MakingChips Episode 108 about working overtime.

MC108: Overtime – Privilege or Entitlement?

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Hello Metalworking Nation! We are excited to be coming to you from our brand new studio at the DMDII in Goose Island, Chicago. On this episode of MakingChips, Jim and Jason talk about overtime in the manufacturing industry. Should workers count on it as a guarantee; or should it be considered a special privilege? We also speak about industry 4.0, our new studio, family vacations, and growing pains with acquisitions. In manufacturing news, we comment on Apple CEO Tim Cook’s announcement of a new fund that will invest $1 billion into U.S. companies that perform advanced manufacturing.


Episode Outline:
[00:01] – MachineMetrics
[01:50] – Our New Home
[03:00] – Manufacturing News
[07:34] – Growing Pains
[10:26] – Boston
[11:30] – Privilege or Entitlement?
[13:10] – Counting On It
[16:15] – Part of the Package
[18:55] – Work/Life Balance
[21:43] – Conclusion of Episode

Mentioned in this Episode:
Machine Metrics | MakingChips Discount
Manufacturing News
MakingChips | Marketing Series
MakingChips TV
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Jim Carr and Jason Zenger Interview DMG MORI CEO Thorsten Schmidt

MC107: MakingChips at DMG MORI USA Innovation Days in Chicago

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Hello Metalworking Nation! Today we are coming to you from DMG MORI’s Innovation Days in Hoffman Estates, IL where we are pleased to welcome some very special guests to the show. On this episode we’ll be speaking with three different manufacturing leaders, and getting their perspective on hot-button topics including automation, strategic visioning, digitization, and mitigating the skills shortage.

First, we welcome Thorsten SchmidtCEO of DMG MORI USA. Thorsten touches on DMG MORI’s strong focus on technology cycles, quality control, automation, and intelligent data collection. We also hear his global perspective on what differentiates good leaders from great leaders, and what they are doing to remain successful.

Next, we sit down with Rick Frankowitch, Operations Manager at Hommer Tool. Rick, a DMG MORI customer, shares his excitement about this year’s Innovation Days, while offering us some insight into mitigating the skills shortage issue.

Lastly, we speak with Craig Van den AvontPresident of GAM Enterprises, Inc. and a founder & President of GAM Gear, LLC. Craig speaks about the future of automation, innovating tooling, and recruiting skilled talent.

Episode Outline:
[00:01] – Industry 4.0 / MachineMetrics
[03:40] – Manufacturing News
[05:14] – Turning Things Around
[06:15] – Welcome Thorsten Schmidt
[08:29] – Regional Focus on Technology
[10:03] – Research & Development
[13:40] – Intelligent Data
[16:55] – Long-term Strategic Vision
[19:00] – Direct To Buy Platform
[21:23] – Welcome Rick Frankowitch
[22:18] – New Software
[23:42] – Mitigating the Skills Shortage
[25:34] – Welcome Craig Van den Avont
[26:00] – State of the Art Technology
[29:11] – Recruiting the Next Generation
[33:33] – Conclusion of Episode

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Manufacturing News
DMG Mori USA
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Rick Frankowitch | LinkedIn
Hommer Tool
Craig Van den Avont | LinkedIn
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MC106: A Prag’madik Way To Elevate Yourself and Your Manufacturing Company w/ Andrea Olson

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Hello Metalworking Nation! We are thrilled to bring in a very special guest this week; someone who we truly believe can help elevate your leadership to the next level. Today we welcome Andrea Olsonfounder and CEO of Prag’madik. Prag’madik  works with technology companies, industrial manufacturers, and professional service companies that are facing challenges to growth, and looking to make their operations more efficient and effective.

On this episode we’ll discuss and evaluate several different components of leadership; including hot button topics such as being pragmatic in your leadership role, establishing your company culture, and mitigating setbacks. Later on, Andrea takes us through three bullet points that you can start using to become a better manufacturing leader immediately. In manufacturing news we’ll talk about U.S. manufacturing’s robust growth in March 2017, and Jim makes a bet with Jason live on air.

Episode Outline:
[00:01] – DMG MORI Innovation Days
[02:40] – Manufacturing News
[06:11] – Vacation
[08:36] – Introducing Andrea Olson
[11:35] – Systematizing Issues
[12:30] – MachineMetrics
[13:55] – Recognizing Deficits
[17:01] – Defining Your Role
[20:30] – Superhero Complex
[23:02] – Parent/Child Perspective
[25:13] – Defining Culture
[29:38] – Mitigating Setbacks
[35:03] – Front of House Deficiencies
[38:30] – Being a Better Manufacturing Leader
[43:22] – Conclusion of Episode

Mentioned in this Episode:
DMG MORI – Innovation Days
Manufacturing News
Prag’madik
Andrea Olson | LinkedIn
MachineMetrics – Take 10% Off

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• Jim@makingchips.com
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MC105: Use Interviews to Discover Your Brand and Get More Business

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How well do you know your customers and their needs? And, how well do you meet those needs? The only way to accurately pinpoint the most important expectations of your clients and how you are performing against them is to hear it directly from them. On today’s episode, we talk about interviewing current, prospective and lost clients.

We welcome back Julie Poulos, Kacey Keegan, and Jimmy Merritello with Red Caffeine Marketing+Technology for our MakingChips Marketing Series. They share some valuable information about surveying your clients to help you better understand the collective voice of your customers. In manufacturing news, we’ll discuss the current state of the manufacturing economy and efforts to restore U.S. manufacturing to its former glory.


Episode Outline:
[01:11] – DMG Mori
[03:39] – Manufacturing News
[06:16] – MachineMetrics
[07:35] – Welcome Back Julie
[12:40] – Feedback Loop
[15:00] – Great Success Stories
[18:09] – It All Starts with a List
[20:12] – Buying Trigger
[23:00] – Pain Point
[26:12] – Surveys
[28:59] – Buyer’s Persona

Mentioned in this Episode:
DMG MORI – Innovation Days
Manufacturing News
Machine Metrics – 10% Off
Red Caffeine Marketing + Technology
Julie Poulos | LinkedIn
Kacey Keegan | LinkedIn
Jimmy Merritello | LinkedIn
Survey Monkey
Red Caffeine Keystakeholder Interviews Question Set Template | PDF Download 

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MC104: How a Former Machinist is Seeking to Empower the Shop Floor: Machine Monitoring with MachineMetrics

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Hello Metalworking Nation! Today we welcome Eric Fogg, Co-Founder and Partner of MachineMetrics, to the MakingChips Podcast. Eric started as a CNC machinist and identified an area in the throughput process that he believes can significantly help increase spindle uptime through a machine monitoring system called “MachineMetrics”. MachineMetrics is a cloud solution that improves transparency and production efficiency for manufacturing facilities by automatically collecting, analyzing, and visualizing data from people, parts, and machines. Eric tells his story and shares the benefits of the system. He’s traveled all the way from Boston, Massachusetts to join us today and we are thrilled to have him in our studio.


Episode Outline:
[01:45] – Birthday and Books
[03:30] – Manufacturing News
[08:25] – DMG MORI – Innovation Days
[10:18] – Introducing Eric Fogg
[10:42] – The “A-ha” Moment
[14:10] – Machine Metrics
[17:35] – Providing Useful Data
[19:16] – Success Stories
[22:00] – Building the Dashboard
[26:04] – Focus on Production
[30:15] – Empowering the Employee
[34:49] – Customer Benefits
[36:20] – The Right Shop
[38:30] – Customer Success Managers
[40:25] – Tracking Utilization
[42:57] – Money Back Guarantee
[45:28] – Marketing Series w/ Red Caffeine
[46:10] – Make & Elevate | MakingChips TV

Mentioned in this Episode:
Manufacturing News
DMG MORI – Innovation Days
Machine Metrics
10% Off MachineMetrics
MakingChips TV
Eric Fogg | LinkedIn

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MC103: Pumping Your Heart Into It w/Tom Carmazzi

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Hello Metalworking Nation! We are back in Burr Ridge, IL — headquarters of the Tuthill Corporation for Part 2 of our interview with CEO Tom Carmazzi.


“It’s the foundation of our success and it’s something we require of each other no matter what our role or what day it happens to be.” -Tuthill (Four Sticks)

Tom shares with us his lessons on leadership – the foundation of Tuthill’s success. We’ll hear about the “Four Sticks”, a favorite symbol of the company, and Tom tells the story of Tuthill’s “Wake the World” campaign.

Episode Outline:
[01:23] – You Have to Make Your Stand
[04:13] – “We’ll Never Stop”
[06:40] – From Values to Behaviors
[08:15] – The Four Sticks
[11:33] – Wake the World
[12:56] – Team Rubicon
[16:22] – Show Your Heart
[19:30] – Conclusion of Episode

Mentioned in this Episode:
The “Four Sticks”
Wake The World
Team Rubicon
Workshops for Warriors
Leadership and Self Deception Book by Arbinger Institute
Tom Carmazzi | LinkedIn

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MC102 – When the Workforce Becomes a Life-force w/ Tom Carmazzi

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Hello Metalworking Nation! We are coming to you from Burr Ridge, IL — headquarters of the Tuthill Corporation where we welcome CEO Tom Carmazzi to the MakingChips Podcast. Tuthill Corporation, established in 1892, has been manufacturing pumps, meters, vacuum systems, and blowers for use in a variety of foundational markets including agriculture, construction, chemical, water & waste water, energy & power, and medical.

On Part 1 of this two part interview, Tom shares some leadership principles that Tuthill uses to facilitate an environment where individuals are both motivated and effective. Tom takes us through Tuthill’s cultural journey starting from their early days in brick manufacturing all the way to today, where they continue their journey to become a Conscious CompanyIn manufacturing news, we talk about U.S. Manufacturing’s continued growth.

Episode Outline:
[02:00] – Manufacturing News
[03:41] – Patricia Miller at the White House
[05:15] – Welcome Tom Carmazzi
[07:00] – From Horses to Pumps
[09:15] – Shrink to Grow
[12:36] – The Human Heart
[14:00] – Conscious Company
[17:00] – Aware & Awake
[20:24] – It Starts With Me
[22:00] – Seeing the Value
[23:45] – Conclusion of Episode

Mentioned in this Episode:
Manufacturing News
Patricia Miller at the White House
Tuthill Corporation
Tom Carmazzi | LinkedIn

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MC101: Using Competitive Analysis to Boost Your Content Marketing Strategy

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Hello, Metalworking Nation! We are excited to team up with Julie Poulos and Red Caffeine Marketing to bring you an exclusive MakingChips Marketing episode.

On today’s show, we welcome two guests from Red Caffeine; Kacey Keegan and Dan Mantilla. Kacey- Content Writer & Strategist, shares her knowledge on Image and Brand Messaging. Dan – Digital Strategist, takes us through Digital Competitive Analysis and highlights what you can do to identify keyword opportunities in your company.

In Manufacturing News, we talk about Mars Candy’s plans to reinvestment $70 million in U.S. manufacturing.

Episode Outline:
[02:25] – Manufacturing News
[05:50] – Jim Carr’s Business Succession
[07:10] – Marketing Mistress
[12:41] – Getting started with competitive analysis
[19:00] – Service and Industry Matrix
[21:37] – Digital Competitive Analysis
[25:10] – Direct Competition

Mentioned in this Episode:
Manufacturing News
Red Caffeine Marketing + Technology
Julie Poulos | LinkedIn
Kacey Keegan | LinkedIn
Dan Mantilla | LinkedIn
Red Caffeine + MakingChips | Competitive Analysis Template

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MC100: Navigating a Challenging Workforce: An Exclusive 100th Episode MakingChips Roundtable Discussion

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Hello, Metalworking Nation! Today is an exciting day in the history of MakingChips as we release the highly anticipated Episode 100! We are coming to you live from the Technology & Manufacturing Association in Chicago, IL where we have assembled a round table panel of some of the most progressive manufacturing leaders in the Chicagoland area.

With us today we have return VIP guest, Brian Panek — Vice President of Panek Precision, Jess Giudici — Talent and Culture Manager at Smalley Steel Ring Company , Bill Downey — President at Hi-Grade Welding & Manufacturing, and Tom Simeone — President of Manor Tool.

On today’s episode, we will be discussing one of the most challenging topics that people are talking about right now —  workforce development, training, and hiring. Our panel offers their insight into the issue as they discuss solutions they are implementing in their own business.

Episode Outline:
[02:20] – MakingChips TV
[05:30] – Introduction of our Panel Guests
[09:15] – One Word for Workforce Development
[10:08] – “Challenging”
[16:42] – Finding the Next Manufacturing Leaders
[24:15] – Providing Opportunity within the Organization
[26:00] – Millennials vs Baby Boomers
[33:33] – Culture Means a Lot
[40:48] – A Bidding War
[47:08] – Robots in the Shop
[51:30] – Resume on your Desk
[57:25] – Reaching Other Demographics
[60:45] – Success Stories
[66:25] – Conclusion of Episode

Mentioned in this Episode:
Brian Panek | LinkedIn
Panek Precision
Jess Giudici | LinkedIn
Smalley Steel Ring Company
Bill Downey | LinkedIn
Hi-Grade Welding & Manufacturing
Tom Simeone | LinkedIn
Manor Tool: Metal Stamping Company | Custom Metal Stamping
MakingChips Episode 11
East Leyden High School

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MC099: The Importance of New and Routine to Elevate Your Life and Work

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Hello Metalworking Nation! After a short break, we are so excited to be back in the MakingChips studio. On today’s episode we’ll discuss the importance of creating routine processes in order to take you and your business to the next level.

“Anyone that’s a manufacturing leader knows… When you own a business that consumes you 24/7 .. you’re dreaming about it, you’re thinking about it when you go to sleep .. it’s just the way that it is.” – Jason Zenger

Later on in the episode we’ll discuss balancing your work life with your personal life, and what steps you can take to make sure the two don’t conflict. In manufacturing news, we talk about “Trumpenomics” and why we should re-evaluate the cost of domestic vs. offshore production. We’ll also discuss starting meetings on a high note, news with Carr Machine & Tool, and a certain German food that Jason specializes in making.

Episode Structure:
[02:42] – Manufacturing News
[10:02] – News at Carr Machine
[15:05] – Creating Routine Processes
[18:35] – Starting with Something Positive
[21:40] – Scorecards and KPI’s
[23:20] – Rocks and Tasks
[25:50] – Finding Balance with a Leadership Team
[29:50] – Worklife Balance
[34:34] – Conclusion of Episode

Mentioned in this Episode:
Manufacturing News

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