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The ShopVue-Microsoft Connectors, developed for both Microsoft Great Plains and NAV users, allow you to benefit from a world-class MES that supports your manufacturing operations while providing a seamless integration into your Microsoft environments. ShopVue delivers real-time labor and order tracking, machine monitoring, and full-featured time and attendance in one reliable system that interfaces directly with your Microsoft enterprise system.

ShopVue has been a trusted Microsoft Dynamics partner for over 15 years. Our customers use ShopVue alongside Microsoft Dynamics AX, GP, and NAV, and we’re proud of our many successful implementations in the Microsoft Dynamics communities. ShopVue helps users maximize their Dynamics investment by extending the ERP’s reach to the shop floor.

The ShopVue-MS Connectors

The ShopVue-MS Connectors automatically downloads from Microsoft the necessary information for accurate data collection, order tracking, and efficiency reporting. At the end of shift (after Supervisor approval), he ShopVue-MS Connector  uploads operator information, including direct labor hours and quantities produced and scrapped to Microsoft.

Ultimately, the ShopVue-MS Connectors enable Microsoft to display your updated order status, actual labor, and production quantities.

ShopVue’s Advantages for Microsoft Users

Validation & Error Handling

ShopVue uses production order information from Microsoft  to interactively validate each Operator entry. For example, if ShopVue knows a standard in your Microsoft system is 100 pieces per hour, ShopVue can warn an Operator if she attempts to report a quantity that is less than X percentage (user-defined) of this standard.

The ShopVue-MS Connector validates these entries again when it updates Microsoft through its inherent automatic data collection capabilities . In the unlikely event that an error slips through, the ShopVue-MS Connector returns the error to ShopVue for correction and automatic reposting. The ShopVue-MS Connector can also send automatic email alerts if an error has been detected.

Multi-Company Support

With the ShopVue-MS Connector, you can release Production Orders from different Microsoft companies into the appropriate instance of ShopVue. ShopVue operators and supervisors don’t have to worry about “charging work to the right company”. The ShopVue-MS Connector automatically applies labor transactions to the correct company when exported back to Microsoft.

Changes Only

The Changes Only feature ensures ShopVue will only download new orders and changes to existing orders, limiting network traffic and speeding download time. Seconds after planners input that new “hot job” into Microsoft, operators can begin working on the job in ShopVue.

Automatic Operation

ShopVue-Microsoft interactions happen automatically at frequent intervals. If either system is temporarily unavailable, The ShopVue-MS Connector queues transactions until a connection is reestablished.

Cross-System Activity Summary Report

In addition to standard ShopVue interface error reports, the ShopVue-MS Connector includes a cross system Activity Summary Report to validate that the two systems are in synch.  This report reaches into both ShopVue and Microsoft to compare actual activity reported in ShopVue along with the resulting Microsoft time entries.