Infor Visual Manufacturing Overview

Infor visual manufacturing is a very powerful ERP (enterprise resource planning) solution that is specifically designed for the order-driven manufacturers. This solution greatly helps manufacturers to overcome the numerous complexities of manufacturing like extended supply chains, increasingly restrictive regulations, growing customer pressure, rising globalization and more. With this solution, you can highly focus on introducing new services and products faster and boosting operational efficiency. You will bring much order to all your orders, generate greater revenue and create a process that is more predictable.

Infor Visual Manufacturing Overview

Infor visual manufacturing is a business solution that offers distributors and manufacturers many scheduling options so that they can begin improving performance immediately. This solution is easy to implement, easy to use and it incorporates;

  • Advanced planning and scheduling (APS)
  • Manufacturing execution system (MES)
  • Customer relationship management (CRM)
  • Quality management
  • Lean scheduling
  • Project management
  • Financials
  • Dashboards

This solution is greatly based on a finite, patented scheduling algorithm that accurately accounts for the actual capacity, and also includes expected and on-hand material availability.

Specifically designed for the manufacturers, this solution solves issues for a number of industries, including: Industrial manufacturing, automotive, heavy fabrication, medical devices, aerospace and defense, industrial machinery and equipment and specialty vehicles.

What it does

This solution quickly converts the customer requirements into clear manufacturing requirements and then it executes them efficiently and effectively. The lean concepts eliminate wasteful or redundant steps that manufacturers are forced to go through with some other manufacturing software.

Like its name suggests, this solution provides a very compelling visual presentation which clearly shows how the different parts of manufacturing process relates to each other thus assisting to schedule effectively, price jobs accurately and resolve bottlenecks.

This solution effectively supports the mixed-mode strategies of production, including make-to-order, make-to-stock, engineer-to-order and assemble-to-order. This solution also clearly displays all the key statistics on one screen hence assisting to ensure that costs are perfectly in line with the estimates, timely arrival of materials and schedules are met.

The Capabilities

Infor visual manufacturing capabilities include;

1. Manufacturing visibility

Create an engineering bill of materials (BOM) or plan easily and quickly with a graphical, full-color interface and then use that design to create a work order and /or quote automatically.

2. Cost accounting

Capture all the costs as changes emerge thus ensuring accurate and up-to-date costs.

3. Estimating and quoting

Create comprehensive and professional quotations, determine realistic dates of delivery based on resource and material availability and convert quotes into good sales orders.

4. Order management

Manage numerous customer orders and also meet the varied fulfillment objectives

5. Contact center

Acquire new accounts and retain existing customers by tracking all you require to know about customers and prospects.

6. Purchasing

Coordinate the purchase of materials with clear online decision support which simplifies record keeping.

7. Concurrent scheduling

Ensure that resources and materials are used efficiently and provide the information needed to deliver the products on time.

8. Material requirements planning (MRP)

Manage well the balance between demand and supply using a very comprehensive analysis of the material situation.

9. Shop floor control

Take full control over all the production operations, eliminating any redundant data entry while also ensuring accuracy and consistency throughout your shop floor.

10. Quality management

Establish, track and also manage supply chain expectation and every engineering activity while also supporting business profitability and growth goals. Create important manufacturing specifications for equipment, measuring devices, processes and products and improve the enterprise team collaboration with customers, employees and vendors.

11. Business intelligence

Allow the decision makers to clearly view as well as analyze performance trends and key factors in areas of purchasing, finance, production and sales.

12. Inventory control

Improve accuracy and also gain quick access to the inventory information throughout your company.

13. Engineering change notice

Establish controls and also manage your process of making the necessary changes to drawings and documents, BOMs and routings, projects, parts and work orders.

14. Throughput

Measure productivity by effectively considering contribution of a product or job towards company profit, its calculated as price of sales minus the cost of produce.

15. Workflow

Allow information to flow smoothly from one department or person to another through a good automated process cycle, effectively integrating procedures and policies with the flow of information according to predefined rules and conditions.

16. Data import utility

Generate well formatted files with part-import interface and a BOM for 3PL applications.

17. Messages

Ensure that crucial information is smoothly transmitted to the appropriate persons outside or within the company using very familiar email features.

18. Management reporting

Analyze and manage accounting and enterprise data, define business graphics, build customized forms and queries, and also create detailed cross-tabular reports.

19. Return material authorization (RMA)

Manage the documents that usually control return of previously sold parts and shipped to the customer.

20. Serial and lot traceability

Create good trace record for each serial number, lot number and track each part automatically as it smoothly flows through the plant.

What it Means

With this solution, you will have power to:

  • Plan your production quickly and smoothly without mistakes.
  • Schedule jobs efficiently
  • Make high quality intrinsic, from the design to delivery
  • Provide very confident answers when your customers ask about the dates of delivery
  • Manage your inventory more effectively
  • Deliver amazing consistently profitable results.
  • Manufacture with efficiency and speed that makes the most economical and best use of the resources.


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An important element to success of this solution has been its great ability to keep up the pace with best business practices, new technology and application trends. It’s an end-to-end business solution suite to include: APS, ERP, MES, CRM, WMS, eBusiness and Quality Management all in a single system. This solution is one of very few solutions available in the market that offers 4 different scheduling methodologies in the same product, largely depending on business philosophy or manufacturing need, including: Infinite Capacity Scheduling, Finite Capacity Scheduling, Rate Based Scheduling and Lean Scheduling.

This solution is developed with an amazing long term vision in order to constantly seek the new technologies and best practices to enable the manufactures to effectively compete in the market. Whether it’s an Engineer-to-Order, Configure-to-Order, Make-to-Order, Assemble-to-Order, or Make-to-Stock, this solution can very easily accommodate any of the discrete production environment.

Infor visual manufacturing focuses on innovative production methodologies and best business practices which have enabled very many companies all over the world to increase their operational profitability and performance and improve customer satisfaction.

Brooke Nelson is the Lead Author & Editor of NetSweets. With more than 20,000 customers, NetSuite is a fascinating platform! It is the major player in ERP, CRM, and ecommerce.