Old Tech Is New Again at WIMTS 2019

Challenges: Technology, Watch

Last week, MakingChips made the trek to Milwaukee, WI for WIMTS! While this was a smaller show, it still had a lot to offer.

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Creating Company Presence through Value Driven Content Marketing

Challenges: Growth, Watch

Content marketing provides an opportunity to expand your business and to offer something of value to the manufacturing community around the world.

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Why Manufacturers Need to Get on Social Media

Challenges: Technology, Watch

Believe it or not, your manufacturing customers are on social media. In fact, that is one of the most powerful ways to connect with them.

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A Manufacturing Career Could Be the Answer

Challenges: Workforce, Watch

Choosing a new career path or education route can be intimidating, but a manufacturing career may just provide the perfect solution! Sarah Wierman shares her inspiring story and helpful insights into joining the manufacturing industry and how being

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The Power of How-To Manufacturing Videos with Haas

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HAAS Automation is leading the way in how-to manufacturing videos as an education tool for manufacturing leaders around the globe - as well as a content marketing tool to demonstrate how to use the newest HAAS equipment.

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Closing the Manufacturing Skills Gap Through Inspiration

Challenges: Community, Watch

How can the Metal Working Nation close the manufacturing skills gap? As the manufacturing industry continues to grow with the demand for fast and excellent production, it is imperative that the proper skills be found, fostered, and taught. Even with

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What Is A Manufacturing Leader?

Challenges: Leadership, Watch

Here at MakingChips, we talk a lot about the manufacturing leader and how we are working to equip and inspire them. But, what is a "manufacturing leader?" Is it a business owner? Somebody who works in the C-suite of a manufacturing company? Or maybe

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The Entrepreneurial World of the Metalworking Nation

Challenges: Leadership, Watch

Being a manufacturing leader is difficult, especially if you are a manufacturing entrepreneur! With so many possible opportunities and pitfalls, it can be hard to know how to navigate the small-business world of an entrepreneur. John Saunders joins

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What Is the Best Way to Fix the Skills Gap?

Challenges: Leadership, Workforce, Watch

We all know about the skills gap in manufacturing! In fact, it's almost become an overused buzzword... but that doesn't mean it has gone away. In fact, the skills gap is more prevalent now than ever! So, how do we fix it? There are a lot of ideas

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The Power of Associations - What Do They Do?

Challenges: Leadership, Community, Watch

While we were out in California, we visited the LA National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA). But associations are an old model... what is the power of associations in the future?

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The High Cost of Higher Education

Challenges: Workforce, Watch

Kurt Preisendanz is the Director of Training at the NTMA Training Centers in Southern California. Passionate about sharing the opportunities that machining has to offer the next generation, Kurt explains the challenges that trade schools face and

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Humanized Automation Is Taking Over Metalworking Nation with Autocrib

Challenges: Technology, Watch

We got to drop in at Autocrib, where they create vending machines for the manufacturing shop. From solving the issue of lost tools and parts to supplying a charging station for electronics, industrial vending machines will help manufacturing leaders

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Meet Your Robotic Tool Crib Attendant

Challenges: Technology, Watch

Steve Pixley - Founder & CEO of AutoCrib - dives into why vending machines are the Metal Working Nation’s new best friend on the shop floor. From solving the issue of lost tools and parts to supplying a charging station for electronics, industrial

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What Is Brand Voice in Manufacturing?

Challenges: Watch

After visiting Haas on our field trip to California, we sat down to discuss a recent podcast that Robert Rose from the Content Marketing Institute put out.

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Visiting the Largest Machine Tool Manufacturer in the US

Challenges: Workforce, Watch

MakingChips is on the road again, and this week we visited Haas Automation in Oxnard, California. Mark Terryberry, the celebrity and face of Haas' YouTube channel, toured us around the massive headquarters.

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MakingChips Live at the Okuma THINC Developers Group

Challenges: Leadership, Technology, Watch

We visited Okuma in Charlotte, North Carolina for an event for their THINC Developers Group. This podcast was recorded live onstage during the event! With so many automation systems available, it can be hard to know which to use to meet your

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Automation Is Not Just Robots

Challenges: Technology, Watch

Whenever we talk about automation in manufacturing, everybody always imagines robots picking, placing, and rapidly moving parts inside a safety cage. But, automation isn't just about robots!

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Cobotics Innovation Paves the Way of the Future

Challenges: Workforce, Technology, Watch

Cobotics are a current hot topic in the MetalWorking Nation. Innovation within the AI spectrum is opening new doors and possibilities for manufacturing leaders who are willing to embrace change. Guest speaker, Craig Zoberis, shares his “Aha!” moment

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Making Chips Means Making Money

Challenges: Process, Watch

Let's talk about our tagline... "If you're not making chips, you're not making money!"

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Utilizing Artificial Intelligence for Efficient Data Collection

Challenges: Technology, Watch

Data collection has taken many forms in the history of manufacturing, and now is the time to embrace the most efficient form yet - artificial intelligence.

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