Manufacturing Metrics: How to Measure Profitability

    By Tim O'Brien on 7/29/20 10:00 AM

     

    Measuring performance in a manufacturing environment is critical

    How manufacturers measure their performance varies from company to company. We often see companies using manufacturing metrics or KPIs that are not necessarily what they need, but rather what they know can be measured (and trusted). That is a big difference. When the critical determinants for collecting data are largely based on technical infrastructure, discipline, and existing processes, that data might not be exactly what you’re looking for.

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    Your ERP Implementation & Go-Live Date is the Beginning, Not the End

    By Jack Shannon on 6/24/20 10:00 AM

    A little background

    When I started as a plant manager, we were running the business with two software systems. One was a well-known accounting package that did what it was designed to do. The other was a home-grown production system and we had no access to the source code. It was a constant problem. Our IT person spent half of his time keeping it running. For all that effort and cost, all it did was produce various lists of orders we had. We didn’t know our costs, our bottlenecks, or our open capacity. (That’s the short list of information we were missing.) Every decision we made was based on gut feel and inaccurate/bad data. The company knew how to make their product, but they didn’t know how to manage a production floor.

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    How to Use Machine Data to Drive Profitability in Infor VISUAL

    By Tim O'Brien on 5/20/20 10:00 AM

    What is machine data and why does it matter?

    Machine data is feedback that comes directly from the operational resource on the production floor. It is true, real-time data of run rates and cycle times that can provide exceptionally valuable information for companies where managing capacity is critical and actual costs need to be accurate.

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    You Won't Fix Your Manufacturing Production Schedule with a Stand-Alone Tool

    By Jack Shannon on 5/19/20 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.

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    Work Breakdown Structures and Your ERP System

    By Tim O'Brien on 4/22/20 10:00 AM

    What is a work breakdown structure (WBS)?

    A WBS is a framework that defines the deliverable or outcomes of a project. The WBS is a hierarchical view of what can be considered 100 percent of the scope of desired deliverables—all desired results—of the project.

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    How to Make Infor CloudSuite Industrial ERP Work with Your Existing Systems

    By Tim O'Brien on 4/8/20 10:00 AM

    Infor CloudSuite Industrial is integrated with many business systems

    Infor CloudSuite Industrial (CSI) /Syteline ERP is already integrated with many of the common systems used across most enterprises. So, there is minimal effort (if any) to make CloudSuite Industrial work with your existing complimentary business systems and tools. CloudSuite Industrial/Syteline benefits from having thousands of customers and decades of development; the application is built to be deeply integrated with many popular programs.

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    Guide to VISUAL Shop Floor Mobile Licensing

    By Tim O'Brien on 4/1/20 10:30 AM

    This guide will walk you through how to determine your current licensing for VISUAL Shop Floor Mobile Licensing and possible licensing based on desired modules.

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    Digitally Transform Your Processes with VISUAL Shop Floor Mobile

    By Bryan Foshee on 4/1/20 10:00 AM

    What is it?

    VISUAL Shop Floor Mobile (SFM) is a solution that provides mobile functionality in the areas of Labor, Attendance, Materials, and Scheduling from a web application that allows you to deploy it on mobile devices such as scanners, tablets, and mobile phones. It takes the existing VISUAL functionality in these areas, and gives them a technology overhaul which provides a variety of benefits.  Better yet, there is a licensing option that gets you UNLIMITED licenses. These exciting new developments allow you to become more efficient by putting the solution in the hands of more users. The technology uplift allows more cost-effective hardware options, and provides a streamlined, modernized user experience.

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    A List of Manufacturing KPIs to Consider

    By Bryan Foshee on 3/25/20 10:00 AM

    What is a KPI?

    A KPI (key performance indicator) is a measurement of value that manufacturing companies typically identify and track to determine how they are performing in a particular area of operations. KPIs are ideally presented in a dashboard format, giving the user the ability to quickly answer questions like, “How are we are doing?” and “What is causing performance issues”? Think of KPIs as a company or department’s scoreboard showing how well the team is playing in the game.

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    Why You Need Manufacturing ERP Software

    By Tim O'Brien on 3/18/20 10:00 AM

    Manufacturers need specific software to support their operation

    There are many software systems available to help companies execute various functions. For example, our team at Visual South works with many businesses that use QuickBooks and Excel to handle day-to-day operations. However, we often find that these companies—along with similar businesses running legacy systems—are looking for a better way to manage all their processes, especially if they have some form of manufacturing or production requirements.

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