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VMNEUG Meeting – June 13, 2024

VMNEUG Meeting – June 13, 2024

Get ready for an enriching experience at the upcoming VMNEUG User Group meeting! Scheduled for June 13th, this in-person event is a fantastic opportunity to connect with peers within the VISUAL community. The day includes an exclusive plant tour at E.A. Dion. Don’t miss out on this opportunity for valuable networking and learning. Reserve your spot today — and it’s absolutely free, thanks to the generous sponsorship by WM Synergy & LillyWorks!

Meeting Details:

Date: June 13, 2024 | Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Meeting Location
Elks Lodge
52 Bulfinch Street
North Attleboro, MA  02760

Plant Tour Location
E.A. Dion
33 Franklin R. McKay Road
Attleboro, MA 02703

Meeting Agenda

  • 8:30 am – 9:00 am: Registration & Continental Breakfast, sponsored by LillyWorks
  • 9:00 am – 9:50 am: Morning Q&A
  • 9:50 am – 10:00 am: Break
  • 10:00 am – 10:50 am: GER Review
  • 10:50 am – 11:00 am: Break
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Taking A Fresh Look Brings Rewards – Custom Application Review through Process Mapping: Many times in order to move forward we have to take a close look at what we’re doing today. In this session we’ll walk through E.A. Dion’s experience with Process Mapping in order to determine a path forward for their custom applications to set the stage for a VISUAL Upgrade. We’ll cover the reasons why E.A. Dion undertook this project, how we approached the evaluation, and what the next steps will be! Presented by Melissa Carvalho of E.A. Dion, Nichole Ash & Katie Farrand of WM Synergy.
  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch, sponsored by WM Synergy
  • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Comparative Review of Material Planning and Production Scheduling Methods and Techniques: This enlightening session will explore different methodologies in material planning and production scheduling. We will examine the nuances of traditional MRP (Material Requirements Planning) versus DDMRP (Demand Driven MRP), as well as compare traditional Finite Capacity Scheduling with innovative approaches like Drum-Buffer-Rope (DBR) and Protected Flow Manufacturing (PFM). Gain valuable insights into which techniques might best enhance your operational strategies. Presented by Mark Lilly of LillyWorks.
  • 2:00 pm – 2:15 pm: Drive to E.A. Dion
  • 2:15 pm – 4:15 pm: Optional Plant Tour at E.A. Dion: Join us for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the E.A. Dion manufacturing plant. Experienced tour guides will lead groups through the facility, where representatives from various departments will provide insightful overviews of their operations.
  • 4:15 pm – 4:30 pm: Gather in the cafeteria for meeting wrap-up, closing remarks, and group feedback.


Questions? Email michele.shannahan@wm-synergy.com.

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