Lean Manufacturing Solutions

Dynamics AX Integrated Lean Manufacturing Tools & Services

Simply put, Lean is a disciplined method of eliminating waste from manufacturing processes.

“Waste” is another way of saying “inefficiency”. Inefficiency that leads to high rates of manufacturing defects, excess inventory, overproduction and more.

For manufacturers dealing with numerous vendors, multiple interfaces, complex information flows and asynchronous processing, poor visibility into orders, materials, and production can hide a lot of small inefficiencies that add up to big costs.

With the right technology tools and Lean practices, manufacturers can systematically identify and eliminate plant floor inefficiencies. And that means lower costs, better customer service and bigger profits.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 provides fully integrated Lean tools that deliver the specific functionality, information access, and process flexibility required to support Lean manufacturing. With mcaConnect Lean specialists, you get the targeted domain expertise you need to integrate Lean practices into your operations and fully leverage those tools.


Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 supports high mix/low volume lean manufacturing operations.

Lean Manufacturing in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 supports kanban, kaizen, heijunka-board production leveling, just-in-time operations, and other key Lean techniques and tactics.

Sales-Based Scheduling

  • Establish takt time and drive production directly from customer orders using sales scheduling over multiple time horizons based on fixed, tentative, and forecast commitments.
  • Establish ability-to-supply and automate customer confirmations or order modifications.
  • Eliminate handling of physical sales orders with call-off functionality linked to production pull signals.
  • Complete configured orders with unique bills and routings using one-time kanbans.

Demand-Pull Production Support

  • Invoke production leveling and sequencing tools such as Heijunka boards, constraint loading, and splitting/slotting to improve production flow and accommodate demand spikes.
  • Eliminate separate production orders and generate assembly or production schedules right from sales orders, then view schedules from book-to-order or cumulative perspectives.

Kanban Management

  • Employ both point-of-use and pull-on-demand Kanbans in production, supplier, and supermarket replenishment systems.
  • Set both the quantity and level of Kanbans on a production cell and select from a variety of triggers, including manual reduction, electronic counters, and back-flushing upon work completion.
  • Easily monitor Kanban status with at-a-glance visual representations to facilitate flow and minimize buffers.
  • Attain full support for out-plant operations with kanbans.

Value Stream Approach

  • Define production flows with activities to support flow operations that fully integrate with shop calendars and employee information.
  • Support production flows by product family with averages and item-specific exceptions.

Enterprise Integration

  • Complete integration with full inventory management, customer service, and financial functions, including full back-flushing of materials and labor.
  • Integrate MRP for long-term procurement seamlessly with lean for pull oriented execution.
  • Integrate with enterprise engineering systems for master data management.
  • Achieve demand-driven production – Improve process flows and reduce waste with powerful tools for production cell organization, sales scheduling, direct production initiation, production leveling and synchronization, and preconfigured materials routing.
  • Increase replenishment efficiency – Implement production, supplier and/or supermarket Kanban systems for any combination of make to stock, make to order, and traditional manufacturing integration to support you as you transition to lean value streams. 
  • Accelerate continuous improvement – Accelerate process redesign by implementing mcaConnect’s Areteium product, which allows customers to quickly convert their current environment into efficient value streams.
  • Eliminate bottlenecks and identify improvement opportunities – Enhance visibility, assess true costs, and provide critical information to those best positioned to make decisions and improve processes.
  • Free people for higher-value activities – Reduce complexity, save time, and optimize resources by automating routine business processes and eliminating manual handling. Full integration with bar-code and scanning makes electronic completion of kanbans and lean operations fast and error-proof.

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