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Published: 10/1/2003

You Can Automate More Than You Think
This shop expedites 3D milling work by reducing its dependence on employees for all of the information-related tasks that occur before the machining center can start to cut.

Published: 5/15/2003

The Measure Of Success
For this small job shop, measuring and controlling everything are the keys to lean—very lean—manufacturing. Yet its management style is surprisingly open and trusting.

Published: 11/15/2002

Integrated Tool Management
Bridging the gap between process engineering and shop floor activities can bring about a "deproliferation" of cutting tools.

Published: 9/15/2002

Automating Time Studies
This company has created a system that replaces the stopwatch and clipboard system of time study and the manual data transfer and analysis process.

Published: 5/15/2002

Speed, Flexibility And Adaptability Are Key In Shop Management Software
It was 1999, and Precision Plus of Elkhorn, Wisconsin, was fairly satisfied with its 10-year-old DOS shop management software. However, the vendor would no longer be providing DOS updates.

Published: 3/15/2002

Scalable Measurement And Quality
Machine shop owners face a fundamental conflict in their efforts to make metrology an integral part of manufacturing processes. On one hand, the critical relationship between quality and profitability makes metalworking professionals reluctant to ch...

Published: 1/15/2002

The Hidden Costs Of Cutting Tools
This shop brought the hidden costs down by paying close attention to tool inventory.

Published: 11/15/2001

How To Automate Your Shop
A fully integrated shop management system will help attract new customers, deal with constant change and manufacture more cost effectively.

Published: 11/15/2001

The Data Exchange
Many machine shops contemplate updating their software but are reluctant to do so based on fears of lost or unusable data. This company made the switch unscathed and offers tips on what software features can help fulfill a shop's needs.

Published: 11/15/2001

Overcoming Overflow
Making the best use of limited resources helped this shop bounce back from a flood. Now the shop's most important process-improvement tool is the software it bought to manage the flow of information.