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Women in Manufacturing History

Posted by Katie Foley on Jun 14, 2018 11:48:00 AM

When most people think of the manufacturing industry, they think of it as a male dominated field. And in many ways it is – women only make up a third of the workers in the industry. However, women make up about half of the sales and office jobs in manufacturing.

Through working at Visibility, an ERP technology company that serves the manufacturing industry, I have gotten to meet many strong and successful women in manufacturing. Seeing these women break glass ceilings made me wonder – where did women get their start in manufacturing? In this blog we will take a look at the great women in manufacturing history.

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Topics: Manufacturing

What ERP and Parenthood Have in Common: Inventory Control

Posted by Katie Foley on May 11, 2018 3:30:00 PM

I entered the wonderful world of parenthood almost one year ago in June 2017. While on the face parenthood and ERP seem to have nothing in common, after some sleep deprived nights you can start to see some similarities! There are many ERP modules that could simplify my day-to-day life as a new mom so I thought I would start a series of blogs on the various modules as they relate to parenthood. First up, inventory control…

Diapers- check! Wipes- check! Formula- oh no, we’re out of formula! No parent wants to be doing the midnight drive around town to search for that one type of formula that agrees with your baby’s tummy and taste buds.  With the inventory control module, I could keep track of my inventory and associated costs. I could set reminders to order items when they reach a certain level. This would ensure that I have all of the necessary baby supplies in stock and that I am ordering them at the best prices at all times.

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Topics: Manufacturing

Business Process Automation

Posted by John Nugent on May 1, 2018 3:32:47 PM

Business Process Automation is the practice of analyzing, documenting, optimizing and automating business processes. The business process is the flow of information, modified by value-added tasks, that begins with the first contact with a prospective client and continues through delivery of a finished product. Well-developed business processes can create a seamless link from initial client interface through the supply chain. Automation of those processes improves the accuracy of the information transferred and ensures the repeatability of the value-added tasks performed.

The decision to invest in Business Process Automation is significant and often part of a project-based manufacturer's lean initiative. Engineer-to-order companies must consider the value of significantly reducing bidding, engineering and manufacturing cycle times, reducing product rework, and improving customer service and internal communication. There is additional value to the clients of engineer-to-order manufacturers when their product is designed precisely to meet customer requirements and is achieved with high quality and delivered on time and within budget.

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Topics: Manufacturing

ERP Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance 

Posted by John Nugent on Mar 29, 2018 9:56:00 AM

Many manufacturers are public companies, and even more manufacturers are private companies that may one day be acquired by a public company. For some mid-market manufacturers in particular, the ultimate goal may be acquisition by a larger public company.  All of these companies should be aware of and mindful of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and ensure that their ERP software solution includes built in tools to ensure compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley.  In fact, all manufacturers should consider implementing procedures to ensure their compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley in order to meet industry standards regarding best practices.

Individual business processes including management controls are subject to a Sarbanes-Oxley compliance audit. When it comes to Sarbanes-Oxley, ERP software is a tool which, when effectively combined with appropriate procedures specific to an organization, can deliver the necessary management controls to pass Sarbanes-Oxley muster.

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Topics: Manufacturing, ERP

Industry 4.0: How to Implement Industry 4.0

Posted by Katie Foley on Jul 12, 2017 1:00:00 PM

In our second post in our Industry 4.0 series, we will address how your manufacturing company can implement industry 4.0.

Here are the steps your company should consider taking in order to work towards Industry 4.0:

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Topics: Manufacturing

Industry Focus: Capital Equipment ERP

Posted by Scott Cranford on May 4, 2017 1:00:00 PM

This is the fourth in our industry focus series in which we will highlight the customer successes in a specific industry or niche manufacturing segment. We’ll focus on the relevant capital equipment ERP functionality that an industry or market requires and how an ERP solution can address the unique needs of each of those industries. For our fourth edition, we thought we would focus on a bit of a broader segment, that being capital equipment.  In particular, we’ll focus on custom capital equipment; machinery used in the production of other commodities.

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Topics: Manufacturing

Industry Focus - Systems Integrators

Posted by Scott Cranford on Oct 17, 2016 1:26:37 PM

This is the third in our industry focus series in which we will highlight the customer successes in a specific industry or niche manufacturing segment. We’ll focus on the relevant ERP functionality that an industry or market requires and how an ERP solution can address the unique needs of each of those industries. For this edition, we focus on the systems integration or system integrator segment.  

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Topics: Manufacturing

Industry Focus – Converting Machinery

Posted by Scott Cranford on Sep 28, 2016 2:00:00 PM

This is the second in our industry focus series in which we will highlight the customer successes in a specific industry or niche manufacturing segment. We’ll focus on the relevant ERP functionality that an industry or market requires and how an ERP solution can address the unique needs of each of those industries. For our second edition, we thought we would focus on a segment where Visibility has a long track record of success; custom converting machinery manufacturing.

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Topics: Manufacturing

Industry Focus Based ERP: Water Control

Posted by Scott Cranford on Jul 5, 2016 10:30:00 AM

This is the first in our industry focus based ERP series. The series will highlight the customer successes in a specific industry or niche manufacturing segment. We’ll focus on the relevant ERP functionality that an industry or market requires and how an ERP solution can address the unique needs of each of those industries. For our first edition, we thought we would stay local and focus on the requirements of a New England based water control gate system manufacturer.

This particular industry focus article might be of interest to make-to-order and engineer-to-order manufacturing companies who build products for treatment plant operators, municipal water systems, environment control systems, water treatment, wastewater, high-volume agricultural and rural surface water delivery, hydro-power, and flood control management. Companies involved in the manufacture of water control products, sluice gates, penstocks, stop logs, flap gates, mudvalves, engineered water filters, valves and automated controls can see great value and benefit in a deployment of an ERP system with specific industry functional depth.

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Topics: Manufacturing

Mixed Mode Manufacturing ERP Requirements

Posted by Scott Cranford on Jun 7, 2016 3:01:57 PM

Engineer to Order. Make to Order. Make to Stock. Repetitive. Pure Distribution. Do more than one of these sound familiar? If your manufacturing company fits more than one of these descriptions above, then you are considered to be "mixed mode." 

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Topics: Manufacturing