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Mar 8, 2018

Every now and then a technology comes along that everyone is talking about, and high pressure coolant systems are the big topic of conversation in the manufacturing world right now. Jim and Jason discuss these amazing systems on this episode of MakingChips. They cover the advantages of high pressure coolant systems, how you can determine whether or not your company is ready for them, and wrap up the episode with tips about how you can get your team ready to take on this new technology. You won't want to miss this episode.

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High pressure coolant systems are the flavor of the month. Have you tasted the goods?

There's a reason that manufacturing companies all across the United States are talking about high pressure coolant systems. It's a new way of drilling that helps control some of the major elements of the manufacturing process. These systems can actually prevent chips from falling back into the tool, which prevents damage and prolongs tool life. It's the high pressure part of the system that makes it happen. Lubrication and coolant are provided where they are needed the most and flush chips away from the cut. This enables your metal workers to have much greater control over the process. You can learn more about high pressure systems from Jim and Jason, on this episode.

Your shop could be drilling holes like a hot knife through butter. Here's how

High pressure, through spindle coolant is not a magic wand that makes every problem in your manufacturing process go away. But it is a major advancement in the way drilling happens that enables a faster workflow and production process. These high pressure systems enable tools to last longer, the chips to have less impact on the process, and enables metal to be cut at a much higher speed without the damage that can occur at lower speeds. On this episode, Jim and Jason put in a call to a specialist and find out whether it's true that by using these systems, production times could increase by up to 10X. You can hear what they discover on this episode, so don't miss it.

If you want the competitive advantage in your market, high pressure coolant systems may be the way it can happen

Imagine the difference to your production process and order fulfillment if you were able to double your production speed. What if you could triple it? What if you could crank out product even faster than that? You would have a distinct advantage in your market and could easily beat your competition, hands-down. Through spindle, high pressure coolant systems can enable your machine shop to be running at a much higher-capacity that makes those things possible. Find out why Jim and Jason are so excited about this technology and why they are encouraging manufacturers all across the nation to take the leap the next time they consider upgrading equipment.

High speed coolant systems require a team that is up to speed in order to be of benefit

The new technology available through high pressure coolant systems is advantageous in many ways, but those advantages will not be yours if you don't take the time to properly train and equip your team to use the equipment properly. There is a learning curve involved, one that requires adjustments to technique and speed. Your team needs to understand the capabilities of the system and the advantages they can experience from these 1000 to 1200 RPM systems. You might encourage them to listen to this episode of MakingChips to get a quick education. It will fill them in on how amazing these new systems really are.

Here’s The Good Stuff!

  • [0:07] Jason and Jim fill you in on why they are approaching the show in a fresh way
  • [4:04] 1000 PSI Through-Coolant Spindle: A new technology for machine tools
  • [6:48] Manufacturing News: The Manufacturing Industry in the U.S. is Growing Rapidly
  • [9:03] Why companies need to release their P.O. sooner in order to get products on time
  • [14:09] Verifying the veracity of the effectiveness of 1000 PSI coolant
  • [18:31] Avoiding chip problems with a high pressure coolant system
  • [21:25] The competitive advantage of a high pressure, through spindle coolant system
  • [22:29] Making sure your team is ready to take on the new technology

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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.

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• Jim@makingchips.com
• Jason@makingchips.com
• Ryan@makingchips.com
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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

Jan 24, 2018

Hello Metalworking Nation! We are excited to bring back Phil and David from Orbitform as we conclude our interview with a detailed discussion on Orbitform's continuous process improvements. We'll talk about the steps that your manufacturing business can take to start implementing continuous process improvements. In manufacturing news, we give our take on the newly passed tax reform bill and it's impact on manufacturing in the United States. We also share some exciting news about the future of MakingChips.

Episode Outline:
[00:01] - IMTS 2018
[04:37] - Manufacturing News
[10:30] - Continuous Improvement Initiative
[14:00] - The First Steps
[17:32] - Bonus Incentive Plan
[20:43] - Kill The Castings
[25:27] - Hone Your Skills
[26:34] - Driving the Profitability
[30:48] - Automating The Process
[33:49] - Looking at the Data
[36:00] - Conclusion of Episode
[38:43] - The MFG Meeting 2018

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
IMTS 2018 - Register Today!
Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII)
Orbitform
Eli (Eliyahu) Goldratt “The Goal”
Phil Sponsler | LinkedIn
David Shirkey | LinkedIn
Carr Machine and Tool | Case Studies
The MFG Meeting 2018

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• Jim@makingchips.com
• Jason@makingchips.com
• Ryan@makingchips.com
Telephone: (312) 725-0245

Jan 17, 2018

Hello Metalworking Nation! We are excited to bring you part two of our interview with David Shirkey and Phil Sponsler of Orbitform. David and Phil walk us through their process of grading potential acquisitions. We'll also hear about their active involvement in The Assembly Trade Show and how they quantify their ROI. Later on, we learn about David's discovery of the MakingChips Podcast, as he explains the takeaways their business has received from the show.

Episode Outline:
[00:01] - IMTS 2018
[02:52] - The Trade Show
[08:50] - Quantifying ROI
[10:21] - Distinguishing Clients
[13:50] - Looking at Acquisitions
[16:46] - Grading Possible Acquisitions
[20:25] - Hearing about MakingChips
[25:03] - Michigan Manufacturer of the Year

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
IMTS 2018 - Register Today!
Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII)
Orbitform
The Assembly Show
Workshop for Warriors
Phil Sponsler | LinkedIn
David Shirkey | LinkedIn

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

Jan 10, 2018

Hello Metalworking Nation! On today’s episode, we welcome two very special guests from Orbitform to the MakingChips Podcast. We are pleased to welcome Phil Sponsler (President of Orbitform) and David Shirkey (Manager of Strategic Initiatives). Orbitform (Jackson, Michigan) manufacturers custom assembly machines and assembly systems to customers and industries around the world.

Phil and David tell us the story of how Orbitform was started and how they got involved with the company. We'll hear some insights on Orbitform's remarkable success following the great recession and how they developed an internal CRM software system that created unprecedented efficiency in their business. In Manufacturing News, we continue to talk about the industry's growing optimism as U.S. Manufacturing accelerates to it's best year in over a decade.

Episode Outline:
[00:01] - IMTS 2018
[03:50] - Manufacturing News
[04:43] - Anything New at ZENGERS?
[07:06] - What’s New With Jim?
[08:50] - Introducing David Shirkey
[09:39] - Introducing Phil Sponsler
[10:38] - The Story of Orbitform
[11:38] - What Is Orbital Riveting
[16:27] - Coming Out of the Recession
[17:49] - Phil’s Initial Journey
[19:14] - Marketing vs Sales Driven
[20:41] - Driven Process
[22:15] - Orbistix Mission
[24:21] - What is a "Form Fix”
[26:20] - Orbitform’s CRM Efficiency
[31:43] - 98% Utilization

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII)
Manufacturing News
Orbitform
Ballistix
Theory of Constraints
Division of Labor in Sales
Sales Process Engineering
Eli (Eliyahu) Goldratt “The Goal”
Phil Sponsler | LinkedIn
David Shirkey | LinkedIn

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

Dec 27, 2017

Hello Metalworking Nation! We are coming to you from our studio at the DMDII in Goose Island, Illinois. On today’s episode, we continue to have a dialogue about what you can do to prepare your manufacturing business for the future. Jim and Jason talk about how future technologies will impact their respective businesses as they build on the framework we discussed on the last episode. In Manufacturing News, we discuss Apple's $1 Billion Advanced Manufacturing Fund and how the awards that Apple is doling out from it are really just prepayments in disguise.

Episode Outline:
[00:01] - IMTS 2018
[03:30] - Manufacturing News
[08:07] - Whats New With Jim Carr?
[09:28] - Whats New With Jason Zenger?
[13:16] - You Can Re-evaluate
[14:00] - Carr Machine’s Future Technology
[17:13] - Tooling Technology
[21:18] - Baby Steps
[23:15] - Technologies Important to ZENGERS
[25:45] - New Website
[26:09] - Industry 4.0
[28:06] - Conclusion

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII)
Manufacturing News

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

Dec 19, 2017

Hello Metalworking Nation and Happy Holidays from Jim, Jason and Ryan at MakingChips! We are happy to be back in our DMDII studio where today we will be expanding upon some similar principles from our last episode.

What does your future look like?  Do you have a short, medium, and long-term vision of where you see your company? Jason and Jim lay down the framework for achieving your future desire for your business. In Manufacturing News, we discuss the latest NAM Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey, which reflected unprecedented optimism in the sector.

Episode Outline:
[00:01] - IMTS 2018
[02:40] - Thank You DMDII
[03:54] - The New MakingChips
[04:57] - Manufacturing News
[09:17] - Black Industrial and Safety Supply
[10:57] - Carr Machine and Tool in 2018
[13:42] - What Does Your Future Look Like?
[16:24] - Putting a Date On It
[17:50] - The Rubber Hits The Road
[21:24] - Reviewing the Medium Term Plan
[23:42] - The Short Term Plan
[23:07] - Challenges Across Industries
[28:12] - An Opportunity for Improvement
[32:12] - Quarter By Quarter
[34:36] - Saying “No"
[37:22] - SMARTER Goals

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII)
Manufacturing News
Jim Collins - Good To Great

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

Nov 23, 2017

Hello Metalworking Nation and Happy Thanksgiving from MakingChips!

Where do you see your manufacturing business in the next five years? Do you have a vision of your company's future? On today's episode, Jim & Jason share 5 Questions that Manufacturing Leaders need to ask themselves right now. In manufacturing news, we talk about a groundbreaking new surgical procedure and how it relates to manufacturing. Jim and Jason also share their plans for Thanksgiving, and news related to their business and family.

Episode Outline:
[00:01] - IMTS 2018 - Register Today
[02:44] - Thanksgiving
[05:24] - Manufacturing News
[08:55] - What’s New With Jim
[11:04] - Mission and Vision Statement
[15:56] - Vision of Your Future
[19:58] - Technology Advancements
[21:27] - Communicating to the Marketplace
[22:56] - Lead, Manage, and Hold People Accountable
[30:10] - Scaling your Business

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
IMTS 2018 - Register Today!
TMA Illinois
Manufacturing News
Cruial Conversations

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

Nov 14, 2017

Hello Metalworking Nation! We are thrilled to be back in the MakingChips studio! On today's episode we answer a listener's questions about the social media platform, LinkedIn. Jim and Jason both share their individual strategies for using the business platform -- notably for creating a conversation, strengthening their personal brand, and connecting with like minded individuals. They'll share their LinkedIn do's and don'ts, as well as their goals for optimizing the platform's full potential. In manufacturing news, we talk about how Boeing is seeking thousands of applicants for open manufacturing jobs.


 

Episode Outline:
[00:01] - IMTS 2018 - Register Today
[03:48] - Whats New with Jim?
[05:28] - Whats New with Jason?
[08:03] - Manufacturing News
[12:27] - Answering a Listener’s Questions
[14:50] - Daily Social Media Routine
[18:10] - Starting a Conversation
[21:30] - Requests to Connect
[24:38] - Declining Requests
[28:02] - We Want To Hear From You

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
IMTS 2018
Manufacturing News
LinkedIn

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

Oct 24, 2017

Hello Metalworking Nation! We are pleased to bring you another episode in our #MarketingForMakers series with Red Caffeine Marketing + Technology. On today's episode we welcome back Red Caffeine's Julie Poulos along with Dan Mantilla and Natalie Dubs as they help you answer the question -- "Who Do I Market To?"

Where do you start? It starts with a list! Julie and her team cover the four challenges that most mid market manufacturers face when figuring out who to market themselves to. We'll share some strategies that you can use right now to begin building up your brand and targeting leads.


 

Episode Outline:
[00:01] - IMTS 2018
[06:08] - What’s New With Jason & Jim
[07:38] - Welcome Julie Poulos
[09:48] - The Four Challenges
[14:03] - Buyer Data
[16:50] - Segmenting Your Lists
[21:10] - Building Up Your Brand
[22:13] - Creating Meaningful Content
[24:10] - Identifying Contacts
[30:15] - Direct Contact

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
IMTS 2018
Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute
Red Caffeine Marketing + Technology
Julie Poulos | LinkedIn
MC118: Considerations for Marketing Planning
Natalie Dubs | LinkedIn
Dan Mantilla | LinkedIn

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

Oct 10, 2017

Hello Metalworking Nation! We are pleased to welcome back by popular demand, Bill Strauss - Senior Economist and Economic Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

On today's episode Bill shares his professional insight on several different topics relating to manufacturing and the global economy. We'll hear about manufacturing's economic performance in the U.S., the potential economic impact of new trade agreements, the current outlook of the stock market, and the lasting impact of the recent hurricanes. We also talk about the consequences of recession, and how to better position your manufacturing company to prepare for it. In manufacturing news, we discuss 3 ways to lower your manufacturing costs.

Episode Outline:
[00:01] - IMTS 2018
[03:50] - What’s New at CARR Machine
[06:07] - What’s New at ZENGERS
[08:12] - Jason’s Exciting News
[09:35] - Manufacturing News
[15:37] - Welcome Back Bill Strauss
[18:45] - Manufacturing’s Economic Performance
[20:40] - Contributing Factors
[25:16] - Trade Deals
[28:24] - The Stock Market
[31:04] - Productivity Growth in the U.S.
[33:21] - Opportunities in Recession
[36:49] - Impact of Natural Disasters
[43:16] - Fiscal Responsibility by State

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
IMTS 2018
Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute
Gantt Chart
Seth Godin
Manufacturing News
MC071: Analyzing the Performance of the Manufacturing Sector (P1)
MC072: Analyzing the Performance of the Manufacturing Sector (P2)
Bill Strauss | LinkedIn
National Association of Credit Management: NACM
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

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

Oct 5, 2017

Hello Metalworking Nation! We are excited to welcome back Patricia Miller - CEO of Matrix 4, to the MakingChips Podcast. On today's episode we hear about Patricia's visit to the White House on behalf of the National Association of Manufacturers. Patricia was seated directly next to President Trump as the group discussed efforts to boost manufacturing in the United States. In manufacturing news, we discuss Brennan Investment Group's plans to turn 85 acres in Elk Grove Village, IL into a $1 Billion Technology Park.



Episode Outline:
[00:01] - GFMC 2017
[02:28] - Manufacturing News
[05:03] - Call In with Pat McGibbon
[10:03] - Welcome Back Patricia!
[13:04] - The Invitation
[16:30] - Delivering The Message
[19:01] - The Level of Security
[21:04] - Press Coverage
[22:40] - Representing Manufacturing
[24:10] - Trump’s Message
[28:02] - IMTS 2018

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
GFMC 2017 - Register Today!
Manufacturing News
TMA - Technology & Manufacturing Association
NAM - National Association of Manufacturers
Patricia Miller | LinkedIn
IMTS 2018

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

Sep 26, 2017

Hello Metalworking Nation! We are coming to you LIVE from the Valley Industrial Association's Manufacturer’s Collaboration Conference in Sugar Grove, Illinois. On today's episode of MakingChips, we answer the question: What is a chaplet? - Hint, it’s used in castings.

We welcome Rich Hoster, President at Smith and Richardson Inc. Rich takes us through some of the strategies that Smith and Richardson uses to help mitigate the skilled labor shortage. We'll also hear about the company's efforts to teach students about manufacturing, and Rich gives us some information on Smith and Richardson's facility in Jiangsu, China. In Manufacturing News, we talk about how a manufacturing alliance in Dayton, Ohio is providing opportunities for residents to begin a new career in manufacturing.

Episode Outline:
[00:01] - GFMC 2017
[03:15] - The Story of MakingChips
[06:27] - Manufacturing News
[13:30] - Welcome Rich Hoster
[15:48] - History of Smith and Richardson
[18:45] - Mitigating the Skilled Labor Shortage
[23:06] - Echo Pulse Index & Behavioral Survey
[25:45] - Manufacturing Students
[29:40] - Facility in China
[33:44] - The Value Of Networking

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
GFMC 2017 - Register Today!
Apple Rubber - "6 Manufacturing Podcasts"
IMTS
Manufacturing News
MakingChips TV| Interviewing Tips for a Manufacturing Job
Dayton Region Manufacturers Association
Rich Hoster | LinkedIn
TMA | Board of Directors
Valley Industrial Association

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

Sep 21, 2017

Hello Metalworking Nation! We are broadcasting remotely from a Xometry Vendor Partner, GT Automation Group in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Today we welcome Steve Gildea, President at GT Automation and Michael Dickson, VP of Customer and Partner Success at Xometry to the MakingChips Podcast, as they give us a deeper dive into the Xometry brand.

We'll hear about the impact that Xometry has had on GT Automation as Steve walks us through the process that Xometry provides GT Automation to view and accept work. Michael explains the benefits of the Xometry Partner Network, and shares some insight as to what sets Xometry apart from the competition. In manufacturing news, we discuss 4 Keys to Boosting Workplace Culture in Manufacturing.

Episode Outline:
[00:01] - GFMC 2017
[03:00] - What’s New with Jim & Jason?
[05:17] - Manufacturing News
[11:19] - New Orleans
[12:51] - Introducing Xometry
[18:43] - Welcome Michael Dickson
[20:45] - Xometry’s Algorithm
[24:00] - Welcome Steve Gildea
[26:00] - The Job Process and Partner Network
[32:50] - Shipping and Payment
[34:56] - Farming Out Work
[38:45] - Variety of Work
[41:26] - The Xometry Difference

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
GFMC 2017 - Register Today!
Xometry: CNC Machining Services & 3D Printing Services
GT Automation Group
Manufacturing News
Michael Dickson | LinkedIn
Leave Us A Review on iTunes

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

Sep 13, 2017

Hello Metalworking Nation! Today on MakingChips we welcome back Stacia Hobson for the second half of our two part interview. On this episode we'll hear about how her father reacted to their confrontation. Stacia also shares with us how she was able to take control of the business, what she would do differently in hindsight, how Image Industries addresses the skilled labor shortage, and we'll hear a bit about her award winning Toastmaster's speech. Later on, we'll hear from Charlie Chesbrough, Senior Economist at Cox Automotive Inc., as he gives us a preview of what he'll be speaking about at this year's GFMC Conference in Atlanta, GA.

Episode Outline:
[00:01] - GFMC 2017
[02:10] - The Reaction
[05:12] - Moving the Needle
[07:24] - From Buyer to Manufacturer
[10:32] - What Would You Do Differently?
[13:15] - Finding Capable Workers
[15:00] - Managing Price Instability
[16:46] - Xometry
[17:50] - Toastmasters Speech Contest
[22:08] - Preparing For Recession
[24:20] - Family Dynamic in Business
[26:30] - Charlie Chesbrough Phone Interview

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
GFMC 2017 - Register Today!
Stacia Hobson | LinkedIn
Image Industries, Inc
Xometry: CNC Machining Services & 3D Printing Services
Charles Chesbrough | LinkedIn
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Sep 6, 2017

Hello Metalworking Nation! On this two part episode of MakingChips, we welcome Stacia Hobson, Co-Owner of Image Industries, Inc to our remote studio at the TMA in Schaumburg, IL. Image Industries offers stud welding solutions for compact construction equipment to service the agricultural and construction markets. They are the industry leaders in manufacturing threaded fasteners & hydraulic ports for these businesses.

Stacia runs us through the history of the company and gives us a brief overview of her day to day responsibilities. She also reveals the difficulties that came along with working in the family business, including butting heads with her hot tempered father. We'll also discuss Hurricane Harvey's destructive aftermath on the city of Houston, how it has impacted manufacturing, and what you can do to help. Later on, we'll jump on a phone call with Pat McGibbon, Vice President at AMT as we hear some more details on what's in store for the GFMC Conference in Atlanta, GA.

Episode Outline:
[00:01] - GFMC 2017 - Register Now!
[03:30] - 200,000 Downloads
[04:45] - What’s New with Jason & Jim
[08:20] - Hurricane Harvey
[13:20] - Nonprofit Donations
[16:30] - Xometry
[17:30] - Introducing Stacia Hobson
[18:45] - What Does Image Industries Do?
[22:32] - What Is a Specialized Fastener?
[29:00] - Platinum Status
[32:45] - Stacy’s Day to Day Responsibilities
[34:45] - Joining the Family Business
[37:00] - “Spit-Fired”
[38:00] - Phone-in with Pat McGibbon

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
GFMC 2017 - Register Today!
Technology & Manufacturing Association
Apple Rubber | 6 Manufacturing Podcasts
Samaritan's Purse | Hurricane Harvey Relief
Houston Food Bank
Stacia Hobson | LinkedIn
Image Industries, Inc
Xometry: CNC Machining Services & 3D Printing Services
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Aug 30, 2017

Hello Metalworking Nation! Two weeks ago we were joined by Patricia Miller and Will Scott of Matrix 4 as they introduced us to the roles of Visionary and Integrator. Today, we take a deeper dive into those roles as we learn how they have been implemented at Matrix 4. Patricia and Will share the impact that these vital roles have had on their company, as they equip and inspire you to effectively implement theses processes into your own business. We'll share with you the tools that helped Matrix 4, ZENGERS Industrial, and countless other businesses work to create freedom in their respective roles, while seeing their ultimate vision become a reality.

Episode Outline:
[00:01] - GFMC 2017 - Register Now!
[03:37] - MakingChips Live - Valley Industrial
[06:30] - Patricia’s Role as the Visionary
[07:30] - Will’s Role as the Integrator
[11:05] - Bringing on the Role
[13:30] - Creating a Road Map
[18:00] - What Kind of Leader Am I?
[21:05] - Keep Achieving Goals
[25:55] - Xometry
[27:05] - The Effectiveness of the Integrator
[30:30] - We Want To Hear From You

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
GFMC 2017 - Register today!
VIA Collaborative Conference 2017
"Traction" - Get a Grip On Your Business
EOS Worldwide
Rocket Fuel for Your Business | Integrators & Visionaries
Xometry: CNC Machining Services & 3D Printing Services
Patricia Miller | LinkedIn
Will Scott | LinkedIn
Matrix 4
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Aug 22, 2017

Hello Metalworking Nation! We are excited to bring you another episode in our #MarketingForMakers series with Red Caffeine Marketing + Technology.  Today we welcome back Julie Poulos (Vice President) and Kacey Keegan (Content Writer & Strategist) as they equip you with the key elements to consider when planning your marketing strategy. Topics on today's episode include: creating a campaign theme, developing and distributing content, showcasing your company culture, and determining a marketing budget.

Episode Outline:
[00:00] - GFMC 2017 Conference
[03:40] - Welcome Back Julie & Kacey
[04:50] - Campaign Concept
[09:00] - Branding and Strategy Phase
[10:30] - Frequently Asked Questions
[11:50] - Case Study
[15:40] - Showcasing Culture
[20:30] - Providing Solutions
[24:15] - P.R. Opportunities
[26:43] - Tracking Leads and Budgeting
[29:35] - Shifting Our Philosophy

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
GFMC 2017 - Register today!
Red Caffeine Marketing + Technology
Red Caffeine | Blog: Key Considerations in Marketing Planning
Red Caffeine | Content Marketing Planning Calendar
Julie Poulos | LinkedIn
Kacey Keegan | LinkedIn
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Aug 15, 2017

Hello Metalworking Nation! We are excited to bring back a former guest who’s incredible journey over the last few years has seen her go from an industry “newbie” to a manufacturing “rockstar". Two years ago we introduced you to Patricia Miller of Matrix 4, who had recently left her career in marketing to take over her grandfather’s failing manufacturing business. With a complete overhaul of the business, and the help of her partner Will Scott, Matrix 4 solidified a strong company culture that has turned a once dying company into a thriving success.

Episode Outline:
[02:50] - Manufacturing News
[07:35] - News at Carr Machine
[10:15] - News at ZENGERS
[12:30] - Welcome Back Patricia Miller
[19:54] - Competitive Edge
[22:20] - Putting a Team in Place
[24:38] - Welcome Will Scott
[28:26] - L10 Meeting and the Daily Huddle
[34:41] - OTOQET
[38:30] - Family and Business
[43:11] - Personal Relationships and Business
[47:00] - MakingChips | iTunes Review

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
GFMC 2017 - Register today!
EntreLeadership
MissionU
Manufacturing "News"
MC026: 40 Year Old Manufacturing Startup with Patricia Miller of Matrix IV
MC028: Advice through the eyes of a manufacturing newbie, with Patricia Miller
Patricia Miller | LinkedIn
Will Scott | LinkedIn
Matrix 4
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Aug 7, 2017

Hello Metalworking Nation! On today’s episode, we bring you part two of our interview with Nicole Wolter, President of HM Manufacturing. Last week we heard about a dire situation within HM Manufacturing that rocked the family business to it's core. On this episode, Nicole shares how the company recovered, implementing new procedures and processes to help lift HM to where they are today. 

Episode Structure:
[02:00] - e-Commerce
[06:03] - Social Media
[06:40] - Customer Terms in 2017
[10:49] - TMA Education Foundation
[16:00] - Dig A Little Deeper

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
HM Manufacturing
Nicole Wolter | LinkedIn
TMA Education Foundation
Marketing For Makers
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Aug 2, 2017

Hello Metalworking Nation and greetings from our studio at the DMDII in Goose Island, Chicago.  On this two part episode of MakingChips, we welcome back Nicole Wolter, President of HM Manufacturing Company. Nicole shares the captivating story of HM Manufacturing, a company that began with her father's passion for F1 racing. The downturn of the economy in 2008 proved to be the perfect time for Nicole to enter the family business, but as she would come to find out, things weren't quite what they seemed. Nicole's questioning of all aspects of the family business led her to a startling discovery that would turn an already dire situation into a full blown crisis.

In manufacturing news, we talk about how Summer camps could be the start for the next generation's interest in the manufacturing industry.

Episode Structure:
[03:10] - 22,000 Downloads!
[03:35] - Manufacturing News
[08:30] - Half Fridays
[09:45] - Process Driven Sales
[13:20] - Welcome Nicole Wolter
[14:40] - “Home Made”
[18:05] - A Family Business
[22:03] - Getting Fired
[27:07] - Dire Situations with HM
[29:30] - “Something is Happening"
[35:01] - New Policies and Procedures

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
DMDII
Manufacturing News
HM Manufacturing Company
Nicole Wolter | LinkedIn
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Jul 25, 2017

Hello Metalworking Nation! We are happy to bring you another episode of our #MarketingForMakers Series with Red Caffeine Marketing + Technology. Today we welcome back back Julie Poulos as she introduces Red Caffeine's Founder & CEO -- Kathy Steele.

On this episode of MakingChips, we focus on integrating technology into your business. Kathy and Julie walk us through some starting points that will equip and inspire you to identify gaps in your business technology stack.Today's discussion features an array of topics including: integrating platforms, examining financial insights, systemizing talent management, and getting your operations in order.

Episode Structure:

[04:08] - Record Download Month
[05:05] - Summertime in Chicago
[07:50] - Welcome Julie Poulos and Kathy Steele
[10:46] - Forbes Article by Kathy
[13:55] - ERP, CRM, KPI's and Other Acronyms
[18:36] - Identifying the Gaps
[21:06] - Building Bridges
[22:14] - Systemizing Talent
[25:30] - CRM Integration
[31:00] - Tech Audit and Financial Insights
[34:05] - Get Your Operations in Order
[35:56] - “Love Your Lathe”

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
Red Caffeine Marketing + Technology
Forbes Article by Kathy Steele
Julie Poulos |LinkedIn
Kathy Steele | LinkedIn
Red Caffeine's "Biz" Tech Stack
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