Top Shops Executive Summary

Modern Machine Shop’s “Top Shops” benchmarking program shows metalworking enterprises how they stack up against similar companies.

� Launched in 2011, Modern Machine Shop’s “Top Shops” benchmarking program offers all types of shops the chance to see how they stack up against similar companies. The 2012 program began early in the year with a comprehensive online survey that identified shopfloor practices as well as operational and business metrics that define world-class competitiveness in discrete parts manufacturing.

The Executive Summary compares performance data of the Top Shops benchmarking group with the other shops that took part in the survey. That benchmarking group is a collection of the best-performing shops determined by totaling the points assigned to certain financial- and technology-related survey questions.

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Reports

Top Shops

‘Top Shops’ is a benchmarking and recognition program designed to help shops build their business.

World Machine Tool Survey

An independent annual survey that collects statistics from machine tool consuming and producing countries and compares them in real U.S. dollars.

Capital Spending Survey

An annual survey that collects statistics regarding budgeted spending on machine tools, testing equipment, software and more.

Gardner Business Index

A diffusion index measuring month-to-month changes in activity at durable goods and discrete parts manufacturing facilities.