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

If 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

How 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

For 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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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

In 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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8 Ways to Improve Cash Flow for a Job Shop or Contract Manufacturer

Topics: shop management software, cost of doing business, job shop business guides

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 5:32:00 PM by Star Bazella

Improve cash flow for job shops and custom manufactuers

For the small to mid-sized job shop or custom manufacturer, managing cash flow is critical to survival. Do it correctly, and you can experience slow steady growth as you build the company's net worth. Many shops close not because they run out of work, but because they didn't start out managing their cash well.

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Growing Your Job Shop with an Integrated Solution Quote to Cash

Topics: shop management software, cost of doing business, quote to cash

Posted on Feb 27, 2013 12:57:00 PM by Dave Lechleitner

For small and mid-sized job shops, the task of consistently managing sustainable growth can be quite challenging. Granted, when times are good, it is often easy to gain repeat business and sustain growth. For many customers, as long as you ship on time with reasonable consistency and offer a good price, they will continue to place orders. In harder economic times, however, this may not always be enough to keep customers around.

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5 Common and Costly Manufacturing Mistakes Made by Job Shops

Topics: shop management software, cost of doing business

Posted on Feb 5, 2013 3:44:00 PM by Dave Lechleitner

As a job shop owner, you face a unique set of challenges in today’s business world. Owning and managing a job shop may never have been particularly easy, but the modern manufacturing situation in the U.S. has only worsened. This has many job shop owners questioning whether they can even remain in business, much less thrive.

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