240 episodes

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)

MAKING CHIPS Podcast for Manufacturing Leaders with Jason Zenger & Jim Carr MakingChips LLC

    • Management

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)

    How to Use Lean Manufacturing Concepts to Connect Marketing Strategy with Execution

    How to Use Lean Manufacturing Concepts to Connect Marketing Strategy with Execution

    This week on the MakingChips podcast, Host Nick Goellner, Jim Carr, and Jason Zenger discuss the Agile Marketing Process and how to have a marketing program in place that allows you to pivot when the time comes!
     
    Segments:
    The guys discuss this week's manufacturing news. (6:12) What is ProShop: (10:40) What great marketing is and what great marketing isn't. (16:05) GPCT Workshop: Goals.Plans.Challenges.Timelines.(19:10) Begin with the end in mind—start creating vision backlogs. (20:55) Keys to success: Prioritize, Protect your sprints, Pull don't push, Park. (29:45) 4 keywords for meetings: Daily stand up, Plan, Review, Reflect. (35:15) How does a marketing program work for a small job shop? (37:42)  The Boring Bar Newsletter - Text CHIPS to 38470 to subscribe!

    • 43 min
    Prototypes to Production/ Tips on How CARR Made the Move

    Prototypes to Production/ Tips on How CARR Made the Move

    This week on the MakingChips Podcast, Jim Carr shares 6 tips on what CARR Machine & Tool has done to pivot from prototypes to becoming a full production machine shop.
     
    Jim shares this week's manufacturing news - "Making Robots Smarter & Safer."  (7:05) Tip #1: How do you quote a production job? (17:44) Tip #2: The importance of manufacturing planning. (21:25)  Tip #3: Determining the correct amount of pieces in your active setup. (24:10) Tip #4: Know your tools. (28:00) Tip #5: Understanding your Customer Demands (36:38) Tip #6: Look into automation, robots, and cobots. (38:10)

    • 42 min
    The Secrets of Motor City Marketing Success on LinkedIn that Generates 5 Leads Per Day

    The Secrets of Motor City Marketing Success on LinkedIn that Generates 5 Leads Per Day

    This week's guest, Ted Ladzinski from Motor City Spindle Repair joins co-hosts Jim Carr, Jason Zenger, and Nick Goellner to discuss ways to increase your spindles’ longevity, how to know when to replace your spindle, as well as how to use short- and long-term social media strategies to generate leads.
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    Segments:
    Nick shares this week's manufacturing news. (7:10) Nick introduces this week's guest Ted Ladzinski. (10:00) Ted shares his story on he got started in manufacturing. (12:56) Creating an impactful social media strategy in manufacturing. (14:18) Ted gives insight into creating a short- vs long-term strategy on social media. (21:00) Ted shares how to know when it's time to replace your spindle. (40:20) Tips to increase your spindles’ longevity. (48:15)  

    • 55 min
    Solving the Diversity Gap by Manufacturing a Fruit Salad

    Solving the Diversity Gap by Manufacturing a Fruit Salad

    Co-host Jim Carr, Jason Zenger and Nick Goellner are joined by Andrew Crowe, Ranken Technical College Instructor and Senior Machinist at Seiler to discuss the diversity and skills gap the manufacturing industry is facing today.
    Tune in as you learn Andrew's vision to create a more diverse manufacturing community and a ways recruiting, educating, and funding are impacting the skills gap we face today in this episode of MakingChips.
     
    Segments:
    Jason shares positive news about Zenger's Industrial. (3:14)  The guys introduce this week's guest, Andrew Crowe. (8:29) Andrew shares his experience during the 2008 recession. (12:30)  Andrew gives insight on why and how he got involved in the manufacturing industry. (13:09) The guys discuss diversity in manufacturing. (19:40)  Dissecting the skills gap and diversity in manufacturing: Image or awareness? (21:35) Ways to expose manufacturing to different communities and cultures.  (23:02) Andrew shares his vision to create a more diverse manufacturing community. (24:18) Andrew shares his strategies in bringing in more talent into the workforce. (26:25) Awareness, curriculum and funding: How to solve them? (32:00)

    • 50 min
    A Year With No Manufacturing Trade Shows

    A Year With No Manufacturing Trade Shows

    A year without IMTS, FabTech, etc. have you wondering what comes next for industry tradeshows? In this episode, Jim, Jason, and Nick talk all about the year without tradeshows. They cover everything from attendees to exhibitors and ways you can still market yourself without using large tradeshows.


    Connect with us: www.MakingChips.com/contact
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    Segments: 
    The podcast talks IMTS and trade shows during COVID 1:02 Jim shares his good news… a new HAAS on the shop floor 3:18 Jim shares manufacturing news… Second-quarter GDP plunges 5:10 Jason introduces this week’s topic: Why you go to trade shows 9:20 Going to trade shows to see new technology 10:03 Nicks talks about translating into the digital market 13:40 Jason asks, is losing IMTS a gain or a loss for your business? 14:39 Alternatives to trade shows: smaller shows and digital spaces 16:00 Finding the missing social connection that shows provide 19:51 Going to trade shows to buy and sell 22:43 Jason asks, what’s the alternative to selling at a trade show? 23:46 Are trade shows here for the long haul? The hosts perspectives 27:38 Chiptober Fest! Come join us 30:55

    • 33 min
    How’s the Health of your Entrepreneurial Operating System

    How’s the Health of your Entrepreneurial Operating System

    What exactly is EOS, and what is an L10 meeting? This week on the MakingChips podcast, co-hosts Jim Carr, Jason Zenger, and Nick Goellner share their experiences and discuss how to use the Entrepreneurial Operating System for leadership success. 
     
    Segments:
    Jason and Nick share their thoughts on expansion. (3:33) Jim announces 'Chiptober Fest' for the MakingChips Grand Opening event.  (5:45) Jim shares this week's manufacturing news: Indiana Lost nearly 8,000 Manufacturing Jobs in 2019 (6:50) Jim reads the first paragraph of Letting Go of The Vine, of the book Traction. (11:45) What is EOS? The Definition of the Entrepreneurial Operating System (12:39) Nick defines the process of kicking off your EOS (17:00) What is an L10 meeting and why is it called L10? (21:08) The structure of a Level 10 meeting: (23:46) One of the most important aspects of the L10 meeting- Rocks. (27:23) The 3rd aspect of the L10 Meeting: Client/Employee Headlines ( 30:40) What are To-Do lists? (31:40) Identify, discuss, solve: Issues List  (32:27) Differentiating the types of issues that belong on the issues list. (35:07) L10 Meeting: What is a parking lot? (38:55)  The guys share their success using L10 meetings for their businesses. (40:38)

    • 46 min

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