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12 Benefits Of Visual Digital Work Instructions

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.  

How to Select an ERP for Discrete Manufacturing

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.  

17 Reasons to Upgrade Your Shop Floor to Paperless Manufacturing

When people hear the term “paperless,” they typically associate the elimination of this office resource as an act that helps the environment. And while this is true, adopting a paperless manufacturing solution can do so much more.  

Building trust between the estimating department and the shop floor

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.  

4 Steps To Combat Brain Drain in Your 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…  

Building a Learning Organization

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.   

Checklists are Boring…And Incredibly Powerful

Got a checklist? We wouldn’t have designed our Manufacturing ERP without one. Does your ERP system have checklists built into the workflow? Probably not.  

“I came to IMTS because of ProShop”

IMTS 2018 just recently finished. It was a record-breaking event with over 129,000 attendees. The energy was palpable – things were hoppin’! It was our first time exhibiting in our own booth.  

3 Ways that ProShop is Shaping Manufacturing

It’s hard to deny the shifts that are happening within the industrial manufacturing world. With younger generations coming into the work force, rapid improvements in technology, and Industry 4.0 in full swing, the cultures of manufacturing organizations are finding that they either need to adapt or die.  

Keep Making Chips! Keep those Spindles Turning!

As Jim and Jason always say on the MakingChips Podcast, “If you’re not making chips, you’re not making money!”  We all know it’s true, yet precious few shops have formal systems for increasing uptime.   

Make ISO-9001 Work For You! Continuously Improve Your Business

Let ISO-9001 and AS9100 help you to improve your business! Running a business in 2017 is all about exceeding your customer’s expectations, developing deep relationships built on trust and continuously improving your company to add more value to clients. If you aren’t doing this, you’re going backwards!  

Launch Your Jobs Fast

When you get a new order in your job shop, the clock starts ticking. You’ll never have more lead time to get that order delivered on-time than you do today.  Customers want everything faster these days, yet everything seems to take longer.   

Stop drowning in a paper based QMS!

Tips to lean out your QMS. Running a regulated manufacturing company is difficult. Aside from the normal daily challenges of getting product out the door, managing employees, keeping quality high, you have the added burden of keeping perfect records of everything you do, doing it exactly as you say you do, keeping up with training employees in the never-ending changes of process, regulations and more.  

Don’t Let Tribal Knowledge Kill Your Shop

Tribal knowledge can be a killer. For a smaller, stable company not on a growth path, it probably isn’t the worst thing ever – unless you lose one of your long term employees who is the only one that knows how to do a lot of things.  

Key Performance Indicators for Planning your Work

Lots of shops have difficulty getting metrics on the quality of their planning or manufacturing engineering and then translating that into more profitable jobs in the future. It is a critical step to ensure that work flowing onto the shop floor is doing so as consistently as possible, therefore setting up the shop for success in executing the work.  

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