AWFS 2017 Show Preview

In just 29 days AWFS will once again open the doors to what promises to be a stellar conference and tradeshow. This year, as in the past, the show floor will be loaded with nonstop activity. Technical seminars, live demonstrations and hundreds of exhibitors will share information that will help you advance your career and

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WMMA Industry Health Check

We all need checkups. It’s good to find out where we stand. Is everything working right? Is there anything that we need to pay attention to or fix? What are we doing right to keep ourselves healthy? The same holds true for your business and your industry. The Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America commissioned Stamats,

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Researching Your Competitors to Help Your Business

Everybody wants to stay ahead of their competitors; to have that edge that makes customers want to come to you instead of the other guy. That’s hard to do if you don’t know what the other guy is doing. Researching your competitors isn’t that hard to do. There are lots of resources available. Some are

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Hiring Employees With Disabilities

As diversity in the workplace becomes more and more of an issue, employers look for people with disabilities to fill positions. Some are leery of the prospect because they’re afraid of saying the wrong thing or thinking they have to pretend that a person’s disability doesn’t exist. There are laws governing the hiring of people

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CNC Routers—Why Cheapest Isn’t Always Best

Not long ago we introduced a new contributor. AXYZ International told us about the 10 pitfalls to avoid when you purchase a CNC router. Since CNC routers are largest investment some shops make, it was welcome advice. This month, in an article written by Robert Marshall, Vice President Market Development, they return with an answer

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Get Your Good Credit Back From The Brink

2008 was the beginning of a long nightmare for many businesses. Many that survived the rough times did so at the expense of their business credit. Some are still struggling to recover and wonder if they’ll ever get their good credit back. While it takes work, there are things you can do bring your business

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10 Pitfalls to Avoid When Purchasing Your CNC Router

We’re very proud to present a new contributor for the new year. AXYZ International will be presenting a number of white papers from the manufacturer perspective. In this first installment, Greg Jenkins, Vice President-sales, gives us some tips one of the most expensive, and useful, investments a shop can make.     A CNC router is one

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Looking Ahead By Looking Abroad; North American Manufacturers Get An Invaluable View on Upcoming Trends With Benchmarking

Best practices are the golden fleece of any business. We are always looking for ways to improve our business operations and processes. Often, those ideas come from outside our own organization. One way to do that is benchmarking.  Wikipedia describes benchmarking as the process of “comparing one’s business processes and performance metrics to industry bests and best practices from

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Speed up Slow Employees

We all have one. You know, that employee that does good work and completes whatever task you set for him or her. He’s just slow, sometimes really slow, and his production suffers as a result. You know he could be more productive, if you could just get him to speed up. Here are some tips

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