Case Study: Single Enterprise Solution Replaces Disparate Systems, Optimizes Business Processes and Enhances Operational Control
Five Star had been running multiple legacy systems that were not fully implemented and were unable to effectively support the company’s operations as it continued to grow.
For many years, “lean” has been a hot topic among automotive manufacturers. It is well known in the industry as the method Toyota has used successfully to streamline operations, reduce cost, and optimize the quality of its products.
Based on assembly and shaping, discrete manufacturing creates final products, such as automobiles and electronics, from prefabricated components. In the past, mass production of discrete products might have been able to succeed with bureaucratic systems and closely supervised divisions of labor. Read more
Very tough machining tasks are the day in, day out task in the Oil and Gas Industries. The components are made of extremely hard and gummy materials, like stainless steel, or even Inconel, duplex and super-duplex. Abrasive and wear resistant they create a demanding job for machine tools, cutting tools and cutting materials and need to be machined efficiently to close tolerances. Adding to the challenge are a tendency to bonding and work hardening. Read more
Excel just doesn’t quite meet the expectations for manufacturers looking to integrate processes and gain real-time insight. Our new Quick Guide takes you through 5 key challenges faced by Excel users with regard to cost pricing – and how to overcome them. Read more
9 Most Common Questions and Concerns Expressed by Custom and Job Shop Manufacturers Looking to Improve Their Business
Over 6,000 small manufacturers have chosen JobBOSS to run their shops, so we’ve heard practically every question possible. Some common questions include: How much inventory do we have left? Why do mistakes always happen when we enter orders into the system? Are we making money on all our jobs? If these are the types of questions that keep you up at night, you’re not alone. We are excited to share the answers and best practices that helped solve their problems. Even one example may be the key to making your job easier and your business more profitable. Read more
The Benefits of Implementing Key Performance Indicators (KPI) and Improving Operational Efficiency in a Job Shop
If you own a job shop, you know that you are primarily a service business. Your customers provide you part drawings and specifications then you produce the parts – with your customer’s satisfaction always your primary focus. Customer satisfaction drives your business and the work coming in, because of this you need to do everything in your power to maintain high customer satisfaction. Read more
There is no doubt that owning and running a 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. This business guide is organized into three sections: Introduction to Lean – Getting Ready, Sustaining a Lean Program in the Shop and Implementing a Lean Initiative in the Office. Read more
The world of additive manufacturing is at a crucial point. There have been breakthroughs in printing larger parts. More metals are being developed for use in 3D printers. Additive is becoming part of the game plan of many different manufacturers. Read more
As technological advances have impacted virtually every facet of life, innovations have created an evolution in the assembly tools of manufacturing, as well. Pneumatic air tools have been used in manufacturing for decades. In the 1990’s, electric fastening tools became popular in assembly plants, offering more precision, accuracy and the ability to have multiple functions. Read more
While additive manufacturing has become a crucial part of the design process, it has not reached critical mass at the enterprise level. The digital thread—a single, seamless strand of data that stretches from the initial design to the finished part—can help scale and enhance AM capabilities. Read more
Every engineer has access to Excel. It’s so easy to open up a worksheet and start putting in some values. A quick calculation here, add a multiplier there, change this value because you have new information, and maybe redo the calculation with this number to see what the results would look like. The numbers look good, so you proceed with building a prototype. Read more
Often customers are unsure of what to look for in a CNC and more importantly, why? We would like to present article 1 of a 3 part series answering this question and others. There are various CNC features that are considered essential in 2015 and we will try to help establish what they are and why you need them. Read more