Posts By: Paul Ventura

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 »

Cloud-Based ERP Is the Future: Are You Ready?

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Successful shop owners know that efficient processes and streamlined operations are the keys to consistent growth and profitability. Many shops use enterprise resource planning (ERP) software to drive that efficiency. ERP software helps you gain visibility and control over nearly every shop function, including quoting, purchasing, scheduling, data collection, quality assurance, and more. ERP software… Reads more »

Shop Efficiency and the Bottom Line

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Catapult Your Shop Efficiencies For many industries, clients and consumers are asking for MORE…more products, more options, more versatility and faster turn times. To stay competitive and profitable, manufacturing shops can’t ignore these demands. They must improve shop efficiency. But how do you carve out more time when you’re already maxed out? One proven answer… Reads more »

ERP for Manufacturers: Why an ERP is a MUST for Manufacturers

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With some of today’s manufacturing challenges that reach across many industries, it’s a wonder if shops can see the opportunities that could be sitting right outside their front door. In shops across North America, managers are facing the skills gap, industry automation, and how to reach the full potential of internet marketing and selling. And… Reads more »

Proactive vs. Reactive: Proper Shop Scheduling Can Save the Day

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Make-to-order manufacturing shops are always on their toes. Jobs are constantly coming in and going out with different needs, order sizes, materials, and parts. On top of that, orders that are already in production can change in quantity or time frame. Then, you have last minute rush orders from big clients that need to make… Reads more »

Web-Based ERP Software: Boost Your Shop’s Bottom Line

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There’s no question that ERP software can improve your shop’s processes and efficiency. Manufacturing software, also referred to as ERP software for manufacturing, gives you full transparency and control over your shop’s operations. This transparency provides you with the ability to optimize every shop function, from quoting to purchasing to scheduling and much more. In… Reads more »

FABTECH Trade Show 2017

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FABTECH is North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing event, and it’s right around the corner! Chicago’s McCormick Place is set to host thousands of exhibitors and over 50,000 attendees November 6-9. This massive tradeshow is full of innovative products, enthusiastic shop owners, and a network of shop industry giants. FABTECH Background FABTECH… Reads more »

Manufacturing Software Expense Is Reduced Thanks to Section 179

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Manufacturing software expense is actually less than it appears because of a tax deduction opportunity. Two years ago, Congress passed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act, also known as the PATH Act. This piece of legislation was designed to help families and businesses through tax reductions and provisions. Within the Path Act tax break… Reads more »

ERP Software ROI – The Tangibles and Intangibles

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How long have you been thinking about investing in manufacturing software? Do you have your finger on the button and just need that last bit of evidence to press “GO?” Successful shop owners know that holding a balance between inventory, production costs and customer service is the key to a profitable business. So, how can… Reads more »

What Questions Should You Ask Before Moving To Web-Based Manufacturing Software?

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Thinking of transitioning from a local, in-house ERP to a web-based manufacturing software solution? That could be a wise decision. Web-based solutions represent the latest evolution in manufacturing and job shop software. With a web-based solution, you get scalable software that is continuously updated with the latest state-of-the-art features and benefits. How do you know… Reads more »

ERP Upgrade to Web-Based ERP to Stay Ahead of the Competition

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Technology is changing rapidly, and advancements in tech solutions are revolutionizing the manufacturing world. Today, the most successful machine and job shops are often the ones that invest in technology so they can leverage the latest innovations. Is it time for an ERP upgrade? Over the past decade or so, many shops have recognized the… Reads more »

Struggles of Manual Data Collection

Your shop is old school. You have good, hard working employees, loyal customers, and the same manual data entry system you put into place when you opened for business 50 years ago. While the “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” motto may work for many aspects of your shop, it won’t work for data… Reads more »

What Are The Benefits of a Web-Based ERP Solution?

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You need an ERP solution to manage your shop, drive efficiency, and boost your bottom line. Making the decision to implement manufacturing ERP software is only the first step in the process, however. After you decide you need ERP, the next big question is whether to implement an in-house solution or utilize a web-based ERP… Reads more »

Cloud ERP or On-Premise: Which Is Right for You?

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Considering new ERP software for your machine shop? Only a few years ago, the search for new ERP software would have been focused on which provider was right for you. Today, there’s an additional question you’ll need to address first: Do you want software installed on-site or cloud ERP? The ERP software has changed dramatically… Reads more »

Shop Floor Scheduling Software

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Should You Take That Rush Job? One of your best customers calls with a special request. They have a job that they need completed as soon as possible. Their project is already behind schedule, and they need a particular product to move forward. If you can finish the job, you’d be doing them a big… Reads more »