Increase the Power of Your Manufacturing ERP Solution Through Integration

Topics: shop management software, Increase Job Shop Efficiency, ERP Software Integration

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 9:55:34 AM by Dave Lechleitner

 

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The Benefits of Implementing Key Performance Indicators and Improving Operational Efficiency in a Job Shop

Topics: Job Shop Key Performance Indicators

Posted on Oct 18, 2013 2:36:00 PM by Dave Lechleitner

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A quote often attributed to Albert Einstein says that, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again,yet expecting different results.” Everyone falls into this trap at one time or another, but in the business world indulging in this thinking can quickly lead to failure. Even if you hit a sweet spot early on and have been going off of intuition for years, you can’t afford to take chances any more in today’s business climate. Repeating what worked previously is only effective for so long.

Smart business people – job shop owners included – should have a strategic view of their business, and use a consistent set of key performance indicators to measure the performance of their business. If you are like most job shop owners, your shop is probably one of the most important parts of your life – providing income for your family today, employment for your staff, and a lasting legacy for generations to come. You can’t afford to be anything but smart when it comes to developing your company.

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Implementing Lean Manufacturing in a High Mix, Low Volume Job Shop

Topics: Lean Manufacturing

Posted on Sep 12, 2013 2:23:00 PM by Dave Lechleitner

LeanMfgBlogArticle-mediumThere is no doubt that owning and running a manufacturing job shop in today’s economy is difficult. You are facing more strenuous demands – customers are demanding price reductions and ever-higher levels of service, material prices continue to increase, and finding skilled labor is a challenge. Your burdens are not getting any lighter. Yet, the need to remain profitable and relevant to your customers does not go away, no matter what the external circumstances. You still need to maintain and grow your business. In your search for effective strategies, you may have determined that implementing lean manufacturing strategies in your job shop could be a viable option to meet these challenges. However, even as you researched or learned how effective lean manufacturing could be, you may have also realized that in many ways it may not apply to the type of job shop you are operating.

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Optimizing Your Manufacturing Job Shop - You Can’t Manage What You Don’t Measure

Topics: manufacturing skills gap, shop management software, cost of doing business

Posted on Aug 21, 2013 10:30:00 AM by Dave Lechleitner

measure2If you are an owner or a manager of a job shop or contract manufacturing facility, the old management adage of “you can’t manage what you don’t measure” is more true today than ever before. With the economic uncertainty that still abounds, the demands placed on you by customers for high quality parts at lower and lower prices, and the skills gap between those employees that you might be losing and those available in the workforce, it is critically important to understand the current state of your business through the use of real time key performance indicators or KPIs. The challenge for many job shop owners is understanding first WHAT to measure, then setting a goal or standard METRIC by which your current state is measured against also known as benchmarking, and then putting corrective actions into place to help you achieve or surpass these goals in a regular, sustainable fashion.

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Going Remote in Your Own Job Shop

Topics: cost of doing business

Posted on Aug 15, 2013 4:30:00 PM by Mike Bonfig

Remote Desktop ConnectionHow many times has this happened to you...you're out on the shop floor and there's a piece of information that you need to reference and it's back on your computer on the other side of the shop. This could be a quick glance at a CAD Drawing, a quick re-read on a customer's email or the phone number of a vendor. You can't login to a nearby machine, because it doesn't have the right software or information. You don't want to run back to your computer, because that takes time and increases the possibility of getting sidetracked. 

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Reduce Inventories—Increase Your Job Shop’s Bottom Line by 30% or More

Topics: cost of doing business, Lean Manufacturing

Posted on Jul 31, 2013 5:23:00 PM by Dave Lechleitner

inventoryFor many years, if you were a job shop or contract manufacturing owner you didn’t have to worry about inventory. You bought raw material directly to the job about when you needed it and whatever inventory you did have was usually comprised of raw material drop or remnants or a few finished parts from a previous job overrun.

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Our Most Successful Job Shop and Custom Manufacturing Customers Share Their Stories

Topics: job shops and custom manufacturers stories

Posted on Jul 26, 2013 12:56:00 PM by Star Bazella


The Curious Thing about Capacity 


July 26, 2013 ETM Manufacturing Blog http://etmmfg.com/blog 
 

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Introducing JobBOSS Quality by uniPoint - Making New Moves in Managing Quality

Topics: Quality Management

Posted on Jul 12, 2013 12:55:41 PM by Star Bazella

unipointExact JobBOSS partners with uniPoint to provide the ultimate solution for job shop quality management

 

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Standard Work Instructions— Key Lean Manufacturing Initiative for Job Shops

Topics: Lean Manufacturing

Posted on Jun 13, 2013 10:25:00 PM by Dave Lechleitner


checkmark1If you are a job shop owner and have done any research on lean manufacturing, you undoubtedly have read about the importance of documenting standard work.  Simply, standard work instructions are the written description of the safest, most efficient, and highest quality method for completing a specific task.  By its very description, it implies that standard work instructions detail the ONLY way to complete a specific task or process.  However, the very nature in a job shop is that the variety of parts that are manufactured are NOT standard and are often one of a kind with very little opportunity to determine the best way to manufacture the item.  Yet, there are ways that even job shops can implement the concept of standard work instructions and reap the long-term benefits of standardization.

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Accurate Job Costing for Job Shops — Easy as A-B-C (Part 2)

Topics: shop management software, cost of doing business

Posted on Apr 18, 2013 2:35:00 PM by Star Bazella

Accurate Job Costing for Job ShopsIn Part 1 of our article on accurate job costing, we discussed the importance of regularly reviewing the actual costs of your jobs when you are a job shop or contract manufacturer and what to look for in job shop software solutions to help you do so.  In this week’s article, we will discuss one element specifically, and that is how to determine the appropriate labor and overhead rates to charge to your jobs. 

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