module for Dynamics AX Project Invoices

This demo will show you how to utilize the Dynamics AX Engineering Values feature specific to the ProMRO module (previously known as the Extended Project Manager (EPM) Module for Dynamics AX. Engineering Values:

Developed as an add on to Dynamics AX to benefit your MRO business by making it easier to quote maintenance and repair on your customer’s equipment. Engineering values can be configured through data templates making it easy to track equipment maintenance. Easily access and report testing, and certification on any equipment in your shop.

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Dynamics AX ProMRO Part 3: Service Profiles

ProMRO Module for Dynamics AX on Service Profiles

This demo will show you how to utilize Service Profiles in the ProMRO module for Dynamics AX.  Utilizing Service Profiles adds consistency to the Quotation and Project creation process.  Service profiles are easy to create, maintain, and update.  Service Profiles take the pressure and guesswork off of the estimator or project administrator because they contain all the necessary details about the Service in a ready to use template.  This is especially applicable to projects such as large turbine repairs and heavy equipment where services may vary due to a slight equipment change.

Service profiles can also be grouped by the estimate center specified in the work order, by equipment type and by service code.  There is also the ability to copy a service profile so that you can create additional templates with slight changes.  This aids in streamlining the creation of new service profiles.

In the ProMRO module, Service Profile must be set to a status of ‘Certified’ in order to be used on a Quote or a Project so there is no fear of an un-approved Service Profile being utilized.  Service Profiles are basically a template and when working with them in the Quick Quote or Quick Project Create forms, items can be added or hours can be changed as is dictated by the specific customer requirement without affecting the original Service Profile.

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MRO Webinar Recording Available Now

Please take a few minutes and review the recording of ‘Expanding Your Service Material Strategy‘.  Regardless of the MRO sector your company operates within, be it heavy equipment, aircraft, or manufacturing, the business software solution you choose should provide complex functionality to help you achieve your business goals.  Our video shows a high level over-view of our customizable ProMRO solution that helps fulfill your business needs.

Listen to our informational webinar on how expanding your serviceable material can benefit your business.  Our Clients First Texas and Minnesota offices, rated in the top 1% of VARS, offer Microsoft Dynamics ERP to the medium to large manufacturer and MRO across the United States and in 11 countries and counting.  Clients First is a Gold Certified Partner; we represent the highest level of competence and expertise with Microsoft technologies.  If we can offer assistance to your business processes, contact our sales team at 800.331.8382 or email sales@clientsfirst-tx.com.

MRO Video on Serviceable Materials

 

Free MRO Webinar: Used Serviceable Material Strategies – The Future of Cost Effectiveness

Free MRO Webinar: Used Serviceable Material Strategies – The Future of Cost Effectiveness

Thursday, May 28, 12pm CST

Why Attend our Webinar?

According to Oliver Wyman the used serviceable material strategies together with proprietary technologies are expected to revolutionize the entire MRO industry. Strategic sourcing combined with advanced technologies have already helped numerous airlines to increase the availability of used serviceable materials by 13 percent within one year. A recent survey of airlines indicated that 84 percent of the participants considered their approach to used serviceable materials as “active,” successfully embracing new serviceable material strategies to increase profit margins without additional costs. Read more

Aviation Workforce

Aviation Workforce: The Future of The MRO Industry

Our world is changing. And we’re not just talking about global warming, shifting demographics, and advanced technologies; we’re also talking about a new workforce slowly replacing previous generations of workers. For some industries, such as MRO, getting a new, digitally skilled aviation workforce can only mean good news. But are millennials really tech savvy? Can a “tech whiz kid” become a capable professional, who can be trusted with the lives of hundreds of people? Read more

3D Printing

3D Printing and The Future of The MRO Industry

Manufacturing products without a factory would have seemed impossible a few years ago. However, the “impossible” is slowly taking shape thanks to additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing. This relatively new technology is ready to deliver a small, “mobile” factory to every OEM, MRO, and repair shop. In fact, a number of businesses are embracing additive manufacturing as a temporary or permanent manufacturing solution, as you read these lines.

3D Printing: The Future Is Just Around the Corner  

Although 3D printing technology can be used by anyone, from regular people to industry giants, sustainable growth is expected to come from industrial applications, especially in the OEM and MRO sectors. That’s simply because only a large company has the financial power to design, craft, and test multiple prototypes to finally develop a product that customers will want to buy. But this is only half of the OEM-MRO equation. The other half relates to the impact additive manufacturing will have on the MRO industry.

Additive manufacturing technologies deliver incredible flexibility. To begin with, a MRO company will be able to develop “instant” spare parts and complete maintenance and repair tasks within hours. Imagine an airline looking for a MRO able to repair an airplane that has broken down unexpectedly. Instead of waiting days or even weeks for parts to arrive, the MRO can manufacture the parts needed outright and fix the airplane within several hours.

3D Printing

Manufacturing parts for scheduled maintenance and repairs or, more importantly, for unplanned events, with virtually no wasted materials, will help MROs reduce downtime and operating costs. Another major motivator for additive manufacturing technology adoption is the ability to produce hard-to-find spare parts or components that aren’t manufactured anymore.

The International Space Station’s 3D Print project is one edifying example of spare parts production using additive manufacturing. The first 3D printer was launched to the space station in September 2014. On November 24, 2014, the first “space” object was successfully manufactured using 3D printing technology. According to NASA officials, additive manufacturing is useful especially when spare parts aren’t available or when inventory is extremely expensive to ship. This technology brings several performance and efficiency advantages, regardless of whether a maintenance company or department is located on Mars or on Earth.

Additive manufacturing may seem too futuristic to become standard. However, the acceptance of this technology as a source of spare parts will change the course of MRO history. A maintenance company will be able not only to manufacture simple or complex parts and difficult-to-achieve geometries, as required; it can also develop prototypes to modify equipment and achieve quicker repair times.

Undoubtedly, the ability to manufacture parts on demand will affect inventory and logistics. MROs will no longer have to order spare parts from manufacturers and keep dozens of “just-in-case” replacement components on hand until the right clients come along. Whenever they need a product, they can just make it. This will probably cause a collapse of the entire supply chain, making part suppliers and even manufacturers vulnerable to extinction.

By eliminating the need for high-volume production, 3D printing shows its worth in terms of reducing production costs. Additionally, it increases part availability at the point of use and decreases shipping-, inventory-, and labor-related expenses. Although this brings bad news for a number of businesses, additive manufacturing will add new efficiencies to the operations of MROs and their clients. In conclusion, what additive manufacturing does is to dissolve the global supply chain, which costs MROs billions of dollars every year, re-assembling it as a local system, at a much lower cost.

In the following years, additive manufacturing will radically change the OEM and MRO environment. Analysts predict that the additive manufacturing market will grow to $16 billion by 2018. More and more companies, especially MROs, are expected to invest in 3D printers to produce parts as needed. But to achieve the forecasted outcomes, digital design software must evolve and more advanced and affordable scanners must be developed. On the other side, manufacturers must find a way to protect themselves against the negative consequences of this technology. For sure, 3D printing will tip the scales in someone’s favor. Who will be the winner? Only time will tell.

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MRO Software: Texas Manufacturing

Since 2010, Texas has continued to attract more manufacturing partnerships, multi-billion dollar investments, and skilled workforce than any other state. The success of the manufacturing sector in this state is thanks, in part, to the stable pro-business environment, low taxes, excellent transportation infrastructure, and competent labor force. The support received from MROs and advanced manufacturing facilities have also helped Texas to become a leading manufacturing state in the US.

Making available innovative technologies, complex MRO software solutions help MROs to improve processes, increase productivity, and cut costs. Unsurprisingly, technology innovation has become the centerpiece of economic development efforts, especially in the southern states.

Achieve Service Excellence with MRO Software

Carrying out a wide variety of maintenance and repair operations, MROs support the manufacturing sector by keeping manufacturing plants running at peak performance. But more important than this is that maintenance, repair, and overhaul efforts are dependent on advanced MRO software.

MRO Software

Set to make continuous investments in innovative MRO solutions, such as Microsoft Dynamics AX, a number of companies operating in Texas are ready to defeat their competitors across the US. With Dynamics AX, any organization can efficiently manage global operations, which translates into higher annual revenues. Specifically, Dynamics AX allows MROs to:

  • integrate the top floor with the plant floor to gain more insight into operations, identify where improvements can be made, and streamline all maintenance and repair activities to increase operational stability;
  • optimize supply chains by determining where exactly specific pieces of equipment, components, and parts must be relocated for the best results to be achieved;
  • accurately gather, process, and manage a large amount of data from different sources;
  • gain a competitive edge over business rivals by responding to complex challenges in real time;
  • rapidly change any aspect of MRO operations, according to company-specific needs, customer demands, and market opportunities;
  • achieve the kind of flexibility and responsiveness needed to improve service quality, boost productivity, reduce costs, and secure a strong position in the MRO sector;
  • bring new, competitive service offerings (e.g. performing repair tasks at clients’ locations) to the market faster than the competition, which will give any MRO company the opportunity to create and capture more value in emerging markets;
  • ensure optimal utilization of resources and reduce downtime by simply predicting and planning maintenance events ;
  • streamline business operations by collaborating effectively with partners, suppliers, and customers;
  • benefit from advanced MRO software applications, which enable companies to keep up with the rapid changes of the MRO sector and offer greater value to customers.

With Dynamics AX, a MRO company can make proactive decisions that maximize productivity and prevent breakdown scenarios. Tight integration with existing software solutions eliminates the need to run and maintain multiple separate systems, which enables superior control over teams, work orders, resource allocation, equipment, parts, and costs.

Once Dynamics AX is set up, information starts to flow seamlessly across all modules, in real time. As a result, any maintenance and repair activities can be scheduled accurately; work orders, equipment, parts, personnel, and downtime can be reserved based on up-to-date information; tasks are performed according to a predefined process so that no jobs will be skipped; available resources can be displayed by location, job type, capacity, etc.; and reports can be created at individual (project, equipment, parts, materials, etc.) levels.

Assessing the Impact

The number of southern states investing in advanced manufacturing, maintenance, repair, and overhaul technologies is growing continuously, bringing significant economic benefits to the entire region. As an example, South Carolina has received substantial foreign investments, Tennessee has become famous for its multiple auto-assembly plants, and Georgia has successfully reshored a variety of manufacturing operations back from overseas.

However, Texas is the only state winning gold in most economic categories. That’s because a high number of MROs currently operating in Texas have invested in advanced MRO software solutions. By placing innovation in maintenance, repair, and overhaul among their highest priorities, MRO companies support all manufacturing industry sectors, ranging from food processing to aerospace and defense.

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