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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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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…
 
In this week's episode of MakingChips, hosts Nick Goellner and Jim Carr are joined by Eric Nekich, a Sales Manager at 5th Axis, to talk about workholding, and the changes in sales tactics through the years. Segments: 3:30 | Jim and Nick play a manufacturing quiz game 10:30 | Nick introduces the episode guest Eric Nekich of 5th Axis 14:15 | Eric sha…
 
TOPICS Learning - The importance of Curiosity and the Dunning-Kruger Effect (overestimating your competence) 3D Printers for Dual Extrusion Pivotal Machinist Moments - Area 419 Tour, Never Stop Quitting Your Job, and the Downside of Bootstrap Mentality. It Figures. After releasing the "How to Get Paid On Time" video, Saunders gets stiffed. Don't Ta…
 
In this week's episode the MakingChips hosts talk with metalworking influencer Tony Gunn and his career in the manufacturing industry. Segments: 0:00 | Jim talks about how simple ProShop ERP made his virtual shop audit 4:25 | Nick shares manufacturing news about the rise of firearm sales 10:00 | Nick introduces the episode guest, Tony Gunn, the Gen…
 
In this episode of MakingChips the hosts discuss sections to include in their production meetings, and how they can benefit their shop and team's productivity. Segments: 0:00 Jim shares how he can access real-time data and reports using ProShop ERP. 1:32 The hosts talks about the virtual grand opening of the Boring Bar 5:20 Jim introduces "social i…
 
TOPICS Does a College Education Matter? Grimsmo and Saunders share their different paths and initial interests BEFORE they got into CNC machining. Someone is looking for a new machinist---could it be you? Optical Flat & Monochromatic Light for Part Flatness @laneymachinetech Grimsmo and Saunders offer each other workable solutions for tool break de…
 
In this episode, the MakingChips hosts discuss the career of NFL star Tom Brady, and how his personal keys to success are also applicable to the manufacturing leader. Segments: 0:00 | Jim and Jason talk about the different technologies featured on IMTS Spark 7:24 | Jason reads a press release from DARPA about off-Earth manufacturing of lunar struct…
 
In this week's MakingChips podcast, Jim and Jason discuss if you can be successful running a small machine shop, with Jim offering tips based on his own experiences. Segments: 0:00 | Jim and Jason talk about the different knowledge centers at IMTS Spark 1:10 | Jim mentions how he used ProShop ERP to extract the necessary data to collect the federal…
 
TOPICS: Trusting Instincts Social proof for marketing and branding Creative Fixturing and Workholding Grimsmo and Saunders Approved Tools! Grimsmo's Favorite Gripper Pad The "I can't believe it exists already" wrench Good reasons to outsource things beyond the scope of your business Xometry Pay - Solving Collection of past due accounts for business…
 
In the newest MakingChips podcast, the hosts discuss how to use triggers to create new habits and systems for your business and your personal life. Segments: 0:00 | Nick talks about how he sees ProShop ERP on shop floors across the USA. 4:01 | Jason shares an article about a how people purchase books to display and pretend to look intelligent 7:27 …
 
In this week's episode of MakingChips, Jim and Jason discuss how and when to talk about politics in the workplace, and why it should never affect business relationships. 0:00 | Jason talks about the 6 different showcases at IMTS Spark 2021 1:40 | Jim and Jason share their thoughts about political discussions in the workplace 4:05 | Jim discusses th…
 
In this week's episode, Jim, Jason, and Nick talk about the different sales channels that you can utilize for your manufacturing company, and their strengths and weaknesses. Segments: 0:00 | Nick explains how he sees ProShop ERP on shop floors across the country. 5:15 | The hosts share manufacturing news and purchasing trends for 2021 15:21 | Nick …
 
TOPICS: Saunders is starting 2021 off great with their ERP system and staying busy with orders. Saunders also tells us about his broken tool on the lathe. Grimsmo has been getting their Okamoto surface grinder up and running and it has been awesome! The big news out of Grimsmo is that the Rask is back! They have been hard at work for almost 4 years…
 
As we move forward into 2021, the MakingChips podcast hosts look back at 2020, the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and share more lessons they learned as a result. Segments: 6:06 | Jim shares information on the characteristics of a visual learner. 9:37 | The hosts discuss the potential usage of wearable technology in machine shops. 13:26 | The …
 
TOPICS: Grimsmo starts us off with a smooth lead in SMW Product Demand Increases & The Struggle to Reduce Lead Time Super Helpful Tools & Gadgets (Scales & Pallet Jacks) https://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200680712_200680712 Precision Abbe's Principle The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World A Crazy Metrolog…
 
Part 2 of this 2-part series continues the interview with special guest John Miller, founder of Way of the Mill, an education platform for CNC milling. In this episode, John shares more of his manufacturing knowledge that machine shops can benefit from. 3:38 | John shares his thoughts on how a commitment to details can improve a shop 10:20 | John e…
 
2020 has been a wild year, and we are sure you are tired of hearing about it by now. But here at the Business of Machining we decide to reflect on the positives. Thank you to everyone for being with us throughout this year! Grimsmo has found a solution to lift very heavy objects within their shop without the need of a forklift. It takes them back t…
 
In Part 1 of this 2-part series, the MakingChips hosts welcome guest John Miller, founder of Way of the Mill, an education platform for CNC milling. In this episode, John shares his background in the manufacturing industry, including his time at Makino and Apple, and why he chose to start Way of the Mill. 6:09 | Jason shares current news about the …
 
In the 250th episode of MakingChips, the hosts discuss new factors and trends in the estimation process, especially when utilizing an ERP system. Jim Carr also shares his quoting process, and the tips and tricks he has used over the years that other manufacturing leaders should take into account. 3:30 | Nick tells a story about quoting 9:00 | Jim s…
 
Grimsmo makes a big move and purchased a Okamoto surface grinder! Saunders' offers his input and general advice on purchasing new machinery. The boys talk about the potential of using "Slack" in their respective companies. This could help bridge the gap between consumer and company and it is worth looking at. Saunders has started to step away from …
 
In this week's podcast, hosts Jason Zenger, Jim Carr, and Nick Goellner share the new leadership principles and processes they adopted during 2020 to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, and how other manufacturing leaders can benefit by doing similar. 6:20 | The hosts share recent manufacturing news, plus Nick has his own special announcement 13:20 | J…
 
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