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Manufacturing Happy Hour
9 minutes | Sep 14, 2021
BONUS: 5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of a Trade Show
As trade shows return, it may take a conference or 2 to get back into the swing of things. In this bonus episode, we're giving you 5 strategies for rocking a trade show, whether you're an attendee or an exhibitor. From making the right connections to generating quality leads, you'll walk away from this episode with 5 easy-to-implement tips for making your next conference a success.
38 minutes | Sep 7, 2021
CNC, Hip Hop, and Turning Manufacturers into Heroes with Tony Gunn
Is it time to finally put the spotlight on manufacturing?Traditionally, manufacturing has been a world people outside the industry don’t hear much about. It’s not seen as a flashy industry. People aren’t making TV shows and Hollywood movies about it. Manufacturing has been a bit behind when it comes to marketing, social media, and industry influencers. But things are starting to change. Tony Gunn, General Manager at MTDCNC Global, is on a mission to tackle this. He aims to help manufacturing get the voice and platform that it deserves. In this episode of Manufacturing Happy Hour, Tony shares his best advice around promotion and some tips for getting ahead on LinkedIn. He explains why manufacturers need a way to show their authentic selves online. Tony also talks about the work he’s doing to help encourage schoolchildren to consider manufacturing as a career path. He believes this is essential to tackle the growing skills gap. In this episode, find out:How Tony first came across manufacturingWhy Tony’s mission is to put the spotlight on manufacturing The top tips for social media and content creation in manufacturingWhy manufacturers struggle to show their authenticity onlineHow promoting manufacturing to kids can help close the skills gapEnjoying the show? Please leave us a review here. Even one sentence helps. It’s feedback from Manufacturing All-Stars like you that keeps us going! Tweetable Quotes: “If you are a company that's just getting into it and you want to brand yourself, go to Google, go to Instagram, put in the hashtag that you think is going to be the hashtag that you want for your company.”“We're not great at understanding how to utilize our voice on a global scale that gets echoed on places like social media, because many manufacturing and engineering, when it comes to the world of marketing is not like movies and TV shows and fashion and that industry.”“We're inspiring women to join us in a male-dominated industry.”Links & mentions: MTDCNC, a successful one-of-a-kind marketing specialist covering multiple sectors of the engineering industry.The Gunn Show, MTD’s new podcast, hosted by Tony GunnMake sure to visit http://manufacturinghappyhour.com for detailed show notes and a full list of resources mentioned in this episode. Stay Innovative, Stay Thirsty.
46 minutes | Aug 31, 2021
Leveraging Data to Reimagine the Product Design Process with Instrumental CEO Anna-Katrina Shedletsky
Can data transform the product design world?That’s what Instrumental was created to do. Instrumental is a manufacturing optimization platform that uses data and AI to help companies improve their product lines. It cuts down on time spent diagnosing problems and faults and helps businesses ship out products faster.To tell us all about it, Instrumental’s inspiring CEO and Founder, Anna-Katrina Shedletsky, joins this episode of Manufacturing Happy Hour.In this episode, Anna takes us behind-the-scenes at Instrumental and details exactly how it works so well. She explains the benefits of using data and how she came up with the idea after working in product design teams at Apple. Anna also explains why she started the Women in STEM Mentorship Program and how Instrumental bagged a spot on the Inc 5000 list.In this episode, find out:How Instrumental uses product data to improve the manufacturing processAnna’s experience at Apple and what she learned thereHow school science fairs inspired and prepared her for being an entrepreneurHow AI can help manufacturers find product faultsHow Instrumental helps companies improve their product designWhy Anna started the Women in STEM Mentorship ProgramHow Instrumental ended up on the Inc 5000 listEnjoying the show? Please leave us a review here. Even one sentence helps. It’s feedback from Manufacturing All-Stars like you that keeps us going!Tweetable Quotes:“We have customers that tell us it's like tripling the size of your engineering team to just have access to the data.”“What was kind of an interesting thing for me was just understanding that perfection is really difficult, and how hard it is to actually build something, millions of things, tens of thousands of things, it's so hard.”“One is the first step to many.”Links & mentions:Gelatio, a spot in downtown Palo Alto that has amazing gelato, served alfresco, European styleInstrumental, a manufacturing optimization platform that uses AI-powered proactive defect discovery to help companies improve their product linesWomen in STEM Mentorship Program, a program Anna started to help women studying in STEM to transition into industryMake sure to visit http://manufacturinghappyhour.com for detailed show notes and a full list of resources mentioned in this episode. Stay Innovative, Stay Thirsty.
57 minutes | Aug 24, 2021
How Hybrid Work Impacts Company Culture with Blentech CEO Dan Voit
Manufacturing Happy Hour is excited to welcome Dan Voit (Episode 1) back to the podcast!Dan is the CEO of Blentech, a Bay Area-based food technology company specializing in equipment, systems, and software for the safe, nutritious, and consistent preparation of food.Last time Dan was on the show, we talked about what it takes to create a strong culture within a manufacturing company. This time, we're taking a step further, discussing what this looks like when you move to a hybrid work model and how technology plays a part.In this episode of Manufacturing Happy Hour, we revisit Dan’s beliefs about company culture to see if anything has changed over the past couple of years. Dan shares how he and his company has weathered the storm through the pandemic and the challenges he’s overcome.He also explains why the hybrid working model suits Blentech best and why not all tasks are well suited to remote work.In this episode, find out:How things have changed for Dan and Blentech since the last time he was on the showWhy building great relationships is crucial for any businessWhy you need to be more deliberate in your communication with remote teamsHow Blentech approached remote work and opted for a hybrid modelWhy companies should trust their workersHow Salesforce has been a crucial tool during the pandemicHow Blentech managed to keep going through the pandemicWhy some tasks are better for remote work than othersEnjoying the show? Please leave us a review here. Even one sentence helps. It’s feedback from Manufacturing All-Stars like you that keeps us going!Tweetable Quotes:“As you're working asynchronously remotely, you got to just trust that they're going to do it.”“Some work is best remote. Some work is inherently collaborative. Understand the difference. And I think that's a critical component to being successful.”“There are certain people that had to come in because their job needed to be done on-site. So from the beginning, we did have to maintain a hybrid model.”Links & mentions:Blentech, a food technology company that designs, builds, and starts up advanced cooking and mixing technologiesEpisode 1 of Manufacturing Happy Hour, featuring Blentech as Dan Voit discusses their company cultureThe Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg Make sure to visit http://manufacturinghappyhour.com for detailed show notes and a full list of resources mentioned in this episode. Stay Innovative, Stay Thirsty.
48 minutes | Aug 17, 2021
Exploring the Intersection of Government and Business with ndustrial.io COO Natalie Birdwell
Natalie Birdwell has had an exciting career across the industrial world in both the public and private sectors. After starting her career as a sales engineer, she went on to get an MBA from UNC, worked with the North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources, and is now the COO of a cutting-edge industrial IoT, analytics, and optimization company called ndustrial.In this episode of Manufacturing Happy Hour, we look behind the curtain at what it’s like to work in the public sector and the challenges that come with it.As someone who’s had experience in private and public sector companies, small startups, and bigger corporations, she has a wealth of knowledge and advice to share.Natalie discusses her career, advice for others looking to make a career switch, and how ndustrial ticks all the boxes for what she wants in a role.In this episode, find out:What the early days of Natalie’s career looked like and why she got an MBAWhy success is a team sportWhy she moved into the public sector and learned more about working with the governmentThe challenges of working in the public sectorHow the role at ndustrial aligned with Natalie’s valuesNatalie’s advice for those jumping from big businesses to small startupsWhat she learned from her experiences in multiple different business typesEnjoying the show? Please leave us a review here. Even one sentence helps. It’s feedback from Manufacturing All-Stars like you that keeps us going!Tweetable Quotes:“Our mission was to really truly serve on behalf of the folks that live in North Carolina, and so keeping that as our main focus always brought us back to the center of truth.”“When I came to ndustrial.IO, I came back to the root of how I've always been passionate about helping businesses grow.”“If you've always been in a large company, there's a lot of resources at your fingertips. And so if you don't have an appreciation for how those resources and things are developed, or at least an interest in that, it can be a little bit of a rude awakening.”Links & mentions:ndustrial, a company that delivers an open industrial analytics and optimization platform that enables factories to digitally transform for a sustained competitive advantageLynnwood Brewing Concern, brewing quality, award-winning craft beer in Raleigh, NCModecai Beverage Co., Raleigh's first combined brewery, taproom & bottle shopThe Raleigh Beer Garden, serving the world’s largest selection of draft beers available in a single restaurantMake sure to visit http://manufacturinghappyhour.com for detailed show notes and a full list of resources mentioned in this episode. Stay Innovative, Stay Thirsty.
47 minutes | Aug 3, 2021
From Operations to Climate Change, Digital Transformation Impacts Everything featuring Microsoft's Çağlayan Arkan
Çağlayan Arkan is the Vice President of Manufacturing & Supply Chain at Microsoft. This week, he’s here to share how digital transformation impacts so many aspects of manufacturing as well as our daily lives.In this episode of Manufacturing Happy Hour, Çağlayan covers a lot of ground. From talking about digital transformation in the industry to the skills gap, automation, and sustainability, Çağlayan demonstrates just how important digital transformation is across the board.Çağlayan shares some fantastic tips for those interested in manufacturing and urges people to consider it as a lucrative career path. He also shares some insights into the future of manufacturing and how automation will affect our ability to be sustainable and take action on climate change.In this episode, find out:How manufacturing has adapted (or been slow to adapt) to digital transformationHow adopting technology should influence company cultureWhy the skills gap is only getting biggerWhy manufacturing is open to allHow digital transformation can aid in sustainability goalsÇağlayan’s top tips for manufacturing professionals Enjoying the show? Please leave us a review here. Even one sentence helps. It’s feedback from Manufacturing All-Stars like you that keeps us going!Tweetable Quotes:“It starts with awareness, informing policy, and then operationally again acting on data.”“Regardless of age, gender, geography and culture, and even language, you can be valuable, you can be productive, and you can be part of supply chains and manufacturing companies or operations.”“The only thing that you cannot afford to do is not take action or wait.”Links & mentions:The Economist Intelligence Unit Study, commissioned by Microsoft4 things manufacturers should prioritize as they prepare for what’s next, an article by ÇağlayanMicrosoft Cloud for Manufacturing, digitally enabling workforces with smarter, secure solutionsCantinetta, an Italian restaurant in Bellevue, Washington with a fantastic wine list Make sure to visit http://manufacturinghappyhour.com for detailed show notes and a full list of resources mentioned in this episode. Stay Innovative, Stay Thirsty.
46 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
What the 2021 NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks can teach us about marketing and leadership
The Milwaukee Bucks’ run to win the 2021 NBA Championship was nothing short of remarkable. So what do business leaders, marketers, and the Bucks have in common? Find out in this week's special edition of Manufacturing Happy Hour.Last Friday, we sat down with Richie Burke - Founder of GoGeddit Marketing & Media and life-long Bucks fan - to riff about the incredible turnaround the Bucks organization has made over the latter half of the past decade and the selfless displays of leadership we saw in the NBA Finals. From holistic branding to humility to our favorite moments of the playoffs, this episode was a ton of fun to record and should have plenty of takeaways for manufacturing leaders and beyond.
47 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
Closing the Gender Gap in Manufacturing with Meaghan Ziemba
Meaghan Ziemba is THE Maven of Manufacturing! As a writer by trade, she developed an early passion for storytelling and is now empowering women to change the world through manufacturing via her podcast Mavens of Manufacturing.In this episode of Manufacturing Happy Hour, Meaghan discusses the role of good storytelling in the manufacturing industry and why many leaders overlook it. She shares the story behind starting her podcast and how she overcame her fears and did it anyway. Meaghan explores the problem of the gender gap in manufacturing and the reasons behind it. She believes that a lack of awareness of manufacturing and its different career paths is a huge barrier to a diverse workforce. In this episode, find out:How Meaghan’s background in writing and storytelling led her to where she is nowWhy Meaghan launched the Mavens of Manufacturing podcastThe crucial lesson Meaghan learned when she was nervous about starting a podcastWhy boosting interest and diversity in manufacturing begins with school kidsWhy diversity isn’t just fair, it’s beneficial to everyoneWhat lessons Meaghan learned from being a parent Meaghan’s tips for industry leaders who want to boost diversityEnjoying the show? Please leave us a review here. Even one sentence helps. It’s feedback from Manufacturing All-Stars like you that keeps us going!Tweetable Quotes:“Good storytelling is what gets people to have conversations and to exchange information with each other. It also helps build those trusting relationships that are so important for companies.”“LinkedIn is the greatest hub for manufacturers out there. Because everyone is on it right now.”“You really have to be authentic and transparent and really mesh well with who your customer base is.”Links & mentions:Mavens of Manufacturing, Meaghan Ziemba’s live video series that celebrates women in manufacturing, from the shop floor to the c-suiteCrucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When the Stakes are High, by Kerry PattersonCity Museum, a museum whose exhibits consist largely of repurposed architectural and industrial objects, housed in the former International Shoe building in the Washington Avenue Loft District of St. Louis, MO…in other words, it’s basically the world’s largest adult playground The Gunn Show, MTDCNC’s manufacturing industry podcast hosted by Tony GunnPig Minds Brewing, a craft brewery in Machesney Park, IL specializing in vegan takes on traditional pub foodMake sure to visit http://manufacturinghappyhour.com for detailed show notes and a full list of resources mentioned in this episode. Stay Innovative, Stay Thirsty.
38 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
Why “Spot” the Mobile Robot is Made for Manufacturing with Boston Dynamics’ Michael Perry
You’ve seen the viral videos of Spot, Boston Dynamics’ famous robotic dog, dancing to your favorite tunes, but did you know that this canine-inspired mobile robot has tons of practical applications in manufacturing too? Michael Perry, VP of Business Development at Boston Dynamics, shares how Spot is helping manufacturers optimize their processes and improve their safety standards in this week’s interview.In this episode of Manufacturing Happy Hour, Michael shares some insights into his background and how he came to work with robots. He explains how and why Spot was created and what more mobile robots in the industry could mean for safety, processes, and efficiency. He also gives us a window into where he thinks the future of mobile robots is heading.Make sure to visit ManufacturingHappyHour.com for detailed show notes and a full list of resources mentioned in this episode. Stay Innovative, Stay Thirsty.In this episode, find out:The potential use cases for mobile robotsThe benefits of using mobile robots in manufacturing and other industriesWhy a great product is key to a great businessHow Boston Dynamics created Spot the robot dancing dogHow robots can improve safety and processesWhat the future of mobile robots will look likeEnjoying the show? Please leave us a review here. Even one sentence helps. It’s feedback from Manufacturing All-Stars like you that keeps us going!Tweetable Quotes:“With Boston Dynamics, we've gone abroad much faster than a typical start-up would because we see a lot of the value that the international ecosystem of customers and partners are able to provide to the technology.”“The area that's coming next for the robot is this notion of mobile manipulation. And so, where the robots not just sensing the world, but sensing the world and physically interacting with it.”“I think that it’s going to be a game-changer for the technology.”Links & mentions:Boston Dynamics, a robotics design company born out of MIT that also has application expertise in manufacturing, including case studies at Ford, Merck, and many othersMight Squirrel Brewing Co., a Waltham, MA brewery complete with food trucks and a climbing wallMake sure to visit http://manufacturinghappyhour.com for detailed show notes and a full list of resources mentioned in this episode. Stay Innovative, Stay Thirsty.
23 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
Greatest Hits: 3 Cybersecurity Lessons from Manufacturing Happy Hour
After some recent cyber attacks on various verticals within the manufacturing world, Cybersecurity is on the mind of manufacturers everywhere. This week, we're diving back in the archives to bring you 3 of the best lessons we've ever received surrounding cybersecurity. We'll be tapping into 3 past guests to hear their practical approaches for getting started on a robust cybersecurity program while protecting against some of the latest threats like ransomware.If you enjoy this episode, please consider sending a link for this episode to your CISO or other security leaders within your companies or professional networks. Stay Innovative, Stay Thirsty.
39 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
Leveraging the R&D Tax Credit for Manufacturers with CohnReznick
Let’s get this out of the way first: Manufacturers are leaving money on the table. If you’re a US manufacturer and you have yet to take advantage of the R&D tax credit, you need to listen to this episode.This week, we are joined by Jessie Cahill and Scott Hamilton, who are both experts in Research & Development Tax Credit Services at CohnReznick. These two are helping put money back in the pockets of manufacturers through the R&D Tax Credit.In this episode of Manufacturing Happy Hour, you’ll get a bit of tax advice for free. Jessie and Scott explain the benefits and process behind claiming for R&D tax credits. They dispel some common myths and urge everyone in manufacturing to check if they’re eligible. It’s not just the guys in lab coats who get approved. As long as you’re creating, designing, or improving something, you could be in with a shot to save some serious cash on your tax bill.In this episode, find out:What R&D tax credit isWho can qualify for tax creditThe top activities that qualify for R&D tax creditHow manufacturers can be more proactive about tracking what’s eligible for tax creditsEnjoying the show? Please leave us a review here. Even one sentence helps. It’s feedback from Manufacturing All-Stars like you that keeps us going!Tweetable Quotes:“It's really a broad credit. So most companies are going to qualify for this.” – Jessie Cahill“You don't think of R&D, and people making little fixes and changes, as really counting towards it, but it does.” – Jessie Cahill“What I like to tell clients is, if you've got people in the United States, working on smart stuff, then you probably are eligible for the credit.” – Scott HamiltonLinks & mentions:CohnReznick LLP, a leading advisory, assurance, and tax firm helping forward-thinking organizations achieve their vision with extensive expertise in the R&D Tax CreditFive Boroughs Brewing, a brewery and taproom in the heart of Sunset Park, BrooklynHi-Time Wine Cellars, specializing in tequila, this wine & spirits shop is located in Costa Mesa, CAMake sure to visit http://manufacturinghappyhour.com for detailed show notes and a full list of resources mentioned in this episode. Stay Innovative, Stay Thirsty.
51 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
What’s Next in Additive Manufacturing with Jeff Mize, CEO of PostProcess Technologies
We’re back with another additive manufacturing episode of the podcast. This time, we’re talking to Jeff Mize, the CEO of PostProcess Technologies. Jeff and his team are revolutionizing additive manufacturing by pioneering automated and intelligent solutions to remove the biggest bottleneck in the 3D printing process: post-processing.Yes, the company is literally named after the third step in the additive manufacturing process. PostProcess is basically the Kleenex of the 3D printing world. Talk about great branding!In this episode, Jeff takes us through how PostProcess spotted a gap in the market and transformed it with a little help from data science and digitization. We talk about how additive manufacturing is taking the medical and dental worlds by storm, and why PostProcess is committed to making its operations as safe and sustainable as possible. We also get to hear the biggest lesson that Jeff learned from his time in Silicon Valley and how it’s helped to shape the trajectory of his career. In this episode, find out:What the three steps in additive process design areHow PostProcess Technologies spotted a gap in the post-printing marketWhy additive manufacturing is ripe for leveraging data scienceThe biggest lesson Jeff learned from his time in Silicon ValleyHow additive manufacturing is transforming the medical and dental worldWhy PostProcess is determined to improve safety and sustainabilityThe biggest challenges in the manufacturing sectorEnjoying the show? Please leave us a review here. Even one sentence helps. It’s feedback from Manufacturing All-Stars like you that keeps us going!Tweetable Quotes:“They have developed 3D printed guides for surgery…printed for each individual patient, which takes a lot of the guesswork out. And so, the surgeon becomes less of an artist and more of a scientist.”“Many people weren't measuring their ROI in terms of how much time they were actually spending on post-printing. In fact, on average of the post-print spend is about 25 to 30% of the overall cost.”“When I started digging in additive manufacturing, I thought, this market is absolutely ripe to leverage data science.”Links & mentions:PostProcess Technologies, revolutionizing the way manufacturers scale through the world’s first and only automated support removal and surface finishing for 3D printed parts36 Handles, an easy-going bar in El Dorado Hills serving up classic pub fare, many draft beers, and live musicYoung’s Vineyard, winery serving old vin Zinfindel located in Amador County, CaliforniaVilla Toscano Winery, also located in Plymouth, CAMake sure to visit http://manufacturinghappyhour.com for detailed show notes and a full list of resources mentioned in this episode. Stay Innovative, Stay Thirsty.
54 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
From Robotics to Workforce to Tech in Pop Culture with FedEx’s Aaron Prather
If you’re in manufacturing, there’s a good chance you’ve seen Aaron Prather pop up on LinkedIn. The company he works for is a household name as well.Not only is Aaron a Senior Technical Advisor at FedEx, but he's also an evangelist for automation and workforce development. Whether you’ve come across his robotics videos on social media, or this is your first time hearing about him, you’ll get to hear his whole story this week on Manufacturing Happy Hour.In this episode of Manufacturing Happy Hour, Aaron takes us through how he posts fun LinkedIn videos to educate and inspire people to get into robotics and manufacturing. He shares the fantastic story of how he rose through the ranks at FedEx and established a 25-year career there.Aaron also shares his top tips for those thinking about getting into manufacturing and robotics and what you need to do to propel your career forward. We also round off the talk with some pop culture talk and what we can learn from Futurama.In this episode, find out:Why Aaron uses LinkedIn videos to talk about robots in the workforceHow Aaron worked through the ranks at FedEx to get where he is nowHow networking and building connections can propel your careerThe effects of the pandemic on eCommerceHow robots are creating jobs in manufacturingWhat people can learn about technology from FuturamaEnjoying the show? Please leave us a review here. Even one sentence helps. It’s feedback from Manufacturing All-Stars like you that keeps us going!Tweetable Quotes:“Don't think that because you didn't go to a four-year college, you're not going to be successful.”“You can do all the robotics and automation you want, but if you don't have the workforce on top of that, buying into it, you ain't getting anywhere with it.”"If you want to get into robotics and automation, look for those old dirty, dangerous job use cases. Those are the ones you go after.”Links & mentions:ARM Institute, a leading research institute specializing in robotics in manufacturingeKami, the Eastern Kentucky Manufacturing InstituteGhost River Brewery, Memphis’ first craft breweryWise Acre Brewery, home of the Prank Calls to Satan IPA, also based in Memphis, TNMake sure to visit http://manufacturinghappyhour.com for detailed show notes and a full list of resources mentioned in this episode. Stay Innovative, Stay Thirsty.
43 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
Cars, Welding Robots, and Midwest Startups with Path Robotic's Sheena Patterson
One of the best things about a career in manufacturing is that there’s so much variety! One person who can attest to that is Sheena Patterson, who joins us in this episode of Manufacturing Happy Hour.Sheena has been zooming through an incredible career in manufacturing that's taken her from the Midwest to Silicon Valley and back in less than a decade. Having led as an engineer with companies like Ford, Tesla, and Zoox, she's now the Vice President of Operations at Path Robotics, a company that's leading the way in automated welding robots.In this episode, Sheena takes us through her different job roles over the years, what it’s really like to work with Elon Musk, and how she got into the robots-as-a-service field. We hear what working in an automotive plant is like and why people management and relationships are an overlooked part of the manufacturing world.In this episode, find out:How Sheena made the move from Ford to TeslaWhy people management and relationships are a vital yet overlooked part of manufacturingWhy the midwestern startup scene is boomingHow Path Robotic’s robot-as-a-service worksSheena’s top tip for those new to manufacturingEnjoying the show? Please leave us a review here. Even one sentence helps. It’s feedback from Manufacturing All-Stars like you that keeps us going!Tweetable Quotes:“The industry and technology are changing so much that you can't just drop a piece of equipment and say, ‘Good luck, I hope this lives for the next 30 years.’ You need that as-a-service support model.”“The biggest thing that has allowed me to get to the companies that I want to be at is never saying no to an opportunity.”“We have this influx of more talent, of different mindsets. And I think that just speaks volumes to what the Midwest is able to pull back from the coasts.”Links & mentions:Path Robotics, manufacturers of autonomous welding robotsDrive Capital, a venture capital firm founded to invest in tech start-ups outside of Silicon Valley, invested in more than 40 companies across the United States and CanadaWatershed Distillery, dedicated to producing high-quality gins, bourbon, and other spirits in Columbus, OHMake sure to visit http://manufacturinghappyhour.com for detailed show notes and a full list of resources mentioned in this episode. Stay Innovative, Stay Thirsty.
45 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
All Things Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) with Seegrid's Jeff Christensen
Is the world of automation and autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) something to fear or celebrate?People worry about robots taking jobs, but according to this Manufacturing Happy Hour guest, robots are here to save the day.Jeff Christensen, VP of Product at Seegrid, joins this episode of Manufacturing Happy Hour to talk about his work with AMR, automation, and problem-solving technology in the manufacturing space. He challenges the idea that automation and robots are something to be worried about and prefers to think of them as more complementary to human workers. Jeff also explains how technological advancement raises the bar for society and why people shouldn’t be so averse to adopting new technology and AMR into their production lines.In this episode, find out:Why robotics is so important in modern manufacturingHow Jeff made a jump from a background in music and economics into the world of AMRWhat autonomous mobile robots are and why they’re usefulHow humans and robots are good at different things How the manufacturing industry has adapted to automation and new technologyWhy some in the industry are hesitant to adapt to automation and AMREnjoying the show? Please leave us a review here. Even one sentence helps. It’s feedback from Manufacturing All-Stars like you that keeps us going!Tweetable Quotes:“Robots are cool. But they're being applied to a real business problem. They're delivering real value. At exactly the time that the market desperately needs a new answer.”“The faster you move, the more advantage you're going to have over your competition in the future.”“The industry is facing all sorts of pressures, economic pressures, demand pressures. They've got to go faster, better, cheaper, all at the same time. And they just can't do with the old ways. And robots happened to be here to save the day.”Links & mentions:Seegrid, a smart solution combing autonomous mobile robots, enterprise software, warehouse equipment, and more.Sharp Edge, a Pittsburgh bar and brewery specializing in Belgian beer.Make sure to visit http://manufacturinghappyhour.com for detailed show notes and a full list of resources mentioned in this episode. Stay Innovative, Stay Thirsty.
43 minutes | May 25, 2021
A Look Ahead to the Next Decade in Manufacturing featuring Salesforce's Ryan Moylan
What does a future-ready manufacturer look like? What trends and practices are here to stay post-pandemic? These are just a couple of the questions that Salesforce set out to answer in their recent Trends in Manufacturing report. After talking to over 750 industry leaders across the manufacturing world to get their take on the future of manufacturing, we had to take the opportunity to learn more about this through an interview with Salesforce’s Director of Manufacturing, Automotive, and Energy, Ryan Moylan.In this episode, Ryan takes us through the facts and figures of the Salesforce report and discusses what they could mean for the future of manufacturing. He also shares some insights into what makes a future-ready manufacturer and how the top companies managed to weather the storm of COVID-19.Ryan rounds it off by sharing the top three things that will help manufacturers succeed over the next decade. He says the top priority is to design a digital transformation roadmap.In this episode, find out:How Salesforce operates in the manufacturing worldWhat the Salesforce Trends in Manufacturing report tells us about the futureHow COVID has been an accelerant for a lot of initiativesHow companies are preparing for the futureThe importance of agility and a proactive responseWhy companies need a digital transformation roadmapWhy future-ready manufacturers store so much in the cloudRyan’s top three things that companies will need to do to succeed in the next decadeEnjoying the show? Please leave us a review here. Even one sentence helps. It’s feedback from Manufacturing All-Stars like you that keeps us going!Tweetable Quotes:“Companies need to really hammer out a digital transformation roadmap they can get behind.”“Future-ready manufacturers are ahead as it relates to thinking about and delivering on servitization.”“There are more and more companies that see a first-mover do some things around digital transformation. And they say, ‘Hey, they're setting a precedent that we need to meet.’”Links & mentions:Trends in Manufacturing Report, compiled by Salesforce based on the feedback of over 750 global manufacturing leaders across all industries; you can also check out this interactive tableau dashboard to see trends by industry and regionLeff’s Lucky Town, a homey bar & eatery with signature burgers, large pretzels & a long beer list in a historic venue in Wauwatosa, WIRaised Grain Brewing Co., a great craft brewery with a sick taproom located in Waukesha, WIMake sure to visit http://manufacturinghappyhour.com for detailed show notes and a full list of resources mentioned in this episode. Stay Innovative, Stay Thirsty.
32 minutes | May 11, 2021
Greatest Hits: Top 3 Leadership Lessons from Manufacturing Happy Hour
We're diving back in the archives for this one. We're taking segments from 3 of our past interviews to bring you 3 of the best pieces of leadership advice that had ever come up on Manufacturing Happy Hour. From strategies for shaping culture to taking on unconscious bias in the workplace, this episode is for everyone that considers themselves a manufacturing leader.
23 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
6 Sales, Mindset, and Productivity Tips with RōBEX's Craig Francisco
We're bringing back RōBEX President Craig Francisco one last time as we take on a smorgasbord of topics impacting manufacturing leaders of all specializations. From sales to productivity, Craig shares some of his best lessons that you can find on his legacy podcast The 8 Keys of Sales Excellence in addition to what you can expect from his current show The Automation Solutions Podcast. It's a quick one, but this episode is jam packed with advice that will no doubt fuel your mindset.
20 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
BONUS: 4 LinkedIn Tips for Manufacturers
This week we're talking all things LinkedIn! It's been awhile since we've done a solo episode of the show for you. In this episode, Chris walks through 4 of his top tips for manufacturers that are on LinkedIn (and we're not just talking about the sales team). From building your personal brand to creating content that prioritizes timeliness over perfection, this episode will help you take your LinkedIn game to another level regardless of your role or title.
47 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
How Skills Matchmaking Technology Fills Critical Manufacturing Jobs with FactoryFix.com's Patrick O'Rahilly
Patrick O'Rahilly is the Founder of FactoryFix, a Chicago and Madison-based technology company connecting manufacturers with a network of vetted, skilled professionals through their innovative matchmaking platform. Said another way, Patrick and FactoryFix are taking on the hiring challenges of the manufacturing sector head-on!This episode of Manufacturing Happy Hour was recorded live during a fireside chat from one of our recent virtual happy hours. We cover common hiring mistakes, Patrick's thoughts on the current manufacturing labor market, and what the future of hiring looks like for manufacturers. Then, we open it up to a Q&A and discussion with the rest of the Manufacturing Happy Hour Industry Community.In this episode, find out:How FactoryFix plays matchmaker between talented professionals and employersThe most common mistakes people make with recruitmentWhy you should be proactive, not reactive when hiringWhy employers need to address the pay rates problemPatrick’s tips for people new to the industryEnjoying the show? Please leave us a review here. Even one sentence helps. It’s feedback from Manufacturing All-Stars like you that keeps us going!Tweetable Quotes:“Land and expand. Get in the door, show what you can do, and justify that higher wage.”“There's a lot of unnecessary friction in recruiting and the hiring process…if you’re not hitting these applicants up the same day, forget about it. They’re gone.”“A lot of hiring is reactive. There's no plan for an employee once they get hired into one of these production positions.”Links & mentions:FactoryFix, a platform connecting manufacturers with a network of vetted, skilled professionalsOld Irving Brewing Co., a hidden gem on the northwest side of ChicagoThe Green Door Tavern, since 1872, Green Door Tavern is Chicago's oldest tavern - serving over 100 years of trouble (the good kind)Make sure to visit http://manufacturinghappyhour.com for detailed show notes and a full list of resources mentioned in this episode. Stay Innovative, Stay Thirsty.
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