3 Secrets to schedule more effectively and eliminate the chaos on your shop floor

How often are you hitting your customer’s delivery deadlines? One-hundred percent of the time? Ninety percent? Less than 80 percent? If hitting deadlines are a problem for you, don’t worry. You’re not alone. Many machine shops struggle with the challenges of meeting customer demands. And let’s face it – customers can be pretty demanding. They can change the order’s specs at the las [...]

3 Reasons why you should buy machine shop software before the end of the year

It’s almost over. In just under three months, another year will be in the books. How has your shop fared this year? Have you met – or even exceeded – your goals? Or has it been more of the same? Have you barely met customer quality and deadline demands? Have you struggled to move product through your process in an efficient manner? By the end of the year, will you be in the black? Or [...]

5 Mistakes your machine shop makes everyday

Do you feel like your machine shop is in a rut? There’s plenty of work and you and your team are always busy, but still, you never seem to get ahead. It feels like there’s always a cash crunch looming or there’s always a crisis that you have to deal with. Sometimes you may even wonder whether the rewards of running your machine shop are even worth all of the stress and headache. Running a sh [...]

5 Reasons Why Your Shop Misses Deadlines

You sit down at your computer and see a familiar sight. It’s another email from another frustrated customer. They want to know when their job will be complete. When will it ship? What’s taking so long? How much longer? Do these questions sound familiar? Are you getting complaints from customers about your long turnaround time and inability to meet deadlines? Even worse, are you not getting any [...]

3 Easy Ways to Get Your Shop Floor Under Control

What do you see when you go out to the shop floor? Tools everywhere? Materials and parts laying around? Team members milling around, having casual conversations? Work piling up? You’re not alone. One of the things that makes running a shop so difficult is that you have to straddle the line between the office and the shop floor. After all, you can’t be in two places at once. At some point, near [...]

7 Habits of Highly Effective Job Shop Management

In 1989, Stephen R. Covey published his landmark management book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. It was an instant success and has gone on to sell more than 15 million copies in 38 languages around the world. If you haven’t read it, you should. It’s an easy read and is packed with useful information, which is all centered around seven core habits that all successful people incorporat [...]

3 Reasons why job shops fail

If you’ve been in this business long enough, then you know the story all too well. A shop opens up in a shiny new facility with brand new equipment. The owner and other shop executives are knowledgeable about the industry. It seems like the shop has everything it needs to be successful. For some reason, though, it isn’t. There are rounds of layoffs and rumors about the shop needing work. After [...]

4 Signs that the time is right to expand your shop

Expansion. It’s a word that’s a double-edged sword for many shop owners. On one hand, expansion is a sign of growth. That’s a good thing. Expansion can allow you take on more business, offer new products, and generally scale your business. On the other hand, expansion takes capital. It can be expensive, especially if the expansion doesn’t pay off as you had hoped. For many shop owners, the [...]

The 5 Biggest Reasons Why Your Shop is Losing Money

Ernest Hemingway once wrote about losing money that it, “happens at first very gradually, and then all at once.” If you run a shop that’s losing money, you probably know what he meant. Small losses slowly accumulate, turning into big losses. Eventually, there’s nothing left to lose. Far too many shop owners get stuck in a cycle of losing money and can’t figure out how to get out of it. T [...]

Love and Machining: 3 Tips for balancing your machine shop and your family

Raise your hand if this sounds familiar. You come home from a long day at the shop. Your kids are all over you. They’ve been waiting anxiously for your arrival. Your spouse has dinner on the stove and has a million things to tell you about his or her day. You all sit down for dinner when it happens…. Your cell phone rings. It’s the shop. You ignore it, but they immediately call back. Then th [...]