Manufacturing Data: What You Should Collect & Analyze

    By Nick Mendolia on 7/24/19 10:00 AM

     

    Manufacturing data

    Where do I start?

    With the continuous evolution of modern ERP software solutions, there is a growing number of manufacturing data collection and analysis options available to you. In this article, we’ll discuss a few manufacturing data points that provide a good overall view of your performance and how they fit together.

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    Digital Transformation in Manufacturing: What Is It?

    By Jack Shannon on 7/17/19 10:00 AM

     

    Digitial transformation

    Just what is digital transformation?

    For a while now, I’ve been hearing the term “digital transformation”; but I never really thought about it. Usually, when I hear the same term over and over, I can figure out its meaning by the context in how it’s used. That was not the case here. I never asked the person using the term because I didn’t want to look stupid. Of course, pretending you know something when you don’t is the ultimate in stupidly, so I Googled it. Here is the definition according to i-SCOOP's website:

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    How to Measure the On-Time Delivery KPI

    By Jack Shannon on 6/26/19 10:00 AM

    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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    Build A Sound Process for Manufacturing Capacity Planning

    By Bryan Foshee on 6/19/19 10:00 AM

    What is capacity planning?

    Capacity planning is almost always involved, whether directly or indirectly, with the work Visual South does with manufacturing companies. Over the years, we’ve learned the best processes for capacity planning, but let’s first define the term, so we all begin on the same page.

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    6 Shop Floor Management Techniques Learned From 30 Years of Experience

    By Jack Shannon on 6/12/19 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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    A Business Process Documentation Template for Manufacturing

    By Bryan Foshee on 6/5/19 10:00 AM

    The case for having documentation

    At Visual South, we always recommend that our customers have solid business process documentation templates. Companies often have written procedures for quality control, human resources, safety, and the like, but not always for enterprise resource planning. Not having processes documented for your ERP software creates risk that can have disruptive effects and negatively impact the bottom line.

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    3 Common Visual ERP Trainings That Make a Big Impact

    By Nick Mendolia on 5/29/19 10:00 AM

    Infor VISUAL ERP Training

    As with any modern ERP software solution, getting the proper training on specific functional modules is necessary for initial and continued success. During implementation, you should be trained in all areas of the application.  However, for companies that have been using the VISUAL solution for some time, there are certain modules that we at Visual South recommend you take refresher courses on every so often.

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    How to Reduce Manufacturing Lead Time by Optimizing Your ERP

    By Tim O'Brien on 5/22/19 10:00 AM

    Reducing Manufacturing Lead Time

    Many of the manufacturers our team speaks with have put improving lead time at the top of their priority list. That’s no big surprise—lead time can be a determinant in winning new customers, driving business growth, and achieving on-time delivery.

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    How to Fine Tune Your ERP Production Planning

    By Nick Mendolia on 5/8/19 10:00 AM

    ERP production planning options

    All modern ERP manufacturing solutions contain planning modules to assist in managing your inventory, supply chain, and production scheduling. But how each solution helps you perform these functions can differ. To begin, let’s review two of the common modules you would likely use for ERP in production planning:

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    How ERP Customization Can Lead to Major Issues

    By Tim O'Brien on 5/1/19 10:00 AM

    Things to Consider Before Customizing ERP Software

    We have helped hundreds of manufacturers implement and optimize operations with their ERP systems. Often there are functional gaps between the ERP software and the business requirements of the customer. When this situation arises, we have a couple of options to close the gaps, such as using the development toolset to add functionality or develop a bolt-on application. Some consider this approach customization.

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