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Top Shops

“Top Shops” is a comprehensive benchmarking program for machine shops of all types and sizes. Using data from surveys completed by a number of machining businesses, Top Shops identifies optimal shopfloor practices as well as operational and business metrics that define world-class competitiveness in discrete parts manufacturing. Companies ranging from small job shops to large captive operations can see how they compare against the country’s leading machining businesses, which enables them to make sound decisions to emulate those identified as top-performing operations. Not only does the benchmarking data serve as a baseline “report card” of sorts for them, but it eliminates the need for shop executives to rely on gut feelings as a method of identifying and prioritizing improvement efforts.

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Best Practices of Top U.S. Shops


Results from our fifth annual Top Shops benchmarking survey reveal operational metrics, strategies and tools common to leading machine shops here in the States.



The Value of Benchmarking

By: Derek Korn
Our sixth-annual Top Shops benchmarking survey runs through Feb. 29. Learn why it’s valuable to participate.

Protomatic Top Shops

It’s Top Shops Survey Time

By: Derek Korn
The sixth-annual Top Shops benchmarking survey is now live. Participate to see how your shop compares with others while identifying potential areas of improvement in 2016.

See the 2015 Top Shops Benchmarking Executive Summary

By: Derek Korn
This Executive Summary compares survey responses of the benchmarking group with the other shops that participated in this year’s survey.

Top Shops 2015 cover

Best Practices of Top U.S. Shops

By: Derek Korn
Results from our fifth annual Top Shops benchmarking survey reveal operational metrics, strategies and tools common to leading machine shops here in the States.

2015 Top Shops Survey: Time’s Almost Up

By: Derek Korn
Our fifth annual Top Shops benchmarking survey closes at the end of the month. Take time to participate before it’s too late.


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