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Jul 17, 2023

Are you embracing automation in your shop? Or are you hesitating because you’re unsure how to implement it so that you’re making the best use of your time and money? Brian Kippen—the owner and CEO of KAD Models & Prototypes—reframes how you can use automation. 

In this episode of MakingChips, Brian Kippen, Steve DeGrasse, and I share how you can approach automation from a different perspective. Because if you’re not automating efficiently, you’re not MakingChips, and if you’re not MakingChips, you’re not making money. BAM!

– Nick

Segments

  • [0:15] The Lean Setup Guide from ProShop
  • [1:48] Introducing Brian Kippen and Steve DeGrasse
  • [3:12] What's the Chip on Your Shoulder?
  • [5:30] Brian Kippen’s origin story
  • [20:36] How Brian approaches automation differently 
  • [24:28] Running his company like a barbershop
  • [30:21] What Brian looks for in new talent
  • [36:44] How Brian is using automated pallet delivery
  • [41:10] Why Brian took a job as a high school teacher

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