Getting them all working together effectively is bliss.  Today’s manufacturing environment is highly competitive.  At the end of the day making money comes down to productivity.  Getting the most out of your equipment and managing every resource effectively is critical.  Your people and your equipment – it’s all you have to satisfy the all important Customer.  When it comes to cutting parts for profit, responsibility and accountability go hand-in-hand.  Putting the tools in place to monitor, track and manage your shop is just plain good business.  I see a lot of machine shop operations in my travels.  In my opinion, the ones that are the most successful are those who are committed to constant improvement and are willing to change.  And remember, Rome was not built in a day.