A lot of poeple have asked me what can process manfuacturing do in Dynamics AX2012? This post will hopefully serve the purpose.
Process manufacturers deal with resource rich industries on buy side and with aggregators & retailers on sell side, both having larger bargaining power. The constant squeeze between two powerful groups’ reduces already thin margins and this is likely to exacerbate for US & Western European manufacturers in the coming years as manufacturers in the emerging markets stake their claim for even larger share of the pie.
Process manufacturers therefore continuously need to reduce costs, improve quality & maintain security standards to be able to keep their margins in the markets that are important to them.
Process Manufacturing for Microsoft Dynamics® AX 2012 (formerly known as process industries or PI) gives process manufacturers a low cost solution that can model lean, discrete & process manufacturing in one box, is versatile & flexible to model new organizations, products or processes, supports most common multi-X scenarios and can be extended to support specific vertical requirements without the need of additional IT investments.
Process Manufacturing for Microsoft Dynamics® AX 2012 enables manufacturers and distributors of natural, industrial or consumer packaged products to control costs, increase profitability, maintain stringent quality standards and manage compliance using a familiar user interface on an advanced technology platform with cost of ownership that is significantly lower than the competition.
Process manufacturing for Microsoft Dynamics® AX2012 is available in two different SKUs. Process Manufacturing logistics is targeted at customers who would like to automate their distribution processes for products that are usually manufactured in a batch or semi-continuous processing environment. Process Manufacturing production is targeted at customers who would like to automate their batch or semi-continuous manufacturing processes. Process manufacturing logistics SKU is a pre-requisite for process manufacturing production SKU.
Both SKUs contain enough functionality that can also address some needs of customers with discrete manufacturing environment. Key functionalities enabled by process manufacturing are:
SKU 1- Process manufacturing production
Process manufacturing production for Microsoft Dynamics® AX 2012 enables manufacturers of processed goods to quickly define complex formulae, to accurately control production costs, to easily model discrete & process production scenarios and to switch between make or buy decisions with agility.
SKU2 - Process manufacturing logistics
Process manufacturing logistics for Microsoft Dynamics® AX 2012 enables distributors of processed goods to forecast and plan supply & demand and to manage procurement & sales in dual units of measure natural or consumer packaged products with short or long shelf life while meeting strict quality standards, complying with regulatory requirements & providing visibility into profitability for the distributor.
DUAL UNITS OF MEASURE MANAGEMENT (CATCH WEIGHT)
SHELF LIFE MANAGEMENT
REGULATORY COMPLIANCE MANAGEMENT
COMMODITY PRICING MANAGEMENT
You can find more detail about how to use process manufacturing capabilities in the product on technet