A Shop that Makes Promises Like Domino’s Pizza, Jay Jacobs (Part 1) EP-196

September 15, 2023 - 11:57am -- Selcuk Gulboy
Jay Jacobs

Imagine a sheet metal prototype shop that was so fast and reliable it never turned down a job if it were physically possible to complete and the customers were willing to pay the price. 

My guest today, Jay Jacobs, built his former company RAPID from a team of five to over 300. Before being acquired by a publicly traded company for a price he couldn’t refuse, RAPID was manufacturing over 30,000 unique part numbers annually, 24-7-365 days a year.

Let’s Strike Tomorrow!

September 14, 2023 - 2:03pm -- Selcuk Gulboy

We will get an auto strike tomorrow. 

How do I know? Do I have a plant at the negotiating table? Have I bugged Shawn Fain’s phone (head of UAW)? 

No, no, no.

But my gut tells me that the Union is aching to punch their company bosses in the gut. It’s just been too long to live under the guise of harmony as the truckers, pilots, and dockworkers have shown the world their power.

The money differences while, they seem big on paper, will be compromised because labor costs for Union and non-Union auto workers will ultimately be within reach of each other.

Be First

September 7, 2023 - 2:50pm -- Selcuk Gulboy
Schutte SF42 Screw Machine I Found in Sweden

Nine years ago, I traveled to Sweden to see some old Wickman multi-spindle screw machines for sale at one of the country’s largest automotive suppliers. The machines were ok, but we decided not to buy them.

Manufacturing Watches is Complicated and Spiritual, with Josh Hacko – EP 195

August 30, 2023 - 3:17pm -- Selcuk Gulboy
Nicholas Hacko

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

Josh is Technical Director of two sister companies, NH Micro and Nicholas Hacko Watchmaker, which manufactures high-end wrist watches in Sydney, Australia, that can cost tens of thousands of dollars. 

How to Persuade Customers to Buy Your New Product–EP 194

August 21, 2023 - 2:11pm -- Selcuk Gulboy
Noah Graff, Rex Magagnotti, Lloyd Graff in Graff-Pinkert Warehouse

This podcast has been going for five years now, and those people who listen to it frequently might be tired of the Graff-Pinkert ad at the beginning of the show. I was tired of it, so I finally created a new ad.

For people who are listening to this show for the first time, I’m a used machine tool dealer with a family business called Graff-Pinkert. We specialize in selling equipment for the precision machining industry.

How a Machinist Entrepreneur Retired at 40, with Tyler Jarosz—Ep. 154

August 14, 2023 - 1:52pm -- Selcuk Gulboy
Tyler Jarosz, Former Owner of Twenty6Products

Editor’s Note: This podcast was recorded in Spring of 2022. Tyler has now been retired for over 2 years, and Noah is the proud father of a 1 year old.

In early 2022, Tyler Jarosz sent me an email to ask if Graff-Pinkert would be interested in a used little parts washer he no longer needed in his machine shop. He found out about Graff-Pinkert from listening to Swarfcast, which I’m proud to say is the only podcast he has ever listened to.

Robots that Know Where to Go, With George Konidaris–EP 193

August 4, 2023 - 1:25pm -- Selcuk Gulboy

Seems like right now every podcast is doing an interview centered around artificial intelligence. 

But I waited until I found the right story, one that was truly relevant to our audience in the machining world.

Today’s guest on the podcast, George Konidaris, is the cofounder of the startup, Realtime Robotics. He is also a professor of Computer Science and the director of the Intelligent Robot Lab at Brown University.

How to Make Your Employees Want to Stay, with Adam Wiltsie–EP 130

July 25, 2023 - 10:39am -- Selcuk Gulboy
Adam Wiltsie, Director of Operations of Vanamatic

Last week, I heard a story about an old customer of Graff-Pinkert who lost three key machinists because a shop down the street was paying more. It led me to make a post on Linkedin, asking if machinists and setup people were paid enough to attract young people to the machining field. On the whole, commenters vented that they were not compensated what they felt they deserved working in the machining industry.  The post has 53 comments so far (I’m usually lucky to get one).

How Unexpected Help Creates Profitable Relationships: Seeking Serendipity

July 10, 2023 - 2:36pm -- Selcuk Gulboy
Schutte S32PC that got wet in Cologne, Germany

In November of 2015, our used machine tool company, Graff-Pinkert, bought a Schütte S32PC, mfd. 2002, in Cologne, Germany, from a dealer we didn’t know. It was a nice looking machine. A big 32mm CNC Multi-Spindle, painted red and cream because it came out of a Mercedes factory. We were excited to bring the machine to the US until the seller allowed it to get wet when he put it outside in a rainstorm.


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