Posts By: Paul Ventura

Shape Up Your Shop with an ERP System

ERP Scheduling System

It’s hard to run a shop when you’ve got too much work and you need to keep everything on time. It’s also hard to run a shop when you don’t have enough work and you need to figure out how to get more. In each instance, ERP software can be what makes the difference for… Reads more »

3 Traits of Great ERP for Repetitive Manufacturers

Everyone can agree that ERP software makes it easier to run a shop. However, it has to be the right kind of software for your shop, otherwise, everything becomes more difficult. For example, a job shop where every order is unique would need different strengths in their ERP software than a repetitive manufacturer. E2 Software… Reads more »

How to Be a Great Leader in Manufacturing

Running a shop comes with all kinds of challenges. While working in a shop can help prepare you for how things work on the shop floor and how to manage the company, it’s much harder to learn how to be a great leader. Below are three practices of great leaders in the manufacturing world. Hire… Reads more »

E2 and QuickBooks: An ERP Partnership

Often, when shops are looking at getting an ERP system, they have some solutions that already work for them. While an ERP system can take care of most aspects of manufacturing, sometimes shops have grown attached to their accounting software, which is seen frequently with QuickBooks users. Shoptech continues to see benefits in helping users… Reads more »

3 Great Things about ERP on the Cloud

When hearing about something great, it can be hard to picture yourself there. For example, you may have heard wonderful things about a local theme park, but it’s hard to know how fun it will be until you’re there. You might not decide to go until you hear from some of your friends how great… Reads more »

Shoptech Named Market Leader in the Winter 2019 Manufacturing ERP Software Customer Success Report

Hartford, CT, January 9, 2019–Shoptech has been named a Market Leader in the Manufacturing ERP Software category for the Winter 2019 Customer Success Report published by FeaturedCustomers. FeaturedCustomers is the leading customer success content marketing platform for B2B business software & services helping potential B2B buyers make informed purchasing decisions through vendor validated customer success… Reads more »

Shoptech Named Manufacturing FrontRunner

Hartford, CT, January 4, 2019- Shoptech Software is honored to once again be among one of Software Advice’s  FrontRunners. Software Advice analyzes their data every year to find which manufacturing programs users have rated highly based on user recommendations and usability. The highest ranking in both of these categories are named FrontRunners. Shoptech works hard… Reads more »

On-Premise vs. Cloud-Based ERP System

When you’re looking to buy an ERP system, there’s a lot you have to consider. You need to know what you want the software to accomplish and what improvements you want to make in your shop. You need to decide which software company to pick. You also need to decide whether you want your software… Reads more »

How to Bring in New Customers

The idea of marketing your shop can be intimidating. After all, big companies have entire marketing departments to promote your business, while you might be on your own. Instead of worrying about “marketing,” here are three steps to get people to speak positively about your shop and bring in new customers. 1. Pick Your Strengths… Reads more »

Section 179: A Shop’s Best Friend

There are many reasons that this is the most wonderful time of the year. Of course, the holiday cheer is infectious, but for manufacturers, it can mean finding unspent money in the yearly budget. In addition to this possibility, the deadline is fast approaching to make any purchases that can be used for tax deductions…. Reads more »

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 – Booth 2094 – 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 »