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Episode 152 | Technology

This week on MakingChips, Jason asks Jim whether or not you really need a 5-axis machine. Every manufacturing company owner has to determine the right time to add a new piece of machinery to his or her shop. That decision isn’t always easy. More often than not, there are multiple good options that leave the

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Episode 151 | Workforce

Guests: Greg Jones

The growth and impact of manufacturing tomorrow depends on the next-generation leaders you are investing in today. During this episode of MakingChips, Greg Jones, Vice President of Smartforce Development at AMT, discusses how he is trying to help reduce the skills gap that exists in manufacturing. He also gives some practical ways that manufacturing leaders

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Episode 150 | Technology

Guests: Russ Waddell

If you are a manufacturing leader, then it is imperative that you learn all you can about MTConnect and the digitization of the manufacturing industry. As the internet of things continues to grow, companies should be prepared to integrate technology into their company. During this episode of MakingChips, Jim and Jason talk with Russ Waddell,

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Episode 149 | Leadership, Workforce, Growth

Guests: Julie Poulos

Can you see a return on investment in company culture in your business? It’s a question that every manufacturing owner or operator should consider. Much of the focus in manufacturing is on production. However, one of the biggest investments you can make in your company and brand is in the area of culture. Investing in

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Episode 148 | Leadership, Technology

Guests: Doug Woods

On this episode of MakingChips, Jason and Jim sit down with Doug Woods, President of AMT to discuss the digital transformation in the manufacturing industry. Doug has had a lifetime of experience in manufacturing and now shares that experience with manufacturing leaders around the globe. He has a passion for innovation and for helping others

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Episode 147 | Leadership, Workforce

Guests: Aneesa Muthana

Few people are champions of manufacturing education like Jim’s guest on this episode of MakingChips, Aneesa Muthana. Aneesa began working in her father’s manufacturing shop when she was a very young girl, answering phones and making chips of her own. She has grown up with a deep understanding of what makes the manufacturing industry special

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Episode 146 | Leadership, Growth

Guests: Bob Bechtold

  In order for your manufacturing company to outlast your leadership tenure, it’s a good idea to have a succession plan. After investing so much time and energy into building a successful company, it can be difficult to hand over your responsibilities to another person. Having a succession plan can ensure that the right person

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Episode 145 | Leadership, Growth, Process

Guests: Julie Poulos

In order to generate measurable growth in your manufacturing company, you need to develop a sales playbook. While marketing can help you get noticed among prospective clients, a sales division converts them into revenue producing clients. In order for these two branches of your organization to work effectively, they need a unified process. The sales

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Episode 144 | Leadership, Community, Growth

Guests: Matt Guse

Developing a positive culture within your manufacturing business could be the key to reaching the next level of success with your company. On this week’s episode of MakingChips, you’ll hear from Matt Guse, President of MRS Machining in Augusta, Wisconsin. Matt took over his family manufacturing business in the late 90s after being a machinist

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Episode 143 | Growth, Technology

Guests: Ryan Wiegel

Buying used equipment might sound like a bad idea. Purchasing brand new brings about a sense of excitement and confidence. However, in the manufacturing world, buying new equipment can be incredibly expensive. This week on MakingChips, find out how buying and selling used equipment can be a great option for your company. While it may

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Episode 142 | Community, Growth, Technology

Guests: Peter Eelman

Whether you are a veteran attendee of IMTS, or you are planning your first experience, this week’s episode of Making Chips is for you. For 90 years, the International Manufacturing Technology Show has been the premiere manufacturing show in North America. It takes place in Chicago on even-numbered years. Peter Eelman has been involved with

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Episode 141 | Workforce, Process, Technology

Guests: Mike Polizzi

In order to have a successful cutting tool manufacturing business, you must have a plan. As Benjamin Franklin once said, failing to plan is planning to fail. Manufacturers shutter their doors every day, not because they aren’t providing a valuable service, but because they have an outdated business plan. You have to consistently invest in

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Episode 140 | Leadership, Process

Guests: Julie Poulos

Building an outbound marketing strategy for your marketing business is crucial. The reality is that, in order to stay in business, you have to have customers. You need someone willing to buy what you are manufacturing. While it would be great to have a product or business that sells itself, more often than not there

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Episode 139 | Workforce, Technology

Guests: Mike Ramsey

This episode, recorded live at a recent conference, consists of a conversation between Jim and Jason and their guest, Mike Ramsey, Global Vice President of The Industrial Diversified Market Unit at Kennametal. Kennametal is a global manufacturer of cutting tools, mills, drills, taps, and more, so Jason and Jim thought it would be great to

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Episode 138 | Technology

Every now and then a technology comes along that everyone is talking about, and high pressure coolant systems are the big topic of conversation in the manufacturing world right now. Jim and Jason discuss these amazing systems on this episode of MakingChips. They cover the advantages of high pressure coolant systems, how you can determine

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Episode 137 | Process, Technology

Hello Metalworking Nation! We are thrilled at what’s to come in the near future for the MakingChips Podcast. While Jim and Jason are busy implementing the final changes to the new MakingChips, we wanted to share with you one of our favorite episodes from the MakingChips Vault. On this episode we interview Matt Sump, Account

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Episode 136 | Leadership

Guests: Stacey Bales

Hello Metalworking Nation! We are thrilled at what’s to come in the near future for the MakingChips Podcast. While Jim and Jason are busy implementing the final changes to the new MakingChips, we wanted to share with you one of our favorite episodes from the MakingChips Vault. On this episode, we interview Stacey Bales, 2nd

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Episode 135 | Leadership

Guests: Patricia Miller

Startup” ]Hello Metalworking Nation! We are thrilled at what’s to come in the near future for the MakingChips Podcast. While Jim and Jason are busy implementing the final changes to the new MakingChips, we wanted to share with you one of our favorite episodes from the MakingChips Vault. On this episode, we will be speaking

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Episode 134 | Technology

Guests: Brian Panek

Hello Metalworking Nation! We are thrilled at what’s to come in the near future for the MakingChips Podcast. While Jim and Jason are busy implementing the final changes to the new MakingChips, we wanted to share with you one of our favorite episodes from the MakingChips Vault. On this episode, we will be speaking with

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Episode 133 | Leadership, Growth, Process

Guests: Phil Sponsler, David Shirkey

Hello Metalworking Nation! We are excited to bring back Phil and David from Orbitform as we conclude our interview with a detailed discussion on Orbitform’s continuous process improvements. We’ll talk about the steps that your manufacturing business can take to start implementing continuous process improvements. In manufacturing news, we give our take on the newly passed tax reform

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Episode 132 | Growth

Guests: Phil Sponsler, David Shirkey

Hello Metalworking Nation! We are excited to bring you part two of our interview with David Shirkey and Phil Sponsler of Orbitform. David and Phil walk us through their process of grading potential acquisitions. We’ll also hear about their active involvement in The Assembly Trade Show and how they quantify their ROI. Later on, we learn about David’s discovery of the

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Episode 131 | Growth, Process

Guests: Phil Sponsler, David Shirkey

Hello Metalworking Nation! On today’s episode, we welcome two very special guests from Orbitform to the MakingChips Podcast. We are pleased to welcome Phil Sponsler (President of Orbitform) and David Shirkey (Manager of Strategic Initiatives). Orbitform (Jackson, Michigan) manufacturers custom assembly machines and assembly systems to customers and industries around the world. Phil and David tell us the

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Episode 130 | Process, Technology

Hello Metalworking Nation! We are coming to you from our studio at the DMDII in Goose Island, Illinois. On today’s episode, we continue to have a dialogue about what you can do to prepare your manufacturing business for the future. Jim and Jason talk about how future technologies will impact their respective businesses as they build on

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Episode 129 | Leadership, Growth, Process

Hello Metalworking Nation and Happy Holidays from all of us at MakingChips! We are happy to be back in our DMDII studio where today we will be expanding upon some similar processes from our last episode. What does your future look like?  Do you have a short, medium, and long-term vision of where you see your company? Jason and

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Episode 128 | Leadership

Hello Metalworking Nation and Happy Thanksgiving from MakingChips! Where do you see your manufacturing business in the next five years? Do you have a vision of your company’s future? On today’s episode, Jim & Jason share 5 Questions that Manufacturing Leaders need to ask themselves right now. In manufacturing news, we talk about a groundbreaking new surgical procedure and

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Episode 127 | Growth

Hello Metalworking Nation! We are thrilled to be back in the MakingChips studio! On today’s episode we answer a listener’s questions about the social media platform, LinkedIn. Jim and Jason both share their individual strategies for using the business platform — notably for creating a conversation, strengthening their personal brand, and connecting with like minded individuals. They’ll share their

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Episode 126 | Growth

Series: Marketing for Makers Guests: Julie Poulos, Natalie Dubs, Dan Mantilla

Hello Metalworking Nation! We are pleased to bring you another episode in our #MarketingForMakers series with Red Caffeine Marketing + Technology. On today’s episode we welcome back Red Caffeine’s Julie Poulos along with Dan Mantilla and Natalie Dubs as they help you answer the question — “Who Do I Market To?” Where do you start? It

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Episode 125 | Workforce, Process

Guests: Bill Strauss

Hello Metalworking Nation! We are pleased to welcome back by popular demand, Bill Strauss – Senior Economist and Economic Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. On today’s episode Bill shares his professional insight on several different topics relating to manufacturing and the global economy. We’ll hear about manufacturing’s economic performance in the U.S., the potential

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Episode 124 | Leadership, Community

Guests: Patricia Miller

Hello Metalworking Nation! We are excited to welcome back Patricia Miller – CEO of Matrix 4, to the MakingChips Podcast. On today’s episode we hear about Patricia’s visit to the White House on behalf of the National Association of Manufacturers. Patricia was seated directly next to President Trump as the group discussed efforts to boost manufacturing in the

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Episode 123 | Leadership, Workforce

Guests: Rich Hoster

Hello Metalworking Nation! We are coming to you LIVE from the Valley Industrial Association’s Manufacturer’s Collaboration Conference in Sugar Grove, Illinois. On today’s episode of MakingChips, we answer the question: What is a chaplet? – Hint, it’s used in castings. We welcome Rich Hoster, President at Smith and Richardson Inc. Rich takes us through some of the strategies that Smith and Richardson uses to help

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Episode 122 | Technology

Guests: Michael Dickson

Hello Metalworking Nation! We are broadcasting remotely from a Xometry Vendor Partner, GT Automation Group in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Today we welcome Steve Gildea, President at GT Automation and Michael Dickson, VP of Customer and Partner Success at Xometry to the MakingChips Podcast, as they give us a deeper dive into the Xometry brand. We’ll hear about

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Episode 121 | Leadership

Guests: Stacia Hobson

Hello Metalworking Nation! Today on MakingChips we welcome back Stacia Hobson for the second half of our two part interview. On this episode we’ll hear about how her father reacted to their confrontation. Stacia also shares with us how she was able to take control of the business, what she would do differently in hindsight, how Image Industries

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Episode 120 | Leadership

Guests: Stacia Hobson

Hello Metalworking Nation! On this two part episode of MakingChips, we welcome Stacia Hobson, Co-Owner of Image Industries, Inc to our remote studio at the TMA in Schaumburg, IL. Image Industries offers stud welding solutions for compact construction equipment to service the agricultural and construction markets. They are the industry leaders in manufacturing threaded fasteners &

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Episode 119 | Leadership

Guests: Patricia Miller, Will Scott

Hello Metalworking Nation! Two weeks ago we were joined by Patricia Miller and Will Scott of Matrix 4 as they introduced us to the roles of Visionary and Integrator. Today, we take a deeper dive into those roles as we learn how they have been implemented at Matrix 4. Patricia and Will share the impact that these vital roles

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Episode 118 | Growth

Series: Marketing for Makers Guests: Julie Poulos, Kacey Keegan

Hello Metalworking Nation! We are excited to bring you another episode in our #MarketingForMakers series with Red Caffeine Marketing + Technology.  Today we welcome back Julie Poulos (Vice President) and Kacey Keegan (Content Writer & Strategist) as they equip you with the key elements to consider when planning your marketing strategy. Topics on today’s episode include: creating a

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Episode 117 | Leadership

Guests: Patricia Miller, Will Scott

Hello Metalworking Nation! We are excited to bring back a former guest who’s incredible journey over the last few years has seen her go from an industry “newbie” to a manufacturing “rockstar”. Two years ago we introduced you to Patricia Miller of Matrix 4, who had recently left her career in marketing to take over

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Episode 116 | Leadership

Guests: Nicole Wolter

Hello Metalworking Nation! On today’s episode, we bring you part two of our interview with Nicole Wolter, President of HM Manufacturing. Last week we heard about a dire situation within HM Manufacturing that rocked the family business to it’s core. On this episode, Nicole shares how the company recovered, implementing new procedures and processes to help lift HM

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Episode 115 | Leadership

Guests: Nicole Wolter

11Hello Metalworking Nation and greetings from our studio at the DMDII in Goose Island, Chicago.  On this two part episode of MakingChips, we welcome back Nicole Wolter, President of HM Manufacturing Company. Nicole shares the captivating story of HM Manufacturing, a company that began with her father’s passion for F1 racing. The downturn of the economy in 2008 proved

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Episode 114 | Growth

Series: Marketing for Makers Guests: Kathy Steele

Hello Metalworking Nation! We are happy to bring you another episode of our #MarketingForMakers Series with Red Caffeine Marketing + Technology. Today we welcome back back Julie Poulos as she introduces Red Caffeine’s Founder & CEO — Kathy Steele. On this episode of MakingChips, we focus on integrating technology into your business. Kathy and Julie walk us

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Episode 112 | Leadership

In business, we all know things don’t always go the way they’re supposed to. Shipments become delayed, orders aren’t finished on time, and plans can change in an instant. Sometimes you can’t keep up with your end of the transaction. So what is the appropriate way to respond to these unfortunate occasions, even if they’re

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Episode 111 | Growth

Series: Marketing for Makers Guests: Julie Poulos, Chaz Klein

Hello Metalworking Nation! Today, we are bringing you another episode in our #MarketingForMakers Series with Red Caffeine. We are pleased to welcome back Julie Poulos as she introduces Red Caffeine’s Tech Lead /Lead Developer / Front End Designer  — Chaz Klein. Today’s episode focuses on the face of your business — your website. Julie and Chaz guide us through

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Episode 109 | Growth

Series: Marketing for Makers Guests: Julie Poulos, Shannon Callarman, Danny Wyse

There are 12 Master Brand Archetypes. Which one are you? Hello Metalworking Nation! We are thrilled to bring you another episode in our MakingChips #MarketingForMakers Series with Red Caffeine. On today’s episode we welcome two special guests from Red Caffeine; Shannon Callarman – Content Director and Danny Wyse – Graphic Designer. We’ll hear Shannon explain what

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Episode 108 | Leadership, Workforce

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

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Episode 107 | Technology

Guests: Thorsten Schmidt, Rick Frankowitch, Craig Van den Avont

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

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Episode 106 | Leadership, Process

Guests: Andrea Olson

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 Olson, founder 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

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Episode 105 | Growth

Series: Marketing for Makers Guests: Julie Poulos, Kacey Keegan, Jimmy Merritello

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

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Episode 104 | Technology

Guests: Eric Fogg

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

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Episode 103 | Leadership

Guests: Tom Carmazzi

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

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Episode 102 | Leadership

Guests: Tom Carmazzi

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 &

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Episode 101 | Growth

Series: Marketing for Makers

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

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Episode 100 | Leadership, Workforce, Community, Technology

Guests: Brian Panek, Jess Giudici, Bill Downey, Tom Simeone

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

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Episode 99 | Process

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 ..

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Episode 98 | Leadership

Guests: Paul Van Metre

Hello Metalworking Nation! Today we are excited to bring you another story that we hope will equip and inspire the younger generation of manufacturing leaders. Flying all the way in from Washington State, we are joined by Paul Van Metre, Co-Founder and VP Marketing of Adion Systems, an ERP-based software solutions company. Paul shares with us his success

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Episode 96 | Technology

Guests: Jeff Rizzie

“My first clue that we need to do something different is when I’m told that we’ve done it that way for 20 years.” – Jeff Rizzie Hello Metalworking Nation! We are glad to have you back for another episode of MakingChips. We have an exciting episode in store for you today as we welcome back Jeff Rizzie, Sr. Manager of

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Episode 95 | Growth

Series: Marketing for Makers Guests: Julie Poulos

Hello Metalworking Nation! On today’s episode of MakingChips, we reunite with two time guest and longtime fan of the show, Julie Poulos, Vice President of Red Caffeine Marketing. Julie, better known as Vice Princess, Mistress of Marketing and/or Social Butterfly, loves sharing her passion for marketing + technology with anyone who is looking to move the

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Episode 93 | Process

Hello Metalworking Nation! We welcome you to another episode of MakingChips. On today’s episode, we share some tips that will help you stay productive and battle distractions. From resisting the temptation of checking email first thing in the morning to minimizing distractions in the workplace, we’ll give you some guidance on ways to avoid being unproductive. In Manufacturing News, we discuss

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Episode 92 | Process

Hello Metalworking Nation, we are excited to be back in our MakingChips Studio! On this episode of MakingChips, we dive into the 5S Methodology and how it’s implementation can help your business improve it’s productivity. The five key steps, just like its name suggests, all start with letter S.5S is the name of a workplace

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Episode 91 | Process, Technology

Guests: Paul Ricard

Hello Metalworking Nation! On this episode of MakingChips, we sit down with Paul Ricard, Co-Founder, Co-Owner and President of DP Technology Corp. Paul has nearly 35 years of experience in the CAM industry in managing sales and marketing, application engineering and customer support as well as product design and software development. Paul’s passion in manufacturing has helped DP Technology

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Episode 90 | Community

Series: IMTS Live - 2016 Guests: Doug Woods

On this episode of MakingChips, we are very pleased to welcome Doug Woods, President of AMT–the organization behind IMTS 2016. AMT (The Association For Manufacturing Technology) supports and promotes the U.S. manufacturing technology industry. The association provides U.S. builders of manufacturing systems with the latest information on technical developments, trade and marketing opportunities, and economic

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Episode 89 | Leadership

Series: IMTS Live - 2016 Guests: Scott Gasich

Hello Metalworking Nation! Today on MakingChips, we speak with Scott Gasich, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Haas Automation. Haas Automation is an American machine tool builder that designs and manufactures precision machine tools and specialized accessory tooling. Haas is one of the largest machine tool builders in the world by total unit volume. Starting with company culture, Scott gives

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Episode 88 | Leadership

Series: IMTS Live - 2016 Guests: Nicole Wolter

On this episode of MakingChips, we welcome Nicole Wolter, Vice-President of H.M. Manufacturing to the show. H.M. Manufacturing is a family-owned, gear and pulley manufacturing facility in Chicago that specializes in Custom/Standard Pulleys, Gears, Sheaves, Shafts and Pulley Stock. Today’s topics of discussion include Nicole’s rebranding of H.M. Manufacturing, ingenuity & innovation in machine technology, and shopping

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Episode 87 | Leadership, Technology

Series: IMTS Live - 2016 Guests: Ray Ziganto

On today’s episode of MakingChips, we welcome back our good friend Ray Ziganto, President of Bi-Link, to the show. Bi-Link is a global mechanical component supplier that specializes in Stamping, Injection Molding, Die Cut, EMI/RFI Shielding, and  Assembly. Today’s topics of discussion include advancements in manufacturing technology, 3D measurement systems & scanners, and IMTS “Orphans”. Later on

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Episode 86 | Workforce, Community

Series: IMTS Live - 2016 Guests: Jeremy Bout

On this episode of MakingChips, we welcome special guest Jeremy Bout, the Producer and Host of Edge Factor to our show. Edge Factor produces inspiring, high impact media that tell the stories of innovative teams who design and build incredible products that impact lives and ultimately… the future of the country. Their mission is to equip educators

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Episode 85 | Growth

Series: IMTS Live - 2016 Guests: Julie Poulos

Welcome to another episode of MakingChips. On this episode, we welcome Julie Poulos of Red Caffeine back to our show. Julie talks with us about the importance of telling your company’s story while building relationships. We also discuss takeaways from IMTS, marketing automation, and Julie shares some tips on prospecting. Early on in the show we welcome Chuck Rigali of

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Episode 84 | Technology

Series: IMTS Live - 2016 Guests: Meghan West

On this episode of MakingChips, we welcome two very special guests to the show. Meghan West and Ben Mund of CNC Software Inc., the developers of Mastercam CAM software. Meghan serves as President of the company, and Ben is the Senior Marketing Analyst. Both Ben and Meghan talk to us about their respective positions with CNC Software Inc., their

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Episode 83 | Workforce

Series: IMTS Live - 2016 Guests: Elena Valentine

Welcome to the first mini episode of MakingChips. In this special MakingChips mini episode, we welcome back Elena Valentine of Skill Scout to the show. Elena talks about what brought her to IMTS, what’s new at Skill Scout, the Smartforce Student Summit, and the resurgence of the maker movement. Episode Structure: [01:30] – What Brought you

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Episode 82 | Process

Series: IMTS Live - 2016 Guests: Noah Goellner, Nick Goellner

Welcome to another special edition of MakingChips! On this episode, we meet with Nick Goellner and his brother Noah at the IMTS 2016 TV studio. Nick works as the Marketing Director at Hennig and AME. Hennig designs and produces custom machine protection and chip/coolant management products for state-of-the-art machine tools. We talk about how Nick and Noah got involved

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Episode 81 | Process, Technology

Series: IMTS Live - 2016 Guests: Jason Harrelson

This week: We are coming to you live from IMTS 2016! On this special episode of MakingChips, we welcome Jason Harrelson, founder of Harrelson Trumpets to our IMTS TV studio. Harrelson Trumpets is a leading manufacturer of world class trumpets and accessories. Jason talks about how he got started building custom made trumpets, the process and

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Episode 80 | Leadership

Today on MakingChips, we answer a question from a listener and aspiring manufacturing leader named Doug. Doug asks the question: “Not being a manager yet, what can I do to promote a positive culture/work environment at work?” Jim and Jason share their respective opinions on the matter. In Manufacturing News, we talk about concerns over rising wages

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Episode 78 | Process

Guests: Karla Dobbeck

On this episode of MakingChips, we welcome back Karla Dobbeck to the show. Karla is a certified professional in Human Resource Management with over 20 years experience in many aspects of human resource management and employment law compliance issues. Karla shares some tips and tricks to help machinists elevate their resume to the next level. In manufacturing news,

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Episode 77 | Leadership, Process

Where are you going? Knowing why you’re doing what you’re doing (your mission), where you’re trying to go (your vision), and how you’re going to go about it (your values) are the glue that holds an organization together. On this episode of MakingChips, Jim and Jason dive into the subject of corporate vision. Notably, the

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Episode 76 | Leadership, Process

On this episode of MakingChips, we welcome to the show Bill Angsten, co-founder of Compass Automation. Compass Automation designs and builds custom equipment to automate manufacturing processes. Bill talks with us about how he started the company, what Compass Automation does differently, maintaining a strong company culture, and marketing yourself differently. In manufacturing news, we talk

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Episode 75 | Leadership, Process

It is not unusual for multiple members of a family to work at the same business.  However, such situations can be troublesome if the relationships give rise to suspicions of favoritism or unfair treatment. We see this a lot in family business, government, everywhere.  After all, it’s in our human nature to help those we love and

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Episode 74 | Technology

How is digital manufacturing going to affect the modern machine shop? On this episode of MakingChips, we are joined by Jeff Rizzie, Senior Manager of Business Development at Sandvik Coromant. Jeff talks with us about the next phase of digital manufacturing and what changes we can expect to see in the future in terms of process

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Episode 72 | Process

On part 2 of this episode of MakingChips, we continue our discussion with Bill Strauss, Senior Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Topics discussed in this episode include the world economy, energy prices and their impact on manufacturing, borrowing and loans, education, growth rate, future economic trends, and the millennial generation. Episode Structure:

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Episode 71 | Process

On part 1 of this 2 part episode, we have a conversation with Bill Strauss. Bill is a senior economist and economic advisor in the economic research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. His research papers include analysis of the manufacturing sector, the automotive sector, the Midwest regional economy, the trade-weighted dollar, business cycles

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Episode 70 | Leadership

Today on MakingChips: We welcome a very special VIP guest to our show,  Sean Holt – President for the Americas at Sandvik Coromant. Sean has more than twenty years of engineering, business development and management experience. He is currently responsible for Sandvik Coromant’s organization in North and South America. Sean shares his background with us, his history with

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Episode 69 | Process

We’re all familiar with Murphy’s Law; “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong”. We’ve talked about this extensively in a previous MakingChips episode on crisis management, but what can you do to make sure that your manufacturing company is covered in the event that something goes wrong? “It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of

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Episode 68 | Process, Technology

Today on MakingChips: We are coming to you from the Sandvik Coromant Headquarters located in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. On this episode, we have a conversation with special guest Troy Stashi, Industry & Application Specialist in Automotive/Milling at Sandvik Coromant. Troy shares his expertise on several different topics including milling, efficiency, and trends in machining. In manufacturing news, we talk about HP’s

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Episode 66 | Community, Technology

When it comes to starting up your own business, it isn’t always easy finding the the right space for exploring, creating, and developing your new ideas. What if you could assemble a community of like-minded people in a place where you can share ideas, be inspired, and collaborate with other creators. “It started with four or

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Episode 65 | Process

There are several options when it comes to selling one of your old machines. Some are more convenient than others, but might offer you less money than what you expected. With a little bit of added effort, you can get the most money out of your old machine. On this episode of MakingChips, Jim shares his steps for creating

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Episode 64 | Workforce

The Manufacturing Industry of today looks a lot different than it did 20 or 30 years ago. Modern machine shops are safe, clean working environments; equipped with high-tech machinery. Unfortunately, there is still a stigma associated with manufacturing as a “dirty” and “dark” profession. So how do we change this perception amongst our youth?  Or perhaps more importantly,

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Episode 63 | Process

There is an old saying: “Expect the best, prepare for the worst.” It’s not something we want to think about, and it can be a difficult topic to discuss. Crises don’t happen very often, but when they do occur, they tend to have significant consequences. Without a well-thought out, strategic plan, your business is at

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Episode 62 | Leadership, Process

Throughout history, successful individuals such as Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, and Thomas Edison all met with groups of like-minded people on a regular basis, to help one another achieve common goals and grow. Today, this concept is called a “mastermind”, and is very well known amongst successful business owners.  In fact, many consider some concept of

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Episode 61 | Leadership, Process

We come to you from two separate locations (Dallas & Chicago) on this remote episode of MakingChips. Today we talk about establishing and exploring your manufacturing company’s niche. Jim and Jason share their idea of what niche means to them in their respective companies. In Manufacturing News we discuss Five Vital Steps to Set Up a

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Episode 60 | Leadership, Workforce, Technology

On this special episode of MakingChips, we recap the 2016 Crain’s Manufacturers Summit with interviews from several VIP guests. First, we speak with John Sapiente of Elgin Die Mold and Trident Manufacturing about the challenges of running two businesses. Second, we have Jason Scher of Vosges Chocolate who speaks to us about working with your spouse, and the evolution of Vosges

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Episode 59 | Leadership

Women are the future of manufacturing industry leaders and essential to the success of the industry. However, many women in manufacturing have experienced a gender bias which has excluded them from core managerial roles such as production supervisors and operations managers. Compounding the issue, many people think of manufacturing jobs as dirty, unskilled, back-breaking labor. That’s not

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Episode 58 | Process

A few months ago, we met with Craig Zoberis of Fusion OEM to talk about his company’s Core Values. In that episode, we covered the importance of figuring out who you are as a company and what you stand for.  More than anything, being a leader is about staying true to the values and principles that you have built your company on. Leadership

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Episode 57 | Workforce

Guests: Rob Stuebing

[smart_track_player url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/makingchips/MC057.mp3″ title=”MC057: Creating a Future Workforce – How a Council of Manufacturing Leaders Takes a High School Metals Program to the Next Level – with Rob Stuebing” artist=”MakingChips ” social=”true” social_twitter=”true” social_facebook=”true” social_gplus=”true” social_linkedin=”true” ] Last week, we talked with Frank Holthouse about East Leyden High School’s Metals Program, and how they are providing

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Episode 56 | Workforce

Guests: Frank Holthouse

Just a few years ago there were stories of mass layoffs in the manufacturing industry. However, that is no longer the case. In 2015, Forbes listed Machining as one of the top 10 hardest jobs to fill in the United States. Today, Manufacturers are increasingly looking to high schools and community colleges to fill current

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Episode 55 | Process, Technology

Guests: Elena Valentine

An important part of what makes a manufacturing leader successful is their ability to think outside of the box. This line of thinking should also extend to the hiring process. Successful companies are good at bringing the right people into their team, but it isn’t always so easy. What if you had the ability to see candidates

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Episode 54 | Process, Technology

Guests: Elena Valentine

Finding the right person for your company is crucial for building a thriving business. When recruiting for open positions, employers look for candidates with the skills, experience, and demeanor they believe will benefit their company. That said, it isn’t always easy to identify candidates who understand the needs and expectations of the job. What can

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Episode 53 | Leadership

For many manufacturing leaders, the idea of delegating tasks can cause a feeling of uneasiness. Maybe you think you’ve got everything under control, or that things always have to be done your way. In reality, doing everything yourself is simply impossible, and can cause you unnecessary stress. To be an effective leader you must be

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Episode 51 | Process, Technology

Some people think additive manufacturing will radically change the face of manufacturing. Although it is still a relatively new technology, additive manufacturing (also referred to as 3D Printing) has caused quite the buzz in the manufacturing community. Will additive manufacturing eventually become the way of the future, or has it’s usefulness been overhyped? “Additive can not do

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Episode 50 | Leadership, Workforce, Community, Growth, Process, Technology

This is MakingChips Episode 50! In this episode of MakingChips, Jim and Jason recap some of their favorite episodes and interviews from the last year. This episode highlights the story behind MakingChips, as Jim and Jason share their experiences from the beginning to where they are today. “Jason and I really want to thank each

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Episode 49 | Leadership

Guests: Peter Zelinski

What makes a good leader? Leadership is the single most important factor in the success or failure of any business. Great leaders use their leadership traits to motivate, inspire, and build high performance teams around them. The role of an innovative leader greatly differs from the conventional image that many people hold of good leadership.

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Episode 48 | Leadership

Guests: Eric Schmid, Heidi Schmid

The thought of leaving your machine shop for even a few hours can be enough to cause anxiety for many manufacturing leaders, so it may seem impossible to imagine running your business from halfway across the country. “To make manufacturing work, to make money, you feel like you have to grab it so hard it slips

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Episode 47 | Leadership

Guests: Craig Zoberis

Last week on MakingChips, we sat down with Craig Zoberis of Fusion OEM for the first half of a two part interview. This week, we cover a range of topics relating to a company’s Core Values. In part two of this episode, Craig shares with us his set of Core Values that define his company while guiding his team member’s

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Episode 46 | Leadership

Guests: Craig Zoberis

In the modern business era, we consistently hear the terms “core values” and “company culture”. Among many other business terms, we have integrated these words into our everyday language. But what are company core values and why are they so important? In this two part episode of MakingChips, Jim and Jason sit down with Craig

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Episode 44 | Process

Episode 44 of MakingChips is inspired by Matthew Feight of Miller Welding.  He writes: I should start by saying that I am a Plant Manager for contract manufacturer in central Pennsylvania. We have approximately 400 employees within our 3 locations and are a contract manufacturer of fabricated metal products with capabilities in cutting, bending, welding,

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Episode 43 | Process, Technology

Guests: Jon Berard

Get out your scuba gear, we’re taking a deep dive today! In this episode of Making Chips Jason and Jim are with a guest, Jon Berard who has a ton of experience in the research and implementation of ERP (Enterprise Resource Management) systems in manufacturing businesses. Jon’s got a lot of actionable advice for both

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Episode 42 | Leadership, Community

Chambers of commerce have been around for a very long time. The very first recorded mention of a chamber of commerce was in Marseille, France in 1599. Trade associations have an equally long history with Associations finding their roots in organizations such as the church, medieval craft guilds, and merchant trading groups. Both groups still

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Episode 41 | Growth

The Mazak event is almost here. Act now to be a part of this amazing event! Mazak is a company that leads the way in the manufacture of advanced technology solutions including Multi-Tasking, hybrid Multi-Tasking, 5-axis, milling, turning, CNC controls and automation. Their upcoming event, Discover 2015 is one of the largest events held in

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Episode 40 | Technology

The world has changed since the days of your grandfather’s old, dusty, dingy manufacturing shop. Technology and a global economy are forcing these changes and the American manufacturing industry is changing along with it. Small manufacturers now have to compete on a global level and it’s to the advantage of all manufacturers within the United

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Episode 39 | Leadership

Guests: Michelle Mabry

  Outline of this episode [1:06] The upcoming Mazak event, “Mazak Discover 2015” – click to register for this incredible event. [3:12] Introduction to this episode: An inspiring story about following your passion! [3:45] Industry news – Jim and Jason’s participation on a panel at DMDII discussing smart manufacturing, and Jason’s journey in working through

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Episode 38 | Leadership, Process

Guests: Tom Hilaris

Welcome to Episode 38 of the MakingChips podcast.  In this episode Jason Zenger and Jim Carr discuss growth through acquisitions in the manufacturing industry with Tom Hilaris of Ergoseal. Outline of this episode [1:17] Extended promotion of www.OnlineMetals.com from Thyssen Krupp (sponsor). Get your 15% discount by using the code CHIPS2 (through September 2015) [3:12] Business

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Episode 37 | Technology

Guests: Sarah Calidcott

In this great part-two episode, Jason and Jim continue their conversation with Sarah Caldicott. Besides being an extremely intelligent student of business and innovation, Sarah is an author and the great grandniece of Thomas Edison. Her study and writing is largely based on her own interest in her famous relative who was not only an

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Episode 36 | Technology

Guests: Sarah Calidcott

Thomas Edison was an undeniable genius. His processes and inventions still influence the way we live our lives today. Today’s conversation is one that will turn the lights on (no pun intended) for you and your manufacturing team if you’ll open yourself up to some ways of thinking about how you run your business. Today’s

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Episode 35 | Workforce, Community

Guests: Hernán Luis y Prado

The last episode of Making Chips featured a conversation with Hernán Luis y Prado, U.S. veteran and founder of Workshops for Warriors. This episode is a continuation of that important conversation. Hernán is passionate to see two things: the manufacturing industry rebuilt in a sustainable, truly effective way, and the reintegration of veterans into the

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Episode 34 | Workforce, Community

Guests: Hernán Luis y Prado

There is a problem in the United States among Veterans of the U.S. Military After sacrificing a great deal to protect their homeland, U.S. Veterans often struggle to find their place in civilian society. It’s especially difficult for those who are injured or disabled and come home to industries and jobs that are not suited

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Episode 33 | Process

The nature of things in the manufacturing industry has changed. Gone are the days when a physical filing system will adequately contain all the documents and resources you need to help your company thrive. The technology era is here and the manufacturing leaders of the future will be the ones who are able to stay

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Episode 32 | Leadership, Process

Guests: Karla Dobbeck

Why are employee annual reviews a bad idea? It’s not the idea of having a meeting with employees that’s a bad idea, it’s the verbiage we use to describe what is happening. An “annual review” or “evaluation” has a top-down implication that puts the employee in a helpless and often defensive posture. They are going

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Episode 31 | Workforce

Guests: Harry Moser

Outsourcing jobs to China and other countries used to be the most affordable option for many manufacturing companies. But changes to the global economy have caused changes that make it not only affordable, but even advantageous for U.S. Manufacturers to bring jobs home. Harry Moser is a veteran of the manufacturing industry and upon retirement

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Episode 30 | Leadership, Process

Guests: Karla Dobbeck

Every employer has to deal with the complex issues that are a part of employment law in the modern age. But they also have to run a shop that is well-tuned and efficient. Too often those two responsibilities conflict in ways that they don’t expect. In this episode of Making Chips, Jason and Jim are

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Episode 29 | Process

Today’s episode of Making Chips features a listener question. You can leave your question for Jim and Jason to answer by going to www.MakingChips.com to leave your question. They just might answer it on an upcoming podcast episode. Today’s question has to do with costing out a job. Is there a standard formula or way

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Episode 28 | Leadership

Guests: Patricia Miller

We introduced you to Patricia Miller of Matrix IV back in episode 26 and in today’s episode we’re going to do a deeper dive into the challenges and victories Patricia has faced as she’s taken over the reigns of her family’s ailing manufacturing company. The insights she shares as a former marketer from the biotech

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Episode 26 | Leadership

Guests: Patricia Miller

They still said, “You’re crazy… but there were positive things.” That’s what Patricia Miller’s professional associates told her when she started investigating the possibility of taking over her family business after she’d already pursued and been successful at a career that included marketing, corporate leadership, and politics. Put yourself in her shoes and you’ll probably

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Episode 25 | Workforce, Community

Where do you typically find the best employees for your manufacturing company? How do you go about finding them? As you’ll hear from Jim and Jason’s stories in this podcast episode, everyone gets into the business through a different path. But the guys believe there’s a huge reservoir of future manufacturing leaders in High School

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Episode 24 | Growth, Technology

That’s how strongly Jim feels about the power of having a presence on LinkedIn. It’s not just for job-seekers, it’s for anyone who wants to engage in dialogue and exchange of information in a business niche. Manufacturing is one of those and you might be surprised at the amount of information flowing back and forth

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Episode 23 | Process

Every now and then we like to go to square one to discuss some fundamental issues surrounding the work done in the average machine shop. This episode is one of those episodes. Jim and Jason are talking SFPM – Surface Feet Per Minute in this episode. If you don’t understand what SFPM is, or if

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Episode 22 | Leadership, Growth

Guests: Julie Poulos, Ray Ziganto

Manufacturing leaders know what they do because they do it every day. But how do you communicate your areas of specialty and expertise in a concise, powerful way so that your prospective clients are able to get it right off? That’s what a corporate snapshot is for. In this episode of Making Chips, Jim and Jason

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Episode 21 | Technology

Guests: Jon Baklund

In this episode, Jason and Jim are chatting with Jon Baklund, a veteran tool and die maker who started in the manufacturing industry when he was 19. His father still works in the shop daily, and his wife works in the business as well – so it’s a true “family” business. His business, Baklund R

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Episode 20 | Process, Technology

Does your machining company need a vending system? This is a hot topic edition where Jim is asking Jason about vending systems.  You may have the impression that vending machines are just for large manufacturing companies, but is that true? You’re going to find out that and a ton more about vending systems in this episode of

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Episode 19 | Growth

Series: Marketing for Makers Guests: Julie Poulos

In this episode, we interview Julie Poulos about the brand image of your manufacturing company and why strategy is most important. Being “the best kept secret” should NOT be your goal. Why starting with a new website or a new logo is NOT the right first step. Marketing Steps: Competitive Analysis Interviews Online Analytics Influencer

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Episode 18 | Leadership, Community

Guests: Ray Ziganto

In this episode, we interview Ray Ziganto, who created a new concept called “The Hardware Store” for reaching his customers by being innovative, thinking outside the box and finding the Alpha Engineer. Your first place is your home. Your second place is the workplace. The “third place” is another location that connects you into a

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Episode 17 | Process

Guests: Michael Magliano

In this episode, we interview Michael Magliano, an industrial real estate broker from Cushman & Wakefield, about strategies for buying, selling and leasing industrial real estate. Disclaimer: This episode is just over 37 minutes, which is longer than our typical 20-25 minute podcast. Please let us know whether you think we should stick to 20-25 minutes

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Episode 16 | Leadership, Workforce, Community

Guests: Ray Ziganto, Dave Szczupak, Jim Schultz, Cary Wood, David Boulay

In this episode we pack 5 VIP guests into one MakingChips episode.  We start with Ray Ziganto, President of Bi-Link, a global manufacturing company with 1,500 employees, sharing his take-aways from the Crain’s Manufacturing Summit.  We want you to ask yourself these 3 questions: Are you on the “leading-edge”? Are you re-thinking the education of your workforce? Are you

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Episode 15 | Process, Technology

Guests: Matt Sump

What are the 3 most important actions that manufacturers can take now to improve their utilization of Computer-Aided Manufacturing?  In this episode, we interview Matt Sump with ShopWare to discuss CAM Software and Dynamic Machining.  Jim answers the question: If you put 10 machinist in a shop and gave them a piece of material and

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Episode 14 | Process

In this episode, Jim and I discuss how grant money can help to expand your manufacturing business.  We specifically discuss the Federal TAAF (Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms) Grant that Jim was awarded and the process that he went through to receive the money. MakingChips.com/TAAF In our Manufacturing News segment, we discuss an article in the LA Times

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Episode 13 | Leadership

Guests: Fernando Ortiz

In this episode, we interview Fernando Ortiz about his inspiring rise from driver to managing Roberts Swiss, a 60 year old manufacturer of Precision Swiss Machined Parts.  Fernando gives actionable advise to others who are not born into privilege and do not have a lot of resources, but desire to seek advancement starting from the ground floor. Fernando

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Episode 12 | Leadership, Process

Guests: Aaron Wiegel

When should the owners of a business start succession planning?  NOW! Successful business succession was a vital move for the overall success of Wiegel Tool Works.  Aaron’s advise is that you can never start the planning process too early.  Marty Wiegel started thinking about succession planning for Erica, Aaron and Ryan while in his 50’s. Aaaron suggests that unsuccessful

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Episode 11 | Technology

Guests: Brian Panek

[smart_track_player url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/makingchips/MC011.mp3″ title=”MC011: Robots in your Shop with Brian Panek [Podcast]” ]Should you implement robotics into your company?  In this episode we interview Brian Panek from Panek Precision about robots at his manufacturing company.  We discuss the basics of robotics, how it has changed his manufacturing and the culture of his company. SPONSOR: Join MakingChips

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Episode 10 | Leadership, Community

Who is in your network?  In this episode, we discuss the power of networking and how to properly cultivate relationships within the Metalworking Nation. Why is networking important?  For Jim and I, our network is composed of peers who share best practices, support each other, make sales referrals AND enjoy spending time together. SPONSOR: Join

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Episode 7 | Community, Technology

Manufacturing conjures up an image of a dirty, physical, labor intensive job, but the reality is that the machining industry is one of the most technological forward and innovative industries.  In this seventh episode, Jim and I discuss how the industry has changed along with machine and software technology. In our Manufacturing News segment, we discuss

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Episode 6 | Process

Are international standards important for your company or your partners?  In this sixth episode, Jim and I discuss ISO and the impact of ISO on his company.  We discuss the specific standards of ISO 9001 (Quality Management), ISO 14001 (Environmental Management) & OHSAS 18001 (Health & Safety). Fun Facts: ISO, the International Organization of Standards, has 3 official languages (English,

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Episode 3 | Leadership, Workforce

Welcome to Episode 3 of the MakingChips podcast. In this third episode, we will give you 7 points to consider BEFORE a recession hits the manufacturing industry. This episode is about tactics for manufacturing companies WHEN the recession hits. That’s right, I said WHEN, not IF. If there is one thing that nobody understands, it’s

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Episode 1 | Growth, Technology

Welcome to Episode 1 of the MakingChips podcast. In this first episode, Jim Carr and I discuss how he has used social media in his business.  We explore how you can plan a social media strategy for your manufacturing business. Should you be on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter? Do social media platforms, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter

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