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Accounting software integrations boost laser cutting quoting efficiency for SMEs

Tempus Tools is introducing ToolBox laser cutting quoting integrations with Xero and QuickBooks, two of the most common small business accounting systems.

Small laser cutting and metal fabrication job shops face big challenges. With a limited number of staff on the roster, each person is performing multiple roles, from estimator, to customer service, to accountant, to production manager, and more. According to the World Bank, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) “represent about 90% of businesses and more […]

How manual quoting inconsistencies can lose laser cutting jobs

Laser cutting machines are only generating revenue with the red light is on, indicating the machine is in action. (Photo courtesy of Macro Supply)

The only time a laser cutting job shop is earning revenue is when that red light is on, sparks are flying, and the laser is in use. Everything else is done to support this activity, and to maximise the utilisation of the laser machine. This is one of the major reasons why using a laser […]

US job shop Hammers home success with attitude-first hiring

Derek Hammer, President of Hammer MetalWerks, left, and Erin Hammer, Vice President and Director of Human Resources, right, are reaping the rewards of an attitude-first hiring approach

A US-based metal fabrication job shop is taking a new approach to hiring staff, in response to skilled labor shortages, preferencing work ethic and attitude over existing skillset. Derek Hammer, President of Hammer MetalWerks, and Erin Hammer, Vice President and Director of Human Resources have found that with the right technology, you can train and […]

Tips For New Laser Owners

So you’ve just bought a new laser cutting machine… what next? A laser cutting machine is a big investment. Depending on the features included, they can be north of $1 million, so you want to be gaining maximum value from your investment. But how do you know what to charge? What are your expenses vs […]

5 Features Of A Good Quoting System

Automated sheet metal quoting is based on the data present within a 3D CAD model, combined with user-inputted, non-geometric information. It cross-examines the model in order to withdraw geometric data that is applicable to sheet metal manufacturing, such as the number of bends, the thickness of the material, and the length of the cut. With […]