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Controlling Setup Time Variability In The Small Shop

To be as efficient and effective as possible, all set up data should be clearly and concisely documented. One of the biggest mistakes made today is assuming that the person who set up and engineered the process the first time will be there to do it ...

Less Paper, More Information

Getting rid of the thousands of paper tapes was this shop's first objective--an objective that would best be accomplished through some sort of distributed numerical control (DNC) system. The system they selected took them from 'punched' to 'paperles...

Auditing Is A Key Component Of Quality Management Systems

Using APACT, this supplier was able to tailor their internal audit program to meet the diversity among their focus factories, while remaining within the scope of the QS-9000 standard.

Precision Metal Fabricator Increases On-Time Delivery With Shop Control

AR had implemented a Realtrac shopfloor control system from Realtrac Division in 1988 in order to assure customers it could control its operations.

Gradual Software Implementation Allows Users To Find Comfort Zone

Big shops may have the financial resources and personnel to change the way they do business almost overnight when they make changes in their information systems. However, at this small shop, that was not the approach shop management took to automati...

Shopfloor Software Cuts Non-Productive Time And Increases On-Time Delivery

Palma Tool and Die Company has a full complement of CNC and manual machines, which includes VMCs, lathes, surface grinders, wire EDM and stamping and injection molding machines. Management was facing several issues. How do you make sure that materia...

Scheduling Software Shows Bottlenecks And Solutions

Four years ago Mr. Adams went looking for a scheduling program to smooth out the bumps in his business. Two things he wanted were visual scheduling and a Windows environment. Mr. Adams decided to buy Vista from Epicor Software.

Software Leads To Integration In The Job Shop

Jim Andries of Stremel Manufacturing had a vision of his company's software and employees working together. After several years of piecemeal software purchases, Mr. Andries' vision turned into a true need for shop integration.

Job Shop Provides Machine Operators With Job-Related Data In Real-Time

This shop, which specializes in large parts for power generation, aerospace and defense, decided it wanted to provide machine operators with every piece of information for the job at hand, in one place, at one time and in real-time.

Shop Management Software Allows For More Effective Operations

The management at Alger Manufacturing knew it needed a new shop management system. Even with customization, the shop management package it had been using was inadequate. The company's management team knew it would have to make some changes, includin...

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