Top Shops

For This CNC Machine Shop, Growth is Both Wonderful and Hard

JD Machine’s sales have nearly doubled since 2013 when it was a Top Shops winner. Developing a workforce to support that growth is a challenge the shop is meeting head-on.

Top Shops Benchmarking Survey Deadline Extended

CNC machine shops now have until February 17 to complete the online survey and score a free report of its findings.

Top Shops Then and Now

Altech Machining was a Top Shops winner in our inaugural benchmarking survey in 2011. So what’s the shop up to now?

10th Annual Top Shops Benchmarking Survey for CNC Machine Shops Now Live

Our magazine’s annual benchmarking program has blossomed since we launched it a decade ago. Celebrate with us by taking this year’s survey, which is currently live, and joining us at our IMTS Top Shops Workshop.

Adaptive Technology Opens CNC Shop Opportunities

VR goggles integrated with a camera give a legally blind young woman 20/20 vision and the chance to be a machine shop’s second-shift quality control lead.

Capital Spending Survey Projects 5% Decline in Machine Tool Buying for 2020, but Spending Level Still Above Average

Machine tool buying is predicted to be down but still strong. Job shop spending is predicted to be 10% above its five-year average.

What Makes a Top Shop Profitable?

The data from Gardner Intelligence's Top Shops survey can show us how technology and management tools relate to earnings and profit in machine shops. Register for this webinar to learn about some of the specific findings from the survey.

Top Shops Share Their Top Technology

In this video taken at the 2019 Top Shops Conference, the year’s four Honors Program winners describe how they’ve each benefited from a new addition to their business.

The Tie Between Technology and People

Top Shops data analysis shows that investment in employees more directly correlates to profit margin than investment in equipment. Still, careful consideration of new technology matters.

An Alternative Method to Pay for New CNC Machines

Financing might be a more attractive option to using conventional bank loans or cash on hand to purchase new CNC capital equipment as one industry expert explains.

Millennials Talk About Managing Millennials

At a past Top Shops Workshop, three of the four Top Shops Honors Program winners that year were millennials. They described their approach to managing people of their generation and creating an enticing, accommodating workplace for them.

Top Shops Conference Concludes on Themes of Communication and Connectivity

Strengthening employee relationships and data-driven manufacturing were highlights of the event.

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