Expo 2024 – Episode 31: How to Run a Machine Shop Today

2024-04-26T07:58:42-07:00April 26, 2024|2024, Education & Careers, Mini Series|0 Comments

This segment is for those of you running a machine shop and trying to get your business to the next level.

Lake Speed Jr heads down to the shop floor of Straub Technologies to talk with owner, Chris Straub, about the benefits of investing in automated machinery.

Chris talks about his own hesitation when he made the automation leap (expenses, lack of technical know-how), and how the trouble of hiring good people and turning a profit finally pushed him to do it.

He also runs down the numbers on his costs versus expenses, the efficiencies automation brings (“making money when the lights are out”), and how Straub Technologies is now better positioned to succeed than many other shops who haven’t made the move.

Finally, Chris dispels the myth that automation is simply too complicated for guys like him with no technical skills. If you can use a smartphone, you can learn this. “I’m a dummy and I can run this machine,” he said.

A great segment for any shop owner who wants to keep their business moving forward.

(Segment originally aired live on January 12, 2024)

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