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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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What are the things you HATE about meetings? Moving into 2022, would you like to have better, more productive meetings that don’t waste time and actually get things done? The MakingChips team is discussing the issue on this episode based on a book Nick read recently, called, “Death By Meeting.” Learn 3 steps you can take to make your meetings power…
 
This is NOT another goal-setting podcast episode. You know, the kind that explains how to effectively set goals for the year… this one is about WHY you need to set goals. No tips and tricks. No newest approaches and apps. We’re going to talk about the impact goal-setting can have on your life and business. Jim and Nick come along for the discussion…
 
In our previous conversation with Jeff Taylor (episode 292) we introduced the idea of ESOPS (Employee Stock Ownership Plans) as a way to give true ownership to your manufacturing business employees. We invited Jeff back for this episode to tell us more of the journey he’s been on with ESOPs and discovered that the outcome was more than he could hav…
 
TOPICS: Small Business Growth & Efficiency Staffing Concerns Handling Potentially Fraudulent Orders Work Culture & Employee Impact Eumachs, Power Outages, and New Quenching Plates for Heat Treat Automating Processes IoT: Operating on "If this, then that" Don't Automate for the Sake of It Performance Reviews for Employees…
 
The “Great Resignation” as it’s been called, has created a wide variety of circumstances that have impacted the American workforce. 55% of workers making under $30K/year say they will be looking for a new job soon. Has this impacted manufacturing? If so, what can we do as manufacturing leaders to mitigate the impact? This episode focuses on what le…
 
There is a paradigm shift happening in the industry: many skilled machinists are retiring. As these long-term skilled machinists are leaving, they’re leaving with intellectual legacy knowledge that’s irreplaceable. Do procurement people sourcing machining parts know what the processes and procedures look like? Do they know the difference between a …
 
TOPICS: Bootstrapper VS Life Style Creeper: Which Gets a Seat at the Table? Production Hurdles at GK - Machining - Heat Treat - Surface Grinding - Processes - Tabbing Strategies: AutoDesk...we need a 2D Contour Tab Finishing Strategy PLZ! Shift Toward Cycle Time Improvement SMW Pipe Dream? New Stabilization Product Sells Like Hot Cates at SMW Quali…
 
Finding Solutions to the Supply Chain Chaos, #293 What is the root cause of the supply chain crisis? How can manufacturing businesses mitigate those risks and find realistic solutions that work in the short and long term? Tom Hilaris—the President & CEO of Ergoseal—joins us to share the three things they focus on: risk mitigation, communication, an…
 
What is an employee stock ownership plan ESOP? How does it work? How can it transform the buy-in of your team and lead to revenue growth? Jeff Taylor—the President and CEO of Crafts Technology—implemented an ESOP. Listen to this episode to hear about the impact it had on his business—and figure out whether or not it’s right for yours. Employee buy-…
 
TOPICS: - DIY a Monochromatic Light Source & Optical Flats from Ukraine - Geeking Out: Zeiss- From Eye Doc to CNC Machine Shop - ERP System Development: Are We There Yet? - 10 Rules for Entrepreneurial Success - Okuma Chip Conveyor - Wasting Pans! - Ultrasonic Cleaners - The NEW Prusa: Don't Over-Engineer Parts! - Thanksgiving in the USA We really …
 
What does your hiring process look like? Do you even have a hiring process in place? In this episode of Making Chips, we walk through what each of our processes look like and share some useful strategies that anyone can implement. A streamlined process leads to better hires which leads to Making Chips! BAM! – Jason! What are your tips and tricks fo…
 
What factors should you consider when forecasting? What questions do you need to ask to determine your next steps? Who gets to make those decisions? We walk you through some common questions to ask yourself—and your company—about your business. We’ll also cover Miles and Snow's Typology of Defender, Prospector, Analyzer, and Reactor to see how your…
 
TOPICS: - Fraud and small businesses: Don't be emotional; make a protocol! - Okuma Training & Pre-Staged Tooling Quirk in OSP: Post Processor Solution? - Starrett Optical Comparator & Mitutoyo Electronic Indicator - Visible Valley in Knife Spine: How to Pinpoint the Problem - Debate on Hiring Gives Saunders New Perspective - Higher Education: Is is…
 
Nick jokes that I have a recession obsession—and it’s true. Recessions are painful. I want to make the experience less painful when a recession comes around again. So in this down-to-earth episode of Making Chips, I’ll share the common causes of most recessions and 8 tips you can use to prepare yourself—and your business—for a recession. Preparedne…
 
Topics: Grimsmo shares exciting updates about the powered up Willemin as Saunders eagerly awaits word on his own Willemin! Loading Code Onto Machines (Sneakernet, Ethernet, and Floppy Disks) Deep Dive into Automation Cells, Robot Arms, & Erowa Pallet System Haberle automation cell for Fanuc Robodrills: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v53DmWinRWk - …
 
In round three with Titan Gilroy, we talk about why Titan decided to move his entire business from California to Texas. Was it a smooth transition? Was he able to retain his entire team? Titan also shares more of the “why” behind his business and his passion for serving his audience. Titan continues to go above and beyond the expected as he grows h…
 
In this episode of Making Chips, we dive back into the conversation with Titan Gilroy. This time, we talk about how Titan’s TV show, “American Built,” came to life. We also talk about how he almost gave up the TV show to do something he was passionate about—helping prisoners transform their lives and learn to become full-fledged machinists. This pa…
 
Topics: - Okuma TMAC Tool Monitoring & Tracking - POCKET SIZED INDUSTRIAL 5-AXIS MACHINE BY CHIRON - Automation Systems (HERMLE RS-1) - Heat Shrink Automation Cell - Zeiss Microscope - Robots VS Cobots (FANUC, KUKA, & UR) - PODCAST CONTEST WINNER ANNOUCEMENT! - KERN Micro HD - The Benefits of Hydrostatic - Grimsmo searches for more 3-32 through-coo…
 
This episode takes you (and us) to Texas to speak with Titan Gilroy. He calls himself an advocate for advanced manufacturing, and that’s a huge understatement. He runs two academies that teach what it takes to be a success in manufacturing. His personal stroy demonstrates that becoming a success in the industry — individually or as an organization …
 
According to a recent article in Reuters, “The ISM said its index of national factory activity inched up to 59.9 last month from a reading of 59.5 in July. A reading above 50 indicates expansion in manufacturing, which accounts for 11.9% of the U.S. economy.” Manufacturing is on the rise, yet every industry is struggling with an impaired supply cha…
 
TOPICS: "Clouds & dirt" Saunders is improving Lex work orders. Email screenshots to businessofmachining@gmail.com Saunders is jumping into different roles. Grimsmo had the kern running for 39 hours! Saunders new Okuma is 2 weeks away. Shop updates, more space? Grimsmo has a potential collaboration in the work.…
 
Do your employees feel like they’re a means to an end? I think a lot of team members don’t realize—or believe—that we care about them. Some feel that when you hold them accountable to hit their numbers that data is all you care about. But that isn’t always the case. At the end of the day, we’re all business leaders who need an efficient working env…
 
Topics: - 240 is a special number! Grimsmo and Saunders share their experiences with the Volvo 240. - Shipping & Receiving at SMW Needs Work and LEx (ERP System) Has become a Nightmare - WIllemin: Something is Definitely Missing - Air Compressors and Paralysis by Analysis - Why Aren't We Making Money? Livestream - Shiny Happy Challenge Coins from V…
 
The U.S. labor market is still struggling despite record numbers of job openings. Businesses aren’t able to hire as quickly as they need to. What’s the holdup? Is there a lack of candidates in the market? Are people choosing not to return to work? In this episode of Making Chips we dissect what’s happening—and a few things you can do about it. Segm…
 
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…
 
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