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Published: 12/21/2010

The Employee-Owned Advantage
This Ohio shop is 100-percent employee-owned. Thus, both management and shopfloor employees recognize the importance of optimizing efficiency wherever possible. Thanks to a strong willingness to invest in and embrace new technologies, sales-per-empl...

Published: 11/19/2010

Cloud Computing in Manufacturing
Cloud computing has potential to be game-changing technology in manufacturing for everyone from small shops to extremely large manufacturing plants.

Published: 11/12/2010

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.

Published: 2/22/2010

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.

Published: 11/30/2009

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.

Published: 11/7/2008

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.

Published: 10/23/2008

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...

Published: 11/15/2002

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

Published: 9/15/2002

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.

Published: 3/15/2002

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...