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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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Feb 28, 2022

As our team begins to grow at Carr Machine & Tool, I believe it’s time to hire for a middle management position. But what is middle management? What does a middle management role consist of? Will implementing this role truly solve our problems? Jason helps me talk through the challenges I’m facing in this episode of Making Chips!

Any tips, tricks, or ideas to help me through this? Reach out at Jim@MakingChips.com. I’d love to hear from you! 

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  • [2:00] Does my shop need middle management?
  • [4:46] What’s happening in our worlds
  • [7:33] BIG NEWS: Meet us at IMTS 2022!
  • [8:36] Manufacturing is a high-tech frontier
  • [15:48] What does a middle management role consist of?
  • [18:54] How to determine if you need middle management roles
  • [24:49] The core problem we’re trying to solve
  • [30:45] What is the biggest role of a middle manager?

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Feb 21, 2022

How do you keep corporate culture alive when your workforce is completely remote? How do you focus your company on your values, mission, and goals? When a thriving company culture is crucial to retaining your employees, it can’t be neglected. We dissect this problem we’re facing because of the COVID pandemic—and 6 possible ways to promote and maintain your unique company culture—in this episode of MakingChips. 

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  • [2:11] How remote work impacts company culture
  • [4:57] What is corporate culture? 
  • [6:27] What’s happening in our worlds
  • [8:09] Celebrating our 50th Anniversary our way
  • [10:05] Artificial intelligence in manufacturing
  • [15:20] Corporate culture in a virtual world
  • [18:23] Tip #1: Populate your social stream
  • [20:38] Tip #2: Start a virtual club
  • [21:34] Tip #3: Embrace video calls
  • [25:40] Tip #4: Gamify your platform
  • [26:56] Tip #5: Create an expert’s area
  • [28:27] Tip #6: Keep your company mission alive 

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Feb 14, 2022

Is the labor shortage accelerating automation? Why is there a perception that automation is both risky and complex? How do you lead your elders with authority yet humility? To dovetail—or not to dovetail? These are the questions that we hash out with Michael Gaunce, the VP of Sales for Tooling and Workholding at SCHUNK. We take a deep look into the technical side of workholding and automation in this episode of Making Chips. Now is the time to embrace automation. Because if you’re not making chips efficiently, you’re not making money!

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  • [2:55] What’s happening in our lives
  • [5:23] 2022 Labor and Employment Outlook for Manufacturers
  • [9:09] Learn more about Michael Gaunce
  • [12:47] Is the labor shortage accelerating automation? 
  • [15:20] The perception that automation is risky or complex
  • [19:10] Two ways to do automation machine-tending
  • [27:42] A conversation on workholding
  • [32:55] To dovetail or not to dovetail?
  • [39:01] Leading your elders with authority and humility

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Feb 7, 2022

MakingChips is NOT a cult of personality. We want MakingChips to be about the Metalworking nation. We want to interview you. We want to talk about your problems and how to solve them. We hope we equip, inspire—and sometimes entertain—you. With that being said, some BIG changes are coming. What will the future of MakingChips hold? Listen to this episode to hear our game-changing update for the Metalworking nation. 

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  • [3:58] Learn more about the MakingChips hosts
  • [5:22] We’re NOT a cult of personality
  • [7:26] The numerous transitions of MakingChips
  • [11:05] MakingChips 3.0: next steps
  • [14:39] How to apply to become a podcast host
  • [16:06] Jim’s new show: My True Position 
  • [20:00] Nick’s new show: Design. Build. Grow.
  • [22:30] Jason’s new show: At the Boring Bar

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We want to bring on three new hosts of three NEW shows. If you believe you have a podcast the Metalworking nation can benefit from, connect with us. Send us a pitch at info@makingchips.com. Share a description, your history, and why you believe it can become a monthly show. You may just become a member of the MakingChips podcast family!

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