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How ProShop ERP Simplifies the AS9100 Implementation Process

Published On: Jun 24, 2022 12:00:00 PM

AS9100 is a widely adopted and standardized quality management system for the aerospace industry. It was released in October 1999, by the Society of Automotive Engineers and the European Association of Aerospace Industries. It’s a high-end credentialing that manufacturers get when they want to exclusively serve the aerospace industry. We couldn’t even get quotes from some customers without...

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Three Sales Tactics You Should Avoid

Published On: Jun 8, 2022 12:00:00 PM

There are three sales tactics that many salespeople use all the time that they are doing wrong. Some of these tactics—when done correctly—can be productive and lead to successful business relationships. So what are these tactics? What should you do instead? Read on. 

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10 Things to Consider When Getting AS9100 Certified

Published On: Nov 15, 2021 2:18:45 PM

Manufacturers who are AS9100 certified demonstrate to their customers that they are serious about creating and delivering high-quality systems through tested processes. The AS9100 standard works in conjunction with the ISO 9001 standard and is the quality management system (QMS) standard for aviation, aerospace, and defense. As important as this certification can be, it is no surprise that the...

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Our Top 3 Tips to Help Manufacturers Manage Supply Chain Issues

Published On: Oct 6, 2021 12:00:00 PM

Industry-wide supply shortages are creating demand. What happens when there’s demand? Prices skyrocket. Cars, raw materials, weight equipment, etc. are all rocketing in price. Car manufacturers can’t get chips which is driving up the price of current inventory. In some areas, a new Escalade is running $20,000 above the sticker price. What’s even worse?  Everyone is buying computers, laptops,...

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How to Design Your Machine Shop for Maximum Efficiency

Published On: Sep 8, 2021 12:00:00 PM

If you’re a long-time listener, you know that I’ve been in the process of moving Carr Machine & Tool. This is the first move I’ve made in my career and probably the last. But why? Because I understand the power of branding and design well. I know that existing and future clients are going to be more sophisticated and they will want to partner with similar brands. I also want to attract and...

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Filling the Trade Show Gap: Networking in the Age of COVID-19

Published On: Aug 14, 2020 9:57:00 AM

As more trade shows and conventions cancel their events, manufacturing marketers, sales representatives and executives are left scratching their heads. Globally attended expos like IMTS and FABTECH represent a massive investment for many companies, and are a vital part of their marketing strategies. With this absence, businesses are forced to answer a difficult question: How will we network now?

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How Many Avocados Does it Take to Pass a Trade Agreement?

Published On: Jun 3, 2019 7:10:00 PM

According to this week’s MakingChips news story, lawmakers will soon be voting on the new US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), pronounced “oooze meck ahh” according to Jason, or simply called “the new NAFTA” by most news outlets. The trouble is, when Washington says “soon”, how soon is “soon”? As with everything in politics, that depends on who you ask and what hurdles remain to be cleared.

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Another Day, Another Apocalypse

Published On: May 16, 2019 5:08:47 PM

It seems to me that following manufacturing news too closely is a bit like taking Nick’s mom up on her decade’s long offer of, “If you need a reason to cry, I’ll give you one.” It’s important to know what’s going on, but it’s also necessary to differentiate between fact and speculation in order to keep a healthy perspective.

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