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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: August, 2022
Aug 30, 2022

According to Peter Eelman, if you walk every bit of carpeting at IMTS, you’d walk 69 miles. Those 69 miles cover everything from The Modern Machine Shop’s Top Shops’ Panel to the 3D Printing Workshop for Job Shops, from Women Make Manufacturing Move to The Smartforce Student Summit. In this episode of MakingChips, we go beyond the exhibits to cover what’s happening at IMTS 2022 that you can’t miss! 

– Jason

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  • [2:30] What’s happening in our lives
  • [4:43] Manufacturing News: Food in Chicago
  • [11:30] The Job Shops Specialty Program Day 1
  • [19:38] Modern Machine Shop’s Top Shops
  • [21:17] The Modern Machine Shop’s Top Shops’ Panel
  • [22:58] MakingChips will be on stage at IMTS!
  • [25:45] 3D Printing Workshop for Job Shops
  • [30:53] WMMM: Women Make Manufacturing Move
  • [36:26] AMT Emerging Technology Center
  • [39:46] Flying a 3D Printed jetpack
  • [41:34] The Smartforce Student Summit
  • [45:31] How registering for IMTS works 
  • [46:49] Download the My Show Planner

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Aug 23, 2022

Does your team know what they’re really getting when you offer employee benefits, such as health insurance and a 401k? In this episode of MakingChips, Jason and I dissect the employee benefits we offer at Carr Machine & Tool. When we calculate what we’re investing in our employees, the number is shocking. Learn just how valuable offering employee benefits can be in this episode! After all, you have to incentivize your employees to make chips, so you’re making money! BAM!

– Jim

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  • [1:55] Employee benefits: Are you benefiting? 
  • [3:47] The definition of employee benefits
  • [6:35] Why employee benefits are important
  • [9:21] Manufacturing news: Rivian laying off 6% of workforce
  • [13:38] Breaking down the cost of employee benefits
  • [24:05] Why benefits outweigh a higher hourly wage
  • [29:48] Carr Machine & Tool and ZENGERS are hiring!

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Aug 16, 2022

Scheduling is the art of planning your activities so that you can achieve your goals and priorities in the time that you have available. When it’s done effectively, it helps you understand what you can realistically achieve with your time. Why is it a big deal on the shop floor? As technology and automation are being implemented, it forces you to be faster. So you have to be efficient. Paul Van Metre joins us in this episode of MakingChips to share how ProShop can help your shop become more efficient. Because if you aren’t being efficient, you aren’t making enough chips. BAM!

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  • [2:42] Why scheduling is important on the shop floor
  • [5:39] Make sure you come see MakingChips at IMTS!
  • [6:37] What’s happening in our lives and businesses
  • [8:52] Paul Van Metre is back on the show
  • [13:05] Tips for make your setups better
  • [16:33] The secret to great scheduling is accurate estimations
  • [23:31] How expediting impacts your scheduling in ProShop
  • [25:08] Setup reliability is key to proper scheduling
  • [26:38] Why Paul believes expediters are unnecessary 
  • [28:23] Consistently monitor and update your setup and run times
  • [31:00] ProShop’s pre-processing checklist 
  • [33:42] Why fully automated scheduling isn’t realistic
  • [36:14] How Dave Hannah saw improvements with ProShop scheduling

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Aug 9, 2022

The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) is back! This is the first time that IMTS has been forced to go on hiatus since World War II. It’s taking place September 12–17 at McCormick Place in Chicago and will consist of 1.2 million square feet of exhibition space. 

In this episode of MakingChips, Peter Eelman—the Chief Experience Officer at AMT—joins us to share what’s happening at IMTS, how to book your hotel stay, how Chicago is safer than ever, and even shares what to do to enjoy your stay. Even better, we will be in the Grand Concourse Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Come by and say hi!

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  • [2:50] Why Chicago is a safe and fun city to host IMTS
  • [5:41] Learn about our special guest Peter Eelman
  • [10:39] Book your hotel directly through IMTS
  • [15:31] This years main stage is stellar
  • [16:37] The Emerging Technology Center
  • [20:11] The Additive Manufacturing Pavilion
  • [21:35] Set up a my show planner account
  • [23:48] Sign up for drawings every Thursday!
  • [26:23] Some logistics about navigating Chicago
  • [28:33] Things to enjoy while in Chicago
  • [29:41] Learn about the IMTS Smartsource Student Summit
  • [31:07] Find Me, Find Us, and Find It at IMTS! 

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Aug 2, 2022

We’ve all gone into plants that smell awful because they’re dealing with coolant problems. But that smell is a symptom of other, bigger problems. If you have a smelly shop, foggy and dirty windows, and gunk on your tables, you’ve got a coolant problem that’s creating an unhealthy environment for your team. Learn how to identify coolant problems and how to solve them in this episode of MakingChips! 

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  • [7:45] What’s happening in our lives
  • [9:27] Manufacturing News: Peloton abandons building manufacturing plant
  • [11:09] How coolant problems impact your team
  • [13:35] How coolant problems impact your equipment
  • [16:21] Solution #1: Preventative maintenance
  • [20:54] Solution #2: Wash your hands
  • [22:50] Solution #3: Wear nitrile gloves
  • [23:37] Solution #4: Use mist collectors
  • [24:30] Solution #5: Use high-quality water
  • [24:53] Solution #6: Proper filtration systems
  • [29:19] Solution #7: Choose the right coolant
  • [32:49] Leave us a review on your favorite platform!

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