This is a hot topic edition where Jim is asking Jason about vending systems for the machine shop. You may have the impression that vending machines are just for the huge companies that crank out bazillions of widgets every day. But is that true? You’re going to find out that and a ton more about machine shop vending systems in this episode of Making Chips.
There are many misconceptions about vending systems and much resistance to the idea that a small shop could actually benefit from using them, but Jason Zenger knows better. He’s been able to place systems in a variety of settings, from small to large shops and has seen the benefit in even the smallest settings.
The reason for that is simple: The cost for vending systems has dropped as the technology has increased, making the power of vending systems more affordable for the little guy. Vending systems also enable you to keep track of tool and supply usage, which in turn tells you which employees are using what items so that you can make more informed adjustments to your systems or procedures as needed. Just imagine the savings of ensuring that every part is being used to its fullest capacity!
Reduction in Spending
If it doesn’t make sense to you how those benefits come from installing and using a vending system in your shop, you need to listen in as Jason shares his experience as a representative for some vending system companies.
Major objectives of having a vending system in your shop - 3 powerful reasons.
The history of modern vending systems for the machine shop.
Aren’t vending systems geared more for huge manufacturers?
How to use vending systems in a small machine shop.
The sizes of vending machines and how to fit them into your shop.
Partnering with someone to help you manage the vending system so it doesn’t take over your schedule.
What types of supplies and tools can work with a vending system?
The process of bringing on a vending system and the importance of your vending partner.
Best practice software issues relating to your machine shop vending system.
The increasing popularity of vending systems.
3 ways small companies can benefit from vending systems.
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Machine shop vending systems for the little guys… it’s not only possible, it’s a reality.
You don’t have to be a huge shop to afford and benefit from vending systems. Find out more in this episode.
Track your supplies and tools more effectively, and keep more profit on the bottom line.
Vending systems can reduce spending, increase productivity, and increase profit, even in small machine shops.
Your machine shop can function more smoothly and profitably by using a vending system. Find out how in this episode.