Posts By: Paul Ventura

Why Your Shop Should Buy ERP Software Now

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… Reads more »

A Manufacturer’s Guide to Social Media Part 2: Picking a Network

This is the second post in A Manufacturer’s Guide to Social Media. Read the first post here. Running a social media account for your business can be intimidating. Each social media network has its own personality and purpose, so how do you know which one to use? Don’t panic. The differences are easy to explain…. Reads more »

Why Your Shop Should Host an MFG Day Event

MFG Day, according to their website, “is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers…”  This celebration has happened on the first Friday in October since 2012. Manufacturers are looking for ways to close the skills gap, and that’s one of the primary goals of MFG Day. If your shop… Reads more »

Manufacturing & Marketing

You might think the only thing those two words have in common (Manufacturing & Marketing) is that they both start with the letter “M.” But you’d be wrong. The reason I know this is because of first-hand experience with how marketing your business can play a big role in growth, no matter if you’re a… Reads more »

Love and Machining: The Importance of Delegation

Perhaps this will sound familiar to many of you. You started your shop from nothing, just you and a couple of folks to run the machines. Now your shop has gotten bigger and as your shop has grown, so have your headaches. There isn’t enough time in the day anymore to finish everything and it’s… Reads more »

An ERP System: The Most Efficient Employee

If you’re like most shops, you keep yours running as efficiently as possible. However, there are some areas you could improve upon. Wouldn’t it be great if you could hire one employee to organize everything from your accounting department to the entire shop floor? This one person could instantly give you the information you need… Reads more »

ERP Software — What Can It Do for a Shop Like Mine?

With recent optimism in the manufacturing industry, you might be one of many small to mid-size businesses looking to capitalize on the upward trend happening in the marketplace. From growing your employee base to reaching out to new prospects to adding new equipment, many companies are searching for opportunities to expand and take advantage of… Reads more »

Buying Guide: Get Only Features You Need – Part 4/4

This is the final installment in our blog series about what to consider when buying an ERP system. The previous posts were ERP Benefits and Capabilities, Vetting the Software, and Vetting the Vendor. It is almost inevitable that ERP systems will offer more functions than your shop needs. It’s easy to get swept up and… Reads more »

Buying Guide: Vetting the Vendor – Part 3/4

This is the third blog post in a series about what to consider when looking for a new ERP system. The first blog post was about ERP benefits and capabilities, and the second post was about vetting the software. This post is about vetting the software vendor. When vetting a vendor, you want to check… Reads more »

Buying Guide: Vetting the Software – Part 2/4

This is the second installment in a series about what to consider when looking for a new ERP system. In the last post, we discussed ERP benefits and capabilities for your shop. In this post, we’ll explore some of the key points in vetting the ERP software you’re considering. The software needs to be easy… Reads more »

Buying Guide: ERP Benefits and Capabilities – Part 1/4

As technology advances in other areas of our lives, it makes more and more sense to get the benefits from technology in your shop. Some of you may already have an ERP system, but some of you may not. If you want to remain competitive, it is essential that you have the most up-to-date ERP… Reads more »

What the ISO Update Means for Your Shop

If you are currently ISO certified, then you already know that on September 15th of this year, the 9001:2008 version of ISO will no longer be valid, and you will need to update to ISO 9001:2015. After ISO released their most updated version of ISO 9001 in 2015, they gave users 3 years to update,… Reads more »

3 Ways to Prepare for the Labor Shortage

You probably know that there are more manufacturing jobs than there are people to fill them now. However, you might not know how large the labor shortage will be. By 2025, the US is projected to need 3.5 million manufacturing jobs filled but only be able to fill 1.5 million. This will leave 2 million… Reads more »

New Generation of Shop Owners Prefer Cloud ERP

As a job shop gets passed down the generations, the way it’s run changes. When a shop first opens, it is small, with only a couple of people working at it. It starts in someone’s garage or a small work space. Then, as the shop gets more successful, they start to hire more people and… Reads more »

Top 5 Reasons to Purchase an ERP System

I was talking the other day with a friend of mine who has a company that creates specialty conveyor components for the food industry. His workload has been rapidly growing for the past year and he was venting to me about how he’s not sure how much longer they can go at this pace. While… Reads more »

3 Problems Solved with ERP for a Discrete Manufacturer

Let’s see if this story sounds familiar to you… Tim is the owner of a discrete manufacturing company in the Midwest. From the start, his business has been centered around creating specialty drilling and extracting parts for the shale industry. However, in the last 5 years, the work has expanded from one-off jobs to a… Reads more »

Tradeshows Have a Big Impact on Small Shops

For most job shops and small to mid-size manufacturers, your time is too precious to take a few days to attend a tradeshow. The time and the money that go into it just aren’t worth it and you won’t get anything useful out of it. Right? Actually, that isn’t true. Tradeshows are a great place… Reads more »

AeroDef 2018

Shoptech is excited to exhibit at AeroDef 2018, a conference for the aerospace and defense manufacturing industries. As you take the time to learn new technologies and processes, don’t forget about the overall productivity of your shop. We will be at booth 658 to answer questions about how to find and get rid of inefficiency… Reads more »

Do You Need ERP Software, But Implementation Scares You?

Change is hard. As humans, our species inherently fights change. In fact, there’s a study out there that 70% of change efforts do not achieve the ultimate goals and results. With that stat in mind, how can any manufacturing company have the confidence to commit to investing and running an ERP system? Because many times,… Reads more »