Manufacturing Data: What You Should Collect & Analyze

    By Nick Mendolia on 3/13/19 10:00 AM

     

    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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    Thinking About Hiring a Scheduler So You Can Use VISUAL ERP Scheduling?

    By Jack Shannon on 3/10/19 11:10 AM

    Chances are good you don't need to hire someone

    I have a certain passion for helping companies manage their capacity by scheduling properly. In this blog post, I’m going to discuss a common thought process companies go through to finally get to the point of using VISUAL to schedule their shop floor: They need to hire a Scheduler. Put someone in charge and have them get the company to the promised land of scheduling properly. It sounds reasonable, but in my experience, it’s a misguided strategy. Let me explain why.

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    VISUAL ERP Scheduling Workshop

    By Jack Shannon on 3/10/19 11:09 AM

    I used VISUAL ERP scheduling

    When I was a Plant Manager at a rotary die manufacturer in 1994, I bought VISUAL. The biggest problem I was trying to solve was scheduling the shop floor. We were in an industry that demanded 2-4 day lead times. Everything we did was custom; each work order had around 20 operations. It was rare for me to get a question about our ability to produce a die, because we had all the right type of fabricating equipment to produce a die. The real question was if we could produce it in the lead time the customer provided. In other words, did we have enough open capacity to do what the customer wanted us to do?

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    Manufacturing Database Backup Strategy for Companies Without IT Teams

    By Nick Mendolia on 3/6/19 10:00 AM

    Intended audience

    As an ERP vendor for small and medium-sized manufacturers, we see a wide variety of tactics when it comes to managing information technologies. Some companies have a dedicated IT staff whose sole responsibility is keeping all servers, clients, networks, applications, and other related systems up and running. These companies typically also have a database administrator who insures all critical databases are properly backed up and maintained. However, we also commonly see manufacturers put less emphasis on IT. In other words, someone has been designated as the “IT” person, yet that is not their primary role.

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    Is Big Data in Manufacturing a New Buzzword or a New Tool?

    By Tim O'Brien on 2/27/19 10:00 AM

    What is big data?

    The term big data may mean different things to different people and organizations.

    Google’s dictionary defines big data as “extremely large data sets that may be analyzed computationally to reveal patterns, trends, and associations, especially relating to human behavior and interactions.”

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    CloudSuite Industrial: Will It Help You Get Control?

    By Tim O'Brien on 2/20/19 10:01 AM

    Infor CloudSuite Industrial Enterprise Resource Planning Software

    Infor CloudSuite Industrial Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software is Infor’s leading solution for small- to medium-size manufacturers. If your manufacturing company has an annual revenue ranging from $10 million to $250 million, then CloudSuite Industrial may be a good fit for your business requirements. Thousands of customers use the Infor CloudSuite Industrial (formerly known as Syteline) worldwide. In fact, it is often independently ranked among the top three ERP solutions available for SMB manufacturing companies.

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    How to Structure your Manufacturing Capacity Planning to Work in Any Software

    By Nick Mendolia on 2/13/19 10:00 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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    The Most Important Updates from the Infor VISUAL ERP 9.0 Release

    By Bryan Foshee on 1/30/19 10:00 AM

    Some quick facts first

    VISUAL ERP Version 9.0 is an underlying technology upgrade. When an entire technology platform is upgraded, the version will change by a whole number (like 7.0, 8.0, or 9.0). When updates are made on an existing technology platform, it’s considered an intermittent release and will use decimals for the version, such as 7.1.2. 

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    Infor SyteLine Review

    By Tim O'Brien on 1/16/19 10:00 AM

    What is Infor SyteLine enterprise resource planning (ERP) software?

    Infor SyteLine (recently rebranded as Infor CloudSuite Industrial or CSI) ERP software is Infor’s ERP offering for small and medium-sized manufacturers and distributors. For more than 30 years, SyteLine has been used by manufacturing-centric companies for managing their business activities. SyteLine scales from as small as a 15-user single site up to hundreds of users across multiple sites, divisions, and multiple companies.

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    4 Questions to Ask to Get the Right ERP System

    By Tim O'Brien on 1/9/19 10:00 AM

    ERP software evaluations provide answers to your questions

    Visual South assists companies with ERP system evaluations and implementations every day, and has since 1993. It’s what we do and we have been through the ERP evaluation process hundreds of times.

    However, many customers may only evaluate ERP software every 10 to 15 years. The ERP selection team members may have never evaluated software, or may have done so only once before. This leads to the development of many different processes -- some are good and others not so good. The Visual South team can help regardless.

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