This Year's Top Shops Conference Is at IMTS 2018

12. July 2018
Top Shops Conference attendees


Is your shop a top shop?

That’s the question this year’s Modern Machine Shop Top Shops Conference answers. How does your machining business compare to other businesses? Where are you strong? Where could you get stronger? Who can help?

In order to answer those questions, organizers have created a conference program that is built “by Top Shops, for Top Shops”:

  • topics related to machining, like turning, five-axis and automation;
  • topics related to shopfloor practices like lean manufacturing and machine monitoring;
  • topics related to business strategies like customer retention, sales and marketing; and
  • topics related to human resources like compensation and professional development.

It’s hard running a machining business and it’s even harder building a machining business. The Modern Machine Shop Top Shops Conference hopes to make it easier by delivering actionable insights based on input from real machining businesses that attendees can take back to their facilities and start working on right away. 

Top Shops at IMTS 2018

Modern Machine Shop’s Top Shops event returns at this year’s largest manufacturing event: the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS). The immersive workshop will take place Thursday, September 13, serving as a valuable addition to attendees’ IMTS 2018 visit.

The technical program and peer-to-peer discussion will deliver practical solutions and business strategies that complement the variety of cutting-edge technologies on display at the trade show.

Attendees can register for the Top Shops conference for:

  • Full access to all MMS Top Shops technical sessions
  • Admission to the IMTS 2018 Exhibit Hall
  • Admission to the MMS Top Shops networking room
  • Exclusive MMS Top Shops 2018 Report
  • Complimentary meals and refreshments throughout the event
  • Entry to the Top Shops Awards Program

Meet the Top Shops

Each year, an analysis of the Modern Machine Shop Top Shops survey data reveals machine shops that define excellence in each of the four primary Top Shops categories: machining technology, shopfloor practices, business strategies and human resources.

In fact, the technical program at this year’s conference will open with an in-depth examination of the 2018 Top Shops data. Gardner Business Media Director of Intelligence Steve Kline Jr. will deliver the presentation that will identify the specific metrics that define and differentiate best-in-class machining businesses. Immediately following Kline’s presentation, this year’s Top Shops Honorees will take the stage for a panel discussion delivering practical, real-life explanations of how these shops developed category expertise in specific areas vital to not just running, but building a successful machining business.

“The event allows us to take these ideas that we've captured numerically, and talk them out, ask questions,” says Pete Zelinski, Editor in Chief of Modern Machine Shop. “It's also the chance to network with other leaders of other shops who are trying to advance their own organizations forward.”

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