Production order documentation in AX 2012

I’ve just finished a post about the production order paperwork which can be printed from Microsoft Dynamics AX 365 for Operations / AX 7. We’re still implementing AX 2012, so here are the equivalent reports from AX 2012.

Firstly, in Dynamics AX we have a production order overview, a list of production orders that might serve as a production schedule. Go to Production control > Reports > Transactions > Production overview. The report format looks like this:


Obviously to make this useful you need to filter and sort, using the ‘Select’ option on the parameter form:


Don’t forget that you can also use the Select form to define the sort order for the report (in this case for instance, you’d sort by start date), and you can save your filter queries for re-use:


There are three reports which can be printed when you release a production order:


The Route card report is a list of the production order route operations, and their process descriptions.


The Route jobs report is a list of the jobs associated with the production order route operations, so typically it’s giving a bit more detail about setup vs. process operation jobs.


And the Job card, gives you a single page for each Operation job:


Incidentally, I hope we all realise that a production order route operation ‘Description’ is used for process instructions:


I met a company once that had added BOM lines, each BOM line was one line of their process instructions – and I have no idea why they did that.

So, as you can see, the Route card report, Route jobs report, and Job card report are related to production order operations – and make no mention of the bill of materials / components.

For that we’ll start the production order, create a picking list journal and print the pick list from the picking list journal:


Note that there’s no option to print the route card from the start process, and the Route card isn’t dependant on the route card journal in the same way that the picking list relies on a picking list journal. Regardless, here’s the production order picking list:


Right, well we’ve seen the Route card report (which ignores the components) and the Picking list report (which ignores the route operations), so finally let’s look at the Production order report.


This is normally my candidate for customisation to replace existing production paperwork. We’ve often customised the layout; and added a shortcut button to print the report from the production order details screen; and sometimes created an option to print the report from the production order start process.

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