December 7, 2023


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Modern Machine Shop: Top Shops: Live in Indianapolis

NTMA mentioned in Modern Machine Shop article.

This year, we’re taking the next logical step in moving our Top Shops benchmarking program forward by hosting our inaugural Top Shops Conference, September 5-7, at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, Indiana.

During initial discussions about the presentations, panels and keynotes we’d offer at the event, we knew exactly what we didn’t want: pie-in-the-sky commentary addressing topics that you might or might not eventually be able to implement into your operation. Instead, we wanted to present practical yet advanced technologies, concepts and strategies that you could implement soon after returning to your shop to help grow your business. In fact, you’ll see that many of the presenters are your peers—owners and managers of leading machine shops—who will share ways they’ve found to be more effective and efficient.

We’re presenting the conference with association partners AMT — The Association For Manufacturing Technology and the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA).

The conference is built on the four pillars of the Top Shops program—machining technology, shopfloor practices, business strategies and human resources—and the presentations as well as panel discussions will cover a range of topics in those categories. Process-related topics include five-axis machining, additive manufacturing, lean manufacturing in a job shop environment, data-driven manufacturing, shop management software, and shop automation (robots and beyond). “Front office” topics include machine shop marketing, workforce development, applying the NIMS apprenticeship program model, reaping the potential benefits of R&D tax credits, integrating risk assessment to meet the new ISO 9001:2018 standard and applying franchising concepts to streamline shop efficiencies.

Read more here.