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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

Manufacturing Trend: Made In The USA

Posted by Jack Saint on Nov 16, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Made in USA!   Offshoring now being outpaced by “Reshoring” and “Newshoring.”

Manufacturing job creation in the US was a thing of the past at the start of this millennium with the advent of offshoring for lower costs and higher productivity driving manufacturing jobs overseas.

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Topics: Manufacturing

Calling all ETO, MTO, and CTO Manufacturers!

Posted by Kelley Gonsalves on Nov 2, 2015 2:00:00 PM

Sitting in meetings and hearing different kinds of descriptions for manufacturing companies provided by different people in different roles within our organization sparked me to ask a question that inadvertently started a debate. My question is, how do manufacturing companies identify themselves?

If asked to describe your company in one word what would you, the manufacturing employee, choose?

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Topics: Manufacturing

ERP for System Integrators - What You Need to Know

Posted by Bernie Nangle on Oct 19, 2015 10:41:00 AM

System integrators design and implement sophisticated control systems for manufacturing, process and other industrial facilities. ERP solutions can optimize the capabilities of SI’s by improving efficiencies and overall business performance.

SI’s should explore ERP packages that come prefigured to fit their company’s needs. Many SI’s are small and the cost of most accounting software beyond lower grade is prohibitive unless there is some super value to it. An ERP package that combines accounting software with enterprise management at an affordable price is crucial to SI success.

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Topics: Manufacturing

Does Your ERP System Meet Today's Growing Compliance Needs?

Posted by Katie Foley on Jul 9, 2015 9:24:57 AM

As the world we live in becomes more and more regulated, manufacturing companies must be especially aware of their compliance needs and have an adequate ERP solution to meet those needs.

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Topics: Manufacturing