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John Grimsmo of Grimsmo Knives and John Saunders of NYC CNC discuss their success, struggles, goals and more as machinists, business owners and entrepreneurs.
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Sep 7, 2018

Buying Machines for your Business

Grimsmo and Saunders talk about the importance of Customer Service when it comes to buying a machine.

“Just sell me machines and give me service” - Grimsmo

Service is important because....

“Fun Fact: Everything mechanical in the world ceases to work at some point” - Saunders

When it comes down to it, the quality of the machine is going to affect your relationship with that company. Don’t forget to consider a warranty! 

CALLING ALL LISTENERS! Saunders has a query.

The shop in Ohio is getting HOT, and NYC CNC is thinking about getting a climate control system sooner than expected.

Specifications for the project:

  • Our shop is 50 x 80 ft. with 15 ft. ceilings
  • NYC CNC doesn't think more insulation is necessary
  • What are our listeners thoughts on using a mini-split? Link to the definition of a mini-split here. How about on an “Energy Recovery Ventilator”? We don’t want to “cool the country with our AC” (as Saunders’ mom would say)

ALSO, Saunders would like to know if anyone has a CMX 1100, and what YOUR thoughts are on it. What is it comparable to?

Contact Saunders here or at info@saundersmachineworks.com

Lapping up time

Grimsmo can’t wait for the new lapping machine to come in, it’s going to make processes A LOT faster.

Pro tip: Using UpWork to solve your problems also helps you get work done faster.

Choose the right machine for YOU!

The Johns discuss how to choose the right machine for your needs, even when there’s so many solid options out there. The two of them also talk about how to make processes on Grimsmo’s mill more efficient and reliable.

IMTS is NEXT WEEK! And the Johns will be there running around, asking questions, and learning new things.

They talk about what they want to see at IMTS. Here's a little teaser on Grimsmo’s IMTS list:

  • He wants to learn more about machine tracking software

And how about Saunders?

  • Thinking more long term about good coolant management
  • Looking at CMX and DMU 50 machines

Don’t forget to SIGN UP for the Manufacturing Entrepreneurship Summit 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.

Sunday, September 9th, 2018 (ONE DAY BEFORE IMTS!) and...it's FREE!

Workshop Topics:

  • Product Development
  • Bootstrap Entrepreneurship
  • Growing & Operating a Job Shop
  • Optimizing Surface Finishes with CAM & Tooling
  • Fixturing Tips & Tricks
  • Lean Shop Operations

Guest speakers: John Grimsmo, Jay Pierson, Tim Paul, Bill Fienup, John Saunders, and Zach Kaplan!

PLUS, AN AFTER-PARTY!

INFO FOR THE MID-EAST OHIO MODEL ENGINEERING EXPO

The Expo is on Sept 29, 2018. AND Saunders is having an open house on the DAY BEFORE THE EXPO! Check out the links below for more information. 

Mid-East Ohio Model Engineering Expo
Info on Saunders’ Shop Tour on Sept 28, 2018

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