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Published On: Feb 13, 2024 12:00:00 PM

What are the pros and cons of plasma cutters vs. water jets vs. lasers? How does cutting with nitrogen differ from cutting with oxygen? How is technology driving innovation in fabrication? R.J. Reed and Brendon DiVincenzo join us in this episode of MakingSparks to cover all things lasers and fabrication. Because if you’re not MakingSparks with the right tool, you’re not making money. BAM! – Nick

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Published On: Nov 29, 2023 12:00:00 PM

How do you select the right ERP for your business? What should the implementation process look like? What are some mistakes you must absolutelyavoidmaking? In this episode of MakingChips, Paul Van Metre shares some of the lessons he’s learned from failed ERP implementations. Because if you’re not MakingChips, you’re not making money. BAM! – Nick

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Published On: Nov 22, 2023 12:00:00 PM

Why do you need to create video content, both for recruiting team members and bringing in new business? How can you use video to tell your story? How do you get started when you don’t have the budget to hire a production company? Casey Voelker and Matthew Nix share what you can do to kickstart video marketing for your shop—and why it’s incredibly important—in this episode of MakingChips! Because...

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Published On: Nov 14, 2023 12:00:00 PM

What is FabTech? Why should anyone in welding, fabrication, metal forming, or finishing attend FabTech? They not only hold seminars and have booths and exhibitors to visit. You won’t only learn about trends in technology and meet with potential suppliers. Most importantly, you’ll be able tonetwork. In this episode of MakingSparks recorded live at FabTech 2023, we interview a couple of people we...

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Published On: Aug 11, 2023 12:00:00 PM

Many companies strive to move toward digital transformation. Some struggle with the process. Others—like JJR Fabrication—see remarkable results. They’ve seen enormous efficiency and throughput improvements by embracing digital workflows while ensuring the physical side of their shop is in full alignment. This includes doing things like lean manufacturing work, Kaizen activities, and really...

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Published On: Jul 17, 2023 12:00:00 PM

Are you embracing automation in your shop? Or are you hesitating because you’re unsure how to implement it so that you’re making the best use of your time and money? Brian Kippen—the owner and CEO of KAD Models & Prototypes—reframes how you can use automation. In this episode of MakingChips, Brian Kippen, Steve DeGrasse, and I share how you can approach automation from a different perspective....

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Published On: Jul 3, 2023 12:00:00 PM

Paul Van Metre is no stranger to MakingChips, and we’ve shared his story before. But this time, we’re looking at it through a whole new lens. Paul and his partners started in the industry running a machine shop. Then, it morphed into a software company:ProShop. What started as a solution totheirproblems became a solution for thousands of businesses. How has ProShop become a game-changing ERP?...

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Published On: Jun 19, 2023 12:00:00 PM

What is the most impactful factor that helps machine tool distributors sell tools? Is it the quality of the tools themselves? Is it the skill of the salesperson? Is it the service that the distributor can offer? Tony Harrod—General Manager at Methods Machine Tools, Inc.—believes that one of these things sets you apart:Service: But is the answerreallythat simple? If you aren’t providing quality...

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Published On: Jun 5, 2023 12:00:00 PM

In 2018, the US Government set a standard for cybersecurity, so anyone in any industry that touched the US government had to meet the requirement—but it wasn’t happening. Now, CMMC is coming out and youwillbe audited. So what is CMMC? Does your shop need it? How can ProShop ERP help you accelerate the adoption of the different security standards? We cover it all in this episode of MakingChips....

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Published On: May 26, 2023 3:58:35 PM

There is a widening disparity in the manufacturing industry: Insanely busy shops and shops that are barely treading water. In any business, there will always be companies that thrive and grow and those that don’t. But successful shops are doing something differently. In this episode of MakingChips, Kelsey Heikoop shares four things you can do differently to get more business and make more chips....

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Published On: Apr 24, 2023 12:00:00 PM

Automation continues to be a popular and divisive topic in the manufacturing world. Automation is important for attracting and retaining young talentandgrowing your business. So we’ve been working hard to highlight the importance of automation—and where you can dive in—with our Lights Out series. Chris Luecke—the host of Manufacturing Happy Hour—has a similar goal. We’re using our platforms to...

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Published On: Apr 17, 2023 12:00:00 PM

Titan Gilroy wanted to create a platform where aspiring machinists could hone their skills, share their work, and connect with leaders in the industry to get hired. So he launched CNC Expert. You can share projects, get hired (or hire someone), receive free training to get certifications, andmuch more. CNC Expert certifications are based on real-world skills and aren’t just a piece of paper....

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