In a machine shop, you’re only making money when your spindles are cutting chips. Any time a machine is sitting idle, it’s a liability, not an asset. It’s costing you money, not making you money.
How many times has it happened in your shop that you go to set-up a job, only to realize that you’re missing a special tap? Or maybe a thread gage, or a custom ground tool?
As I write this post, the Coronavirus is sweeping the world. Schools, borders, events, gatherings and workplaces are being closed at a rapid pace. It’s an uncertain and ever changing situation.
Written By: Colin Gilchrist, Applications Engineer, Selway Machine Tool Company
The following story is based on an experience I had giving advice to a client last year before I joined Selway Machine Tool Company as an Applications Engineer.
Written by Proshop customer, David Pannell of Faircloth Machine Shop
I will never forget the day that my production manager, who is a friend as well as an employee, and about whom I care a great deal, came into my office and said, “I am dying a little bit every day.” He said this because of the onerous burden that our so-called quality system and so-called ERP software placed on him.
Work instructions are the heart of running a shop, but they can also be a two-edged sword. A client once told me his team pulled printed work instructions from a toolbox.
Discrete manufacturers are too often lumped in with process manufacturers, but you know that your operations are different and require separate support systems. Thankfully, many manufacturing ERPs are now designed specifically with discrete in mind.
Ouch! Missing the mark on time estimates hurts. So fix it. Estimating accurately and pricing work right is critical to the success of every shop. Many shops don’t put enough focus on accurate time estimates and send targets that are too low to the shop.
Here are three indisputable facts about manufacturing employment in 2019: Manufacturing workers are in high demand, and there aren’t enough current employees to fill all the job openings. Young people are not entering the manufacturing workforce at a high enough rate…
A friend of ours, and ProShop customer Joanna Boatwright recently sent us an excerpt of a paper she wrote for a Change Management class. In the paper, she outlines how a fictitious company – Parker Manufacturing, can evolve itself from a traditional organization to a learning organization.