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Production input location


The production input location serves as a staging area where the necessary raw materials, semi-finished goods, tools, equipment, or any other items needed for production operations are kept. It is typically located near the production area or assembly line to facilitate easy access and efficient movement of materials during the manufacturing process.

The main purpose of a production input location is to ensure that all the required inputs for production are readily available and properly organised. Having a dedicated location for production inputs helps streamline the material handling and retrieval process, reducing the time and effort required to locate and retrieve the necessary items.

So, before the raw materials can be consumed during the manufacturing process, they usually need to be moved from the bulk storage area to the production input location.


To determine the production input location a hierarchy of rules are used:

  • Firstly, the bill of materials line is checked to see whether the material is required on a specific operation of the works order. If so, then the resource that is specified on that operation is used, otherwise, the resource on the first operation is used. The below screenshot shows a bill of materials, highlighting that material M0008 is required for operation 10.

  • Next, the resource group/resource relation used on the above operation (10) is checked to see if a production input location is specified and if so will be used.

  • If the above is blank, then the resource group will be checked to see if a production input location exists:

  • Finally, if all the others are blank the default location will be taken from the warehouse.

Learning with Microsoft

Further information related to the production input location can be found on Microsoft Learn within the Use warehouse management for manufacturing in Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management learning path via the URL below.

Production input location – Training | Microsoft Learn