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Today's Machining World

Noah Graff, used machine tool dealer and editor of Today’s Machining World, interviews machining company owners, equipment gurus, and experts with insight... more

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Freeing Humans One Robot a Time, with Malachi Greb

Malachi Greb, my guest on today’s show, has a mission, “freeing humans, one robot at a time.” He is the... more

29 Nov 2023 · 50 minutes
Should I Buy the Expensive or Cheaper CNC Machine? With Justin Tauber

When you’re shopping for machines do you find yourself wondering if the more expensive option for a machine is the... more

17 Nov 2023 · 40 minutes
How to Think Like an Entrepreneur and Not a Technician, with Steve Preda

Do you ever ask yourself why the majority of businesses out there are struggling to survive while an elite handful... more

08 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
What Brings Me to Work

Last week, Lloyd Graff wrote a blog called “What Brings Me to Work,” which we think will speak to a... more

02 Nov 2023 · 6 minutes
A 150-Year-Old Manufacturing Business Reinvented, Adria and Aaron Bagshaw

On today’s podcast episode, you’re going to hear the story of a thriving fifth-generation family manufacturing business that is constantly... more

25 Oct 2023 · 47 minutes
How to Get More Done While Working Less, With Ari Meisel

The last year and a half, I’ve been a rookie family man. I’m trying to balance selling sexy-ugly iron, podcasting,... more

20 Oct 2023 · 28 minutes
A 67-Year Adventure in Swiss Machining Continues, with Paul Huber

Today’s guest on the show is Paul Huber, CEO of COMEX, in Monroe Connecticut. Paul is a machinery dealer specializing... more

11 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Business Pin Action: Seeking Serendipity

In college, one of my favorite elective classes was bowling—I took it twice. Maybe you poo poo the idea of... more

06 Oct 2023 · 9 minutes
What Should I Charge for My Parts?, Jay Jacobs (Part II)

How do you know what to charge for your product? How do you negotiate with customers and leave the least money... more

27 Sep 2023 · 35 minutes
How to Calculate the Value of a Machining Business, with John Habe IV

As Graff-Pinkert has gotten more into consulting machining businesses who want to sell their companies, we are constantly learning new... more

21 Sep 2023 · 24 minutes
A Shop that Makes Promises Like Domino's Pizza, Jay Jacobs (Part 1)

Imagine a sheet metal prototype shop that was so fast and reliable it never turned down a job if it... more

13 Sep 2023 · 45 minutes
Developing a World-Class CNC Turning Company with Mike Reader

Today’s podcast is the fourth episode of our season interviewing people involved in CNC Swiss machining. Our guest is Mike... more

07 Sep 2023 · 28 minutes
Manufacturing Watches is Complicated and Spiritual, with Josh Hacko

Josh Hacko is a fourth generation watchmaker. He says he was born into his vocation, but in reality his work... more

30 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
Innovation from Playing with Machines, with Mike Taylor

I love this classic episode because it emphasizes how having fun with your product (or service) and feeling free to... more

24 Aug 2023 · 36 minutes
How to Persuade Customers to Buy Your New Product

This podcast has been going for five years now, and those people who listen to it frequently might be tired... more

18 Aug 2023 · 10 minutes
How a Machinist Entrepreneur Retired at 40, with Tyler Jarosz

Editor’s Note: This podcast was recorded in Spring of 2022. Tyler has now been retired for over 2 years, and... more

10 Aug 2023 · 45 minutes
Robots that Know Where to Go, With George Konidaris

George Konidaris is the cofounder of the startup, Realtime Robotics. He’s also a Professor of Computer Science and the director of the Intelligent... more

03 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Listening to Customers and Selling Hammers with Joel Trusty

On today’s podcast we continue our season talking to successful companies who produce their own products. Today’s guest is Joel... more

28 Jul 2023 · 35 minutes
How to Make Your Employees Want to Stay, with Adam Wiltsie

Last week, I heard a story about an old customer of Graff-Pinkert who lost three key machinists because a shop... more

20 Jul 2023 · 34 minutes
How a Small Manufacturer Becomes Secure Enough for the DoD, with Jayme Rahz

Today’s guest on the podcast is Jayme Rahz, CEO of Midway Swiss Turn, a small precision machining job shop in... more

12 Jul 2023 · 36 minutes
How Unexpected Help Creates Profitable Relationships: Seeking Serendipity

In November of 2015, our used machine tool company, Graff-Pinkert, bought a Schütte S32PC, mfd. 2002, in Cologne, Germany, from... more

06 Jul 2023 · 7 minutes
Should I Hire Ex-Felons?, with Kathryn Shibelski

On today’s podcast I interviewed Kathryn Shibelski. Kathryn is a second chance hiring advocate. Her firm, KES HR Consulting, works... more

29 Jun 2023 · 28 minutes
Do You Have Any Business Starting a Podcast? With Kevin Chemidlin--EP 190

Recently, I’ve talked to a few Swarfcast listeners who are considering starting their own podcast shows, so I thought it... more

26 Jun 2023 · 45 minutes
Manufacturing Parts for the Department of Defense, with Mike Topolewski

Sometimes machining companies tell Graff-Pinkert they have long running, lucrative jobs supplying parts to the D.O.D., and it always has... more

08 Jun 2023 · 42 minutes
Connecting the "Right People" at the Right Times: Seeking Serendipity

Steve Jobs once said, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you... more

30 May 2023 · 10 minutes
Running a Machine Shop like a Tech Company with David Wynn

Today’s Swarfcast is part one of an interview we did with David Wynn, CFO of ABF Engineering and Machining, a... more

25 May 2023 · 30 minutes
Automating a Machining Business with David Wynn

Today’s podcast is part two of an interview we did with David Wynn, CFO of ABF Engineering and Machining, a... more

24 May 2023 · 23 minutes
How I Discover New Leads and Deals

On today’s episode, we’re shaking things up. We’re playing an episode from a podcast I guested on, the Business Growth... more

19 May 2023 · 28 minutes
Having the Courage to Become Your True Self, with Jackie, owner of PXR Machining--EP 116

On April 1, Budweiser ran an ad on Instagram with transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney promoting March Madness, as well as... more

11 May 2023 · 38 minutes
Getting Customers to Buy an Unfamiliar Brand, With Salim Awad

Spinner is a German CNC machine tool brand that’s been around for 73 years. The company sold 1,200 CNC mills... more

04 May 2023 · 51 minutes
How to be a Better Man, with Dr. Ari Graff

Today’s episode is extra fun for me because I had the pleasure of interviewing my brother, Dr. Ari Graff. Recently,... more

27 Apr 2023 · 45 minutes
Tale of a Used CNC Machine

For those who don’t know, I am a used machinery dealer, with a specialty in selling Screw Machines. I like... more

19 Apr 2023 · 7 minutes
How to Revive Your Company's Growth, With Jose Palomino

On today’s show we’re talking about what you do if your business’s growth becomes stagnant or even stops all together.... more

13 Apr 2023 · 54 minutes
Live Tooling and Accessories for CNC Swiss with Jim Gosselin

I know you will enjoy this favorite past episode, whether or not it’s your first time hearing it. As Swiss... more

04 Apr 2023 · 26 minutes
How to Make Conversations Profitable: Seeking Serendipity

I am a treasure hunter for a living. I pay my mortgage by finding obscure used machines from all over... more

31 Mar 2023 · 11 minutes
Producing Tiny Parts on Swiss with Dan Rudolph

Today’s interview is an old favorite. It’s a story about a young entrepreneur and his father producing minuscule parts with... more

24 Mar 2023 · 32 minutes
(Part II) Thinking Like an Artist to Solve Engineering Challenges, With Dr. Onome Scott-Emuakpor

Today’s podcast episode is the second half of our interview with Dr. Onome Scott-Emuakpor, the founder of Hyphen Innovations, a... more

17 Mar 2023 · 40 minutes
Thinking Like an Artist to Solve Engineering Challenges, With Dr. Onome Scott-Emuakpor (Part I)

On today’s podcast, we talk about how you can apply the artistic side of your brain to solve engineering challenges.... more

09 Mar 2023 · 41 minutes
A More Intelligent Way to Hire, with Brian Balasia—EP. 148

With the latest news that unemployment is at its lowest in 54 years, we thought it was important to post... more

02 Mar 2023 · 51 minutes
How Optimism Will Lead You to Luck in Business: Seeking Serendipity

One of my favorite machinery dealers we work with is from Brazil. He specializes in sending machine tools to South... more

22 Feb 2023 · 5 minutes
Opportunities for Your Machining Business in 2023

On today’s show, Lloyd Graff and I are discussing our observations of the machining industry in 2022 and our instincts... more

16 Feb 2023 · 28 minutes
Finding Customers Using Old-School Networking, with Jay Sauder

During my career as a used machinery dealer, I’ve met many successful companies in the machining business who have no... more

09 Feb 2023 · 35 minutes
You Can Connect With Your Shop When You Know Yourself

On today’s podcast I interviewed Trevor Blondeel, the founder of Operations Kickstart and the host of the podcast, Mindfulness Manufacturing.... more

03 Feb 2023 · 47 minutes
Seeking Serendipity: A Machinery Deal Gone Right

Today we are starting a new podcast show and blog on the Today’s Machining World Podcast Network called “Seeking Serendipity.”... more

27 Jan 2023 · 5 minutes
Should I buy a Cobot or a Good Old Fashioned Robot?, with James Persenaire of FANUC

On this podcast I spoke with James Persenaire, a district manager at FANUC America Corporation. James gave insight into the... more

21 Jan 2023 · 33 minutes
How Do You Manage Employees When a Company is Acquired? With Jennifer Fondrevay

Recently, we have seen a growing number of mergers and acquisitions in the manufacturing space.  After these deals are finalized... more

20 Jan 2023 · 54 minutes
Best of Swarfcast: Tricky Business of Running an Automotive Supplier in Brazil, with CEO Ali Jamil Jomaa

In light of the current chaos in Brazil, we decided to post a great past interview we did with Ali... more

12 Jan 2023 · 30 minutes
Manufacturing a $70,000 Wristwatch in the United States, with Josh Shapiro EP-174

Our guest on the podcast today is a machinist, entrepreneur, and master craftsman. Josh Shapiro is the owner and founder of... more

05 Jan 2023 · 47 minutes
2022 Was the Best Year of My Life--EP 173

Why was 2022 the best year of my life so far? (This blog was also recorded as a podcast narrated... more

21 Dec 2022 · 8 minutes
How a Navy SEAL Runs a Machining Company, with Bill Berrien (Part II)

After serving in the Navy SEALs for nine years, Bill Berrien retired from the military in 1999, ready for a... more

15 Dec 2022 · 39 minutes
Opportunities for Your Machining Business in 2023

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On today’s show, Lloyd Graff and I are discussing our observations of the machining industry in 2022 and our instincts about where... more