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Do you want to be a Top Shop? Paul Van Metre, co-founder of ProShop Software and former owner of a top CNC shop, explains how you can transform your business using a System to turn your business into a Franchise Model whether or not you want to open additional shops.

A Franchise Model provides predictable consistent value through documentation and order. It allows for the lowest possible level of skill and eliminates tribal knowledge.

Work on your business – not in it.

Shopware attended and exhibited at the inaugural Top Shops Conference in Indianapolis earlier this month. It is put on by magazine publisher and media company Modern Machine Shop. The conference’s focus is to review data from their annual survey (this year 350 shops submitted) and determine what makes a shop a Top Shop. Shops get to see how they stack up to their industry counterparts while seeing the technologies, strategies, and processes that leading companies are applying.

Beyond the survey data and analysis presented by MMS, attendees get to hear speakers and see curated vendors. MMS did a great job of focusing the content and vendors on showcasing leading edge strategy and technology.

Key takeaways:

1. If you have a CNC machine shop you should be at this conference. Not only is the benchmarking important, but you’d be doing your business a disservice if you’re not considering the technology, processes, and strategies that the top shops are using.
2. Cutting tool strategy is a major indicator of shop performance. Top Shops spend more on people, equipment, and tooling – but there is a larger discrepancy in the amount spent on tooling between Top Shops and the rest.
3. The Top Shops report opens with the importance of having an ERP/Shop Management Software. If you can’t understand your costs you can’t possibly hope to be a Top Shop.

The median Top Shop invests:

  • 21% More on its people

  • 31% more on capital equipment

  • 72% more on tooling


It was nice learning that shop management software was even more important for our customers than we even imagined going into the conference.

“ERP has greatly streamlined data collection and increased productivity by 120 percent.”
“Implementing ERP reveals actual costs and revenue where they happen.”

A Top Shop:

  • Makes a greater investment in advanced machine tool technology, other equipment and people

  • To create new processes more capably and efficiently

  • Which leads to stronger financial performance

We are already looking forward to Top Shops 2018, which will take place Sept. 13th at IMTS 2018.
For more information: http://www.topshopsevent.com/
http://www.shopwareinc.com/products/

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Now that we’ve done our Mastercam 2018 Rollouts we are going to present a longer and more focused webinar broken into 2 parts. Thanks to everyone that attended our Rollouts in IL, WI and IA.

The 2 webinars will be approx. 75 minutes in length with time for questions after. These will be in-depth covering what’s new in 2018 and enhancements in detail for those that couldn’t attend in person. Video recordings will also be available of these 2 webinars after. 

Webinar 1: 2018 General Enhancements, Design/Solids, and 2D/3D Mill

Date:

Wed, September 27th

Time:

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM CDT

Click here to sign up for webinar 1

Webinar 2: Lathe/Prime Turning, Mill Turn, Multi-Axis, Simulator, Tool libraries

Date:

Wed, October 11th

Time:

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM CDT

Click here to sign up for webinar 2

Space is limited, Sign up today!


Join us at our Mastercam 2018 Rollout event!

Mastercam 2018 brings a new suite of programming tools focused on delivering speed, automation, and efficiency for all machining jobs. 2018 offers new 2D/3D Milling features, Design improvements, powerful turning and Mill-Turn enhancements, and so much more.

If you or your team wants to learn how you can transition seamlessly from the new Mastercam 2018 register today. Limited to the first 100 registrants. Lunch will be provided and Mastercam 2018 hardcopies and other swag will be distributed.

Here’s a brief rundown of what we’ll cover.

  • New 2D/3D milling features
  • New CAD Tools for the Shop Floor
  • Powerful Turning and Mill-Turn Enhancements
  • Machine Cloud and CoroPlus
  • Streamlined workflow

Tentative Itinerary:

  • 9:00-9:30am- Registration, Coffee, Networking with Mastercam Peers
  • 9:30-10:15am Mastercam 2018 Introduction & Design Enhancements
  • 10:15-11:00am Mastercam 2018 Mill Enhancements
  • 11:00-11:30am Mastercam Lathe/ Mill-Turn
  • 11:30-12:00pm Mastercam other Applications Enhancements (Tooling Libraries, Multi-Axis, Etc.)
  • 12:00-1:00pm Lunch – ProShop ERP/QMS Presentation
  • 1:00-2:00pm Cutting Demonstrations (TBD, depending on location)

Rollouts have been completed. See our newer post for our Webinar Rollouts to see more!


You know us as the local distributor of Mastercam.  That won’t change, but we’ve decided to add another world-class product that we will begin selling, training, and supporting. We’ve hired additional, separate staff for this product so your best-in-class Mastercam support will continue.

ProShop is the best shop management software we’ve come across and it is a perfect complement to Mastercam and the customer base we have.

It’s is more than ERP software. It is more than MES and QMS software. It’s an innovative new way to manage every aspect of your front office and shop floor so you can make the right decisions to maximize performance & profits.

Developed over the course of nearly 20 years on the shop floor of a CNC machine shop, ProShop was built by a manufacturer for manufacturers.

  • 100% paperless
  • Web-based
  • ERP, MES, QMS

ProShop completely integrates a robust and proven ISO-9001 and AS9100 certified Quality Management System.

In our research leading up to the decision to represent ProShop we heard the horror stories of implementing this type of software – that won’t be the case with ProShop – they have a track record of 30-day implementation.

Check out all the modules included to manage each aspect of your business.

See reviews on the software comparison site Capterra.

Please ask us for a Demo today to see the fundamental improvements ProShop can bring your business.

We only represent the best manufacturing solutions and you can expect the same level of integration and support from our team with this product.

Sincerely,

Bill Angsten

GM

Email us to Schedule a demo

Mastercam 2018 Exclusive CAM Support of Sandvik Coromant PrimeTurning™ Method

Sandvik Coromant PrimeTurning™ and CoroPlus® ToolLibrary are part of the CoroPlus suite of connected solutions provided by Sandvik Coromant to facilitate digital machining and the transition to Industry 4.0. For more information about Mastercam’s integration with CoroPlus® ToolLibrary, please click here.

Toolpath strategies for the biggest innovation in turning…since turning

A new set of free Mastercam turning strategies, will support Sandvik Coromant CoroTurn® Prime inserts and their new turning concept, the PrimeTurning™ method. This ground-breaking concept allows you to turn in all directions resulting in high productivity gains while increasing tool life.

The new Mastercam 2018 automated turning strategies simplify CAM programming and saves significant time. The innovative CoroTurn® Prime inserts, combined with Mastercam’s automated toolpath generation, help programmers increase productivity 50-80%, achieve high material removal rates, while doubling the tool life over conventional inserts currently in use.

The new Mastercam strategies support both CoroTurn® Prime A-type inserts, designed for roughing, finishing, and profiling, and B-type inserts for heavy roughing applications. These toolpaths allow programmers to achieve high productivity gains in ISO P steels, ISO M stainless steels, and ISO S heat-resistant super alloy (HRSA) materials.

Programmers gain full control of toolpath and cutting directions, lead in and lead out, plus automated management of speeds and feeds based on tested PrimeTurning specifications. These new features will be an add-on for all new and maintained seats of Lathe Level 1 and Mill-Turn products for Mastercam 2018. The add-on will also include a full tool library dedicated to Sandvik Coromant CoroTurn® Prime inserts and compatible holders.

For more information on Mastercam’s support for the PrimeTurning method and the CoroTurn® Prime inserts and how you can start using this in Mastercam today, please contact us.