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Published: 11/1/2018

We Belong Here: Women in Manufacturing Share Their Stories
Three women—a young welder, an experienced machinist/setup person and a shop owner—share what it is like to be a woman in a manufacturing career and illustrate that a more inclusive workforce helps our manufacturing industry thrive.

Published: 9/1/2018

Managing Risk Is This Shop’s Bold Strategy
Flying S routinely makes bold moves in how it processes machined parts and pursues business growth. This boldness comes from carefully minimizing risks.

Published: 2/1/2018

Why Tie Payroll Hours to Machine Tool Hours?
J&R Machine uses machine-monitoring data not just to track machine uptime, but also to create a financial index that helps it shape decisions related to equipment, processes, staffing, sales and business in general.

Published: 8/1/2017

Top Shops Benchmarking: Providing Direction, Gaging Performance
Top Shops benchmarking data helps guide shops’ improvement efforts and enables them to gage where they rank among industry-leading machining businesses.

Published: 7/3/2017

Lean Manufacturing Begins With Layout, Commitment
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.

Published: 7/3/2017

Skills Training Strengthens Shops, Communities
A poverty-fighting nonprofit serves regional manufacturers as both a pipeline of fresh recruits and an incubator of existing talent.

Published: 12/26/2016

Teaming Up in the Swiss Shop
This company capitalizes on employee empowerment and creativity to strengthen the work environment, improve production numbers and exceed customer expectations.

Published: 6/1/2016

Virtual Training Helps High Schools Teach CNC Skills
Machine Training Solutions is paving the way to bring virtual CNC training and mentoring to high school honors students.

Published: 11/2/2015

The Acquisition Next Door
A Chicago-area maker of mechanical seals purchased the die maker adjacent to it in the same building. The seal maker’s CEO says the way to expand is by capitalizing on the opportunities that come.

Published: 11/2/2015

Growing the Waterjet Job Shop
The flexibility, capability and precision of the abrasive waterjet cutting process was the perfect match for this entrepreneur’s imagination, drive and boldness.