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Welcome to MakingChips - We believe that manufacturing is challenging, but if you are connected to a community of leaders, you can elevate your skills, solve your problems and grow your business. Making Chips is a weekly podcast that will EQUIP and INSPIRE MANUFACTURING LEADERS to succeed in the challenging world of manufacturing. Our mission is for the METALWORKING NATION to Think Differently About Manufacturing In Order to Elevate their Game. Your hosts, Jason Zenger & Jim Carr, own manufa ...
 
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TOPCIS: Saunders chats about LEX and what ERP systems cannot handle. Grimsmo had a week off from the shop and was able to get tons of programming done. Willemin is almost up and running! Saunders received the Shapeoko HDM. Share the podcast! Email proof to businessofmachining@gmail.com to win a sit down chat with Saunders & Grimsmo!…
 
TOPICS: - Power Surges at GK after a night of thunderstorms - Haas Tap Recovery is GREAT! - Scary Haas Software Bug on Haas - Internet Speed: Don't Overlook Your Router's Limits! - Live Stream about LEx ERP System - Grimsmo's Vacation - Grimsmo Explains 75 Hard - Power to the Willemin - The Excitement of Buying Used Machine Tools…
 
I wanted to differentiate myself among other machine shops in the area with the new Carr Machine & Tool location. The shop floor is where we make our money. I took extra steps in the process to create a new image for my shop. I wanted to present it in a way that was sophisticated, high-tech, polished, and professional—while remaining efficient. Tha…
 
Everyone is familiar with the concept of networking. But how many people actually implement it to grow themselves and their businesses? In this episode of Making Chips, Jim, Jason, and I dive into how networking has impacted our businesses in unexpected ways. To hear the good, bad, and the ugly—give it a listen! Segments [0:18] Check out ProShop ER…
 
TOPICS: Spindle Utilization - Both Johns calculate the weekly percentage of working hours for their machines and discuss factors that affected those outcomes. Don't let the ERP become the company POS! Internal Culture & Branding Mori Spindle Time Increase - Grimsmo is tracking spindle time so he can make in-process tweaks to get MORe out of the Mor…
 
Part of being a machine shop owner—and a business owner in general—is that every day there’s a new challenge to navigate. A machine might break down. Perhaps someone who has been a team member for decades quits. Your factory could burn to the ground. Or your Dad—the owner and manager of the shop—gets sick with cancer. That’s how Nick Sainati was th…
 
What is the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC)? The DOD is implementing the CMMC to normalize and standardize cybersecurity preparedness across the Federal government’s defense industrial base. Meaning? If you’re doing DOD work, they’re mandating that you get this certification. So you need to know what this is all about. We’ve broug…
 
Topics: Accountabilibuddies & Truth Relentless by Tim Grover Hardmilling Speeds & Feeds CBN Endmills for Norseman Variable Feedrate & CNC Acceleration/Deceleration Adam the Machinist: Carbide for Hardmilling Zedaro Cutting Tools (WNT, Ceratizit, etc.) De Boer Tool in Toronto, Canada Weird Alarm on KERN Saunders considers custom drills LSC, Sandvik,…
 
In this episode of Making Chips, Jim and I chat with Paul Van Metre—the Co-Founder of ProShop ERP—about the process of selling his machine shop. We dissect the process, including how to understand the valuation of your company and how to make your shop more attractive to potential buyers. If you’re considering selling in the next few years, this ep…
 
TOPICS: Naming Products and Businesses Willemin Update: Oil or Coolant? While the machine can run both, after a 17- year run with oil, the experts advise Grimsmo not to change. Fire suppression is a must! CHANGE THAT WHEEL! Grimsmo creates an alert for the KERN. CNC ALARM: Tool Radius Too Large & Cutter Compensatio Fusion 360 View Toolpath, Show Po…
 
In this week’s episode of MakingChips, hosts Jim Carr and Jason Zenger bring in Federico Sciammarella, the President & CTO of MxD, to discuss the basics of cybersecurity, including the types of cyber attacks, and how a manufacturing leader can equip their shop with a strategic plan to prevent and deal with potential cyber threats. Segments 0:08 | A…
 
Topics: Saunders Get Hosed by the DIY CNC Machine Washdown System Plastic VS Brass Quick Disconnects Grundfos MQ3-35 Pump The Worst Freightmare Ever: A Perfect Storm Customs Duties & Warranty Work Ted Lasso - A Dose of Optimism & Leadership Threading Fusion 360 Imperial VS. Metric for .STL file export & Improved Contour Selection Multi-Part Probing…
 
In this week’s episode of MakingChips, hosts Jim Carr and Nick Goellner talk with Nick St.Cyr, a Product Manager at Methods Machine Tools, about his history in the manufacturing industry, the role of a product manager, and the importance of establishing a vision of the future for your company. Segments: 0:11 | Jim mentions his experience with Amper…
 
TOPICS: Saunders' grandfather has a great quote: "if something is wrong, and it can be fixed, fix it, and if you can't, don't worry about it". International shipping via DHL. Grimsmo bid on his first machinery auction! Saunders is still fine tuning coolant washdown system. Kern senses pallets loading. Airtags to track shipments?…
 
In this episode of MakingChips, hosts Jim Carr and Jason Zenger meet with Paul Van Metre of ProShop ERP to discuss 10 things to consider when going through the process of getting AS9100 certified. Segments: 0:13 | Jim talks about his time using Amper Technologies machine monitoring systems under their pilot program 2:27 | Jim shares manufacturing n…
 
In this episode of MakingChips, hosts Jim Carr and Jason Zenger talk with Peter Eelman, Vice President and Chief Experience Officer of AMT, about IMTS 2022, the return of their in-person trade show, and what’s in store for the future of IMTS events. Segments:0:08 | Jim talks about his time with the Amper Technologies pilot program for machine monit…
 
TOPICS: Business Problem Solving & Developing Systems DIY Coolant Washdown System Shipping, Customer Service Air Compressor/Drain System IoT Failure Google Sheet To Do List Thingyverse RC F1 Car: 3D Printed Parts & Inspiration Pro-Active Machine Shop Maintenance Learning the KERN - Mid Routine Program Restart: Heidenhain Block Scan, Haas Setting 36…
 
MakingChips hosts Jim Carr and Jason Zenger sit down with Akshat Thirani, the CEO and Co-founder of Amper Technologies, Inc., and Charles Morley, the President of Schleifring Medical Systems, to talk about how Charles implemented Amper technology in his shop, and the benefits it has had on his business. Segments: 0:21 Nick talks about how he sees P…
 
Hosts Nick Goellner, Jim Carr and Jason Zenger are joined by Mark Cunningham and Kim Akimoto from CLEAR Solutions Sales Consulting to discuss the differences between product and sales management at manufacturing companies, and how strategic sales tools can lead sales teams to success. Segments: 0:06 Jim talks about how he found an easy-to-install m…
 
In this episode of MakingChips, Jim Carr, Jason Zenger and Nick Goellner discuss Retirement: Yes, No or Never. This could be a step in evaluating your decision whether you are a manufacturing leader at the highlight of your career or at the beginning stages of your career with plans for greatness. Segments: 0:14 | Jim talks about Amper Technologies…
 
TOPICS: - Chip Trapper VS. Freddy - Machine Shops & Climate Control - Regularly Scheduling Maintenance - DIY Washdown system for the Haas? - 3D Printing a Detent Dropper Mechanism Creality LD002H - Information and Operations Overhaul at SMW - Communicating Important Information for Team
 
TOPICS: Both John's are reading Traction by Gino Wickman. Has tons of great information. What are the most important numbers to monitor in your business? Do you watch cash on hand on a daily basis? Standardize info without the noise. Grimsmo is trying to machine acrylic, which is tougher than it looks.…
 
In this episode of MakingChips, Jason, Jim and Nick discuss the R&D Tax Credit. This could be a huge saving for your manufacturing company, but please don’t take this episode as legal, accounting or any similar advice; you should contact a professional after you have listened to this episode. Segments: 0:40 | Jim points out that he utilizes ProShop…
 
Topics: Grimsmo shares an update about firing his father How the justice system relates to owning a business Saunders leans toward LEx tracking inventory and communicating with Shopify's API Astronaut Hangout: Outer Space, Infinitesimal Perspectives, & UFOs GK Seco Tool Update Swiss IRL - Setup, Material, Guide Bushings, Turning Centerless Ground M…
 
In episode of #267 MakingChips, host Jim Carr and Jason Zenger discuss Why You Need to Consider These New and Low-Cost Employee Benefits" Connect with us: www.MakingChips.com/contact Segments: :02 | Do you love your ERP? ProShop ERP. for additional details please visit: loveyourerp.com 1:30 | Jason and Jim discuss Employee Benefits, the shift in cu…
 
In episode #266 of MakingChips, host Jason Zenger and co-host Jim Carr Discuss 25 Trends Affecting the Future of Manufacturing in 2021 and Beyond. Connect with us: www.MakingChips.com/contact Segments: :22| Go to Loveyourerp.com and find out why so many manufacturing leaders love ProShop ERP 6:04 | Business Models, People, The World and Tools 6:25 …
 
TOPICS: Grimsmo quits (this is a good thing, we promise)! ERP Systems & Purchase Orders Raw Material Shortages Willemin (Mill-ish) coming to Grimsmo Knives from Ohio Haas VF-3 & Haas DT-2 for production at SMW! KERN & lights out production Diagnosing Tool Life Killers & Solutions (Chip Evacuation, Fusion 360 Adaptive with Ramp Taper Angle, tool coa…
 
TOPICS: How do business leaders spend their time inside their company? Saunders wants to hire a machinist or an operations manager. Saunders did an awesome tour with Area 419. DT1 Favorite machines. "Leadership is being present." Lathe facing passes and how to get the best finish. Saunders QC bin for diamond parts is getting better and better.…
 
In episode #265 of MakingChips, host Jim Carr, Nick Goellner and Jessica Peterson discuss How to Create a Diverse Community in the Workplace to Solve One of the Biggest Challenges in Manufacturing with Justin Sherman and Andrew Crowe with Equity Machine Works Segments: :02 | Jim promotes Amper, a great company that specializes in machine monitoring…
 
TOPICS: Area 419 Tour will be premiered on YouTube Monday April 19th, 2021 at 1:30 PM EDT! Cashflow, Loans, and Post Covid Economic Impacts Grimsmo's purchased a used Willemin Neodymium Magnets Swiss Miss - Saunders Decides Against Swiss for Reversible Inserts CNC Lathe Probing & Tooling Options Business Mindset - The Shift from Preparer to Reviewe…
 
In this week’s episode of MakingChips, Jason Zenger discusses 4 reasons to say no to an opportunity. Manufacturing leaders may need to say no more often to opportunities especially as the economy heats back up. Segments: :09 | Jim and Jason discuss how ProShop ERP helped with Jim’s AS9100 virtual audit. 3:59 | Jason and Nick discuss two manufacturi…
 
TOPICS: Saunders is settling in and working very hard on some updates to the shop this past year. Grimsmo dives into new coolant dispenser. Being a parent and teaching your kids cool stuff! Oil vs coolant. Grimsmo talks about ordering two new lathes! Cycle time speed increases across different machines.…
 
In this week’s episode of MakingChips, hosts Nick Goellner and Jason Zenger discuss 6 Communications Tools for the Manufacturing Leader. Segments: :57 | Nick and Jason discuss how a Manufacturer Leader can learn how to better communicate 4:39 | Nick shares Manufacturing News from an article by Jay Timmons, President and CEO of NAM (National Associa…
 
TOPICS: SMW and Grimsmo in limbo between the lone bootstrapper and leader of a team Plurality of Swisses. Saunders and Grimsmo discuss production volume, process reliability, and other decision making factors for buying new CNC lathes I'm Nak sure if I need a Willemin or Nak. Grimsmo and Saunders debate about whether or not the Nak should be let go…
 
In this week’s episode of MakingChips, host Jason Zenger and Nick Goellner discuss tips for effectively communicating to your team in the workplace Segments: :00 | Jim and Jason share how ProShop ERP helped them with the federal R&D tax credit 1:14 | Jason and Nick discuss changes in leadership at their companies 5:07 | Jason mentions article on Ma…
 
TOPICS: Just Start! Saunders and Grimsmo discuss the importance of context and relativity when it comes to business advice. SNAP OUT OF IT! You may not realize you're in a comfort zone! Work Smarter AND Harder? The age old debate. Intelligence Vs. Diligence & Practice Vs. Skill Lights out production on the KERN Saunders hires out the cleaning and b…
 
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