3 Must-See Top Shops Conference Sessions

Our Top Shops Conference is an extension of our annual Top Shops benchmarking program, which uses data from leading CNC machining businesses to identify best-in-class operations, processes and business-management strategies. Learn who is speaking at this year’s event.

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The Modern Machine Shop Top Shops Conference is an extension of our annual Top Shops benchmarking program, which uses data from leading CNC machining businesses to identify best-in-class operations, processes and business-management strategies.

As a result, the Top Shops Conference program relies heavily on information provided by top machine shops and will feature presentations by leaders from several past and present Top Shops honorees. It truly is a program “by Top Shops, for Top Shops.”

Here are three must-see sessions scheduled for the conference:

What Defines a Top Shop: A Look at the Top Shops Data

Steven Kline Jr., Director of Intelligence, Gardner Business Media

How does your shop stack up to other machining businesses? In this data-driven presentation, Steven Kline Jr. will examine characteristics that define and differentiate today’s top shops. In addition to looking at trends over the life of the Top Shops survey, Mr. Kline will look specifically at where current top shops stand out in the areas of machining technology, shop-floor practices, business strategies and human resources

Meet the Top Shops: A Panel Discussion with 2017 Honorees

Bill Metz, Vice President – Operations, Richards Industries
Carl Livesay, Vice President – Operations, Land Sea Air Manufacturing
Chris Orlowski, General Manager, X-L Machine Co.

Moderated by Modern Machine Shop Editor-in-Chief Peter Zelinski, this panel discussion will include real, applications-based insights from executive leadership at this year’s Top Shops honorees. Mr. Zelinski will lead this group in a discussion about the Top Shops data, the value of business benchmarking and a practical look at this year’s Top Shops success in the four main survey categories: machining technology, shop-floor practices, business strategy and human resources.

Machining Technology Breakouts

  • A Completely New Approach to Turning
  • Shop Automation beyond Robots
  • 5-Axis: It Just Ain’t That Scary

This year’s conference includes two breakout-session tracks: one on machining technology and one on business/human resources. The breakouts commence with a block of presentations that will address new technologies in turning, automation and five-axis machining. These smaller group presentations will include the opportunity to connect directly with experts in machining, tooling, automation, sales, marketing, business development and workforce management. 

The entire conference program, including a complete list of speakers, sponsors and special events, is available at topshopsevent.com.

Also, as a special bonus to our blog readers, we’d like to pass along a discount that code will save you $200 on your Top Shops Conference registration. Just use the code “TopShopsGroup” while registering, and you’ll see the discount. We hope to see you there.