Posts By: Paul Ventura

AMTS – October 16-17

With more than 185 exhibitors displaying equipment, products and services to more than 3,100 attendees, AMTS is the premier manufacturing show in the region. Whether you’re an exhibitor or an attendee, this is one show you do NOT want to miss.

Shoptech Stands Out From the Crowd

There is no doubt that an ERP system can do great things for a shop. Using this technology can save shops time and effort and let them run far more efficiently. However, in order for an ERP system to live up to its reputation, it has to be backed by an excellent vendor. Shoptech has… Reads more »

Small Shop, E2 & VIDEO GAMES

This story starts as most do…small shop grows, implements modern technology, experiences more growth and is thrilled with the hurdles they’ve been able to overcome due in part to E2. But, while most shops would continue to strive for more and more sales, there’s a small CNC shop specializing in the aerospace industry in Van… Reads more »

3 Ways to Fill the Skills Gap

We all know it’s coming. The skills gap is an unfortunate side effect of the “silver tsunami.” More baby boomers are retiring from manufacturing than new hires are coming in to replace them, and those new hires don’t have the same skills and years of knowledge the baby boomers do. One of the biggest problems… Reads more »

4 Things Millennials Wish Your Shop Would Do

Millennials in your shop

As more baby boomers begin retiring, the percentage of millennials working in manufacturing is only going to increase. With unemployment so low, the job market is becoming more competitive, so it’s up to manufacturers to make their shop as appealing as possible, and it will be most helpful to appeal to millennials. While not every… Reads more »

Scheduling: Your Shop’s Superhero

Scheduling can be one of the most complicated parts of running a shop. Each job is just a little different, particularly if you’re running a job shop. That can make it hard to schedule and make sure that each job finishes by the due date. This process gets even more complicated when you’re trying to… Reads more »

5 Tips to Grow Revenue for Made-to-Order Shops

Just like so many other industries with faceted, multi-approach business models, the manufacturing industry has many types of players in the game. From a plant with 60 machining centers to a 7-person, custom-build job shop, each business-type faces their own challenges and require creative solutions to issues of growth, management and customer demand to name… Reads more »

Endeavor Precision – AS9100/NADCAP Achieved In 3 Months!

As a true start-up, Dave Langenkamp, President and owner of Endeavor Precision was determined to start his company out the right way. In January of 2018, he became one of just a dozen or so companies in the United States to provide contract EDM (Electrical discharge machining) hole drilling, specializing in the aerospace industry. Knowing… Reads more »

2 Reasons To Replace Paper and Spreadsheets with ERP Software

In the early 1900’s, Americans changed from horse-drawn carriages to automobiles. Once they made the change, drivers saw how much easier a machine was to deal with than an animal that required rest, feeding, and clean up. Automobiles only required fuel. There is a similar revolution underway in today’s shops. In this case, the horse… Reads more »

Fabtech – Booth A3432 – November 11-14

FABTECH is where the industry comes together to see what’s now, what’s new and what’s next. It’s where connections are made and where deals get done. See cutting-edge exhibits, learn from expert-led education, network with peers and more, Nov. 6-8 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

South-tec – Booth 620 – October 22-24

SOUTH-TEC draws manufacturing suppliers, distributors and equipment builders from across North America and around the world – bringing them together in Greenville, South Carolina. With hundreds of exhibiting companies, attendees can find all the latest technologies and services – plus the experts who build them – ready to demonstrate solutions that can help them grow… Reads more »

Westec – Booth 1244 – September 24-26

WESTEC: Key decision makers. Exciting technology. The perfect place to do business. Get the technology solutions you need with the most machining, metrology, design, waterjet, software, digital, 3D printing and engineering expertise than you can find anywhere! Experience hands-on interaction with the newest technologies while meeting face-to-face. Compare technology side-by-side so you can easily make educated… Reads more »

WMTS – Booth 655 – June 4-6

For more than 30 years, top manufacturers in Western Canada have attended WMTS looking for new ideas, solutions and suppliers to help them gain a competitive edge.  Discover and explore the latest products and solutions on display by leading industry suppliers and partners.  Absorb the invaluable information shared by keynote speakers specifically selected for your… Reads more »

Eastec – Booth 5552 – May 14-16

EASTEC 2019, the leading Northeast manufacturing trade show, will be held May 14-16, 2019 at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts and is produced by SME and AMT. Innovation meets tradition at EASTEC 2019 Advanced manufacturing technology intersects with longstanding tradition at EASTEC 2019, May 14-16 in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Now in its 35th year,… Reads more »

PMTS – April 2-4

Presented by the Precision Machined Products Association, and co-presented by Production Machining, Products Finishing, and Modern Machine Shop, PMTS is the only show in North America dedicated to the precision machining industry. With more than 280 exhibitors displaying equipment, products and services to more than 6,000 attendees, PMTS is an international gathering of the manufacturing professionals who are… Reads more »

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 »