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Published: 3/15/2001

Getting A Handle On Operational Data
This shop looked at shop control software demonstrations from six vendors. They eventually decided to install 17 networked PCs with Windows 95 software plus this shop management program.

Published: 3/15/2001

Overriding The Skills Shortage
With experienced operators in short supply, this shop developed a software solution to compensate.

Published: 1/15/2001

Estimating Software Yields Higher Profits
Until early 1999, the shop quoted all its jobs using an Excel program developed in-house. Then, they began to use an engineering-based estimating program that provided more accurate representations of actual operating costs.

Published: 4/1/2000

Real-Time Data Collection For Real-Time Customer Response
Keeping track of orders, materials, machines, tools, processes, employees and costs is an enormous task for any shop. That is why shopfloor management software has become a major factor in manufacturing operations.

Published: 3/15/2000

Quicker Tool Change For Mills
This article examines a retrofitted mechanical drawbar system with a preset die spring that enables an operator to manually do what a machining center does automatically--change tools quickly.

Published: 1/15/2000

A Shop Preset For Productivity
The tool presetters at this shop are interfaced to its computerized tool inventory system as well as linked to the machine tools for direct downloading of offset data. Digital image processing at the presetters is the key.

Published: 1/15/2000

The Right Tool, Right Away
In-house custom tool grinding extends the reach of CNC machining.

Published: 11/15/1999

ISO 9000--The Next Phase
The standard for ISO 9000 accreditation is changing. Here's what it might mean to you.

Published: 1/15/1999

Absolute Control
Tool management for this aerospace manufacturer begins in NC programming and reaches throughout the shop floor.

Published: 11/15/1998

More And Better Information
That's what employees of this shop now have. It's also what the shop itself has - improved information about its own needs and capabilities.