Manufacturing software

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Shop Productivity: Could an Employee Wellness Plan Benefit Your Shop?

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With an aging workforce and health care costs continuing to rise, it’s no wonder why many industries are looking for proven ways to save on employee health benefits. Since healthy employees cost you less, increase shop productivity, and statistically stay with their current employer longer, why not consider a wellness plan? A company wellness plan… Reads more »

Conquer Your Shop’s Scheduling Monster with ERP Software

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Three Challenges Solved with ERP Software There’s one thing you can always count on being a job shop owner — change. Over the last two decades, North America manufacturing has struggled to regain the strength it once had in the 90s. Job shops took a big hit in the early 2000s with more and more… Reads more »

Job Tracking Software: Maximize Your Small Shop’s Current Resources

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How to Maximize Your Small Shop’s Resources to Get Big Results with Job Tracking Software Do you often find yourself competing for business against bigger shops who have greater resources? Perhaps you’re a small shop with dreams of becoming a large one. Or maybe you are happy with your current size, but would like to… Reads more »

How Small Shop Software Helps Small Shops Compete With the Big Boys

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There are many great aspects to being a small shop. One is that it’s easier to manage and control your shop’s processes when you only have a handful of employees, work stations, and products. Another is the shop atmosphere and culture. Often, smaller shops have more relaxed and casual environments than larger shops, which may… Reads more »

Five Machine Shop Productivity Resolutions

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It’s that time again. A new year is here. That means millions of Americans are making resolutions to lose weight, quit smoking, pursue a new hobby, or change their life in some other meaningful way. And some people are even looking for ways to improve their machine shop productivity. Make 2017 your best year yet!… Reads more »

End of Year Manufacturing Software Savings: Section 179

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In December 2015, Congress passed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act, also known as the PATH Act. The bill’s purpose was to strengthen certain deductions and credits and also to make a few temporary deduction opportunities permanent. Among the included tax breaks was the Section 179 deduction opportunity for businesses that invest in new… Reads more »

Why Downtime is the Right Time to Implement New Shop Software

With the calendar recently flipping over to November, many shops are preparing for their least favorite time of the year – downtime. But this slow time may also be the perfect time to implement new shop software. Nearly every shop in every industry has some period of downtime. Some industries experience downtime in the summer… Reads more »

The 1 Question You Must Ask Before Buying Machine Shop Software

If you’ve recently decided to explore software options for your machine shop, that could be a wise decision. The difference between a successful shop and a shop that’s just barely making it is that the successful shop has a process that maximizes efficiency and eliminates waste. Software is often the engine that drives that process…. Reads more »

E2 and Quickbooks: A Match Made in Manufacturing Heaven

Quickbooks is the leading business accounting software platform for a reason. It’s easy-to-use, simple to learn, and compatible with a wide range of devices, platforms, and other software. If you use Quickbooks to manage your shop’s accounting process, you have plenty of company. As great as Quickbooks is, though, it can’t do everything your shop… Reads more »

3 Ways Scheduling Software Can Help You Boost Revenue

How do you manage your shop schedule? Do you use scheduling software? Or do you have a simpler system, such as a whiteboard, a spreadsheet, or maybe even a bunch of post-it notes on the shop wall? If you have resisted the urge to invest in scheduling software, now may be the time to reconsider…. Reads more »

Machine shop software: Does yours make the grade?

  Your ERP software can make all the difference between delivering on-time and being profitable versus missing customer deadlines and losing money. And it’s not just enough to have ERP software. You also need the right software for your shop, and you need to utilize it to its fullest capabilities. The good news is you… Reads more »

Why bad job costing is killing your business

You see an email come through from a new customer. They have a job they need filled, and it’s a big one. They want to know what your best price is, as they’re in the process of collecting quotes from a few different shops. You need to give them your most competitive price because you… Reads more »