Process Zones

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After the Cell Phone Ban

How will you deal with the problem of employees being distracted by devices? This shop implemented a cellphone ban last year. The shop owner says the pain passes, but the benefits last.

All-In for Apprentices

The apprenticeship program at Grob Systems offers a free associate’s degree, a paycheck and the possibility to launch a manufacturing career with the company.

Play it Safe

Safety procedures often are sidestepped because the employee thinks he or she can get away with it every once in a while. Yet fluky injuries do happen during brief lapses in good judgement.

Is It Time for a Four-Day Work Week?

This shop's employees now work four 10s instead of five 8s. Here are the benefits the shop has seen.

How to Evaluate Prospective Employees

The consultant who has worked with Staub Machine describes his method for helping this shop identify candidates who have the personal attributes the shop is now seeking.

The Esteem Incentive

Does your shop’s culture encourage knowledge sharing among employees?

The Lights Came Back On

A community college’s fast-track CNC instruction made it possible for one manufacturer to restart its idle machining area. I see several lessons in this.

The Inside Track

For many shops, the best source of new business is existing customers. Is the best source of new talent your existing employees?

Military Readiness

A small nonprofit is demonstrating just how ready veterans are to transition into skilled manufacturing careers. The organization is helping vets and manufacturers at the same time. How far could this training model go?

“Floor-Ready” Prospects

Training through close collaboration among educators, manufacturers and equipment builders gives shopfloor prospects the chance to contribute right away.

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