Shop Management, Events
April 24, 2015
Wishing to gain insights into the key issues facing CNC machine shops, Gosiger, Inc. recently sponsored a roundtable discussion among a dozen shop owners and managers in southeast Ohio. The event was held at the Aileron center for business development, north of Gosiger’s Dayton headquarters. Participants also heard a presentation by Gardner Business Media Senior Editor, Derek Korn, about the findings of the most recent Top Shops survey conducted by Modern Machine Shop Magazine.
Each participant manages a CNC machine shop. Collectively they make parts and products for a wide variety of industries including automotive and specialty machines. When asked about the key concerns that “keep them up at night,” there was general agreement that recruiting and motivating production workers, training personnel, and needing helpful information on technologies and processes that can improve productivity are at the top of the list.
Not surprisingly there was quite a bit of discussion about the difficulty in filling shop floor jobs. Among the concerns raised:
Once a shop hires a new employee, they are faced with training and motivation issues:
When asked which technologies the shops are currently using or evaluating to improve production efficiencies, the top items cited were:
We also asked the participants what initiatives they are in the process of implementing right now. The focus is clearly on improving internal operations and processes. Among many topics discussed were:
A significant finding from this event is that CNC shops would like to see more help from OEMs, equipment dealers, tooling suppliers, raw material sellers and other providers, beyond simply delivering their products. To learn about the many value-added services Gosiger provides customers of all sizes, contact your nearest Gosiger facility, and visit www.gosiger.com.