The road to ISO certification: On-site Training – Part 1/5

So you’ve decided to get your ISO certification? Congratulations! Being ISO certified can open the door to a whole new world of jobs and customers that your job shop would never otherwise have access to. More importantly, though, it will help you improve your processes and service. You’ll operate more efficiently and provide better quality […]

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virtual training speeds job shop software implementation

Shorten learning curve with virtual training for job shop software

There’s no doubt that job shop software can improve your shop’s efficiency, productivity, and overall profitability. However, just having the right software isn’t enough. You also need to make sure your team members are using it properly. Even the best software won’t produce results if your workers aren’t implementing it to its fullest capabilities. Most […]

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Don't delay your job shop software implementation

Speed up your job shop software implementation

Do you dread the idea of implementing new job shop software? Have you purchased software that’s subsequently gone unused because you don’t know how to manage the transition? You’re not alone. For many job shops, the challenge isn’t in finding the right software; it’s in implementing the new software. Most job shop owners see the […]

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Section 179 gives owners a way to write off job shop software investment

How to write off your job shop software investment

It’s that time of year again. No, I’m not talking about the holiday season. Rather, it’s the time of year when business owners all over the country are making end-of-year decisions to anticipate and plan for next year. Part of that “taking stock” of your business includes what kind of investments for the future you […]

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Motivating job shop employees is a matter of keeping your customers happy

How to motivate your job shop employees

What does your job shop have in common with Pike Place Fish Market, the Seattle landmark where they throw fish to customers? Hold the fishy smell jokes, please. According to Shoptech’s business development manager, Gerri Schuh, we all can take a cue from that famous fish market and learn some big lessons on how to […]

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6 big reasons why software for small job shops makes sense

Of all the reasons I hear from job shop owners on why they’re not using a manufacturing software package, the most common one is that they think it will cost too much. Especially for the small job shop – which, by the way, represents the vast majority of the job shop market and the bulk […]

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Shoptech and E2's participation at IMTS goes way back

Job shop technology marches on with E2

Call me sentimental, but as we approach the International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014, I couldn’t help but reflect on E2’s first time exhibiting at this giant of a trade show serving the manufacturing technology industry. My how times have changed in 18 years. Not just with advancements in job shop technology, but our goals at […]

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Shoptech E2 goes to IMTW 2014

E2 sharing and learning at IMTS 2014

Ever since we started writing Job Shoptalk, we’ve been working hard to share information about contract manufacturing and the make-to-order manufacturing industry. We can all learn from each other, and this forum is a great way for us to address some of the issues and topics that percolate with our market. We may not have […]

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Efficient Job Shop Scheduling

3 tips for scheduling job shops efficiently

Scheduling the shop floor is by far the most challenging task for job shops and make-to-order manufacturers. There are many factors that come into play when trying to determine the best possible schedule on any given day. Here are just a few of the challenges for job shops trying to schedule their shop floor and […]

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Why job shop scheduling is important

Why you need job shop scheduling software for your shop

The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities. – Stephen Covey   As a job shop owner, you know it’s not always easy to arrange jobs for smooth transition and flow from one batch to the next. Scheduling machines and manpower can be hard enough, much less scheduling for […]

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