Advanced Precision Machining

APM Acquires New Shop Management Software for CNC Machining Operations

[September 6th, 2013] With summer winding down and school back in session, looks like we've got some homework of our own to complete. Last month, we introduced readers of our CNC machine shop blog to the new technology of MTConnect; The digital revolution on the machine shop floor. MTConnect is software tasked with monitoring the performance of precision machining equipment. A logical first step in acquiring this cutting-edge tool, is to further modernize and automate current processes which we have in house. In time, we then hope to transition to MTConnect, to further communication between our CNC milling and machining tools. This month, we are pleased to inform our readers that we are now a proud operator of Exact JOBoss shop management software, and our homework is to fully unlock its potential. This quoting, tracking and price review software, specifically tailored to a CNC machining center, promises to change the way we do business. What does this mean for our Colorado CNC machine shop customers you ask? Let us tell you.

Exact JOBoss software, in our opinion, is the machine shop industry's most successful and relied-upon solution for precision manufacturing operations who cater to clients seeking accuracy and efficiency. The CNC machine shop business is indeed unique, and our team of certified CNC machinists are constantly up against short lead times, scheduling conflicts, resource constraints, and many more obstacles to running a lean operation. As the Exact JOBoss website tells it: "A machine shop's mix of jobs - including one-off jobs, blanket orders, complex multi-level assemblies and split jobs - can change with the next set of purchase orders. Speed, unpredictability and the need for constant rescheduling to meet short lead times make JOBoss the choice for machine shops."

At its core, this software will allow our team of Longmont CNC machinists to deliver a better end product on many levels: JOBoss promises to help us with our CNC milling scheduling, making it more flexible and efficient, resulting in on-time job deliveries. We will be better able to automate many outdated, manual processes we currently rely around the shop, thus shortening our lead times. We will also be put in a better position to eliminate what we refer to as "fat", and it needs to be trimmed. JOBoss will help in better allocation of resources, milling machines, and personnel. We are especially excited with its Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tool, which will help us on the administrative end.

We've overcome a lot, and our business continues to grow thanks to our loyal and new customer base, but there is always room for improvement. This acquisition will allow us to work faster and leaner, with more profitability. This benefits both us and our Colorado machine shop customers at Advanced Precision Machining. Have a great Autumn!

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About the Author

Gerry Dillon is a co-founder, current owner and certified CNC machinist at Advanced Precision Machining (APM), a full-service machine shop located in Longmont, Colorado. Before making his home in the United States in 2000, Gerry was born and raised on the emerald isle of Ireland and took an interest in milling and machining from an early age, ranking #1 in the Irish National Apprenticeship Program. In 2005, he partnered with his friend and colleague, Kirk Tuesburg, currently APM’s machine shop manager, together launching what’s grown into a leading Colorado machine shop. Gerry brings over 30 years of machining experience to the shop floor, and is certified in all aspects of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing.


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