Filling the gaps between your systems

Topics: Lean Manufacturing, ERP, Software, Manufacturing, Job Shop

Posted on Feb 21, 2017 2:07:13 PM by Kaila Berg

Storing your valuable data in different places and formats hardly makes life easier for busy manufacturers of fabricated metal products. Excel is frequently used to fill in the gaps between these disparate, disconnected software and systems. But that’s obviously far from ideal and comes with its own set of challenges for calculators.

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Why manufacturers should make the switch

Topics: Lean Manufacturing, ERP, Software, Manufacturing, Job Shop

Posted on Jan 30, 2017 10:24:00 AM by Kaila Berg

Excel, manual processes and other ERP solutions have been around the block. And sure, they might do a few things pretty well. Yet for today’s busy manufacturer, the virtually ubiquitous solutions are far from ideal for running a business. So why stick with it? 

Excuse 1: “We’ve always used Excel.”

It’s easy to stick with what you know. Sure, you’ve always done things in a certain way and if it ain’t broke why fix it, right? But while Excel may not be broken, it is starting to show its limitations – of which there’s hardly a shortage.

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Lean Manufacturing in a Job Shop, Part III: From the Floor to the Office

Topics: Lean Manufacturing

Posted on Jul 23, 2015 9:11:59 AM by Mike Stadelman

Google LogoLean manufacturing principles can apply to the office as well, when done right.
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Lean Manufacturing in a Job Shop, Part II: Sustaining Change

Topics: Lean Manufacturing

Posted on Jul 16, 2015 7:19:34 AM by Mike Stadelman

Google LogoLean manufacturing requires utilizing metrics specific to job shops as well as incorporating cellular approaches to yield results.
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Lean Manufacturing in a Job Shop, Part I: Learning From History

Topics: Lean Manufacturing

Posted on Jul 8, 2015 4:23:30 PM by Mike Stadelman

Google LogoLean manufacturing is one of the leading methods of production in the entire industry.
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What To Expect At Exact JobBOSS Unite 2015

Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Quality Management, Increase Job Shop Efficiency, ERP Software Integration

Posted on Apr 22, 2015 8:50:58 AM by Mike Stadelman

In just a few days, we're hosting Exact Unite 2015, the Exact JobBOSS User Conference, live at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center from April 26 to April 29.
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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

There 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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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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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


If 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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