Product builder introduction [AX 2012]

Updated: November 30, 2010

Applies To: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

You can use Product Builder to dynamically configure items, based on a sales order, purchase order, production order, sales quotation, project quotation, or item requirement and a set of modeling variables that are predefined for each item.

Based on a configuration—and from predefined modeling variables—Product Builder automatically generates standard bills of materials and standard routes for the production of each item. This simplifies the job production process and improves the interaction of sales and production.

The method that has been implemented in Product Builder is based on the Object Oriented Analysis. Following this method, an object description is created for each product that is configurable by using the Product Builder.

In an object description, each item is represented by the following attributes:

  • The item variables

  • The rules that govern the connections between variables and calculations

  • The conditions for selecting the item

Before a product model can be created for an item that is to be made configurable, all these parameters must be determined.

In order to realize the potential of Product Builder, previous experience by the user in one or more of the following areas would be valuable:

  • Sales orders, purchase orders, production orders, and sales quotations in Microsoft Dynamics AX

  • Master planning, trade, logistics, production, and bills of materials in Microsoft Dynamics AX

  • Product modeling in general

  • X++ programming in Microsoft Dynamics AX


Announcements: To see known issues and recent fixes, use Issue search in Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services (LCS).

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