Shops

Battling the Brain Drain with E2

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Who would have thought that keeping old records would save the day? For Dan Rozwadowski at Eagle Grinding and Plating, those scanned-in records helped save a customer and get them more business. Sharing Knowledge Recently more and more Baby Boomers are retiring and they’re taking knowledge with them that was never written down. This is…

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The Secret to Keeping Job Shop Employees

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Keeping employees around and working at the top of their game has always been important, but as more employees retire, it becomes more important to keep the younger ones around. Motivated employees stay longer with a company and work harder. So, the question becomes how to motivate your employees. There’s more than one answer to…

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Why Corporate Social Responsibility Is Important to Your Shop

Pyramid of Social Corporate Responsibility

These days there are more options than ever for customers of manufacturers. In order to bring in new customers, you have to make your shop stand out. Of course, you can improve your percentage of jobs delivered on time and lower your percentage of rework, but customers are looking for something a little more personal….

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How to Improve Communication in Your Shop with ERP Software

As anyone who’s ever worked in a group knows, communication is key. It’s no good telling someone to use the press brake if they bend the material in the wrong place. It’s even worse if someone tells you there’s enough sheet metal for a job, but they were looking at the wrong numbers, and you…

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Changes to Section 179 Make It Better for Your Shop

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As it gets closer to the end of the year, accounting savvy manufacturers will be thinking about how to maximize their tax deduction under Section 179. Not accounting savvy? No problem. Section 179 is essentially part of tax law that allows manufacturers to write off their purchase price for qualifying equipment and/or software that they…

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Can Manufacturing Return to the US? It Never Left

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Many people have the idea that manufacturing has left the US. While it is true that many plants have been moved offshore to other countries, manufacturing as a whole is still alive and well in the US. In fact, it’s getting stronger. Manufacturing is Getting Stronger Far from dying away, manufacturing in America is growing….

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How to Use Google to Market Your Job Shop Better

Google Search

Google isn’t just a way to answer your questions. It can also be a marketing tool for your job shop. Because Google is such a popular search engine and advertiser, it’s a great idea to take advantage of its tools. Using Google effectively makes it easier for customers to find your shop, and some of…

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Prepare for Disasters with Software on the Cloud

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No one is really ready when disaster hits their shop. However, the more you can prepare before a disaster hits, the better off you’ll be if one does happen. If you have a plan in place, then you don’t have to try to figure out what to do in the middle of a disaster. You…

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4 Ways to Make Your Job Shop Better

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Whether you’re changing a process in your shop or implementing new software, there are specific ways to address change in every kind of shop. For instance, just because some things work well for repetitive manufacturers, doesn’t mean they’ll work well for a job shop. You need strategies that work with your shop’s operations. Below are…

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5 Ways to Be a Better Job Shop Boss

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Being a great boss is difficult anywhere, but working in a job shop has its own set of challenges. However, the more effort you put in, the more payoff you’ll see. Having a great boss makes it more likely that an employee will be engaged. According to a Gallup study, businesses that have the most…

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The Software Your Shop Needs to Succeed

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There are many things you can try to make your shop succeed. However, your shop can’t succeed if your employees have to wrestle with outdated software. The software’s purpose is to assist your shop. If used effectively, it will become like a partner to your shop and help it grow. E2 has been this partner…

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E2 Makes Lean Manufacturing Possible for Job Shops

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When you start looking at ways to make your shop more efficient, lean manufacturing is one of the first strategies that come up. Lean manufacturing is a strategy to eliminate waste from your shop. Waste can come in the form of wasted time or resources. Job shops typically find it difficult to use lean manufacturing…

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Machining and Enjoying Your Work

Delegating Work

It’s likely that you chose to work in manufacturing and run a shop because you want to. However, while you enjoy some parts of your job, there are other parts that you probably don’t enjoy. There’s a lot that goes into owning a shop and not all of it is fun. Thankfully, there are a…

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4 Ways to Grow Your Shop

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When you think of growing your shop, you probably think about getting more square footage. Sometimes this is the best move for your shop, and sometimes it isn’t. However, there are several ways to find growth in your shop and not all of them involve moving or building an addition. Four ways to grow your…

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Why Your Shop Needs Quality Software

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When you don’t have too many jobs, it’s easy to keep an eye on the quality of your products, but when you start getting more jobs, it becomes more difficult. You need to make sure that everything that leaves your shop meets your standards, but without some sort of quality tracking software, this can be…

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How an ERP System Can Save You Money

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You probably know that an ERP system can make your shop more efficient. However, did you know that it can also save your shop money? An ERP system can have a great impact on your bottom line by allowing you to eliminate work, work more quickly, and accurately quote and schedule. Eliminate Work Many shops…

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The Online Solution for your Shop

E2 MFG Online

Times are changing and so is software. The shift from on-premise systems to flexible, hosted solutions is the direction that the software industry is moving. Shoptech, home of the E2 Shop and E2 Manufacturing Systems, is keeping up with these changes. Managing your business can be easy with E2 MFG Online. Shoptech has partnered with…

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Keep your Shop Informed with the Monitor Application

Have you been looking for an easy way to keep your crew on the shop floor informed? Shoptech has come up with a solution that would stop you from having to run down to the floor to deliver news, updates, schedule changes, etc. The Monitor Application is a standalone program, included with the purchase of…

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How to Avoid Implementation Failure: Company Buy-In

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When you make a decision as big and important as buying an ERP system, you want to be sure everything goes right. You need support from all levels in the shop to get the right ERP system and for it to work as well as possible. This support is a big part of avoiding implementation…

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How an ERP System Creates Value

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Everyone knows that ERP systems create value for the shops that use them. It’s hard to know how, exactly, that value is created before owning an ERP system. Fortunately, three shops using E2 Software were willing to share their experiences and how their ERP system has helped their shop. These shops found that E2 made…

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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…

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Employees Want Flexible Schedules: 3 Ways to Introduce It to Your Shop

Last month, we wrote about millennials and how they will soon dominate the workforce in nearly every industry, including manufacturing. As discussed in that article, if you don’t have a plan to appeal to and manage to the millennial mindset, you could have a tough time replacing retiring workers, filling demand, and growing your business….

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Wood Shops

Take total control of your shop with E2 manufacturing software for wood job shops Wood Shops are a mix between a job shop and a manufacturer and as such have very unique needs.  Some wood shops are solely job based where every job is different.  Those shops will never see the same job again.  Other…

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Assembly Shops

Put it all together and manage your assembly shop using E2 manufacturing software Some assembly shops create large one-of-a-kind structures while others are primarily involved in production runs and just-in-time delivery schedules. Regardless of your type of shop, all assembly shops face the same challenges including competitive bidding and managing tight profit margins. The E2…

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Prototype Shops

Plan for productivity with E2 manufacturing software for prototype job shops Prototype shops are ideal candidates for a comprehensive enterprise-wide software solution. They make prototypes that are often used as part of the product design process to allow engineers and designers the ability to explore design alternatives, test theories and confirm performance prior to starting…

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