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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.

Making Chips Podcast for Manufacturing Leaders MakingChips LLC

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    • 4.7 • 97 Ratings

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.

    LIVE at IMTS: How Will the Latest Technology Advancements Change Your Manufacturing Business?

    LIVE at IMTS: How Will the Latest Technology Advancements Change Your Manufacturing Business?

    What would the shop of the future look like? What’s more exciting—hardware or software? What can manufacturing leaders learn from B2C businesses? In this special LIVE episode at IMTS 2022, we chat with special guests Mike Payne with Hill Manufacturing  and Eike Huebner with Ellison Technologies about what they would do with their shops if they had 10 million dollars to spend. Listen to this episode to find out what the machine shop of the future looks like. You need to use technology to make chips efficiently because if you’re not making chips, you’re not making money!
    BAM!
    Segments [1:49] The US is on the cutting edge of manufacturing [2:30] Learn more about each of our guests [3:50] What would the shop of the future look like? [6:24] The future is focused on software development [9:12] Mike’s background in software and data collection [11:35] How Mike and Eike would build the shop of the future [15:16] How Mike doubled the size of his machine shop [16:48] What manufacturing leaders can learn from B2C  [19:05] The impact of technology on additive manufacturing  [22:06] Why style of CNC machine tools should you invest in?  [25:40] What is a human-machine interface? [27:30] Mike and Eike’s call to action to the manufacturing nation Resources mentioned on this episode Mike Payne with Hill Manufacturing  Eike Huebner with Ellison Technologies ProShop ERP Amper Technologies Connect With MakingChips www.MakingChips.com On Facebook On LinkedIn On Instagram On Twitter On YouTube

    • 32 min
    Connecting Machine Monitoring with Leadership

    Connecting Machine Monitoring with Leadership

    As a leader looking to grow his business, Tom Schroeder knew it was time to start gathering data to inform the growth process. So Tom began to implement machine monitoring technology in his shop. In this episode of MakingChips, hear how Tom implemented Amper Technology and the impact it has made on his business. 
    Because let’s face it, if you’re not monitoring your machines, you don’t know which ones are making enough chips, and if you’re not making enough chips, you’re not making money. BAM!
    – Nick
    BONUS: Akshat Thirani—the CEO and Co-Founder of Amper—also joins us in this episode to cover machine monitoring from every aspect. 
    Segments [3:24] Nick’s upcoming podcast: Light’s Out [5:29] Jim’s upcoming podcast: My True Position [7:16] Manufacturing News: Economy expectations [10:59] Meet the guests on this week’s episode [13:02] Learn more about Tom’s background [15:05] Shifting from product manufacturing to technology OEM [21:45] What inspired Tom to look for machine monitoring solutions [26:46] Why Tom wanted to monitor and measure his machines [32:45] Why is Amper easier to implement than the alternative(s)? [39:22] How Amper is helping PBC Linear improve [41:27] The core strategies moving into the future Resources mentioned on this episode Kiplinger Letters Don’t miss IMTS 2022 Connect with Tom Schroeder on LinkedIn Connect with Akshat Thirani on LinkedIn Connect With MakingChips www.MakingChips.com On Facebook On LinkedIn On Instagram On Twitter On YouTube

    • 47 min
    What Most People Don’t Know About IMTS

    What Most People Don’t Know About IMTS

    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
    Segments [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 Resources mentioned on this episode Register for IMTS 2022! Chicago Air and Water Show IMTS Specialty Program: Job Shops Workshop Day 1 Modern Machine Shop Announces 2022 Edition of Top Shops Event Amper Technologies Machine Monitoring  3D Printing Workshop for Job Shops The Additive Manufacturing Conference Women Make Manufacturing Move Beyond the Exhibits: Attractions at IMTS AMT Emerging Technology Center Gravity.co The Smartforce Student Summit Sign up for the My Show Planner app ProShop ERP Connect With MakingChips www.MakingChips.com On Facebook On LinkedIn On Instagram On Twitter On YouTube

    • 50 min
    Employee Benefits: Are You Really Benefiting?

    Employee Benefits: Are You Really Benefiting?

    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
    Segments [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! Resources mentioned on this episode Amper Technologies Don’t miss IMTS! Connect With MakingChips www.MakingChips.com On Facebook On LinkedIn On Instagram On Twitter

    • 31 min
    Tips for Scheduling Production in Your Machine Shop

    Tips for Scheduling Production in Your Machine Shop

    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!
    Segments [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 Resources mentioned on this episode Register for IMTS 2022! ThomasNet ProShop ERP Paul Van Metre High QA G Zero CNC Machining  Connect With MakingChips www.MakingChips.com On Facebook On LinkedIn On Instagram On Twitter On YouTube

    • 45 min
    IMTS 2022: It's Big, It's Back, It's Safe, It's Fun!

    IMTS 2022: It's Big, It's Back, It's Safe, It's Fun!

    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!
    Segments [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!  Resources mentioned on this episode Get The Boring Bar Newsletter - Text CHIPS to 38470 to subscribe!
    Book Your Hotel for IMTS 2022! Register before August 12th to take advantage of $50 tickets  McCormick Place Convention Center IMTS Show Planner Smartforce Student Summit Connect with Peter Eelman Chicago Architecture Tour Ingersoll Machine Tools ProShop ERP Connect With MakingChips www.MakingChips.com On Facebook On LinkedIn On Instagram On Twitter On YouTube

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
97 Ratings

97 Ratings

LisaIsHereForIt ,

Awesome podcast for the #metalworkingnation

Jason, Jim and Nick are pros. No matter the subject, you’re guaranteed to gain something from every episode - can’t recommend Making Chips enough. 🙌

oliviabaker13 ,

Insightful, engaging, and actionable! 🔥

What better way to keep up with the latest in the world of manufacturing than to hear directly from top manufacturing leaders and innovators shaping the industry? These hosts knock it out of the part each episode with really engaging interviews and actionable tips to level up your business. 10/10 would recommend!

dmholcomb ,

Awesome Show from Another Podcaster

We would have reached out regardless of the episode topic, but it’s ironic that the show topic we listened to from your show was on networking! Haha. Good show! We started our podcast a few months ago. Any feedback you could provide if you have the time to listen would be wonderful! Thank you.

It’s called The Right Direction Podcast from Compass Precision.

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