Advanced Interconnections Customer Announcement

Advanced Interconnections Corp. President, Michael J. Murphy, made the following customer announcement on January 26, 2015.

Advanced Interconnections Corp. is excited to announce the launch of our new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, powered by Infor VISUAL, on March 1, 2015. Selected for its lean scheduling and focus on manufacturers who specialize in engineer-to-order (custom) and adjust-to-order (customized) products, VISUAL will replace our current ERP software and many separate databases with one integrated system that will dramatically improve efficiency and response time throughout the company.

The implementation represents the culmination of a year-long business process improvement project which has already achieved a significant increase in on-time delivery and a comprehensive overhaul of our internal data and systems. We look forward to moving into a new project phase in March, leveraging the proven results of more than 5,000 VISUAL implementations across North America, to focus on lead time reduction and continuous improvement.

SmartViews – Report, Analyze, Act!

Are you an IT Professional INUNDATED with requests for report mods? Are you an ERP end-user FRUSTRATED with how long it takes IT to change a simple report for you? Synergy SmartViews allows the users to get the data they want, when they want it, how they want it!

Here what one of our valued customers is saying about it!

“From the very beginning, starting with the concise operation review to the implementation of SmartViews, the process has run ahead of schedule and has been based off the premise that our systems are established with our business in mind, not the other way around.  That was important to us.  This helped to keep my staff engaged and was also a major factor in the success of these changes.   I will say having an integrated software suite is something we didn’t have prior to SmartViews and that was a great deal of our challenge.  It is funny because we just received our permanent license codes for SmartViews yesterday so our seats were inactive this morning.  I overheard my Scheduler saying to my IT Coordinator, “Wow I didn’t realize how much I do in Smartviews until I could not get into it this am”.” – Jaimie Bezanson, Tru Form Precision Manufacturing

See, analyze and track your company’s performance metrics and goals, all at the click of the mouse with SmartViews!

SmartViews is an Online, Realtime, Analytic Decision Support Tool for ERP.  SmartViews comes pre-packaged with over 25 standard views for your company data:

  • Sales
  • Production
  • Planning
  • Purchasing
  • Financials and so much more

Infor Announces “Parallel Tracks” for VISUAL Users

Infor’s CEO Charles Phillips announced at a keynote address for 500 VISUAL users at VISUAL Connect in New Orleans Tuesday, that VISUAL users now have a choice of staying on VISUAL’s current SQL Windows architecture, a platform that will continue to be enhanced and supported indefinitely, or moving to Infor’s Cloudsuite Business product, one of Infor’s new “Infor Xi” cloud-based solution set.  http://www.infor.com/company/news/pressroom/pressreleases/InforXi/

Infor Cloudsuite Business http://www.infor.com/cloud/cloudsuite-business/

will have several major areas of VISUAL incorporated into it such as the Manufacturing Window, Scheduling & Throughput Windows, EasyLean, and Actual Costing functionality.

This new option eliminates the previous mandate for companies to undergo what was previously a forced upgrade to a different technology platform.  Customers wanting to move to the cloud and still retain what they know and love in VISUAL, will be able to utilize the VISUAL functionality that will be incorporated into Cloudsuite Business by mid 2015.

Directly following the announcement, Infor VISUAL Product Manager Rich Lagoy announced many new enhancement initiatives for VISUAL’s next release in productivity, indepth functionality, and scalability including many enhancement requests from User Groups.

Royal Products News: Royal Products holds first Visual ERP Seminar.

05/16/14- ROYAL Products News: ROYAL Products holds first Visual ERP Seminar.

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Hauppauge, NY – On May 16th, 2014 Royal Products of Hauppauge, NY held a Visual ERP Seminar, entitled “Showcasing Achievements, Leveraging the Visual ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software, and Synergy Resources expertise.” For over 60 years, Royal Products has been designing and building precision metalworking accessories to help manufacturers squeeze every last drop of performance out of their machine tools.

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Chris Jakubowsky (left) VP of Operations  leads the seminar discussions and tour of the Royal warehouse and shop floor as he demonstrates the results of the Visual ERP software tools coupled with the Synergy Resources business consulting efforts.

Teaming-up with Synergy Resources, (a professional business improvement services firm) which has helped Royal with employee procedures and training for the world class Visual ERP software.

Royal demonstrated the uses, benefits, and successful results during the last 3+ years of operations. Attended by 10 people from 4 companies from a wide variety of industries, the seminar presented an educational and enlightening approach toward streamlining business processes with the capabilities of the Visual ERP software tools, strategic best practices consulting and hard work.

“Royal Products firmly believes in continuous improvement, that’s why we partner with Synergy, it enables us to continue learning and expand our capabilities. It’s a challenge to stay competitive in the worldwide market, especially from Long Island. That’s why we need the Synergy advantage. Getting the latest techniques and tools are key to improve the operations and remain competitive. These improvements have allowed us to grow without increasing the amount of support staff,” said Chris Jakubowsky. “Holding our costs allows us to be more competitive and win in the marketplace”.

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Kathy Burns (right), IT manager for ROYAL said they have a very complex business, both a full manufacturing company and full distribution operation, filling same day distributor orders, across the globe. Visual is integrated with a WMS system to support its real time pick, pack and shipping operation. Royal’s customer base is with industrial manufacturing industries such as Aerospace, Defense, Medical and Automotive. The Visual ERP system is “flexible off-the-shelf so it allows us to run our business in multiple ways to handle the work more efficiently for each customer’s unique  requirement.” ROYAL  is  an ISO9001 certified and registered firm, with proven track record of performance excellence.

Chris Jakubowsky added that Royal’s specific needs for the Visual ERP system were to manage and improve the operational business needs of the company.

“Visual ERP is a truly integrated system from the sales quote to production. We’ve been aligning our processes and tools so that everyone is integrated and using the ERP allowing for more efficient and productive results,” said Chris Jakubowsky. Royal has been able to continually improve and shorten its order fulfillment time, while increasing the order throughput significantly.

ROYAL likes its ability to have shop workers run several jobs at the same time, and Visual ERP has the sophisticated capabilities to correctly allocate the labor/time across several jobs, and Visual  tracks  and  insures  we  can  maintain profitability. Attendees took advantage of the event, asking Kathy Burns to explain the system’s ease of use and deep functional capabilities, while also answering a wide array of process questions.

Over the years since Visual was implemented, ROYAL steadily increased output, with virtually no added administration costs, remaining fiercely competitive, in a very competitive marketplace.

 


ROYAL Products. Hauppauge, NY
http://www.ROYALPROD.com/

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ROYAL Products America’s Leading Manufacturer of Metalworking Performance Accessories. Royal Products makes performance accessories that improve their customers manufacturing effectiveness, capabilities and competitiveness. The event reiterated the mission statements of the firm;

  • We help manufacturers squeeze every last drop of performance out of their machine tools.
  • We would rather explain price once, than to have to apologize for poor quality time and time again. Quality is the key to everyone’s success.

Royal  Products,  an  ISO  9001  registered  company,  is  an  active  member  of  the  following professional associations: AMTDA, AMT, and ISA.

You are invited to attend the Graphicast Customer Tour!

Showcasing Achievements

LEVERAGING THE VISUAL ERP SUITE

Get an understanding of what Graphicast, Inc. has accomplished using the Visual ERP suite. Graphicast is a job shop producing precision-machined zinc alloy castings. Graphicast has been a Visual user for 15 years and utilizes Easy Lean scheduling and Synergy Resources’ SmartViews to maximize ERP value. Graphicast’s experience will show that Visual ERP is not just for big companies!

Reserve your spot today by clicking here

The agenda will include:

• An overview of Graphicast, Inc.
• Company accomplishments and challenges to overcome
• Achievements with the Visual ERP suite
• Tour of the facility
• Helping you to achieve similar results
• Questions and discussion

Lunch will be served

Understand how with the right effort, tools and expertise you can achieve industry success.

DRT Power Systems holds successful Visual ERP Seminar!

On April 24, 2014 in Agawam, MA, DRT Power Systems held its first VISUAL ERP Seminar, entitled “Showcasing Achievements,  Leveraging the VISUAL ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software, and Synergy Resources’ expertise.”

Brett Vecchiarelli. (above) director for DRT Power Systems leads the seminar discussions and tour of the DRT shop floor as he demonstrates the results of the VISUAL ERP software tools coupled with the Synergy Resources’ Strategic Business Services.

DRT teamed up to hold this seminar with Synergy Resources, (a professional business improvement services firm) which has helped DRT with employee procedures and training for the world class VISUAL ERP software.

DRT demonstrated the uses, benefits, and successful results during the last 12 years of operations. Attended by 12 people from 7 companies from a wide variety of industries, the seminar presented an educational and enlightening approach toward streamlining business processes with the capabilities of the VISUAL ERP software tools, strategic best process consulting and hard work.

“Streamlining means updating and getting the latest tools and technically getting our (company) needs met, to revise and improve the basic operations and every employee’s responsibilities of the company. This allowed us to grow without increasing the amount of support staff,” said Brett Vecchiarelli, “Holding our costs allows us to be more competitive and win in the marketplace.”

Brett said that DRT has a very complex business, involved with both Aerospace and Defense industries, the VISUAL ERP system is “flexible off-the-shelf so it allows us to run our business in multiple ways to handle the work more efficiently for each industries unique requirements.” DRT is an AS9100 certified and registered firm, with proven track record of performance excellence.

Mr. Vecchiarelli added that DRT’s specific needs for the VISUAL ERP system were to manage and improve the operational business needs of the company by utilizing VISUAL for quoting, material, scheduling, financials, quality, and managing its customers ever changing forecasts.

“It’s a truly integrated system from the sales quote to production and quality performance results. We’ve been aligning our processes and tools so that everyone is integrated and using the same system at the same time, allowing for more efficient, consistent productivity and results,” said Mr. Vecchiarelli.  The data once entered during the sales process, can be leveraged throughout the operations, with no re-typing of any data.

DRT looks at its order load frequently leveraging the ERP’s patented software tools capabilities to run several “what if” analysis’s to stay on top of the best profitability and insuring its staffing are always the most productive.

Attendees took advantage of the event, asking Brett to use the system to demonstrate the ease of use and deep functional capabilities of the system, while also answering a wide array of questions.

Over the years since VISUAL was implemented, DRT steadily increased output, with virtually no added administration costs, remaining fiercely competitive, in a very competitive marketplace.

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www.DRTUSA.com

DRT Power Systems provides highly engineered integrated solutions customized to solve difficult challenges for our customers.  DRT Power Systems – OA   manufactures precision machined components and assemblies for a wide variety of aerospace applications. The company occupies a 37,000 square foot facility, located in Agawam, Massachusetts, that houses 21 pieces of CNC Machinery for four & five axis milling and turning, plus additional conventional machines for milling, turning, grinding, and flat lapping. OA is committed to providing defect free products and services to our customer base. Our goal is to exceed customer expectations through a process of continuous quality improvement.

Synergy Driving Performance Improvement

Synergy uses LEAN/TOC/SixSigma principles in conjunction with implementing ERP to drive performance improvement throughout the company.

Below are two articles from a new Synergy customer’s employee newsletter, one in February, the second in March.  They actually created their own internal logo to generate enthusiasm, buy-in and excitement in their company.  Look at the picture of their conference room with all the process mapping complete.   Even before their ERP software is installed on their network, they can already see how it will be used to support their new processes that will drive improvement in their business’ performance in a big way!

Process Mapping Underway with Synergy Resources

Our journey to replace MAX with VISUAL has begun! Already dozens of employees have been involved in the process mapping phase. This is where our consultant from Synergy Resources creates a map of every single step we perform to complete a process, such as issuing a quote to a customer (you might not believe how many separate steps this takes and how many documents we print along the way!). For each process, employees who provide inputs to that process, handle the process, and are at the next stage – i.e. the “customer” of the process, are included in the all-day sessions. Next, we identify approximately how long the “current” process takes in days (or hours). Then the fun begins!

The next step is to outline what we would like the “future state” to look like. And it’s amazing to see how many individual steps we think we can cut out and how much time will be saved. Along the way, our employees are identifying opportunities for improvement that may not need to wait for the software implementation and/or could be considered as continuous improvement ideas for the future. Once everything is reviewed and approved, the folks at Synergy will use the current and future state process maps to set up the new software for us and we will create some Kaizen events to brainstorm ideas on what improvements we can make now, and along the way. An example of a Kaizen event might be to look at the Expedite process – the way we currently ask for estimated or requested ship dates.

We have about 3 more weeks of process mapping ahead. Thank you to everyone for being so helpful and for taking the time necessary to complete the process maps. Together, we’re turning over a new leaf with VISUAL. Successful implementation using Lean principles, will lead to Green in 2014…in the form of increased sales and profitability! $$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Our project leader and I will be coordinating the continuous improvement opportunities. Feel free to ask either of us questions any time.

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Visual Employee Kick-off Meeting

Process mapping is complete! Check out all the hard work of our Process Owners in the conference room photo below and come learn more about what Visual ERP will do for [our company] at the employee kick-off meeting this Thursday at 9:00am in the cafeteria. Refreshments will be served.

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SmartViews Update v3.2.9.0

A new version of SmartViews has been released. Below is an overview highlighting the changes.

Here is the summary list of the changes:

Feature 363 : Within Pivot’s you can now get a Distinct Count (within Totals area, i.e. Count, Sum menu)

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Feature 364 : Report area – users can now share report layout with others without having to export\import

 

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Defect 257 : Fixed typo in error message

Defect 301 : Corrected issue with new license key not being saved to other machines when sync was performed

Defect 304 : Corrected issue when selecting Access as the data source for a view

Defect 305 : Corrected error when in Pivot and trying to un-select Dynamic Fields –> % of Column

Defect 315 : After saving a new dashboard it was not showing up on the menu list until the user closed and logged back in.

 

 

Trial Kit & SmartViews Just Got Better

SmartViews  is one of the products that all businesses need because without analyzing your data, how do they know what their current state is and are they headed to their future state.  Companies underestimate the importance of a centralized analytical tool.  Where can you get a user friendly application that is usable from your shop floor users to executive management?

Trial Kit just had a big release

Some of the big things are

o          Not limited to exploding Work Orders…now exploded Quote Masters or Masters and see your lonest lead-time part

o          Technology update – armed for the future with the latest technology under the hood

o          See your scheduled Start & Finish date right in the BOM window; find your critical path issues

Freeman Marine Equipment, an Advantec Global Innovations company, has a reputation built on providing high-quality doors, hatches and windows for extreme-duty use, especially for the Marine industry.  From U.S. Coast Guard rescue boats, to large yachts, fishing vessels, and many other applications at sea and on land, Freeman Marine manufactures products that are often highly complex, for customers often under tight schedules for building or renovating sea-going vessels.

And it is that complexity that makes tracking parts for hundreds of work orders very, very demanding.  We have to understand the total part supply picture, which in the past has been very difficult because our sub-assemblies often go 4 to 6 levels deep, and we have hundreds of work orders in process at any given time.  We needed a tool that could give us an at-a-glance picture of which parts were constraining production, so we could focus our efforts efficiently

It was a very frustrating effort—until we found Trial Kit.  We were dazzled by being able to see the complete, exploded Bill of Material, color coded to let us know which parts needed attention.  After we implemented, our inventory lead commented, “I got rid of our Excel “hotlist”.

One of the aspects of Synergy Resources that delighted us was how responsive they were to requests for enhancements to Trial Kit.  As a production scheduler who has to quote leadtimes, I was particularly jazzed when Synergy let me know they had enabled the program to function with Engineering Masters as well as Work Orders.  Finally—I can use a “live” tool to figure out if there are any really long-leadtime parts, buried 4 levels down, that need to be taken into account when estimating the lead-time for a product!

The technical skill of the Synergy staff, and the professional quality of the Trial Kit product, make it a pleasure to recommend Trial Kit as a vital tool for any discrete manufacturer who, like Freeman Marine, produces high-quality, complex products for the demanding global market.

Tom Huntford

Production Scheduler / MRP Administrator
Freeman Marine

 

Shouldn’t ERP be Fun?

Playing Tiny Defense the other night, what a silly little game, but fun!

You start out with minimal capabilities, and then as you learn and progress, you gain tools to help in both your defense and offensive tactics and overall strategy.  At the same time, the challenges you face increase in their capabilities and potential threat to your success.

As I was slowly learning the ropes, gaining confidence, making progress, and accumulating more experience and knowledge, the thought occurred to me:

Why shouldn’t ERP be this fun?  Shouldn’t your ERP implementation be able to provide you with immediate feedback as to how your company is doing?  If you have a really excellent implementation of an ERP, you might have a Business Intelligence (BI) tool that is showing you some high-level performance metrics like Sales Bookings, Backlog, Quotes % accepted, On-time delivery, various Quality metrics, etc.  But what about the day-to-day operations folks?  The ones actually making it happen for you on a daily basis?  Shouldn’t they be having fun, too?  Shouldn’t they be experiencing the instant gratification of a job well done?  They shipped an order on-time (or early if the customer will accept it), they received quality parts in the right quantity at the right time from our supplier, they found a way to increase the number of units produced with the same quality in the company’s bottleneck, adding $2/min of throughput to our bottom-line.

Assuming you have a culture where that sort of performance is rewarded, maybe even expected, being able to play the game of improving your company’s performance for the benefit of your customers satisfaction and your stakeholders investment, should be – FUN!

Do you have the tools in place to make working at your company fun and rewarding?

VISUAL ERP

SmartViews

VISUAL Quality