Use Business Central’s Shop Floor Edge and Ditch Homegrown

By Published On: October 30, 2023Categories: Uncategorized

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In the evolving manufacturing landscape, Shop Floor Insight provides businesses the option to adopt a specialized tool or nurture their homegrown system. This dilemma is understandable, as a homegrown system is tailored to the company’s unique requirements. However, as industries and technology expand and evolve, custom-made tools struggle to remain scalable and flexible, often lacking many comprehensive feature sets.

Enter Shop Floor Insight for Dynamics 365 Business Central: a game-changer that brings more to the table than one might expect.

1. Comprehensive Time and Attendance: Precision vs. Generality

While a homegrown system might offer basic time-tracking capabilities, Shop Floor Insight dives deep. It provides a complete package that doesn’t just log hours but gives insights into overtime, mobile tracking, and more. While your custom tool might give you the ‘what,’ Shop Floor Insight offers the ‘why’ and ‘how,’ paving the way for informed decisions.

2. Efficient Data Capture: The Age of Automation

Barcodes, touch screens, and intuitive UIs are no longer luxuries. They are necessities. Homegrown systems often require manual input, leading to a higher risk of human error. Shop Floor Insight reduces these discrepancies, offering a seamless data capture experience with unmatched accuracy and efficiency.

3. Scheduling and Production: The Bigger Picture

Homegrown solutions sometimes offer scheduling but are often linear and limited in scope. With its advanced production scheduling, Shop Floor Insight allows businesses to see the larger picture, integrating shift scheduling and barcoded production orders. Think of it as the difference between looking through a keyhole and having a panoramic view.

4. Quality Assurance: Proactive vs. Reactive

While in-house systems might help you react to quality issues, our solution empowers you and your team to be proactive. It captures operational data, tracks rework time, and manages quality assurance processes. This helps identify root causes, ensuring the same mistakes aren’t repeated.

5. Real-Time Reporting: Insight On-the-Go

Custom solutions often require constant and repetitive manual collation and analysis. Shop Floor Insight changes that narrative, providing instant insights with its real-time reporting. Whether job progression, costing, or payroll analysis, you get data at your fingertips, integrated seamlessly with Excel and Business Central.

6. Flexibility and Integration: Growing with You

The static nature of homegrown systems means they’re often resistant to change. Shop Floor Insight, however, offers flexible configuration, ensuring it grows with your needs. From payroll rules to multi-level approvals, it’s designed to adapt, something in-house solutions often need help with.

The Bottom Line

Manufacturing businesses have a choice:  remain in the comfort of the familiar or embrace the future’s promise. While homegrown systems might feel like a cozy blanket, it’s crucial to acknowledge their limitations. Shop Floor Insight is not just another tool; it’s a comprehensive solution designed to adapt, evolve, and, most importantly, scale with the ever-changing needs of modern manufacturing.

Ready to embrace the future of manufacturing execution? Dive deeper into what Shop Floor Insight can offer, and discover its transformative impact on your operations. Visit the Shop Floor Insights page or reach out to your Microsoft Partner to join the evolution today!

Written by:  Insight Works