246 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

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    • 4.7 • 78 Ratings

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)

    IMTS Spark with Peter Eelman

    IMTS Spark with Peter Eelman

    In this week's podcast, hosts Jason Zenger, Jim Carr, and Nick Goellner invite guest Peter Eelman, Vice President & CXO at AMT to discuss how IMTS pivoted into an online digital destination for Manufacturers.
    Segments:
    Missing IMTS - Everybody gets together (2:15) Good News with Jim Carr (6:30) Manufacturing News: Smart manufacturing platform revenue to pass $32B annually by 2025 (7:04) Introducing our Guest: Peter Eelman (14:12) IMTS Spark is a digital destination for a connected manufacturing community (16:45) Peter: This is not a virtual tradeshow (21:45) Jason: The main theme of 2020 is rebuilding the supply chain (30:20) IMTS is coming back in 2022 (38:30) Why you should sign-up for IMTS spark today (40:34) What happened to IMTS 2020 swag? (44:00) Takeaways from IMTS Spark (46:10)
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    • 48 min
    Wraparound Blankets for the small manufacturer

    Wraparound Blankets for the small manufacturer

    In this week's podcast, hosts Jason Zenger and Jim Carr invite guest Jenn Ryan, SVP of Global Network Operations at Xometry to discuss how they pivoted during COVID and how it helped them transform who they are as a business.
    Segments:
    Jim and Jason’s businesses thriving when the industry is down (1:44)
    Good news at Carr’s: 4th new CNC machine (6:06)
    Jason Discusses the Manufacturing News: Foxconn fails to meet requirements in Wisconsin (6:47)
    Introducing our guest: Jenn Ryan, SVP of Global Network Operations at Xometry (11:40)
    Check out our previous episodes 122 & 189 with Xometry
    Jenn: Keeping the doors open during COVID shutdowns (14:10)
    Jenn: Changing the binary questions “What part of this job can I do?” (17:10)
    Jason: Why we created the Makingchips podcast (19:20)
    Jenn: Partner Success stories in 2020 (21:00)
    Jason: We need more manufacturing in the US (31:05)

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    • 37 min
    Changing ERPs will change your company culture

    Changing ERPs will change your company culture

    In this week's podcast, hosts Jim Carr and Jason Zenger invite guests Paul Van Metre, Co-Founder of ProShop ERP, and Matt Gawlik, President of 3D Industries to discuss what it takes to properly implement a new ERP in a machine shop, and how it can change your culture.
    Segments:
    How the ERP revolution shifted our culture (1:47) Teasing our special guests (2:56) Putting on makeup is fun? IMTS interview (3:33) What’s new with Jason: Zengers, Black Industrial (5:00) Discussing this week’s manufacturing news (6:20) Introducing our guest: Paul Van Metre from ProShop (13:13) Introducing our other guest: Matt Gawlik, President of 3D Industries (14:10) The origin story of “3D Industries” (15:20) How Matt found ProShop (16:45) Jim: Using the wrong ERP for 20 years (19:52) Matt: Rehabilitating the company to implement the perfect ERP (20:45) Jason: What is a Pirate ship company? (27:25) Roadblocks when implementing a new ERP (28:00) ProShop features that hit the spot for Machine shops (30:45) What is your estimator doing all day now? (33:55) Matt: Extracting data from the minds of employees is a necessary safeguard (34:45) Culture Shift: Before and After ProShop (38:50) Paul: Implementing ERPs is a team commitment (43:45)
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    • 47 min
    What is Your Legacy?

    What is Your Legacy?

    In this week's podcast, hosts Jason Zenger and Jim Carr discuss the process of building the right legacy you want to leave behind as a Manufacturing Leader.
    Segments:
    Getting morbid for a minute (0:45) Leaving a legacy after a transition (2:10) Jim compares MakingChips hosts to past music greats (3:30) Another new CNC machine at Carr Machine (5:06) Jason, the business coach? (6:27) Manufacturing News: New manufacturing facility for undersea drones (8:40) Jason: Leaving a positive legacy in the minds of others (11:51) A legacy gone wrong: Statues don’t make chips (16:30) Guiding principles towards a great legacy (19:40) Every manufacturing leader needs to think about their legacy (27:10) The Boring Bar Newsletter - Text CHIPS to 38470 to subscribe!

    • 32 min
    Wisdom + Technology/ Strategic Ideas for Reducing Machine Set Up Time

    Wisdom + Technology/ Strategic Ideas for Reducing Machine Set Up Time

    In this week's episode, we get a look into Carr Machine's setup process. Hosts Jim Carr and Nick Goellner invite guests Ryan Carr, Operations Manager at CARR Machine and Tool, Inc., and Paul Van Metre, Co-Founder of ProShop ERP on to discuss the challenges they face with long setup times and explore how ProShop has helped them refine the process while providing measurable analytics for future improvement. 
    Segments
    Jim and Nick talk about manufacturing news 4:26 Jim Introduces Paul Van Metre and Ryan Carr 8:40 Jim introduces the age-old issue of setup times 10:34 Ryan talks about today’s setup process on the shop floor at Carr 14:18 Jim and Ryan talk about how their team uses ProShop 15:47 Paul Van Metre lays out the pre-processing checklist at ProShop 20:42 Paul and Ryan cover the impact of implementing ProShop 26:41 Jim addresses the transition of accountability 29:54 Nick asks about ROI and measurable results for improvement 31:55 Success stories with ProShop 36:05 The Boring Bar Newsletter - Text CHIPS to 38470 to subscribe!

    • 40 min
    Rapid Fire/ Old School Machining Tips that Never Get Dated

    Rapid Fire/ Old School Machining Tips that Never Get Dated

    In this week's podcast, hosts Jim Carr and Jason Zenger discuss old school manufacturing tips that still equip & inspire their team on the shop floor.
    Segments:
    The guys discuss this week's manufacturing news. (8:41) Solving today's shop problems with "old school" techniques: Tapping (18:10) Flatness on prints/Material Science (23:38) Using oversized materials for better accuracy (26:12) Bringing back old school collaboration (28:36) Machine tool distributors selling tooling (31:50) The Boring Bar Newsletter - Text CHIPS to 38470 to subscribe!

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
78 Ratings

78 Ratings

Joe Sullivan, Gorilla 76 ,

The OGs of manufacturing podcasts

Great hosts with a ton of personality. And a solid addition with Nick Goellner. Tough to beat Making Chips.

MP-Hill ,

Great Show!

Since discovering Making Chips 2 years ago and listening to the first 100 episodes within a few weeks it has become an essential part of my routine. You help me stay on top of news and trends in the industry, have thought provoking topics that help me be a better leader and do it all in a entertaining and interactive format! It’s quickly becoming required listening for managers in my shop!!!

MRinSuwaneeGA ,

Great podcast for everybody in the manufacturing industry

Dear MakingChips Team,

You guys are my favorite podcast currently, always looking forward for the next interesting episode.

Keep up with the good work!

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