Top Shops benchmarking data helps guide shops’ improvement efforts and enables them to gage where they rank among industry-leading machining businesses.
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Tips for creating an employee-centric business.
Although an individual might consider themselves to be replaceable, an organization should not see their employees that way.
The white paper argues that reshoring or nearshoring, digitalization and increased workforce development measures will be necessary for manufacturing after the pandemic.
Good fortune and years of long working hours have both figured into the success of this young shop, which became its founder’s sole employment starting last year. The shop owner shares his story.
“The skills required and the ways in which those skills are taught and measured are changing,” says Executive Director Montez King.
At its core, this highly successful contract manufacturer is a tool and die shop. Its founder, who has the heart and soul (and mind) of a tool maker, imbued his company with the values and the versatility of a tool room. This is his lasting legacy.
Sustainably streamlining production of a varied mix of low-volume work depends not only on a strategy tailored for job shops, but also on human drive and enthusiasm.
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“We have found that increasing the number of females in male-dominated industries will require intentional and purposeful action for all parties: educators, industry and community,” says Build a Dream.
Beginning in June, National Safety Month, SkillPath is offering three virtual general industry OSHA programs certified for continuing education credits.
The funding will help deliver virtual classes for manufacturers through WMEP’s online classroom offerings during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The answer has to do with how people view the job. Maybe reframing machining as a technology could better reflect the exciting progress the trade has made over the decades.
Recently posted articles offer various pictures of machining automation. Also, goodbyes to two long-time writers for MMS: Wayne Chaneski and Derek Korn.
MSSC’s Certified Production Technician certification will now incorporate several emerging Industry 4.0 technologies.
A poverty-fighting nonprofit serves regional manufacturers as both a pipeline of fresh recruits and an incubator of existing talent.
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The e-learning organization is publicizing its course materials following the release of Autodesk 2021.
In addition, the association is offering a discount on licenses for the platform through May.
“Al” could be anyone, working in any shop. But what sets Al apart is his embrace of change as a way of doing work and business. Are there Als in your shop?
This month, we say goodbye to long-time Modern Machine Shop columnist Wayne Chaneski, who is retiring. Here is some of what he has helped me to see.
The NCATC supports a higher education and industry network that promotes advanced technology applications in workforce development programs and services.
Responsible decision-making requires thinking beyond the initial benefits to consider how a change ripples throughout the machine shop’s operations and culture.
Hiring additional staff is an option to increase capacity, but if the fluctuation in demand is unpredictable and of short duration, you can quickly end up with excess capacity and a fixed expense that is too large for a lower level of business.
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.
Rosenberger N.A. has grown tremendously over the last eight years. Part of the reason is its commitment to ongoing employee leadership training.
Designatronics’ CEO says, “We can access a few million dollars more business” with each skilled machining employee who can perform complex setups and other sophisticated work from day one.
When pen-and-paper methods of tracking job efficiency left AccuRounds’ engineers and managers in the dark, the shop switched to MachineMetrics. But machine monitoring brought morale challenges along with it.
DiscoverE encourages manufacturers to take part in Girl Day, a day for introducing school-aged girls to engineering careers through hands-on activities.
Straton Industries employs a full-time HR person as part of its staff of 78. The owner now realizes the shop could have benefited from this help even when the staff was much smaller. Companies overlook the value and importance of this role.