Manufacturing Variance Analysis: How & Why to Run One

    By Jack Shannon on 11/20/19 10:00 AM

    A simple concept

    Measure what you want to improve. Six simple words, but put together they convey a powerful concept that can transform manufacturing companies. (Point of reference: Visual South works with small to medium-sized manufactures that use work orders.) It’s a basic concept that’s hard to argue with: Collect data, see where the data leads you, and make changes that have a positive impact on the data. Repeat often.

    Continue Reading

    Standard Cost vs. Actual Cost in a Work-Order-Driven Manufacturing Company

    By Jack Shannon on 10/30/19 10:00 AM

    The difference between standard and actual cost

    Before I get into the best costing methodology for a work-order-driven manufacturing company, let me define both methods. With standard cost versus actual cost, the discussion centers around how the ERP system values an inventory or labor transaction. Here is how the different costing methods calculate the value of the transactions.

    Continue Reading

    How to Match ERP Training Types with Business Problems

    By Tim O'Brien on 10/23/19 10:00 AM

    How to Successfully Apply ERP Training

    ERP users run the spectrum in regard to their ability to properly use their current system. Some are Jedi masters, many are proficient, and others know only the basics. Oftentimes, a user’s ability is directly related to their role in the organization and amount of training they’ve received on their ERP system.

    Continue Reading

    Buying a Stand-Alone Software Solution to Create a Manufacturing Production Schedule is a Flawed Strategy

    By Jack Shannon on 10/9/19 10:00 AM

    A scheduling pressure cooker

    I used to be a plant manager, an operations manager, and a supervisor. I understand the importance of on-time delivery. If a company I worked for wasn’t tracking it, I started to. Anyone who reported to me also knew the importance of on-time delivery.

    Continue Reading

    ERP for Manufacturers in the Aerospace Industry

    By Tim O'Brien on 10/2/19 10:00 AM

    Aerospace ERP must have traceability

    Aerospace and defense customers need ERP with industry-specific functional attributes to help them comply with mandatory regulations. For that reason, ERP for the aerospace industry includes the standard functionality provided in general manufacturing systems, plus additional tools. In this article, I focus on one of the most important functional areas for those who are evaluating or seeking to improve their aerospace ERP software.

    Continue Reading

    3 Manufacturing Efficiency Metrics & KPIs

    By Jack Shannon on 9/25/19 10:00 AM

    Production performance metrics

    Visual South works with manufacturers who use work orders, so this article focuses on job shops and discreet manufacturers. In this type of environment, production’s job is to deliver a certain quantity of a certain product. There is a defined start and a defined finish. Maybe production has made it before, maybe they haven’t. They may make it again, they may not.

    Continue Reading

    Why Doing Material Requirements Planning in Excel is Doomed to Fail

    By Jack Shannon on 9/11/19 10:00 AM

    Spreadsheets are cool

    Let me start out by saying I like spreadsheets. I use Excel to analyze data, create different scenarios, communicate ideas, etc. Excel is on every computer I own. I really can’t imagine not being able to use Excel in my daily life.

    Continue Reading

    Engineer-to-Order Examples in CloudSuite Industrial

    By Tim O'Brien on 9/4/19 10:00 AM

    Engineer-to-order manufacturers are unique

    Engineer-to-order manufacturers seldom make the same product twice, which makes them unique when compared with their make-to-stock and make-to-order counterparts.

    These engineer-to-order manufacturers are project oriented and manage front-end loaded engineering efforts. They handle manufacturing processes, actual costing environments, potentially unique revenue recognition requirements, and installation and potential after-market service requirements.

    Continue Reading

    Benefits of CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine) on the Shop Floor

    By Tim O'Brien on 8/28/19 10:00 AM

    Shop floor execution for to order manufacturers

    Infor CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine) is a purpose-built ERP application for those in the discrete manufacturing sector, with specific focus on To Order manufacturers and mixed-mode manufacturers that build to order and to stock. If your company fits within these categories, there are many benefits of using Infor CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine) ERP on the shop floor, as well as throughout the entire organization.  

    Continue Reading

    Explaining Infor’s Business Intelligence Tool, Birst

    By Bryan Foshee on 8/21/19 10:00 AM

    What is Business Intelligence?

    The software industry has no shortage of terms and acronyms, so before we talk about Infor’s Business Intelligence Tool (thats called “Birst”), what is Business Intelligence (or “BI”)? Business Intelligence refers to solutions and processes that support the gathering, analysis, integration, and presentation of business information. Business Intelligence tools help companies understand their business better, and enable their employees to make better decisions because they have the information they need. At its most basic level, Business Intelligence is what is commonly referred to as “reporting”, like a bookings report, a purchase orders due for receipt report, for example. Business Intelligence solutions take reporting to the next level by making the data easier to consume for end users, easier to analyze, and easier to get answers to difficult questions.

    Continue Reading