During the Install it was mentioned how each machine centre you have within your Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Environment will be created as a device. The machine centres themselves have an MES FastTab to depict how in the portal you may want each machine centre to function.

To get to your machine Centres click on the Search and navigate to Machine Centers

Once on the Machine Centre list highlight any of the machines centres and click into it to open up the Machine Center Card at the bottom of the screen you will see a FastTab called MES.

On the FastTab there are several fields which you can enabled and change depending on how you would like that Machine to work.

You can choose to change the setting Prod Order Presentation. During the initial setup of the device, to begin the output process the user will be presented with a list of routing lines, which in turn identifies the production orders those routing lines belong to.

By default, this field is set to Prompt (per machine centre) which means the operator will be presented with a list of routing lines, through production orders which need to be completed. If you change the machine centre to be Automatic, then the operator will simply be presented with the next routing line not completed for the next production order in the list, not giving them the option to choose specifically which Production Order (routing line) they are going to be working on.

Like the previous field the Process Type can be changed from the default Single Line to All Lines when an operator wants to work on multiple routing lines for the same operation within one production order. For example, several items might be loaded into an oven and be worked on simultaneously. In this scenario, the SFDC operator doesn't want to have to select each prod. order line in isolation or start and stop the machine.

This option can only be ticked when the Machine Centre is set to process Multiple Lines. When this option is ticked the Components, subpage will appear slightly differently. Retrieve the components for all of the prod. order lines that are being worked on but only show each unique item/variant code once. Total the expected quantity (base) from all lines.

When the components are posted, instead of posting item journal lines as usual, the consumption should be recorded in the above table.

Split – Post Consolidate Components -Option to split and post the entries currently being stored in the SFDC Consumptions Entry table. The Qty. to Post on a "Consolidate Components" screen should be split proportional between the prod. order lines.

Show in SFDC Only show machine centres where this is ticked in SFDC.

Confirm Operator on Output - Present the user with a Subform of tiles of the operators currently assigned to the prod. order routing line. Ask them to select the (one) operator who has worked on the output.

Show Prod Order from Work Ctr- by setting this to an option other than Default it will overwrite whether you have this option switched on or not per machine centre.

The final setting is Use Production Groups, this can be a global setting done in SFDC or at machine Centre level. The idea behind Production groups is that an operator may want to work on multiple routing lines from multiple production orders on one machine centre. We don’t do any further setup as part of the product other than this tick box or the Portal Framework Data Type (Prod_Group) instead a developer would need to tie into the events we supply to make this work. First determining the Prod Groups and then the routing lines belonging to those groups.

An MES Task List is available to view from the ribbon by clicking onto the Navigate tab and then Planning:

This shows a list of production orders currently assigned to the selected Machine Centre presenting information such as the order Status, Operation No., Output Quantity base, as well as Start and End dates/times.