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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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Jul 26, 2022

The key to being a good salesman is to add value wherever you can for your customers. I want to be able to talk with ZENGER’s customers about integrating their tooling management with their ERP system and why it can help them. That’s why, in this episode of MakingChips, Paul Van Metre comes back to share how tooling management works using ProShop ERP. Because if you’re not properly managing your tools, you’re losing money (and definitely not making chips). 

– Jason!

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  • [3:24] What’s happening in our lives
  • [7:14] Manufacturing News: Amogy Powers a Tractor Using Ammonia
  • [10:34] Why is tooling management important? 
  • [15:31] Process stability and setup reduction
  • [20:16] Differences between high-production and project-based shops
  • [22:22] Walking through the tooling management inventory system
  • [26:41] A success story from Faircloth Machine Shop
  • [37:58] Be more scientific with your tooling management system

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Jul 19, 2022

Whether you rely on inbound marketing, outbound marketing, or a combination of both, sourcing new customers can be a hassle. But it’s how you grow your business, so you can’t give up. Thomas™, a Xometry company, is America’s #1 industrial sourcing platform and marketing powerhouse. It could also be your #1 driver of new customers. Thomas™ President Shawn Fitzgerald shares how in this episode of MakingChips. Because if you’re not gaining new customers, you’re not making chips, and if you’re not making chips—you’re not making money! BAM!

– Nick

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  • [2:54] The exciting things happening in ours lives
  • [5:13] Learn all about what’s happening at IMTS
  • [6:27] Manufacturing News: Reverse Logistics Booms
  • [9:25] Shawn Fitzgerald’s origin story
  • [14:53] Learn more about the evolution of Thomas
  • [17:42] How Thomas works for buyers and suppliers
  • [27:50] Inbound, outbound, and account-based marketing
  • [?:??] A discussion about what’s most-sourced
  • [35:09] Thomas is a single-source platform to get everything you need
  • [37:41] How Thomas and Xometry transformed someone’s business
  • [39:10] What’s happening next at Thomas and Xometry?

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Jul 15, 2022

Why is a skills gap analysis helpful? How can it make your company more efficient? What does the process look like? In this episode of MakingChips, we define a seven-step process you can use to help you run a skills gap analysis on your manufacturing business. Special guest Crystal Van Vleet shares how she’s brought the process to life in her role with Advanced Machine & Engineering (and at MakingChips). The bottom line is, if you don’t have skills, you’re not making chips, and if you're not making chips, you’re not making money!

— Nick

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  • [2:06] Why a skills gap analysis can help your business
  • [4:56] Manufacturing News: Skills Gap Analysis for the Future of Work
  • [12:43] Learn all about our guest Crystal Van Vleet
  • [17:59] Step #1: Make a plan for the skills gap analysis
  • [22:09] Step #2: Define your organization's future goals
  • [24:58] Why Crystal got her CMTSE certification
  • [26:47] Step #3: Catch up on the future of work trends 
  • [28:04] Step #4: Determine key skills needed for the future
  • [30:18] Step #5: Measure your current skills
  • [33:16] Crystal’s experience with self-assessment tools
  • [35:03] Step #6: Find out where the gaps are
  • [39:23] Step #7: Put a plan into action

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Jul 5, 2022

What can you do to double the value of your manufacturing company and increase your likelihood of selling it exponentially? In this episode of MakingChips, Michael Watkins and David Capkovitz from EBITDA Growth Systems (EGS) share how they can help you increase your profitability and Paul Van Metre from ProShop ERP shares how he partners with EGS to bring value to his clients. They are all passionate about improving business performance in manufacturing companies and impacting lives. Don’t miss this episode packed with actionable insight.

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  • [4:38] What’s happening in our businesses
  • [6:45] Manufacturing News: Industrial manufacturing deals outlook
  • [9:30] Learn all about EBITDA Growth Systems’ mission
  • [16:02] How Paul is connected to EBITDA Growth Systems (EGS) 
  • [19:17] How EBITDA Growth Systems (EGS) can help your business
  • [27:29] Does EGS focus on internal systems or external marketing?
  • [29:25] How they meet their brand promise with businesses that realize success
  • [34:00] The #1 thing that Michael and David focus on to drive more revenue
  • [35:09] The investment that’s required to drive change in your company
  • [38:04] The synergy between ProShop ERP and EBITDA Growth Systems

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