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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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Top Shops at Applied Engineering

The Story of a Top Shops Workpiece, Conference


Our Top Shops benchmarking program will be represented in big ways in our IMTS booth. It’s there where we’ll make a big announcement about the program, too.

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Using Benchmarking to Establish a Path to Machine Shop Success


Our Top Shops benchmarking survey aims to cover everything from A to Z in identifying machine shop operational excellence and best practices. The goal is to provide shops with intelligence they can use to more effectively pave a path to success.



The Story Behind the Aluminum Top Shops Logo

By: Derek Korn
A key component of Modern Machine Shop’s Top Shops display in Booth W-10 is a Hall of Fame, where company logos machined by past winners of the magazine’s annual benchmarking program are displayed. Also included is a machined version of Modern Machine Shop’s new Top Shops logo.

Top Shops “Hall of Fame” Workpieces

By: Derek Korn
For Modern Machine Shop’s IMTS 2016 booth, our magazine asked former winners of our Top Shops benchmarking survey to machine their company logos for us to display in a sort of “hall of fame” area.

Access the 2016 Top Shops Executive Summary

By: Derek Korn
Read analysis and consider the data gathered in our magazine’s sixth annual Top Shops benchmarking program.

3+2 Machining Adds Up for Top Shops

By: Derek Korn
IMTS 2016 Technology eNewsletter

Top Shops at Applied Engineering

The Story of a Top Shops Workpiece, Conference

By: Derek Korn
Our Top Shops benchmarking program will be represented in big ways in our IMTS booth. It’s there where we’ll make a big announcement about the program, too.


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