Checklists are Boring…And Incredibly Powerful

Got a checklist? We wouldn’t have designed our Manufacturing ERP without one Does your ERP system have checklists built into the workflow? Probably not. And that’s a shame because checklists are vitally important to business and ensuring that company processes … Continue reading

“I came to IMTS because of ProShop”

IMTS 2018 just recently finished. It was a record-breaking event with over 129,000 attendees.  The energy was palpable – things were hoppin’! It was our first time exhibiting in our own booth.  In 2016 we had a banner and one … Continue reading

3 Ways that ProShop is Shaping Manufacturing

It’s hard to deny the shifts that are happening within the industrial manufacturing world. With younger generations coming into the work force, rapid improvements in technology, and Industry 4.0 in full swing, the cultures of manufacturing organizations are finding that … Continue reading

Keep Making Chips! Keep those Spindles Turning!

As Jim and Jason always say on the MakingChips Podcast, “If you’re not making chips, you’re not making money!”  We all know it’s true, yet precious few shops have formal systems for increasing uptime.  The corollary to that is reducing … Continue reading

Make ISO-9001 Work For You! Continuously Improve Your Business

Let ISO-9001 and AS9100 help you to improve your business Running a business in 2017 is all about exceeding your customer’s expectations, developing deep relationships built on trust and continuously improving your company to add more value to clients.  If you … Continue reading

Launch Your Jobs Fast

When you get a new order in your job shop, the clock starts ticking. You’ll never have more lead time to get that order delivered on-time than you do today.  Customers want everything faster these days, yet everything seems to … Continue reading

Stop drowning in a paper based QMS!

Tips to lean out your QMS. Running a regulated manufacturing company is difficult. Aside from the normal daily challenges of getting product out the door, managing employees, keeping quality high, you have the added burden of keeping perfect records of … Continue reading

Don’t Let Tribal Knowledge Kill Your Shop

Tribal knowledge can be a killer. For a smaller, stable company not on a growth path, it probably isn’t the worst thing ever – unless you lose one of your long term employees who is the only one that knows … Continue reading

Key Performance Indicators for Planning your Work

Lots of shops have difficulty getting metrics on the quality of their planning or manufacturing engineering and then translating that into more profitable jobs in the future. It is a critical step to ensure that work flowing onto the shop … Continue reading

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