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You Didn't Win the MegaMillions, But You Could Still Take Advantage of $1,000,000 in Tax Deductions

Posted on Oct 31, 2018

So, you didn't win $1.6 billion dollars. Join the club! But there's still a silver lining. What if we told you that you could buy machinery and software to help your manufacturing business and deduct up to $1,000,000 on your taxes? Well, your wish is our command! While we can’t take full responsibility (or any responsibility, really) for the creation of this glorious tax code, we can help explain it in simple enough terms so your biz can reap the benefits. Check out our guide to Section 179. Plus, see which TigerStop brand machines are 7.9% off in honor of Section 179! 

Information Technology Will Help With Faster Production Times

Posted on Jun 20, 2018

With high customer demand, Scott Brode, the Midwest Regional Sales Manager for TigerStop, says the process fromsoftware design to shipment needs to be faster. The issue, he says, is getting the workers with the skill set to thoroughly get through the process. Watch the video to learn more. 

You Can't Afford Not to Have One of These

Posted on Jun 13, 2018

What is the most expensive tool? The answer is simpler than you may think. It's the one you need and don't have. If there is a need, investing in high quality, time-tested equipment to get the job done is invaluable. But sometimes taking the plunge and sinking your hard earned cash into a new technology can bring about a lot of anxieties. Is this the right decision? It seems so expensive. Am I making the right call? Will it really do what it says it will? Among the long list of questions is the ultimate fear inducing thought: what will my wife think?!  For one family business owner, Rob Schramm, the decision of whether or not to invest in an automated length stop by TigerStop became the big topic of conversation, but he needed his wife's blessings first. Keep reading to find out if SawGear passed the test. 

How Alberta Glass Stays Ahead of the Curve

Posted on Jun 5, 2018

Architects today are sparing no expense in their designs. Beautiful curved glass is all the rage and curtain wall is the sophisticated building envelope of choice. Curtain wall allows the designer to use light and depth to create striking, complex structures with definite shock value. However, to create that desired, curved and angled look is no easy feat. It requires the glazier to spend a significant amount of resources cutting thousands upon thousands of aluminum components to the desired lengths. For one of Canada’s top glaziers, Alberta Glass, this means utilizing the right equipment to do the job quickly and accurately, is vital. And that’s why Alberta Glass trusts TigerStop equipment for the job.

How To Turn Cabinet Parts Into Scrap Without Even Trying

Posted on May 22, 2018

The road to cabinetmaking excellence is littered with part failure. The miscues that can send a part to the reject bin instead of cabinet assembly are many and varied. Sometimes the rush to complete a task leads to a botched part. Other times, not adhering to routine maintenance schedules of equipment and tooling rears its ugly head. Even when a flubbed part can be corrected it usually comes with a price: extra handling, additional labor, possibly more machine time, and more than likely time lost against the deadline. Not convinced? Then find out for yourself by doing some of the following dont's. Making heaping piles of scrap without really trying is easy! Just follow the waste producing tips below.

Less Waste And More Haste For Rice Lake Glass

Posted on May 14, 2018

We have all heard the adage “haste makes waste.” And typically this sentiment is true. Rushing through projects is often a recipe for disaster causing costly errors in the long run. But not for one of Wisconsin’s premier fenestration firms. Rice Lake Glass has adeptly skirted this conundrum. The company has found a way to significantly reduce waste while increasing production speed. Using fast and accurate technology solutions, Rice Lake Glass has improved yields, reduced scrap waste, and churned out product at an alarming speed.  

What Makes TigerStop a Market Leader?

Posted on May 1, 2018

Becoming a market leader doesn't happen overnight. It's the result of years of experience, research and development, trials, tribulations, failures, successes, and ongoing feedback from our customers. That, coupled with our brand promise to help manufacturers compete on a global scale, has propelled us forward over the last quarter of a century. Below are 10 contributing factors that make TigerStop not only a thought leader, but a market leader. 

Take a Load Off with an Automatic Infeed Station 

Posted on Apr 10, 2018

According to a recent Labor Department report, “U.S. manufacturers added 22,000 jobs in March, making the six-month hiring spree the strongest since 1998. A total of 12.6 million people are employed in the sector, the most since 2008.” While this is definitely a hip-hip-hooray for the manufacturing industry as a whole, it does create bit of a conundrum as well. More people with jobs means smaller hiring pools, and many U.S. manufacturers are forced to grapple with an increasingly large skilled labor gap. Many shops have no choice but to make do with the team they have; and for some shops that’s only possible with the aid of sophisticated manufacturing technology. Here are 5 reasons why 2018 is the year for an automatic infeed station. 

Your Suppliers' Secrets Revealed: 10 Ways To Reduce Hardwood Costs 

Posted on Mar 20, 2018

The cat is out of the bag! Your lumber supplier would be horrified if we shared his tricks of the trade, but here at TigerStop we are all about evening out the playing field. Everyone deserves to have a fighting chance. We actually make it our mission to empower local manufacturers to be globally competitive. One way to gain a competitive advantage is to increase profits by cutting superfluous costs. One of those costs is hardwood. If you have ever question whether you are actually getting what you're paying for when buying hardwood and hardwood components, well, you aren't alone. Do you really know what you are paying for when you order material that is ripped and planed? You just might be surprised by how much you are actually paying for these services. But how do you figure out what your real costs are? We are here to help!  Here are 10 things your hardwood supplier is already doing, that you should be doing, to cut costs by as much as 20-45%. The secret is out!

Why Buy A Treadmill? You Already Own A Table Saw.

Posted on Mar 6, 2018

Why work when you can workout instead? Anything around your shop can function as a dumbbell if you try hard enough. The same goes for your table saw fence. Not only can it rip wood, it can serve as a treadmill. How frequently do you have to walk around your table saw fence to prep material, adjust the fence, pull out a tape measure, mark material, cut, and double check for accuracy? Well, if you're a custom cabinet manufacturer, the answer is quite often, like hundreds of times per day. Many fitness/woodworking enthusiasts have avoided taking out gym memberships for years by simply using their table saws. It's time the secret gets out!