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Feb 20, 2018

Hello Metalworking Nation! We are thrilled at what’s to come in the near future for the MakingChips Podcast. While Jim and Jason are busy implementing the final changes to the new MakingChips, we wanted to share with you one of our favorite episodes from the MakingChips Vault.

On this episode we interview Matt Sump, Account Executive at ShopWare Inc, to discuss CAM Software and Dynamic Machining. ShopWare is a value added reseller of Mastercam Cad/Cam Software & ProShop ERP.

Matt shares his 3 most important actions that manufacturers can take now to improve their utilization of Computer-Aided Manufacturing.

Episode Outline:
[00:01] - IMTS 2018
[03:15] - What Shopware Does
[07:24] - Integrating Cutting Tool Data
[10:28] - 90% Utilization
[14:55] - High Speed Machining
[19:07] - The MFG Meeting 2018
[20:12] - 3 Ways to Improve Your CAM Skills

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
IMTS 2018 - Register Today!
The MFG Meeting 2018
Matt Sump| LinkedIn
ShopWare Inc.

We Want to Hear From YOU, The Metalworking Nation:
• Jim@makingchips.com
• Jason@makingchips.com
• Ryan@makingchips.com
Telephone: (312) 725-0245

Feb 19, 2018

Hello Metalworking Nation! We are thrilled at what’s to come in the near future for the MakingChips Podcast. While Jim and Jason are busy implementing the final changes to the new MakingChips, we wanted to share with you one of our favorite episodes from the MakingChips Vault.

On this episode we interview Stacey Bales, 2nd generation owner and President of Bales Metal Surface Solutions. Bales provides engineered coating and finishes to mold makers and OEMs.

Stacey highlights the struggles that occurred in the family business after the untimely passing of her father, who was serving as acting president of the company. Without a succession plan in place, Stacy was forced to overcome several challenges while dealing with the grief of losing her father. Stacy shares her remarkable story and the hurdles she overcame while providing some advice on what you can do in the event that a similar tragedy happens in your company.

Episode Outline:
[00:01] - IMTS 2018
[02:36] - Introducing Stacey Bales
[03:40] - Getting Respect
[05:00] - Unexpected Passing
[08:34] - Help Through the Transition
[10:25] - Biggest Hurdles
[13:13] - Transition with the Bank
[14:13] - The MFG Meeting 2018
[15:18] - Family Business Advice
[16:49] - Conclusion of Episode

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
IMTS 2018 - Register Today!
TMA Illinois
The MFG Meeting 2018
Stacey Bales | LinkedIn
Bales Metal Surface Solutions

We Want to Hear From YOU, The Metalworking Nation:
• Jim@makingchips.com
• Jason@makingchips.com
• Ryan@makingchips.com
Telephone: (312) 725-0245

Feb 9, 2018

Hello Metalworking Nation! We are thrilled at what’s to come in the near future for the MakingChips Podcast. While Jim and Jason are busy implementing the final changes to the new MakingChips, we wanted to share with you one of our favorite episodes from the MakingChips Vault.

On this episode, we will be speaking with Patricia Miller, CEO of Matrix 4, a design and manufacturing house of plastic products based out of Woodstock, IL. Matrix 4 is 40 years old, yet operates with a start-up mentality thanks to Patricia’s progressive leadership.

When we first interviewed Patricia Miller, she was a relative newbie in the business, however in the years following this interview, she has grown Matrix 4 to new heights, redefining the business model, strategy, and culture of the company.

Patricia shares her 5 Points that helped drive the business into the success that it is today.
1) Get Connected
2) Understand Customers
3) Drive Innovation
4) Embrace Change
5) Give Hope

Episode Outline:
[00:01] - IMTS 2018: Register Now!
[03:42] - Get Connected
[05:21] - Connecting with the Manufacturing Community
[08:10] - Understand Customers
[12:14] - Meeting with Customers
[14:21] - The MFG Meeting 2018
[15:31] - Drive Innovation
[16:40] - Embrace Change
[19:04] - Shaking Up the Status Quo
[20:56] - Changing Culture
[23:55] - Facing Roadblocks
[27:30] - Next Stages

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
IMTS 2018 - Register Today!
TMA Illinois
The MFG Meeting 2018
Alan Beaulieu | Economist
Patricia Miller | LinkedIn
Matrix 4

We Want to Hear From YOU, The Metalworking Nation:
• Jim@makingchips.com
• Jason@makingchips.com
• Ryan@makingchips.com
Telephone: (312) 725-0245

Feb 1, 2018

Hello Metalworking Nation! We are thrilled at what’s to come in the near future for the MakingChips Podcast. While Jim and Jason are busy implementing the final changes to the new MakingChips, we wanted to share with you one of our favorite episodes from the MakingChips Vault.

On this episode, we will be speaking with Brian Panek of Panek Precision, a leading precision machine shop, located outside of Chicago, IL. Brian takes us through the history of the shop and it’s longtime relationship with robot technology. We’ll hear about the “aha” moment that led to the implementation of their first robot, as Brian details the impact they have had on his business.

Episode Outline:
[00:01] - IMTS 2018
[03:01] - Welcome Brian Panek
[05:50] - Panek Precision’s Story
[07:20] - Their First Robot
[09:45] - Keeping Up With Production
[14:04] - Reintroducing Robot Technology
[16:38] - Throughput and Quality
[19:21] - Collaborative Robot Technology
[20:14] - The MFG Meeting 2018
[21:37] - Naming Robots and Lead Time
[23:40] - Vision for the Future
[28:00] - Conclusion of Episode

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
IMTS 2018 - Register Today!
Washington University in St. Louis
TMA Illinois
Panek Precision
The MFG Meeting 2018
Jim Carroll - Futurist
Brian Panek | LinkedIn

We Want to Hear From YOU, The Metalworking Nation:
• Jim@makingchips.com
• Jason@makingchips.com
• Ryan@makingchips.com
Telephone: (312) 725-0245

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