Is There a Best ERP for Manufacturing? Not Really.

    By Jack Shannon on 9/26/22 10:00 AM

    We’re good, but are we the best?

    Visual South sells ERP for manufacturing-centric companies. More specifically, we sell Infor CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine) and Infor VISUAL ERP. My experience with VISUAL goes back decades: When I was a plant manager, I bought and implemented VISUAL; I was a VISUAL consultant for years; and I’ve taken deep dives into CloudSuite Industrial.

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    ERP Requirements for Sign Manufacturers

    By Tim O'Brien on 9/14/22 10:00 AM

    Sign manufacturers have specific business system needs

    What sign manufacturers have in common with other types of manufacturers is that they have to plan for material requirements, schedule jobs, and execute the production of those jobs. That being said, sign manufacturers have numerous requirements and needs that are unique to their industry. In this article, we’ll review how those unique requirements can be addressed with sign industry software, or sign manufacturing software.

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    How to Select a Mixed Mode Manufacturing ERP

    By Bryan Foshee on 8/17/22 10:00 AM

    What is mixed mode manufacturing?

    A mixed mode manufacturer is a company that does not have a single manufacturing process. It is typically a combination of one or more of the following modes of manufacturing:

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    Discrete Manufacturing Systems: High-Level Requirements

    By Tim O'Brien on 8/10/22 10:00 AM

    Discrete Manufacturing

    Discrete manufacturing differs from primary modes of manufacturing in the following areas:

    • Repetitive manufacturing
    • Process manufacturing (continuous & batch)
    • Job shop manufacturing

    Discrete manufacturers typically have production lines or areas where the finished good is produced in a non-continuous process. In addition, they are often categorized as “to order” manufacturers, with mixed mode components when there is a make-to-stock or forecast demand to be addressed.

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    ERP Software for SMBs: A Guide

    By Bryan Foshee on 6/30/22 10:00 AM

    One size does not fit all

    If you are a small to medium-sized business (SMB), then you know you have unique needs when compared to a large company. This is especially true when it comes to evaluating ERP solutions for SMBs.

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    How to Select Discrete Manufacturing ERP Software

    By Tim O'Brien on 6/15/22 10:00 AM

    Address your business issues

    When selecting discrete manufacturing ERP software, choose an application that addresses your business issues. That should be the primary goal of an ERP evaluation, but we often see the focus of the evaluation shift to matters that truly do not impact the business. Cool features can distract you from picking an application that can help discrete manufacturers manage their business better. That’s why a plan is needed that includes an ERP Evaluation Checklist.

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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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    Infor CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine) Review

    By Tim O'Brien on 6/3/22 8:56 AM

     

    What is Infor SyteLine ERP software?

    Infor SyteLine ERP software (also known as Infor CloudSuite Industrial or CSI when deployed in the Amazon cloud) 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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    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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    Engineer-to-Order ERP Software – An Executive Summary

    By Tim O'Brien on 5/11/22 10:00 AM

    Specialized ERP is needed to address engineer-to-order requirements

    Not all ERP systems are designed with the capabilities to address the somewhat unique requirements for manufacturing organizations that specialize in engineer-to-order products. There are significant differences in the business requirements of engineer-to-order manufacturers, compared to those of repetitive, make-to-stock, mixed mode, and even make-to-order manufacturers. The key difference is that engineer-to-order companies may build a specific design and configuration only once. That’s it. You need engineer-to-order manufacturing software to be able to accommodate the unique requirements of creating singular products.

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