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Making Chips Podcast for Manufacturing Leaders

MakingChips is hosted by a set of multi-generational manufacturing leaders who are on the factory floor everyday, living their lives in the world of manufacturing—they know first hand that manufacturing can be challenging. Founders Jim Carr and Jason Zenger released their first podcast in late December 2014—releasing over 300 episodes to-date, reaching more than 650,000 downloads—all while striving to deliver on their mission, to “equip and inspire the metalworking nation.” In 2019, Nick Goellner, another multi-generational manufacturing leader, joined the MakingChips hosts, bringing a third generation of manufacturing leaders to the table. Join the hosts as they work through industry challenges with leaders such as Titan Gilroy (Titans of CNC), John Saunders (NYC CNC), Mark Terryberry (Haas Automation) and more.
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Now displaying: December, 2020
Dec 28, 2020

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 near future of the manufacturing industry due to COVID-19

12:10 | Guest John Miller, founder of Way of the Mill, tells his origin story in manufacturing

16:00 | John shares information on his experience working on turnkey projects at Makino

23:20 | John explains why he chose to share his milling advice online, and how good and bad fundamentals affect a company

27:05 | John discusses his time at Apple, and their involvement in the manufacturing industry

31:09 | John explains how he maintains unbiased content and the value it brings

Dec 21, 2020

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 shares manufacturing news about the surge in metal prices

12:50 | Jim breaks down the estimation process into 3 factors: the estimator, the tools, and the tactics

19:30 | Jim explains his quoting process

23:30 | The hosts compare a traditional spreadsheet to an ERP system, and what columns to utilize

30:15 | The hosts discuss veteran quoting processes vs newer quoting tactics

34:50 | Jim lists some "red flags" to look out for during the estimation process

38:00 | Jim summarizes his thoughts on effectively quoting a job

Dec 14, 2020

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 | Jason explains how he focused on growing his company's core values in 2020

16:15 | Jim discusses the new implementations he made at CARR this year

18:30 | Jason recounts how he increased communication between his employees

28:50 | Nick describes how his leadership team implemented new Lean practices and playbooks

33:09 | Jim shares the added business responsibilities he felt due to the COVID-19 pandemic

35:00 | Jason gives details on his experience of testing positive for COVID-19

Dec 7, 2020

In this week's episode, we share our experiences with imposter syndrome and discuss what it means. We talk about how it affects different generations and how to rise above the feeling that you aren't qualified or don't know what you're doing.

5:01 | Nick covers general manufacturing news - and improving market trends

8:55 | Nick defines imposter syndrome

10:05 | Jason brings up a bible verse that illustrates that everyone is a little bit of an imposter

13:32 | Jason asks how you'll learn anything if you never ask

22:26 | Jason and Nick discuss what imposter syndrome means for a manufacturing leader

25:42 | Nick shares a story about feeling like you can't ask questions or make mistakes

30:32 | Jason mentions how important it is to get your self-worth from multiple places, and Nick talks about how ego plays into imposter syndrome

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