Top Shops

“Top Shops” is a comprehensive benchmarking program for machine shops of all types and sizes. Using data from surveys completed by a number of machining businesses, Top Shops identifies optimal shopfloor practices as well as operational and business metrics that define world-class competitiveness in discrete parts manufacturing. Companies ranging from small job shops to large captive operations can see how they compare against the country’s leading machining businesses, which enables them to make sound decisions to emulate those identified as top-performing operations. Not only does the benchmarking data serve as a baseline “report card” of sorts for them, but it eliminates the need for shop executives to rely on gut feelings as a method of identifying and prioritizing improvement efforts. Learn more.

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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.

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.

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Take the Top Shops Survey, Get a Custom Report

The 2018 Top Shops online benchmarking survey is now open. Participate to receive a custom report comparing your responses to all other participan...

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 managin...

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