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EECO Asks Why Podcast
34 minutes | 20 hours ago
113. Hero - Jim Wertz, President / Sr. Electrical Engineer at Altavista Instruments & Controls
Helping people and solving complex problems drives our hero Jim Wertz. As the leader of Altavista Instruments and Controls (AIC) he gets to live out this passion every day. Jim discovered at an early age his passion for engineering and shares about his experiences through industry that is sure to inspire others. He has am amazing story about a controller at a steel facility. Imagine getting a call late on Friday with a mill down and in a panic. He chose to embrace that challenge and through sheer determination was able to fix the equipment and get the mill running on Monday morning. It's stories like this and many other examples that makes Jim and the AIC team heroes. Jim also has a passion for helping the next generation of engineers and shares his experience working with his daughters beta team and their success as they won back to back championships! Jim is happiest when he's helping others get out of a jam and has been able to lead AIC to achieve tremendous success. He shares about his passion for family outside of work and how much he enjoys hitting the trails on his horses or jeeps (all weather dependent!).We are blessed that Jim shared his story with us and encourage those that are in industry or considering such a path to hear the wonderful wisdom that Jim Wertz provides. He is definitely our hero! Guest: Jim Wertz - President / Sr. Electrical Engineer at Altavista Instruments & Controls Host: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsAudio/Video Editing: Andi ThrowerAltatvista Instruments & Control
32 minutes | 3 days ago
112. Idea - Why Should I Consider Power Monitoring?
With so much focus on IIoT, Industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing sometimes technology such as power monitoring gets left behind. Mike Rathbun is an expert in this area and unpacks the idea to help envision how a better understanding of power can create more reliable and profitable business operations. Mike walks through how to begin a power monitoring journey and the importance of establishing a solid network infrastructure that will manage the data.He addresses the question that most industrial users ask - what is the system going to do for me? He explores the power behind understanding power consumption and loading. By having a firm grasp of these areas industries have the ability to adjust operations and processes to take greater control of their utility costs! Power Factor plaguing your plant? Mike explains ways to understand this concept deeper and action you can take to avoid those penalties. The advice Mike provides at the end is small. As in any IIoT or Industry 4.0 project with power monitoring the best plan of action is to start small. One meter could be all it takes to build the team of advocates at your facility to begin moving towards a full-blown power monitoring system. Savor each win and stay focused on understanding the exciting world of power that is at your fingertips! Guest: Mike Rathbun - Power & Control Solution Architecture Manager at EECO.Host: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsAudio Engineer: Luke YntemaResources:What is Power MonitoringHow to Start Power Monitoring Power Terminology
26 minutes | 6 days ago
111. Hero - Chung-Chee Tai, VP of Engineering at BluePrint Automation
Our hero Chung-Chee Tai shared his story and it was an absolute treat. When he decided to pursue engineering he chose Iowa State University. Believe it or not coming straight from Asia and not speaking English wasn't the biggest culture shock for him. The winters in Iowa was a completely different story! Chung-Chee is full of life and was one of the most fun guests ever on EECO Asks Why.Chung-Chee shares what young engineers should embrace to grow their careers by not drawing a box around yourself. He fully embraces mentoring young engineers and is intentional about investing time in others. Every two weeks he sits down and coaches these individuals and loves to help others achieve their goals. Chung-Chee has many passions outside of work and shares about his amazing family. He's an avid runner and loves to play music as often as possible. He enjoys playing piano and even taught himself drums. Cello is next on his list and we're sure he'll master that! He loves visiting national parks and has visited 13 so far (50 to go and we're certain he'll hit that goal). His why sums up this conversation perfectly - he wants to know the unknown.We are delighted to share this hero conversation with the EECO Asks Why listeners and are humbled for the time Chung-Chee devoted to share his amazing story. Guest: Chung-Chee Tai - VP Engineering at BluePrint AutomationHost: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsVideo Editing: Andi ThrowerResources for BluePrint Automation:Facebook PageLinkedIn PageTwitter AccountYouTube Channel
28 minutes | 8 days ago
110. Idea: VFDs and Applications to Use Them
Understanding variable frequency drives (VFD's) can be difficult and in this episode Chase Boehlke does a fantastic job of breaking down this technology. He shares the general design differences in a VFD and other motor starting devices. Understanding variable and constant torque applications are areas that Chase unpacks. Ever heard of an IGBT? Chase's explanation of that technology is sure to clear the air.When it comes to applications the selection process can be complex to ensure the right VFD solution is selected to meet the required operation. Chase reviews several applications that are common to industry to help listeners understand some of the variables that need to be considered before investing time and resources to ensure success. This episode is full of nuggets to help the industrial end user make more informed decisions with VFD technology. Other areas such as heat, control, coordinated systems, reactors and multi-motor applications are all topics reviewed. Guest: Chase Boehlke - Motion Control at SiemensHost: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsAdditional Resources: EECOonline.comHow to Select Between a Soft Starter and VFDWhat to consider with a VFD StartupWhat is a VFD
32 minutes | 10 days ago
109. Hero - Greg Paulsen, Director of Application Engineering at Xometry
What drives our hero Greg Paulsen is the opportunity to build a better tomorrow. As the Director of Application Engineering at Xometry Greg leads innovation and has a passion for aligning client needs to the providers with expertise to meet the necessary requirements. His passion for industry is contagious and he shared how he was able to fine tune his communication skills as a wine educator during his days at James Madison University.Greg speaks to the importance of work ethic for the next generation of industry leaders. He also makes a unique tie to people who have served in the hospitality industry and what that teaches you in order to be able to work with others. While these experiences are beneficial he encourages others to stay focused on humility throughout their careers.Greg is a new dad and shares a lot about his family and his passions outside of work. For those watching on YouTube you'll have the opportunity to meet Greg's home work partner - Cocoa the cat wanted to be featured on this episode and made his presence known. We are grateful for Greg taking the time to share his story and after hearing his story you'll quickly see why he is one of our heroes. Guest: Greg Paulsen - Director of Application Engineering at Xometry Host: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsAudio/Video Editing: Andi Thrower
21 minutes | 13 days ago
108. Idea - Content Marketing, Engineered
So how do you market to engineers in a meaningful way? Wendy Covey is the expert in this area and literally wrote the book to help bridge the gap. In this exciting episode Wendy unpacks what content marketing is and discusses how to conduct it effectively to help engineers and industry get better. She also covers the importance of brand and overall strategy that can be impactful in helping others get on the right track. Most people have heard the term of being sticky with material but what really matters to the leaders in industry these days? In Wendy's eyes it about creating content that provides meaningful and dependable information. Something that sets you up as the expert in that space. Not having the right strategy can hurt companies that are trying to grow and by following Wendy's advice many of the common headwinds can be avoided.For the listeners that want to help engineers grow and support them in achieving their goals this conversation is a gold mine of information. Wendy has a great way of painting practical steps anyone can take to truly make an impact in the exciting world of engineering.Guest: Wendy Covey - CEO & Co-Founder at TREW Marketing Host: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsAudio/Video Editing: Andi ThrowerResources:TREW Marketing on LinkedIn TREW Marketing WebsiteContent Marketing, Engineered (This is a MUST have in your library!)
30 minutes | 15 days ago
107. Hero - Tessa Myers, Global Vice President, Software and Control at Rockwell Automation
Tessa Myers has a heart for helping others and her career has given her many opportunities to do just that. Since her days at Purdue, Tessa has been serving industry at the highest level and shares about her amazing journey. She's traveled the world and opens up about some of the amazing places she's called home such as Singapore, Canada and California. One of the areas that she sees as a hurdle for industry is the ability to attract the best talent possible. This inspires her to support many areas of STEM and is where she is intentional about supporting the next generation of innovators.Tessa isn't afraid to take risks and offers great advice to those wanting to advance their careers. She encourages others to be willing and open to try new experiences as it may be those opportunities that you find your true passions and set a new course for your career. Tessa shares some of her personal favorites in the lightning round and talks about the time she enjoys at the soccer field cheering her two sons on. She loves helping others achieve what they have been striving for. After hearing her story you'll quickly hear why Tessa is our hero! Guest: Tessa Myers - Global Vice President, Software & Control at Rockwell AutomationHost: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsAudio/Video Editing: Andi Thrower
23 minutes | 17 days ago
106. Idea - What is Wireless Ethernet?
In a world where so many things are shifting to wireless we asked an industry expert to share their knowledge on wireless ethernet. Victor Parangelo breaks down how this technology has evolved and is now being utilized in many industries across the world. Some of the trends that are discussed are eye-opening to reveal how far the evolution has come. For those new to industry Vic does a phenomenal job of breaking down the core of the technology and makes a great comparison to the wireless routers most people have in their homes. From an industrial standpoint, there can be headwinds that should be considered and Vic speaks to the engineers that insist that a blue hose has to be in place for their systems to work as desired.Vic opens up the thinking around where wireless ethernet can be used and provides outstanding examples of where most people have experienced it in places such as theme park rides. He even covers items such as cybersecurity and explores ways to enhance your security position with this technology.This episode is packed with information designed to help others learn about wireless ethernet and build their confidence as more industries adopt this technology in the future. Guest: Victor Parangelo - Regional Manager ProSoft TechnologyHost: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsAudio/Video Editing: Andi ThrowerProSoft Technology Website
23 minutes | 20 days ago
105. Hero - Bill Migirditch, Manufacturing Solutions Manager at RoviSys
Try new things and don't be afraid to fail! That's the type of wisdom that our hero Bill Migirditch provided in this fun hero conversation. Bill has served industry in many capacities and his passion for making complex solutions possible is amazing. He offers advice to those out there is to try new challenges more frequently as they may be the opportunities that stretch your abilities into new heights never dreamed of before. Bill is an avid sailor and loves to get out on the water as often as possible. He also is a thrill seeker and enjoys getting on the trail on his mountain bike. If he's outside he's happy! His why revolves around trusting his gut and driving for positive change in the world. In this episode you'll quickly hear why Bill is one of our heroes! Guest: Bill Migirditch - Manager of Manufacturing Systems at RovisysHost: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsSpecial Note* - Since recording this episode, Bill took a new position as the Digital Pursuit Desk Consultant of Rockwell Automation. We wish him the best in his future endeavors.
25 minutes | 22 days ago
104. Idea: Low and Medium Voltage Applications
In this episode Mike Rathbun defines what the differences are in low and medium voltage. This can be an often misunderstood area in industry and Mike does a phenomenal job of explaining the different ratings and how they can impact decisions in the field. Then by going a few steps further the idea of load, cost and supporting resources are explored in depth. Mike breaks down the underlying issue of voltage drop and for those that are not familiar with this concept or would like to learn more this portion of the discussion could be extremely valuate. We hope the conversation helps those that are trying to define what voltage system to focus on for new projects and potential upgrades. Please let us know what you think and if there are additional questions that we can answer. Guest: Mike Rathbun - Power & Control Solution Architecture Manager at EECO. Host: Chris Grainger. Executive Producer: Adam Sheets. Audio Engineer: Luke Yntema. Additional Resources: EECO's Inspire Blog "What to Consider when Evaluating Low Voltage and Medium Voltage Applications"
31 minutes | 24 days ago
103. Hero - Renee Eddy, Director of Innovation, Operations, and Methods at Eaton
Renee Eddy is the first in her family to go to college and she has been making an impact in the world ever since. She has the opportunity to work on F22 Joint Strike Fighters right out of school and learned quickly the importance of delivering on a solution and the importance of the system to meet all requirements. Her career has led her through Defense, Data Analytics, Commercial Systems and now she's leading innovation at Eaton! Renee has wonderful advice for those considering industry and she says to be willing to take a chance on a company you may not know everything about. Do your research as you may find they are highly innovative and align to areas that you are looking to grow in professionally. Her intentionality around mentoring others is inspirational and she speaks to several ways that she is able to help others. Renee is very active in the Society of Women Engineers and worked through task forces with that organization. The why Renee shared was truly impactful. She is passionate about helping people achieve their goals. She also LOVES the opportunities she has been given to work with some of the most innovative products and solutions that make such a huge impact on the world. This is an exciting conversation from our hero Renee Eddy!Guest: Renee Eddy - Director, Innovation, Methods & Operations at EatonHost: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsAudio/Video Editing: Andi ThrowerResources: Harvard Business Review Wall Street JournalBBC Podcasts NPR
32 minutes | a month ago
102. Idea - Integrating Microdrives with Ethernet IP
What better way to hear about why Ethernet/IP is a great way to enhance your VFD solutions than directly from the engineer himself that designs these systems daily. Matthew Simmons is a brilliant controls engineer and walks through how he utilizes this communication protocol to improve his systems. He is joined with Harvey Eure who is the VFD specialist in NC for EECO and they talk openly about why this solution works for ANCO Rendering and what benefits they are seeing.Matthew gives direct examples about process improvements and how he's been able to utilize data to make enhancements to the systems he designs. He shares common headwinds that he's faced in the past and these are areas that may help others in their pursuit of this solution. The conversation is packed with meaningful advice and for those that say this guy sounds familiar Matthew was featured as a hero in an earlier episode of EECO Asks Why and we are blessed that he is always willing to try new concepts with us to bring the most meaningful information possible to those that want to succeed in industry. Guest: Matthew Simmons - Controls Engineer at ANCO RenderingGuest: Harvey Eure - Product Manager at EECO Host: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsAudio/Video Editing: Andi ThrowerMatthew's Hero Episode
29 minutes | a month ago
101. Hero - Jay Flores, Global STEM Ambassador at Rockwell Automation
Jay Flores is a hero to many and is inspiring young minds everywhere he goes. He's focused on educating people about the wonderful world of STEM and is using extremely creative ways to reach people. In this hero conversation he discusses how his passion got started and some of the twists he's taken along the way. From creating amazing videos that are heavily consumed on YouTube and Tik Tok to giving inspirational TED talks he's living out his passion daily. For those that love America Ninja Warrior you'll want to hear about this passion of Jay's and we hope that one day he'll take on the challenge head on and be successful in his pursuit. He could be the first STEM Ninja Warrior and that's something he's training for rigorously. Jay's "Why" is extremely personal and he shares about his childhood friend who was diagnosed with cancer. Jay wants to make sure that the young mind that holds the cure to cancer has all the opportunities and education about STEM to make a huge impact in the world. Guest: Jay Flores - Global STEM AmbassadorHost: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsResources:EECO's Inspire Blog: STEM Invent the ChangeJay's WebsiteJay's YouTube ChannelJay's Facebook PageResources:FIRSTGary VaynerchukEric ThomasSimon SinekSpecial Note* - Since recording this episode, Jay took a new position as Founder and CEO of Invent the Change, LLC.. We wish him the best in his future endeavors.
21 minutes | a month ago
100. Idea: Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) 101
When most people think about UPS systems they think about the basic system that may keep their computer running if power goes out. In the industrial world this looks very different and can be a new area for people. Come along as Jonathan Fuller breaks down the key areas of an uninterruptible power supply system. He discusses brown outs, battery considerations and different types of UPS systems to consider. Sizing up UPS systems can be tricky and Jonathan provides general guidelines that should be considered to ensure the functionality that is desired is what actually will occur when you need it the most. This is a general introduction to UPS systems and please let us know if there are additional questions that we can answer. Guest: Jonathan Fuller - Automation & Power Automation Product Manager at EECO. Host: Chris Grainger. Executive Producer: Adam Sheets. Audio Engineer: Luke Yntema. Additional Resources: EECO Inspire Blog: What is an Uninterruptable Power Supply EECOonline.comEECOAsksWhy.com
34 minutes | a month ago
099. Hero - Chris Luecke, Host of Manufacturing Happy Hour
What happens when you mix passions of manufacturing, rock bands, adult beverages and seriously amazing content? You get an industry leading show called Manufacturing Happy Hour and it's stellar host Chris Luecke. In this episode Chris steps away from being a host and shares his personal story with us. At his time at Rockwell Automation he was always trying to find ways to change the game and did so through many videos that helped many people understand about some of the changing technologies in industry. He added a coolness factor to that by doing it over a pint of various beers and from there his leading podcast was born. He made the jump to full time in his new adventure in 2020 and is helping industry find new ways to spread their messages and create content that makes an impact. He talks about the need of marketers to become salespeople and vice versa to really help others the most. Chris shares about some of his personal passions such as punk rock an how much music means to him. He's also a HUGE roller coaster junkie and talks about some of his favorite coasters that will get your heart racing. We learned a ton about Chris in the lightning round and his personal why was outstanding. He wants to help people create! He's doing a phenomenal job of that and we thoroughly enjoyed talking with our hero in this conversation. We highly encourage all the EECO Asks Why listeners to subscribe to Manufacturing Happy Hour and check out the great conversations Chris is creating weekly.Guest: Chris Luecke - Host of Manufacturing Happy HourHost: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsAudio/Video Editing: Andi ThrowerResources for connecting with Chris and Manufacturing Happy Hour:YouTubeLinkedInTwitterInstagramManufacturing Happy Hour Website
20 minutes | a month ago
098. Idea - Preventative Maintenance for Electrical Distribution Equipment
If you change the oil in your car or replace the filters in your home HVAC system you're doing preventative maintenance. It makes sense as you're trying to extend the life of your assets. The same philosophy exists for electrical distribution equipment and in this episode Dan Leeman walks us through tips and best practices to give you the most reliable and safe equipment possible. Dan breaks down how to start a preventative maintenance program to yield the best results out of the gate. He also discusses the nuances of outages and how to best maximize the time spent in those situations to do maintenance that is difficult to perform during normal operating times. Dan provides a great example of how a PM on a medium voltage transformer prevented a catastrophic failure and how the end user was able to react in a non-emergency state and resolve the issue. Dan is an expert in industry and shares meaningful insight and wisdom to help others get started with compressive and robust preventative maintenance program. Remember what Benjamin Franklin said "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure"! Guest: Dan Leeman - District Services Manager at EatonHost: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsAudio/Video Editing: Andi ThrowerResources:EECO Inspire Blog: Preventative Maintenance for Switchgear and Electrical Distribution Systems EECO Inspire Blog: Why Preventative Maintenance on your Electrical Equipment is a Good IdeaEECO Inspire Blog: How Close to My Electrical Equipment Can I Get?EECO Inspire Blog: What Testing is Important for Electrical Distribution Systems?EECO Inspire Blog: What Testing Should I Do?
21 minutes | a month ago
097. Hero - Daniel Vaughn, Product Service Representative at EECO
Daniel Vaughan loves the family atmosphere he found at EECO and has a passion for serving others. Whether he's at home, church, hanging out with friends or with the customers he supports his heart is happiest when he's helping others. Daniel shares about his journey and how he is able to support so many industries in Virginia. He's seeing a big increase in how vendor managed inventory is being utilized and recognizes that many industrials will be adopting more partnerships around this space in the future.Daniel also shares some of the challenges he sees for industry around workforce attrition and how industry is trying to respond. As a front line supporter of many businesses he has a unique perspective and offers tremendous insight.He is a family man and shares about his first year of marriage where he got married, bought a house and had his first child! Daniel has a ton of energy and enthusiasm for industry and you'll quickly hear why he is one of our heroes! Guest: Daniel Vaughan, Product Service Specialist at EECO.Host: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsAudio/Video Editing: Andi ThrowerWonderful quotes from Daniel:My key focuses is to really find what you love to do and what you love to read about and study about.I love being creative. I love finding problems and be able to try to find solutions.
39 minutes | a month ago
096. Idea - Manufacturing Recipe for Differentiation
Paul Van Metre is the Co-Founder of ProShop ERP and offers insight to areas that make a significant impact for those supporting industries. Paul specializes in helping machine and fabrication shops grow and support the changing market needs around them. Many of these businesses begin through the industry knowledge that the owners themselves have and bring to the table. Scaling that is where it can get tricky, and Paul unpacks many areas to consider to get past this headwind and onto the road of success.He speaks to what indicators and data are important for businesses to understand and how to use that information to make better decisions in the future. Tying areas such as quality, sales and customer service together can be challenging, and Paul covers areas to focus on that could move the ball down the field. Those are areas that most shop owners aren’t trained in and creating a way to support these items are critical for future growth. Think about this – how can a shop know its profitability on every job? This is a common struggle area and in Paul’s recipe he uncovers how with the right processes and platforms in place every shop can have accurate and to the minute data available to be successful. Helping others see how a system could improve their process and help in business growth are all areas that Paul expands upon. This is a thought-provoking recipe for differentiation and one that we feel could help many out there that are supporting the growing world of manufacturing. Guest: Paul Van Metre, Co-Founder of ProSoft ERP Host: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsAudio/Video Editing: Andi ThrowerProShop Resources:LinkedIn YouTubeMaking Chips Podcast
7 minutes | a month ago
095. Season 3 Recap
What an exciting season for EECO Asks Why. It had multiple series, brand new heroes and ideas that are cutting edge. In season 3 we began releasing 3 episodes per week due to your wonderful feedback and enthusiasm. The idea episodes covered many new areas and highlighted several discussions with innovators of industry. We started releasing all episodes on our YouTube channel and started and Instagram account to find new ways to reach others with the wonderful world of industry that we are proud to support.Season 4 will continue to focus on the heroes and ideas that make this country great. You can expect more direct manufacturing feedback as we want to take you inside many of the different industries that make up this exciting world. As always we would love your feedback on what you like and areas we can modify to bring you the most impactful information. Thank you for taking the time to listen to these powerful conversations and if you know someone who has an amazing story and/or a cutting edge topic that could help others please reach out. Remember - keep asking why!!!Host: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsVideo Editing: Andi ThrowerEECO Asks Why YouTube ChannelEECO Asks Why Instagram Account
27 minutes | a month ago
094. Idea - Taking Action to Support Industry
TW Controls is an innovative panel builder with a heart for teaching others about the exciting world of automation. Tim Wilborne is taking his passion for industry and is creating quite an impact. He and his wife Amber began creating outstanding how to videos on various industrial automation topics and posting them weekly. Together they have grown to over 25K subscribers on YouTube and are reaching people all over the world. Tim talks about how he determines the topics that will help people the most and how their focus is on helping the technicians understand these topics in such a way to immediately support industry. He speaks to the importance of working with middle and high school aged kids to introduce this exciting world to them early. Their son competed in the “You Make It Challenge” and he speaks to the lessons learned through that experience and how it made such an impression on his life. Tim’s approach to supporting industry is fun, impactful and is creating true value for those new to industry. This is an action-packed episode and one we feel that could help so many people on their personal journey’s in life. Automation is fun and Tim brings it all together.Guest: Tim Wilborne - Industrial Sorcerer at TW ControlsHost: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsVideo Editing: Andi ThrowerResourceshttp://www.plctalk.net/qanda/forumdisplay.php?f=2https://www.reddit.com/r/PLC/twcontrols.comhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_YccYdH0DBFp2ah0QuJ1lQhttps://www.linkedin.com/company/twcontrols/
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