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Start measuring marketing and sales in your job shop

I recently had the opportunity to address a large group of our customers, most of whom were either job shop owners or pretty high up in operations. I asked for a show of hands, “How many salespeople do we have in here today?” A sparse number of hands went up. I challenged the group and…

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Software can speed job shop ISO certification

Rehtek Machine Company, one of E2’s customers, was recently featured in the ‘Better Production’ section of Modern Machine Shop, one of the top metalworking publications. The article largely spotlights how the company used software to speed job shop ISO certification. We thought we’d toot his horn some – and ours too in the process – and…

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The art and science of manufacturing scheduling software

Of the many challenges facing today’s job shop owner, scheduling has to be among the toughest. Obviously, production and manufacturing scheduling software helps take much of the guesswork out of running your shop efficiently, but scheduling is still part art, and part science. Variables such as customers changing orders, vendors letting you down, data not…

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What’s the best shop management software for your job shop?

We were at a machine shop trade show recently and I had a very direct question come from one of the conference attendees. After sizing up our booth he leaned in and asked, “So who’s got the best shop management software here at the show?” What job shop software providers wouldn’t jump at the chance…

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Job shop marketing in 5 easy steps

A machine shop customer of ours recently asked us for some tips on marketing a job shop. He said he didn’t have a Super Bowl ad budget, nor a whole lot of resources to manage it. I told him not to worry: it doesn’t take tons of money to put in place some effective job shop…

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Job shop software helps shops get ISO certification

E2’s quality module and ISO quality certification for job shops got some props recently in a Modern Machine Shop article about K & E Plastics, a second-generation machine shop in Vermont. ISO 9001:2008 certification is built into the E2 job shop software solution, offering shop owners a cost-saving alternative or supplement to an ISO-certification consultant. Read more here about ISO 9001:2008…

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Job shop software plays a big role in optimistic outlook

According to several industry sources, the small- and mid-size manufacturing sector in the U.S. is beginning to show some solid signs of growth. And as manufacturers invest in new equipment, and the trend continues to return overseas production to the U.S., all indications are strong for job shop software to continue to play a bigger…

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Manufacturing software training: the key to success

A new device or piece of equipment may be dynamic and powerful. But without the user being aware of all its capability and understanding how it operates, its full potential cannot be realized. Thorough training, therefore, is critical when it comes to implementing a manufacturing software package, and more specifically, enterprise resource planning (ERP) or…

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Machine shop software enables employees to track production

Implementing a robust machine shop software solution offers many benefits to small and mid-sized manufacturing and fabrication shops. Foremost among these benefits is the ability to track production every step of the way. A quality shop management software package – for machine shops or any job shop – can be customized to meet the specific requirements of…

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Manufacturers use CRM software to build strong bonds with clients

For a manufacturing company any enterprise for that matter, controlling waste is always a top priority. During periods when the economy is sluggish, there is an even greater need to streamline processes and find ways to mitigate or eliminate value-diminishing activities. Waste does not only result from the misuse or disorganization in the handling of…

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The importance of expert (and accessible) support

As technology becomes more prominent in our personal and professional lives, our reliance on technical support also continues to increase. In the business world, with all the similarities existing between the many enterprise resource planning (ERP) software packages available, it is often the support aspect that makes the difference in which program a company chooses…

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