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Always Focus on the Bottleneck

Always Focus on the Bottleneck

Welcome to Part I of Countertops 101’s Best Practices Series

In most shops, the perception is you are making money if the bridge saw, panel saw, or CNC are cutting up a new project. Consequently, we like to see as many jobs being cut as possible.  However, the real place money is made or lost is at your shop bottleneck.  The bottleneck is the point at which production is slowed.

Bot-tle-neck [bot-l-neck] noun – A place or stage in a process at which progress is impeded

For instance, look at this model for either a stone or solid surface shop:

  • Saw guy can cut out 600 sq. ft. per day
  • Edge lamination guy can glue up 400 sq. ft. per day
  • Sander or polisher can only polish 200 sq. ft. per day

Q. Where would the bottleneck be? 

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Countertops 101 in 2013

There are many changes coming for Countertops 101 in 2013.  One of the biggest changes will be our focus on video.  While we can see that everyone is reading the articles we are posting, many have asked for video posts that are short sweet and have clear visuals to further enhance the topics that are being discussed.  I guess it is time to get over our camera shyness and respond to your requests.

In addition to the fabrication and installation articles we have always posted, we also want to focus more on operations, marketing and sales as well as post articles and interviews from other peers in the countertop industry.  Countertops 101 is about sharing knowledge and we hope to make Countertops 101 the resource of choice for individuals and companies in the industry in 2013!

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