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The Case for Software-as-a-Service ERP

The owner of a die manufacturing business describes why he prefers to subscribe to ERP software rather than buying it.

Statistical Process Control Goes Visual

In the world of manufacturing, there is a perception that Statistical Process Control (SPC) software is beneficial only to OEMs and large Tier 1 suppliers.

Tool Certainty

For GKN Aerospace to overcome tool-related variations on its largest milling machines, it had to confront error sources that go unnoticed in many shops.

CAM And Turn/Mill: Making More With Less

A shift in thinking has led to an overhaul of this company’s machine tools and production processes. The result has been a significant improvement in capacity that has allowed more parts to be brought in-house and more profits at the end of the day.

Sharing The Big Picture

The theme of visibility in manufacturing finds expression in numerous ways at this shop. One of the most conspicuous is the use of plasma displays in strategic areas to summarize the company’s performance as reported by its shop control/data-collect...

Integrated Tool Management

Bridging the gap between process engineering and shop floor activities can bring about a "deproliferation" of cutting tools.

Automating Time Studies

This company has created a system that replaces the stopwatch and clipboard system of time study and the manual data transfer and analysis process.

Scalable Measurement And Quality

Machine shop owners face a fundamental conflict in their efforts to make metrology an integral part of manufacturing processes. On one hand, the critical relationship between quality and profitability makes metalworking professionals reluctant to ch...

The Hidden Costs Of Cutting Tools

This shop brought the hidden costs down by paying close attention to tool inventory.

The Data Exchange

Many machine shops contemplate updating their software but are reluctant to do so based on fears of lost or unusable data. This company made the switch unscathed and offers tips on what software features can help fulfill a shop's needs.

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