Shop Floor Scheduling in ERP Systems

    By Bryan Foshee on 10/21/20 10:00 AM

    Scheduling in your ERP is a great goal

    I have been in the ERP world for close to 25 years, both as a consultant and salesperson. I’ve seen companies buy ERP for many reasons, but usually the driving factor has something to do with being able to use the system to schedule their shop floor. This is a fantastic goal. Not because shop floor scheduling with ERP sounds cool, but because to do it, you have to be good. Really good. The reason being that if you are going to have an algorithm in the software help you make valid decisions; you have to give it valid input. And that valid input has to come from almost every functional area in your organization. Everyone has to be on board!

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    Are You Getting the Most Out of Your ERP?

    By Jack Shannon on 9/28/20 2:18 PM

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    Hi, I'm Jack Shannon. Are you getting the most out of your ERP? More importantly, how do you know if you're getting the most out of your ERP?

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    What Does the Infor OS Do?

    By Tim O'Brien on 9/23/20 10:00 AM

    Infor OS overview

    The Infor Operating Service (or Infor OS) is a cloud innovation platform of Infor-built applications that significantly enhance CloudSuite ERP, and is included with the CloudSuite ERP subscription. Infor OS is composed of many applications that allow CloudSuite customers to maximize the use of their purpose-built ERP.

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    The Infor VISUAL Time and Attendance Function that Benefits Almost Every Manufacturer

    By Bryan Foshee on 9/16/20 10:00 AM

    Some background before we begin

    The ability to understand your costs, manage your capacity, and accurately quote all depend on knowing what your labor costs are for each work order. Infor VISUAL customers typically use the labor barcoding functionality, or the brand-new Shop Floor Mobile solution to capture labor on their work orders. (If you would like to learn more about Shop Floor Mobile, click here to view a demo of each module.)

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    3 ERP Blogs to Start Reading Today

    By Bryan Foshee on 9/2/20 10:00 AM

    Some background before we begin

    There is no shortage of information about ERP on the internet, that’s for sure. If you are evaluating ERP, all that information can be a bit overwhelming. I frequently work with companies that are in this situation and spend a lot of time educating people about ERP software, how it is sold, what to look out for, and so on. Being an educated consumer is extremely important when it comes to ERP and blogs are a great (and free) way to educate yourself.

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    Two Important U.S. Manufacturing Trends for 2020 & Beyond

    By Tim O'Brien on 8/26/20 10:00 AM

    Important statistics and trends for manufacturers

    For this article, my focus is on where many small and emerging manufacturers are truly trending based on my experience in the industry. Specifically, on how these small manufacturers are doing in the framework of Industry 4.0 or the fourth Industrial Revolution. Some manufacturers are moving to adopt components of Industry 4.0, such as the Internet of Things, machine learning, mobile devices, data collection and analysis, and digitalization. Others are not.

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    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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    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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