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The MAKING CHIPS Podcast for Manufacturing Leaders with Jason Zenger & Jim Carr

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 manufacturing businesses and interview other leaders in the metalworking, machining, fabrication, tooling and machine tool industries. We have interviewed successful manufacturing CEOs you may have not heard of and also the biggest names in manufacturing like Titan Gilroy from Titans of CNC, John Saunders from NYC CNC, Mark Terryberry from Haas Automation and others from MakerCast, Sandvik Coromant, Autocrib and more. Think of us as your virtual community of manufacturing peers to help solve your toughest problems and grow your business. "Making Chips has provided a transparent approach to sharing within the manufacturing community and a modern platform to do so. Thank you both for taking the lead on moving our industry segment forward!" Patricia Miller - CEO & Visionary (Matrix IV) I really think what you guys are doing is a great, great thing for manufacturing. I have learned so much already from many of your episodes, and am so thrilled to have met people that get as revved up about manufacturing as I do! Cassandra Haupers – Vice President of Operations (Swiss Precision Machining) I love being able to experience what manufacturers are doing to promote culture and engage their team members and community. All of us are smarter than one of us. That is why I am part of the Making Chips tribe. Barry E. Walter, Jr. – Chief Operating Officer (Barry E. Walter, Sr. Co.) Finally, relevant manufacturing media that is actually entertaining! Dietmar Goellner – Chief Executive Officer (Advanced Machine & Engineering / Hennig) The more manufacturing companies we can get to think this way, the stronger our industry will be. Thank you for sharing! Jess Giudici – Manager, Talent and Culture I’m thankful to you for creating MakingChips for the Metalworking Nation so that Owners / Employees can strengthen their companies. Phil Sponsler – President (ORBITFORM) I love the podcast! It really serves to fill a void in the manufacturing world. I will admit I always feel a little more inspired. Jason Falk – Senior Application Engineer, CMTSE (HURCO) Thanks to all the great info on your podcasts and the website. Dave Lechleitner – Director of Solutions and Product Marketing (KEYEDIN) I really love what you guys are doing to advance the mfg industry in a way that really reaches the right audiences. Jeff Rizzie – Senior Manager-Business Development (Sandvik Coromant)
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Apr 26, 2018

Whether you are a veteran attendee of IMTS, or you are planning your first experience, this week’s episode of Making Chips is for you. For 90 years, the International Manufacturing Technology Show has been the premiere manufacturing show in North America. It takes place in Chicago on even-numbered years. Peter Eelman has been involved with IMTS for 40 years. He is the Vice President of Exhibition and Business Development for The Association of Manufacturing Technology (AMT). On this episode, Peter joins Jason and Jim to give an in-depth preview of IMTS 2018.

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What makes IMTS 2018 a must-attend event

Beyond just a machine tool show, IMTS encompasses all of manufacturing technology. It is the place to learn about and experience cutting-edge manufacturing technology and innovation. The show continues to get bigger and better, featuring over a million square feet of exhibition space with 1599 exhibitors. This year's show is September 10-15 in Chicago and will further the tradition of being the number one place to discover the newest technology that is revolutionizing the industry. During his conversation with Jim and Jason, Peter Eelman reveals how IMTS 2018 is gearing up to be the best yet.

It’s all about the experience at IMTS

Throughout four buildings, there will be an exciting array of companies showing off the latest and greatest in manufacturing technology. Peter Eelman says that the exhibition space is expanding to include more CAD/CAM software and digital factory automation companies. IMTS gives you the opportunity to get to know these companies and see the products and services they offer. You can also expect to see million dollar pieces of equipment on display. Hear much more about what you can experience during Jim and Jason’s conversation with Peter Eeman.

The exciting Emerging Technologies Center at IMTS 2018

IMTS has always been about emerging technologies. During the 2014 show, IMTS featured the world’s first 3D printed car. Peter Eelman explains how IMTS will give attendees an opportunity to explore the digital transformation of industry. You will be able to explore virtual and augmented reality and learn about the impact those technologies are having in manufacturing. Peter Eelman says that because digital manufacturing is now a reality, manufacturers should be learning as much as they can so they can begin applying it in their businesses. The Emerging Technologies Center at IMTS 2018 can give you the jump start you need.

How to maximize your IMTS 2018 experience

Peter Eelman explains that in order to have the best experience at IMTS, you have to make a plan. There is so much to see and so much ground to cover that failing to plan will leave you overwhelmed and exhausted. Prioritizing your time will help you get the most out of the show. IMTS.com has an invaluable tool called “My Show Planner” which was developed specifically for IMTS attendees. Plan to stay for a couple of days so that you can see all of the new and exciting technology available. Hear more about how you can maximize your IMTS 2018 experience as you listen to this episode of Making Chips.

Here’s The Good Stuff!

  • [5:40] What’s new at Zenger’s Industrial
  • [7:11] Jason’s take on the book The 4 Disciplines of Execution
  • [8:19] Manufacturing News:Harry Moser and The Reshoring Initiative
  • [14:12] Peter Eelman, Vice President of Exhibitions and Business Development at AMT
  • [16:25] The scope and size of IMTS 2018 in comparison to past years
  • [23:13] How the layout of IMTS is different and the new business that will have exhibits
  • [27:00] Emerging technologies and innovation on display at IMTS 2018
  • [31:20] How IMTS attendees should prepare themselves
  • [38:06] The registration process for IMTS
  • [41:36] When and where you can see Jason and Jim at IMTS

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