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Data-Driven Manufacturing

All Top Shops Are Winners

Standing out in one category is not enough to earn a spot among the highest-performing CNC machining businesses.

When Machining Lights Out Leaves Nothing Out

A Top Shops honors program winner strives to ensure every part crosses paths with a robot, cobot or pallet changer.

Benchmarking Becomes a Call to Action

A means of measuring performance evolves into a tool for catalyzing change as Modern Machine Shop’s Top Shops program matures.

Measurement

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.

Top-Tier Culture Keeps Top Shop Staffed

Interpersonal harmony, personal accountability, peace of mind, and an inner drive to improve help this shop compete in a tight market for CNC machining talent.

Modern Machine Shop Announces 2020 Top Shops Honorees

Honors Program winners have been announced for Modern Machine Shop’s annual Top Shops benchmarking program in the categories of machining technology, shopfloor practices, business strategies and human resources. 

ERP Leads CNC Machine Shop to Adopt a Paperless Initiative

Enterprise resource planning software is not only enabling Chapter 2 to better manage its range of capabilities, but also to help it go paperless.

Shop Management Software

CNC Machine Shop Reaps Benefits of Hiring an IT Person

A database guru combined off-the-shelf technology with an elaborate proprietary shop management software to drive efficiency throughout all areas of a machine shop.

Keeping Good Habits Takes Constant Attention

Living a culture of continuous improvement, relying on data and maintaining a strong machine lineup help this valve manufacturer stay fit.

Medical

Outside-In: Why This CNC Machine Shop is Adding Finishing Processes

Since being announced as a Top Shop in 2014, Complexus Medical has steadily grown while bringing some previously outsourced processes in-house for lower manufacturing costs and faster lead times.

Medical

Team Thinking Helps Donson Machine with Nickel Alloy Ventilator Part Production

This shop has taken unusual steps to draw on its strengths as a well-equipped machining facility with a skilled workforce to match.

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?

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.

Automation

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.

Why Do Top Shops Use Tool Presetters?

Looking at the data from Gardner Intelligence’s Top Shops survey, we can see patterns that show why high-performing shops tend to use tool presetters.

Modern Machine Shop Covers Top Shops

The speakers at this year’s Top Shops Conference have faced business challenges just like you. Before heading to the show, read stories we’ve written about them in past issues of Modern Machine Shop.

Modern Machine Shop Announces Top Shops Honorees for 2019

Annual benchmarking program identifies best practices at best-in-class manufacturing facilities.

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