The 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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Feb 23, 2015

Should you implement Robotics into your company? In this episode we interview Brian Panek

from Panek Precision about robotics. We discuss the basics of robotics, how it has changed his

manufacturing and the culture of his company.

Universal Robots

In our Manufacturing News segment, we discuss that MakingChips has been featured on iTunes

New & Noteworthy, which is a huge accomplishment. We would like to thank our listeners for

their feedback and support.

Feb 16, 2015

Who is in your network? In this episode we discuss the power of networking and how to properly

cultivate relationships in your industry.

Join MakingChips at the 3rd Annual Crain’s Midwest Manufacturers Summit.

Crain’s Manufacturing Summit

1. Networking is a long term process

2. Should you stalk them on LinkedIn?

3. When you think that it is time for the hard sell…wait.

4. Ask for an introduction.

5. Stay within a particular circle.

6. Don't forget follow up, but don’t hard sell.

7. Offer free advise.

8. Look for commonality.

9. Collect business cards.

10. Connect on LinkedIn.

11. Give before you expect to receive.

In our Manufacturing News segment, we discuss Forbes 30 under 30 in Manufacturing.

In our Metalworking Tools segment, we discuss Lenox Circtech Precision Circular Saw Blades.

More manufacturing companies are replacing band saw applications with with machines that

use cermet tipped circular saw blades.

Feb 9, 2015

What is the right method for getting paid for your work? This is a subject that both Jim and I

were reluctant to talk about; however, our goal is to bring the Metalworking Nation together

as a community to talk about topics that people are afraid to bring up.

What are your typical terms?

Do you offer payment via credit card?

Should you require a credit card for initial orders?

Do you have a defined credit terms policy?

If you are agreeing to an OEM contract that stipulates 90-120 day terms, are you considering

the financing rate and including that in the price that you charge for the product or service?

“Somebody has to pay it!”

What is our approach to collecting?

When do “put on the heat”?

Do you use collection agencies?

In our Manufacturing News segment, we discuss Workshops for Warriors, a non-profit that

transitions veterans into civilian jobs with a focus on manufacturing training.

In our Metalworking Tools segment, we discuss Z-Cut, a line of USA Made standard and highperformance

end mills, drills and taps.

Feb 2, 2015

Years ago, most businesses did not have a vision or a mission for their companies. It was simply

a matter of “blocking and tackling” your team through wins as the company grew (you buy

more machines as the customers come). Now, most businesses are caught up in the Wall

Street mindset that if you are not growing, you are dying.

Should every manufacturing company have this mindset or can we do better?

Do you have at least a loose vision or mission for your company?

Where do you see the company in 5 years or in 10 years?

How do you define staying where you are? - # of machines, sales, profit, employees, customers?

for JZ, a couple metrics: sales, profit, # of vending integration systems that we are serving,

customer retention

Do prospective customers look at your business in terms of size and gage whether they want

to do business with you?

The wrong ways to grow

1. Using supplier credit to grow and not having a financing plan for growth

• Instead: Have a financing plan for growth, talk to your bank, and learn about the proper

way to borrow money in order to achieve your goals.

2. Taking on low margin business to build your business or to just get in the door

• What happens?

• Can’t make money on the job

• Late on the job


• Quality is subpar

• Can’t do the job efficiently

End-users have become smarter about this and many are now working with their existing suppliers

to find out where they can partner and be strategic to remove costs out of the manufacturing

processes (another good subject for the future).

In our Manufacturing News segment, we discuss women in manufacturing (again). There is a

push in the Milwaukee market for welders. A 24 year old single mother with no intention to

get into manufacturing is pitched to pursue a manufacturing career. ”This is so cool, I am actually

creating my own art.” She is enjoying what she is creating, making good money and

able to support her family.

In our Metalworking Tools segment, we discuss the Widia Victory versus Value lines and why a

company would utilize this model.

Jan 26, 2015

The image is that manufacturing is a dirty, physical, turning-cranks, labor intensive job, but the facts is that the machining industry is one of the most technological forward and innovative industries. In this seventh episode, Jim and I discuss how the industry has changed along with machine and software technology. Jim tells an interesting stories about when his dad

ran the shop and one of his machinist screwed up a part, which you can’t do nowadays and I throw out how old I was when Jim started in the industry.

More high schools are teaching manufacturing skills.

In our Manufacturing News segment, we discuss how Wheeling High School (Wheeling, IL) has been turning out hire-ready manufacturing students for the last six years. Part of Germany’s education model is that a 15 year old will enter into an internship whereby manufacturing is one of the top choices.

In our Metalworking Tools segment, we discuss the advantages of thread milling: control the size, breakage, tool life.

Jan 19, 2015

Are international standards important for your company or your partners? In this

sixth episode, Jim and I discuss standards and the impact of ISO on his company. We discuss

the specific standards of ISO 9001 (Quality Management), ISO 14001 (Environmental Management)

& OHSAS 18001 (Health & Safety).

Fun Facts: ISO, the International Organization of Standards, has 3 official languages (English,

French & Russian). ISO is derived from the Greek isos, meaning equal. The International Organization

for Standards is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and is associated with the

United Nations.

Should you hire an outside consultant to outline a plan and help you along the process?

What can ISO do for your business culture?

Every company is going to be different, but Jim discusses his annual cost of ISO renewal and

the amount of time that his staff spends on ISO per week.

How does the ISO champion interact with other employees?

In our Manufacturing News segment, we discuss the Multi Jet Fusion Printer, a 3D printer

from HP.

In our Metalworking Tools segment, we discuss straight flute reamers versus spiral flute

reamers and left hand versus right hand spiral flute reamers.

Jan 12, 2015

Is there a plan in place at your company if a top employee, such as the president or owner

dies? Episode five is the first in a new interview format on MakingChips. In this fifth episode,

we talk to Stacey Bales about her story of taking over as President of Bales Mold Service (recently

rebranded as Bales Metal Surface Solutions).

The first reaction from the bank is “How are we going to liquidate?”

Who takes over when multiple family members are involved and no succession plan has been

setup? Major issues arise, such as trust among family members - when there is no succession

plan, family members will fight out their new roles instead of moving into the proper roles

right away. The family needs to establish that they are all on the same team and not out for


“Be very transparent with the person that you believe is coming up.” The owner of every

manufacturing company should be transparent about how they want to handle the succession

of their company and have a vision about where they want the company to go.

Stacey Bales is the 2nd generation owner and President of Bales Metal Surface Solutions. Bales

provides engineered coating and finishes to mold makers and OEMs. They have locations in

Illinois and Texas. In addition, Stacey is on the Board of Directors of the TMA (Technology and

Manufacturing Association) and President of AESF (American Electro & Surface Finishers).

In our Manufacturing News segment, we discuss a news article about the City of Atlanta. They

are short on manufacturing skilled labor resulting in six figure incomes for certain positions.

In our Metalworking Tools segment, we discuss Southwestern Industries (CNC Technology for

Small Lot Machining). Southwestern machines are intended to produce small lots of parts, so

you can go from programming to producing parts much quicker than traditional CNC lathes

and mills with easy to use ProtoTRAK programming.


Dec 17, 2014

Do you go to the bar or do you take action?  Jason and Jim will step you through 11 points to consider WHEN the recession hits the Metalworking Nation.  Yes, this subject is a bummer, but MakingChips is going to Equip Manufacturing Leaders no matter the subject.

Women in manufacturing

Yoda says “No!  Try not.  Do or Do Not.  There is no try”

1.      Pay attention to your cash flow – like a hawk – know the numbers.

2.      Talk to your staff and be honest about what is going on.

3.      Be honest with your partners.

4.      Know your core competency and stick to your business model.

5.      Minimize purchasing and reduce expenses – can you insource any of your services?

6.      Lower your overhead.

7.      Minimize your labor costs (OT) – make strategic decisions sooner rather than later.

8.      Realize your capacity level.

9.      Negotiate with banks.

10.   Negotiate with your landlord.


11.   Capitalize on opportunities.

Dec 17, 2014

This episode is about tactics for manufacturing companies WHEN the recession hits.  That’s right, I said WHEN, not IF.  If there is one thing that nobody understands, it’s our economy.  There is little evidence of a recession proof economy, so we need to spend some time discussing how to better prepare.

Are you ready for a recession?

1.      Do you have a diversified customer base?

2.      Maintain proper overhead (building ego).

3.      Review your debt – did those decisions result in a return?

4.      Strategic purchase of capital equipment

a.      Measure your ROI

b.      Invest in technology to stay productive and ahead of the competition

c.      Don’t spend money just for a write off…have a strategic reason

d.      Should you pay cash or get a loan?

5.      Does your company provide a critical part or service that is recession proof?

6.      Is your customer base recession proof or vulnerable?


7.      Is your product or process difficult to replicate or will your customers be looking to lower their costs?

Dec 17, 2014

IMTS started as The First National Machine Tool Builders Exposition in Cleveland in 1927.

Post WWII, the show moved to Chicago in 1955.

What is the IMTS hangover?

What did you learn at IMTS that you can take back to your business?


What is the best way to prepare for a show, such as IMTS?

Dec 17, 2014

Do social media platforms, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and others matter to the manufacturing industry?  We will discuss WHY you should be on social media, WHAT platforms to consider, and HOW to get started.


Brand Awareness

Thought Leadership

Influencing a New Generation

Social Media Platforms

How often?

What is the process?

What should you do first?

Social Media PPC


Jim’s eBook “Social Media in Manufacturing”

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