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Back to Work: 3 Tips to Reopening Your Shop

shops are reopening

Depending on your location, it may be time to reopen your business. Reopening your shop probably feels like things are going back to normal. While some things will be familiar, other things in your shop will have to change. There are several principles that shop owners can apply. By keeping these things in mind, you…

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How to Train Employees on ERP Software: A Complete Guide

training employees in the shop

ERP software can help your shop in many ways, but only if your employees know how to use it. Training your employees is important, and there is a lot to consider. Training is a huge part of implementing new ERP software, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. Learn more about what training materials to…

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Best Practices for Running a Shop during the Pandemic

using mobile apps with your erp software

Everyone is looking for answers because this pandemic is uncharted territory. Decision Makers are doing their best with the information they have, but it’s hard to come up with the best solution if you don’t know the options. There are best practices for running a shop during the pandemic, and you can apply them to…

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3 Reasons These Shops Love their ERP System on the Cloud

using an ERP system on the cloud

The days when you had to physically be in the shop to work are over. Technology has made it possible to run your shop from anywhere, save money and time, and keep it safe. There are many advances in technology that have led to this, but ERP software, on the cloud, has made huge strides…

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Data Collection: How Can It Help Your Shop?

clocking onto jobs with data collection software

The way you run your shop is only as good as the information you have. If you don’t know what jobs make money for your shop, then you can’t take more jobs like them. If the numbers you’re relying on are inaccurate, you won’t be able to run your shop as well as you’d like….

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Training Manufacturing Employees: A Complete Guide

training manufacturing employees

Manufacturing is in the middle of a change. The Silver Tsunami has already begun as more and more Baby Boomers are retiring. Manufacturers are also dealing with the skills gap, where it’s difficult to get new employees with experience. Manufacturers are getting squeezed from both sides, so training has become even more important for new…

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COVID-19 Could Lead to Growth of Local Manufacturing

potential growth for local manufacturers

Whatever else is going on in the world, people still need to buy certain things. For example, medical supplies are in high demand. People are doing their best to keep their everyday lives running as well. That means that even if your shop makes things that aren’t in high demand, there’s probably still a need…

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When a New ERP System Makes All the Difference

time for a new ERP system

ERP systems are meant to make running your shop easier. However, if you get the wrong ERP system, it can make running your shop a nightmare. Screwmatics, QT Magnetic Solutions, and Prototype Casting all had the wrong ERP systems for their shops. They switched to E2, which has proven to be the right ERP system…

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How to Keep Your Shop Running During the Coronavirus Crisis

preventing the spread of coronavirus in your shop

COVID-19 has caused a never-seen global response, so it’s difficult to know what your shop should do. You want to make sure your employees and customers are safe, but you also want to keep your shop open as long as you can. How do you balance these things? Below are four questions with possible solutions…

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How to Manage a Machine Shop

best practices of managing a machine shop

Many people end up managing a machine shop because they started it. When they started, their shop was small. However, as their shop grew, they hired more people until they were doing more managing than they were working the machines. For others, they came into a management position more directly. No matter how you got…

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4 Ways to Reduce Scrap Material in Your Shop

No shop wants to have scrap material. It is possible to sell or recycle scrap, but it’s better not to have it in the first place. Reducing your shop’s scraps can raise your bottom line and improve the flow of work on your shop floor. Quality Control One of the easiest ways to reduce scrap…

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What Your Shop Can Do with Great Accounting Software

great accounting software creates a more profitable shop

With a subpar accounting program, it can be hard to tell how much money your shop is making. Sometimes, it’s hard to tell if your shop is making money at all! Using the right accounting program will make it easier to protect your shop from economic trouble and raise your bottom line. Surviving the Recession…

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3 Ways Tracking Software Can Improve Your Shop

tracking software

One of the most popular reasons to get ERP software is to have tracking software in the shop. Tracking software impacts many different areas of the shop, sometimes in unexpected ways. Good tracking software can improve estimating, deadlines, and the shop’s bottom line. Estimating A large part of estimating is the knowledge of how long…

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How to Pick Your Shop’s Social Media Network

social media platform

So, you’ve decided to put your shop on social media. Now, you have to decide which network to use and if you want to use more than one. With any network, you’ll want to commit to an update schedule that you can handle. For example, at first, it may seem like a good idea to…

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How to Improve Your Machine Shop’s Productivity

seeing improved productivity

Every shop wants to improve productivity but making that happen can be tricky. Once productivity goes up, so does the bottom line and all sorts of other things, but getting started can be difficult. This is especially true if you’ve already tried to make your shop more productive and have run out of ideas. Below…

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Why Purchasing and Ordering Matter in a Job Shop

purchasing and ordering for inventory

A job can’t run without materials. That necessity is part of why purchasing and ordering are so important, but they can have an even bigger impact on your shop. It’s critical your shop has a program for purchasing and ordering that can keep up. Otherwise, you could be spending too much money and sending out…

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Top 10 Most Popular Blog Posts in 2019

blog posts

As we welcome 2020, we also take one last look back at 2019. Below are our top 10 blog posts from last year. It looks like many people wanted to make their shops more efficient, figure out scheduling, and improve their shop overall. Then again, who wouldn’t? Let’s get started with the tenth most popular…

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The Best Part of Having an ERP System

the best part of using an erp system in your shop

The best part of having an ERP system is how much it improves your shop. How it makes your shop better depends on what you need it to do and how you use it. For example, you may need an ERP system that tells you exactly where your jobs are so you can meet tight…

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5 Ways Technology Helps Your Shop’s Bottom Line

using quality technology in the shop

We’ve all heard that technology can make our lives better, but it can be hard to know, specifically, what technology to use. There are plenty of examples of technology that can be used in a job shop. Some things, however, work better than others. Below are five examples of technology that can do wonders for…

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Why Your Employees Want Your Shop to be ISO Certified

ISO Certified Shop

You probably already know how getting ISO certified can help your shop. Potential customers like to see that your shop is meticulous enough to have earned this certification, and in some cases, they require it before giving your shop work. So, it’s understandable that shop owners would like to have this certification. However, shop employees…

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How E2 and Kaizen Can Make Your Shop Better

kaizen

Every journey starts with a single step. When you’re trying to improve your shop, it’s easier to start with small changes and goals. This is kaizen in a nutshell. Kaizen literally means “continual improvement”. When used at work, there are 5 key principles to kaizen: know your customer, let it flow, go to Gemba (or…

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Battling the Brain Drain with E2

brain drain

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

catered lunch for employees

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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Get Peace of Mind with Shoptech’s Data Entry Services

data entry services with E2

Implementing a new ERP system is one of the most difficult parts of using a new system. One often-forgotten part of this process is moving information over from the old system into the new one. If the old system was spreadsheets or another ERP system that will let you export your information, this process should…

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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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