Infor VISUAL - A Comprehensive Manufacturing Solution
Infor VISUAL is an easy-to-implement business system that provides manufacturers and distributors with multiple scheduling options so they can start improving performance right away.
Infor VISUAL provides support for the entire business life-cycle from planning to sourcing, through production and delivery. Over 4,000 businesses worldwide have found that Infor VISUAL offers the ease-of-use to serve the needs of diverse manufacturing business models, including engineer-to-order, make-to-order, configure-to-order, make-to-stock, and assembly-to-order.
Affordable and easy to use, Infor VISUAL incorporates:
- Advanced planning and scheduling (APS)
- Manufacturing execution system (MES)
- Customer relationship management (CRM)
- Quality management
- Lean scheduling
- Project management
Infor VISUAL provides an entirely different approach to shop-floor scheduling that's been refined through years of experience and thousands of successful customer implementations. Infor VISUAL is based on a patented finite scheduling algorithm that accounts for actual capacity, and includes on-hand and expected material availability.
Created specifically for order-driven manufacturing, Infor VISUAL solves issues for various industries, including:
- Discrete general manufacturing
- Automotive—Tier 2, Tier 3
- Industrial equipment and machine manufacturers
- Heavy fabrication
- Specialty vehicles
- Medical devices
What Infor VISUAL Does
Infor VISUAL quickly converts customer requirements into manufacturing requirements and then executes them efficiently. Lean concepts eliminate redundant or wasteful steps that users may be forced to go through with other manufacturing software.
True to its name, Infor VISUAL provides a compelling visual presentation that shows how each part of the manufacturing process relates to the other parts-helping to resolve bottlenecks, schedule effectively, and price jobs accurately.
For manufacturers, Infor VISUAL supports mixed-mode production strategies, including engineer-to-order, make-to-order, assemble-to-order, and make-to-stock. Infor VISUAL also displays all key statistics on a single screen, helping ensure that schedules are met, materials arrive on time, and costs are in line with estimates.
Core modules include:
- Manufacturing Window—Creates an engineering plan or bill of material (BOM) quickly and easily with a full-color, graphical interface, and then uses the design to automatically create a quote and/or work order. Provides a comprehensive view of the materials and operations involved in the engineering process, including both macro and micro views of your business.
- Cost Accounting—Captures costs as changes occur, ensuring up-to-date and accurate costs. Lets you choose between actual costs and standard costs. Links purchases directly to existing work orders through the Purchasing or Manufacturing modules, earmarking costs that are specific to jobs.
- Quoting and Estimating—Creates professional and comprehensive quotations, determines realistic delivery dates based on material and resource availability, and turns quotes into sales orders. Users can create quotes quickly and easily by copying them from another quote, an existing work order, or a BOM, and then modifying the new quote to match customer specifications. Plus, users can estimate costs for material, labor, burden, and outside services, and, once a contract is awarded, automatically create sales and work orders from quotes.
- Order Management—Manages a large volume of customer orders and meets varied fulfillment objectives. Helps users manage customer order allocation and new product deployment planning throughout the supply chain. Also optimizes fulfillment, reduces order processing cycle times, provides cost-effective sourcing of inventory to customer orders, and increases revenue through substitution, cross-selling, and value-added services.
- Contact Center—Retains existing customers and acquires new accounts by tracking everything there is to know about prospects and customers. Schedules activities, assists in sending letters and emails, and keeps detailed notes about conversations with contacts. Provides histories, tasks, and other sales data for every contact, at every account. Accesses important back-office data such as accounts receivable, current part inventory, return material authorization (RMA) status, estimates, sales orders, credit status, and shipments for each customer.
- Purchasing—Coordinates material purchases by providing online decision support that simplifies record keeping. Helps control inventory, enhance cash flow, and shorten delivery times. Handles all types of purchases, including inventoried items, supply items, outside service operations pertaining to a manufacturing order, and subcontracted items that require delivery of components to a vendor. Accommodates drop shipments at locations other than the primary ship-to address, such as warehouses or customer locations. Provides standard form reports such as purchase orders, acknowledgments, and order lists for purchasing personnel, as well as analytical accounts' payable-related reports-including purchase order lists and accrual reports.
- Concurrent Scheduling—Ensures the most efficient use of materials and resources, and provides the necessary information to deliver product on time, with two powerful tools—Global Scheduler and Scheduling Window. Infor10 ERP Express was the first software system to feature concurrent scheduling, which considers both material and capacity constraints when generating shop schedules.
- Material Requirements Planning (MRP)—Manages the balance between supply and demand, providing a comprehensive analysis of your material situation, including the suggested action to restore balance. Suggests when to release supply orders (for either purchased or fabricated parts) based on the most up-to-date supply and demand information available. Also helps reduce inventory, increase manufacturing productivity, and facilitate cash flow.
- Master Production Scheduling (MPS)—Working with MRP, MPS translates business plans, including forecasted demand, into production plans using firm planned orders in a true multi-level, optional component scheduling environment. Drives the manufacturing process, and prevents shortages, costly expediting, last-minute rescheduling, and inefficient allocation of resources.
- Shop Floor Control—Seamlessly integrates all Infor10 ERP Express's features, including inventory control, material and labor tracking and reporting, purchasing, and scheduling. Provides complete control over production operations, eliminating redundant data entry and ensuring consistency and accuracy throughout the shop floor.
- Executive Information System—Allows decision makers to view and analyze key factors and performance trends in the areas of sales, purchasing, production, and finance, and to see both summary and detail-level data. Displays summarized data that reflects the overall status of the enterprise. Spotlights areas that need attention before situations become critical and costly by highlighting key performance indicators. Lets decision makers trace problem areas directly to the source.
- Inventory Control—Provides greater accuracy and immediate access to inventory information throughout the company. Automates part-tracking by adjusting inventory whenever a part transaction occurs. Designates inventory items as purchased, manufactured, stocked, or non-stocked so you can immediately place a purchase order or issue a job order when you need a particular item. Tracks materials and costs on a per-project basis, providing an online, in-depth, time-phased, netting evaluation of the complete supply and demand situation for parts. Provides complete profiles of any part in the system.
- Dimensional Inventory Tracking—Breaks down the total quantity of inventoried parts into various dimensional sizes, providing more control. Calculates the correct total order quantity by making necessary conversions when a specified number of pieces are issued by dimension. Immediately adjusts all values related to a part transaction, so you can purchase, receive, and enter a material requirement simply by entering the number of pieces of material, the required dimensions, and the warehouse location. Also performs a physical inventory of specified numbers of pieces and dimensions.
- Engineering Change Notice—Establishes controls and manages the process of making changes to documents and drawings, parts, BOMs and routings, work orders, and projects.
- Throughput—Measures productivity considering the contribution of a job or product toward company profit, calculated as price of goods sold minus cost to produce. Increases profit by working a schedule that will increase throughput, using measurements not commonly found in ERP and MES systems. Accesses a variety of reports and inquiries: actual or expected throughput reports; and utilization, contention, and material constraint inquiries. Displays "what if" scenarios to help determine whether a request is feasible.
- Workflow—Passes information from one person or department to another through an automated process cycle, integrating policies and procedures with information flow according to predefined conditions or rules. Provides master, predefined, and user-defined workflow templates, ensuring a logical, repeatable flow of data. Releases defined workflows into the ERP Express system, where they operate behind the scenes. Notifies users of tasks and activities that require action. Routes information, such as customer orders, purchase orders, or engineering changes, to internal and external participants in the business process, incorporating approval functions along the way. Allows users to conveniently track and monitor the status of documents.
- Data Import Utility—Provides a BOM and part-import interface for 3PL applications, which must generate a properly formatted flat file. Validates all fields, recalculates required quantities, and produces a log of all transactions during the import process.
- Messages—Transmits important information to appropriate persons, either within or outside the company, using familiar email features. Delivers alerts to user workstations, pagers, cellular phones, printers, and fax machines. Defines important events within the manufacturing process, creating and transmitting messages to key personnel. Allows employees to focus on other business without needing to constantly check in, while ensuring they'll be informed of-and can act on-critical information.
- Management Reporting—Analyzes and manages enterprise and accounting data providing the methodology to build customized queries and forms, define business graphics, and create complex cross-tabular reports. Also helps pinpoint resource contention-otherwise known as bottlenecks-to improve shop floor schedules, increase on-time delivery, and improve profits.
- Return Material Authorization—Manages documents that control the return of parts previously sold and shipped to a customer. Contains an ID status and other identification regarding who is returning the material, and for what purpose.
- Lot and Serial Traceability—Creates trace records for each lot number, serial number, or other grouping of a part, and automatically tracks each part as it flows through your plant. Assigns additional information, including a description, expiration date, and other user-definable fields. Tracks parts from material receipt through product delivery, as well as all intermediate levels. Prompts operators for additional information when receiving and issuing material and reporting labor. Reviews flow of material lots and serialized parts as they move through the manufacturing process.
- Quality control—Makes quality assurance an intrinsic part of your workflow. Establishes, tracks, and manages every engineering activity and supply chain expectation, while supporting business growth and profitability goals. Creates critical manufacturing specifications for products, processes, equipment, and measuring devices, and improves enterprise team collaboration with vendors, customers, and employees. Get tools to automate associated design, pre-production, production, and post-production activities; expertly manage business performance; and easily collect, control, and analyze quality system data.