Advice for Job Shops Just Getting Started

Whether you are just getting started or have been running your shop for decades, there are gems in this quick read for everyone. Working with entrepreneurs is one of the awesome parts of this business. I love seeing people who have a passion for what they do and are willing to take big risks to … Continued

Overengineering the Quote – Part 3: The Paperless Solution

At Paperless Parts, we’ve watched 100s of quotes get engineered using a variety of different methods. In Parts 1 and 2, we highlighted the common issues in the quoting process. In the final part of this series, we are going to talk about how the Paperless Platform streamlines this process while saving you from common … Continued

Overengineering the Quote – Part 2: The Quoting Process

At Paperless Parts, we’ve watched 100’s of quotes get engineered using a variety of different methods. This is what we learned. In Part 1, we discussed how most shops have gaps in their admin process before quoting even begins. Not only is this process very manual, but is often done by the most experienced people … Continued

Why Job Shop Growth Stalls

I recently had one of our customers ask me an important question as he prepares to take over his family’s job shop: “What keeps shops from growing past a certain point and what/where is that point?” The first part of the question is addressed by common roadblocks outlined below. Regarding the point where most shops … Continued

Case Study: How Re3DTech Saved Money and Improved Productivity

Re3DTech is an Illinois-based additive manufacturing company serving a range of clients from Fortune 50 companies to individuals. Industry: Additive Manufacturing Location: Grayslake, Illinois Company Size: SMB Critical Business Issues: Re3DTech wanted to save time and eliminate error by automating their quoting process. Additionally, Re3DTech wanted to improve their customer experience by providing a digital quoting … Continued

A Tip for Job Shops on Managing Overflow Work

Jobs sourced shop to shop are different. It is a collaborative effort between the two shops as opposed to a customer/shop relationship. The sourcing shop may have gotten slammed with orders or a machine went down. The shop receiving the overflow work wants or even needs the business. Importantly, because the receiving shop does not … Continued

How to Successfully Run a Prototype Job Shop

Tom Pursch was COO of RAPID Manufacturing, a CNC machining and sheet metal shop that grew to $50M in sales and sold to Proto Labs, Inc. (PRLB) in 2017 for $120M. Today, Tom is the CEO of PGC Wire and Cable, a custom wire harness and cable assembly job shop. Build a Repeatable Manufacturing Process … Continued

Jumpstart Email Marketing for your Job Shop

Your customer base comes with unpredictable product development life cycles. It is nearly impossible for you to predict when to contact them exactly when they need parts made. So what options do you have when you don’t have a sales team or the time to make calls yourself? How do you stay top of mind … Continued

Overengineering the Quote – Part 1 – The Admin Process

At Paperless Parts, we’ve watched 100’s of quotes get engineered using a variety of different methods. Estimating and quoting take a significant amount of time in job shops around the world. The most experienced employees or the shop owners themselves perform these activities. They are critical and have a direct impact on the business. Here is … Continued

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