Marketing Automation: How to Utilize Key Tools and Improve Customer Experience

Challenges: Growth, Process, Technology, Read

Why do manufacturing companies need marketing automation? Because in the age of Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Netflix all of us expect fast, personalized service, great products, and an easy to use experience from any company we work with, including

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How Many Avocados Does it Take to Pass a Trade Agreement?

Challenges: Process, Workforce, Read

According to this week’s MakingChips news story, lawmakers will soon be voting on the new US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), pronounced “oooze meck ahh” according to Jason, or simply called “the new NAFTA” by most news outlets. The trouble is, when

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Another Day, Another Apocalypse

Challenges: Leadership, Community, Process, Read

It seems to me that following manufacturing news too closely is a bit like taking Nick’s mom up on her decade’s long offer of, “If you need a reason to cry, I’ll give you one.” It’s important to know what’s going on, but it’s also necessary to

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Fast Cars, Football, and the Family Business

Challenges: Process, Workforce, Read

Listen up mom and pop, if you have dreams of raising kids who will take over the family manufacturing business someday, you’re in luck. Comparatively speaking, kids are much more likely to want to follow in your well-laid footsteps than go

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How To Have a Tough Conversation About Succession Planning When You’re next in Succession at Your Manufacturing Company

Challenges: Leadership, Process, Read

There are somewhere around 350,000 manufacturing companies in America, and 98% have less than 500 employees. Most of these small and midsize manufacturers (SMMs) are family-owned, and chances are, if you’re reading this article, you are an owner of

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The Three Keys to Manufacturing Entrepreneurship, Part 1: Dream Big but Take Little for Granted

Challenges: Community, Process, Read

 There’s nothing the Metalworking Nation needs more than young entrepreneurial manufacturing talent. Yet, the overwhelming narrative in the media is the manufacturing industry’s desperate search for skilled workers.

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Spending too much time Indicating in your Machine Shop?

Challenges: Process, Technology

That's an indication that you may need to upgrade your workholding foundations from T-slots to Grid Plates.

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Five Workholding Tips to Eliminate the Wasted Space (and time) that Cuts into your Profit

Challenges: Process, Technology

Wasting space within the machine tool is wasting time and in the business of manufacturing, time is money. Beat Baumgartner - Triag International AG

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Evolution in Cutting Tools

Challenges: Process, Technology

One of the core values of MakingChips is to be Intelligent Designers. We want everything we create to be created on purpose and for a purpose. Whether it’s a high quality podcast episode, a keynote we’re delivering at an event, or a convincing

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6 Steps to Help Build Your Industrial Manufacturing Brand with Content Marketing

Challenges: Growth, Process

Content marketing paired with a customer-focused culture can transform your manufacturing marketing strategy from an expense into a revenue stream.

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How I Use Routine to be a More Effective Leader

Challenges: Leadership, Process

Like most leaders, I have a lot of people and responsibilities tugging at me, knocking on my door, calling my phone and occupying my calendar. I am connected to several businesses (4 to be exact - 1 is MakingChips LLC), but even those

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