6 Shop Floor Management Techniques Learned From 30 Years of Experience

    By Jack Shannon on 11/16/22 1:36 PM

    It ain’t easy on the shop floor

    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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    What Should Go in Your Weekly Manufacturing Production Report?

    By Jack Shannon on 11/7/22 12:45 AM

    Production reporting is about the data

    I’m a big believer in measuring what you want to improve. Measuring gives you data and you’ll see trends (good or bad) emerge. Figure out what is causing the good trends and 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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    ERP Software Requirements for Make-to-Order vs. Make-to-Stock

    By Tim O'Brien on 10/26/22 10:00 AM

    Differences between make-to-stock and make-to-order manufacturing

    These two manufacturing modes are just what you’d assume. Make-to-stock manufacturing is where finished goods are built to inventory. The demand associated with make-to-stock is typically driven by a forecast. Additionally, a mix of forecasting, inventory quantities driven by planning policies, and actual demand can drive planning and scheduling for make-to-stock manufacturers.

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

    By Jack Shannon on 9/30/22 4:30 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.

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    How to Measure the On-Time Delivery KPI

    By Jack Shannon on 9/29/22 12:14 PM

     

    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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    Manufacturing Process Planning: The Complete Overview

    By Bryan Foshee on 9/7/22 10:00 AM

    An ERP supports manufacturing process

    Manufacturing ERP solutions and manufacturing processes go hand-in-hand. Your manufacturing process is typically defined by how you make what you make: the materials needed, the operations required, and the sequence of those steps. An ERP digitally supports any given manufacturing process by giving users a tool to help them execute, track, and analyze results of that process. When the tool used to support manufacturing process planning changes (like replacing Excel sheets with a new ERP), the processes typically change, too.

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    How to Structure Your Manufacturing Capacity Planning in Any Software

    By Nick Mendolia on 8/31/22 10:30 AM

    Planning for success

    Capacity planning in manufacturing is a big job and sometimes an even bigger headache. The methods we’ve seen used to perform this task include spreadsheets, whiteboards, pencils and paper, a big stick, and ERP software. In many cases, it’s a combination of any of the above.

    In this article, we will explain how to structure your manufacturing capacity planning to work in any software. Our goal is to eliminate the need for using the “non-software” options listed above (although the big stick can usually be reassigned elsewhere effectively).

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    Types of ERP Consultants and Their Roles

    By Tim O'Brien on 7/6/22 10:00 AM

    There are four types of ERP consultants on the Visual South team

    The types of consultants are: project managers, manufacturing consultants, finance consultants, and technical consultants. All of these individuals are typically engaged in a new implementation and used for varying consulting and technical efforts. There are a select number of consultants who are versed on the three primary areas of manufacturing, finance, and technology; we are proud to have these rare talents on the Visual South Professional Services Team. Please remember that the team helping you implement the software is just as important as the software itself . Our consultants exist to coach you on how to successfully use the application.

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    Should a Shop Floor Manager Care About Industry 4.0?

    By Bryan Foshee on 6/8/22 10:00 AM

    A buzzword that’s important for business

    If you are like me when you first heard the term Industry 4.0, you probably said “I didn’t know we had an Industry 1, 2, and 3.0!” The technology world loves its buzzwords, but I don’t mean to be dismissive of it because Industry 4.0 is something that we at Visual South are involved in every day. Let’s start by explaining Industry 4.0 and then talk about what it means to a manufacturing company.

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    How to Measure and Improve Your Manufacturing Process Control

    By Bryan Foshee on 5/18/22 10:00 AM

    Choose the right tools

    At Visual South, we have decades of experience implementing ERP software. I personally have been with Visual South for 20 years, and spend a lot of time working with manufacturing companies. Some of our customers are looking to get the most out of their Infor ERP, while others don’t have a solution and need help evaluating which ERP platform is the best fit for their company. Regardless of where they’re at in their ERP journey, I have found that just about all of these companies are working to have better manufacturing process control. How they do that is highly dependent on the tools they use to manage their business.

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