How to Manage Shop Floor Planning and Control

    By Tim O'Brien on 3/24/21 10:00 AM

    Know what to make

    Shop floor operators need to know what to make and when to make it. That sounds simple enough, and it can be with the proper tools. The process really starts upstream with a finely tuned ERP application that is using MRP, Forecasting, and Advanced Planning and Scheduling to properly plan what work orders are needed to meet demand.

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    Don't Do ERP Customization, Do ERP Configuration Instead

    By Bryan Foshee on 2/17/21 10:00 AM

    A little background first

    I have been in the ERP industry for close to 25 years, both as an implementation consultant and a salesperson. For my customers who have been using ERP for decades, as well as those looking for their first ERP, one of the most common discussion points is customization versus configuration. Let’s take a look at each approach, and I will tell you why we recommend one over the other.

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    Electronic Payment Systems & ERP: How to Get Set Up the Right Way

    By Bryan Foshee on 1/13/21 10:00 AM

    How are electronic payments used?

    Electronic payment systems are just what they sound like: a way to send or receive funds online. Depending on your business, you can execute financial transactions electronically through a variety of ways:

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    3 Quality Control Measures In Manufacturing

    By Bryan Foshee on 1/6/21 10:00 AM

    Working toward a quality product

    Manufacturing a quality product is at the top of the list for every manufacturer in order to obtain and keep customers. There are quality control measures that a lot of manufacturers use to control their quality, and a few of them are listed below:

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    What to Expect During an Infor VISUAL Upgrade

    By Bryan Foshee on 12/23/20 10:00 AM

    Why upgrade?

    Your ERP is the systematic backbone of your company, and it is important to get the most value you can from your investment. New releases and versions of VISUAL contain enhanced functionality that can make your company run more efficiently. In addition, VISUAL upgrades allow you to take advantage of new versions of underlying technology, like Windows, server operating systems, and database platforms. Having a regular cadence of upgrading keeps you current and up-to-date with all the latest technology, and reduces your risk of falling behind to an unsupported version of your ERP. At Visual South, we have been performing upgrades for over 25 years, and have developed a successful process that our clients can rely on.

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    Getting the Most Out of Your Manufacturing Capacity

    By Tim O'Brien on 12/16/20 10:00 AM

    Maximizing capacity

    For many reasons, you get a direct return on investment when maximizing your current manufacturing capacity. Capacity planning and production scheduling are prime areas where we help our manufacturing customers. Improving the use of available capacity often transcends ERP software, as having the proper infrastructure in place ensures proper measurements can be taken, and accurate data collected—and that there is a mechanism to balance manufacturing throughput in its truest form.

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    The Importance of ERP Data

    By Bryan Foshee on 12/2/20 10:00 AM

    Some background before we begin

    I work with companies that are in all stages of their ERP journey. Some companies are looking to purchase and implement their first ERP system; they are typically trying to understand what ERP can do, how to evaluate vendors, and dreaming of the “to be” state they are trying to attain. On the other end of the spectrum are companies that have been running ERP for 25 years and longer. These clients are always trying to improve what they have and make themselves a better company. Whether your company is at the same stage as the former, the latter, or is somewhere in between, there is one fundamental truth you need to keep in mind: an ERP system is only as good as the data that is put in it. Let’s get a little background on the types of data an ERP needs before we get in to the importance of the data itself.

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    Are You Considering Going Through an ERP Reimplementation?

    By Jack Shannon on 11/25/20 10:00 AM

     

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    Hi, I'm Jack Shannon. Are you thinking you're not getting as much out of your ERP as you should be? Perhaps you've even thought about reimplementing. Well, let's talk about that.

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    The Best Features of VISUAL Time and Attendance

    By Bryan Foshee on 11/11/20 10:00 AM

    What is VISUAL Time and Attendance (VTA)?

    VTA is exactly what it sounds like: it is a time and attendance solution for your employees. A lot of VISUAL customers use the labor barcoding or new Shop Floor Mobile applications to track the time of employees doing direct work on jobs. VTA allows you to do the same, plus much, much more!

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    6 Shop Floor Management Techniques Learned From 30 Years of Experience

    By Jack Shannon on 11/5/20 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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