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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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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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