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6 Manufacturing Podcasts That Every Manufacturer Should Listen To

Improvement should be every business owner’s primary objective. A way to prioritize this development can be found by educating oneself. In the past, this would mean reading a book or the newspaper.

But in today’s age of on-the-go mindsets, finding time to read an entire book isn’t so easy, let alone finding an actual newspaper. Thus, enter the podcast: a way to discern credible information while multitasking.

Podcast is a term used to describe digital files that people can listen to. It stems from the combination of “iPod” and “broadcast.” That should tell how relatively new this converged medium is. And it should also signal exactly what manufacturers are looking for: timely information in a fast-paced business world.

To assist you in meeting your objectives, we’ve compiled a list of six manufacturing podcasts that will help ensure improvement for years to come.

1. Making Chips

Hosts: Jim Zenger and Jim Carr

Average Length: 45 Minutes

Released: Weekly

Description: Jason Zenger, owner of ZENGERS, an industrial metalworking team, and Jim Carr, owner of CARR Machine & Tool Inc., a CNC machine shop, interview manufacturing leaders in a way that will equip listeners with a refreshed look at our industry. In their latest episode, the duo spoke to Andrea Olson, CEO of Prag’madik, an industrial technology based consulting firm, about leadership, company culture and avoiding setbacks on all levels of your business.


2. Advanced Manufacturing

Hosts:  James D. Sawyer, Brett Brune, Alan Rooks, Sarah A. Webster or Bill Koenig

Average Length: 15 Minutes

Released: Bi-weekly

Description: Advanced Manufacturing is one of the industry’s leaders in innovation. And its podcast provides critical analysis on some of today’s most progressive manufacturing achievements. In his most recent release, James D. Sawyer, Editor in Chief, interviewed Shane Fox, CEO of Link3D, and industrial 3D printing company, about additive manufacturing and the viability of it’s technology in the context of your business.


3. The Manufacturing Connection

Hosts: Gary Mintchell

Average Length: 35 Minutes

Released: Monthly

Description: Gary Mintchell, CEO of The Manufacturing Connection, shares his thoughts on manufacturing technology, leadership, innovation, and personal development in order for listeners to learn from his experience and provide your customers with the best possible service. In last month’s episode, Mintchell interviewed George Schuster and Lee Lane of Rockwell Automation. The group discussed the importance of risk management and the benefits of having a practical mindset in the face of adversity.


4. The Manufacturing Report

Hosts: Scott Paul

Average Length: 15 Minutes

Released: Weekly

Description: Scott Paul, President of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, talks to manufacturing experts about our industry’s industrial base in a necessary modern context. Just last week, Paul spoke to Louis Uchitelle of the New York Times about manufacturing layoffs and the role our government plays in ensuring that we hear less about them.


5. Gemba Academy: Lean Thinking

Hosts: Ron Pereira

Average Length: 20 Minutes

Released: Weekly

Description: Ron Pereira of Gemba Academy converses with manufacturing thought leaders about the problems we face and ways to solve them. Last week, Pereira talked to Bill Waddell, a Manufacturing Consultant and 2015 Lean Leadership Week keynote speaker, about manufacturing’s role in globalization and the human subtext of it all.


6. The Art of Manufacturing

Hosts: Krisztina “Z” Holly

Average Length: 60 Minutes

Released: Weekly

Description: This podcast provides listeners with an in-depth and behind-the-scenes look at entrepreneurs who themselves look to grow more and more each day. Not limited to only manufacturing, these episodes will facilitate your understanding of cohesive business structure in a variety of lenses. Last week, Holly interviewed Courtney Nichols Gould, CEO of SmartyPants Vitamins, about the steps all entrepreneurs should take in order to achieve successful outcomes, as well as the missteps that occur along the way.


What’s your favorite manufacturing podcast?

Do you or your employees follow any manufacturing podcasts? We’d like to hear about them. Let us know by tweeting us at @AppleRubber.


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