Jack Shannon

    Jack is the President of Visual South and has been working with the product since 1996 when he bought it in his role as a Plant Manager. Since 1998 he has worked for Visual South with roles in consulting, sales and executive management.

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    How To Measure The On-Time Delivery KPI

    By Jack Shannon on 6/26/19 10:00 AM

    Measure what you want to improve

    There are many opinions as to what key performance indicators (KPIs) should be monitored at a small to medium-sized manufacturing company, but the on-time delivery (OTD) KPI is on everyone’s list. It doesn’t matter if the company is build-to-stock, a job shop, or something in-between; there are many steps in coordinating the production of a product and OTD is a nice summation of manufacturing performance.

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    6 Shop Floor Management Techniques Learned From 30 Years of Experience

    By Jack Shannon on 6/12/19 10:00 AM

    It ain’t easy

    Managing a shop floor is no easy task. Your employees make mistakes, equipment breaks, rush orders slip in, jobs ship late, and days are long. On top of that, there is the constant demand to reduce costs and increase quality. It’s a real pressure cooker.

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    Digital Transformation in Manufacturing: What Is It?

    By Jack Shannon on 5/15/19 10:00 AM

     

    Just what is digital transformation?

    For a while now, I’ve been hearing the term “digital transformation”; but I never really thought about it. Usually, when I hear the same term over and over, I can figure out its meaning by the context in how it’s used. That was not the case here. I never asked the person using the term because I didn’t want to look stupid. Of course, pretending you know something when you don’t is the ultimate in stupidly, so I Googled it. Here is the definition according to i-SCOOP's website:

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    ERP Evaluation & Comparison: A Guide For Switching Systems

    By Jack Shannon on 4/3/19 10:00 AM


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    ERP Implementation Strategy: Advice From 30+ Years of Experience

    By Jack Shannon on 3/27/19 10:00 AM

    Attitude isn’t everything

    I’m a fan of a “can-do” attitude. Having a positive attitude helps you overcome obstacles and get through anything life throws at you. If a new ERP implementation in a manufacturing industry is something life will be throwing at your organization, a can-do attitude is the right attitude for the implementation team to have.

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    Thinking About Hiring a Scheduler So You Can Use VISUAL ERP Scheduling?

    By Jack Shannon on 3/10/19 11:10 AM

    Chances are good you don't need to hire someone

    I have a certain passion for helping companies manage their capacity by scheduling properly. In this blog post, I’m going to discuss a common thought process companies go through to finally get to the point of using VISUAL to schedule their shop floor: They need to hire a Scheduler. Put someone in charge and have them get the company to the promised land of scheduling properly. It sounds reasonable, but in my experience, it’s a misguided strategy. Let me explain why.

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    VISUAL ERP Scheduling Workshop

    By Jack Shannon on 3/10/19 11:09 AM

    I used VISUAL ERP scheduling

    When I was a Plant Manager at a rotary die manufacturer in 1994, I bought VISUAL. The biggest problem I was trying to solve was scheduling the shop floor. We were in an industry that demanded 2-4 day lead times. Everything we did was custom; each work order had around 20 operations. It was rare for me to get a question about our ability to produce a die, because we had all the right type of fabricating equipment to produce a die. The real question was if we could produce it in the lead time the customer provided. In other words, did we have enough open capacity to do what the customer wanted us to do?

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    Visual South's 10 Most Popular ERP Articles From 2018

    By Jack Shannon on 1/2/19 10:00 AM

     

    Enough ERP articles to compose a novel

    We published a lot of blog posts over the last 18 months—85 posts and over 75,000 words, to be specific. (Just for context, the average novel is about 90,000 words, as long as it’s not Harry Potter.) We had a lot to say, and we tried to keep everything relevant and helpful. This is the bar we set for ourselves and I’m proud of the content we published last year.

    Topics: ERP research
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    Why Use ERP's Built-in Functionality?

    By Jack Shannon on 12/12/18 10:00 AM

    Riddle

    If you had to travel from New York City to San Francisco, what’s faster, a jet or a car?

    ♩♫ Jeopardy music ♫♩

    Right now you’re thinking, “The obvious answer is “jet”. But if that’s the right answer, this wouldn’t be a riddle.”

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    What Should Go in Your Weekly Manufacturing Production Report?

    By Jack Shannon on 11/28/18 10:00 AM

    It’s all about the data

    I’m a big believer in measuring what you want to improve. Measuring gives you data, and trends emerge from the data. The trends can be good or bad. Figure out what is causing the good trends, then keep doing that. Maybe you can even find ways to make the good trends better. Figure out what is causing the bad trends, and find ways to stop doing that; or at least minimize it.

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