Create and modify capabilities for operations resources [AX 2012]

Updated: September 16, 2014

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

Define capabilities to organize the resources for your operation. Resource planning and production scheduling depend on correctly defined capabilities because the requirements of a production are matched with the capabilities of a resource.

You must first create and define a capability and then assign it to one or more resources.

You can create new capabilities to assign to operations resources and update existing capabilities, delete them, or reassign them to other resources.

  1. Click Organization administration > Common > Resources > Resource capabilities.

  2. Click the Capability button or press CTRL+N to create a new capability.

  3. In the Capability field, enter the unique name or identifier of the capability.

  4. In the Description field, enter a description of the capability.

  5. Click Save or press CTRL+S.

A capability must be assigned to a resource. Two different resources can have the same capability, but the specifics, such as grade, priority, or effective date for the capability may be different for the two.

For example, a sheet metal press may have the “Aluminum sheet press” capability assigned and have a grade of 50, whereas an older sheet metal press would have the same capability assigned, but the older sheet metal press can only manage a grade of 30.

NoteNote

A resource can have more than one capability assigned, and a capability can be assigned to more than one resource.

  1. Click Organization administration > Common > Resources > Resource capabilities.

  2. In the Capabilities form, select the capability to assign to a resource.

  3. Click the Resources tab, and then click Add to assign the selected capability to a resource.

  4. In the Resource field, select the resource to assign the capability to.

    Caution noteCaution

    Be sure to assign the correct capabilities to the relevant types of resources, such as Vendor, Human resources, Machine, Tool, or Location.

  5. In the Expiration field, set the last date that the resource can be scheduled for production, based on the assigned capability. After this date has passed, you cannot change the other field values for the capability.

  6. In the Priority field, define the priority of the capability for the selected resource.

  7. In the Level field, set the level of the capability for the selected resource.

You can only change the values in the Level, Priority, and Expiration fields if the expiration date is not passed.

To change the level or priority values of a capability with an expiration date that has passed, you must create a new capability and assign it to the resource with the correct values.

You can delete existing capabilities that have been assigned to resources and that are effective. However, capabilities that exist on a route relation cannot be deleted.

To delete a capability on a route relation, you must first remove the route relation to the capability. You can only delete a capability from a route if the production order has a status of Ended.

  1. Click Organization administration > Common > Resources > Resource capabilities.

  2. In the Capabilities form, select the capability to delete.

  3. Click the Delete button or press ALT+F9.

You can remove a capability that has been assigned to an operations resource even if the date has passed the effective date for the capability. However, capabilities that exist on a route relation cannot be removed.

To remove the capability from a route relation, you must first remove the route relation from the capability. You can only remove a capability from a resource if the capability exists on a production route of a production order if the production order has a status of Ended. However, you can set the expiration date on the capability to yesterday’s date. This has the same effect as removing the capability from the route relation.

  1. Click Organization administration > Common > Resources > Resource capabilities.

  2. In the Capabilities form, select the capability that should no longer be assigned to a resource.

  3. Click the Resources tab and select the resource to remove the capability from.

  4. Click Remove or press ALT+F9.


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