In this podcast, we bring you manufacturing news, insights, discuss opportunities, and cutting edge technologies. Our goal is to inform, educate, and inspire leaders and workers in manufacturing, automation, and related fields.
Episodes come out every second week and vary in length from 45 minutes to 1 hour.
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In the twenty-first episode of the Manufacturing Hub, we speak with Sandro Quintero and Alejandro Lopez from Festo USA and Canada respectively. We talk about Festo's culture & operations, how a career in automation can change your life, and how to keep always learning to grow your career.
We speak with Luis Narvaez from Siemens. Luis is currently a Product Marketing Manager and is responsible for a wide range of products at Siemens. However, Luis has had a technical beginning and joined the company through an Engineering Leadership Development Program. By combining his technical mastery and interest in business, Luis transitioned into the business development/marketing role.
In this episode, we connect with Zachary Stank from Phoenix Automation. Zach launched his career as an application engineer in manufacturing automation safety. As he honed his technical skills, he was given an opportunity to make a greater impact as the marketing manager and educator. Zach remains very passionate about safety devices but is now also in charge of other automation products at Phoenix Contact. Listen to the conversation to learn more about his background, the challenges faced by Phoenix Contact, and their strategy around recent developments in industry 4.0.
Benson Hougland has extensive experience and knowledge in the world of manufacturing automation. In his early career, Benson was fortunate to run his own company in computer hardware and software before being recruited to Opto 22 where he led a number of breakthrough technological innovations. Our conversation goes on various topics and we uncover how Opto 22 operates, what projects they’re working on, and how they approach the current challenges within the industry.
Chris Luecke is a seasoned veteran of the manufacturing industry with over 15 years in various sales and marketing roles including 10 years at Rockwell Automation. In addition to his regular duties, Chris took it upon himself to launch a podcast venture while working at Rockwell and has interviewed some of the top executives within the company including the CEO. Nowadays, Chris is involved in a CMMS company Rockwell acquired, runs various networking events in the industry, and creates popular manufacturing-oriented content for Industry 4.0.
Preston has been working hard on his integration services business and we wanted to check in with him. In addition to the regular operations, Preston has launched his second edition of the “Change a Life Giveaway”. He’s looking to donate some hardware to a deserving individual. Lastly, we’ve taken the time to discuss his outlook on the industry, return to office-based work, travel, IIoT, and Industry 4.0.
Frank Lamb has multiple decades of experience in industrial automation as a systems integrator, consultant, engineer, educator, and much more. Frank started commissioning machinery at a lot cal systems integrator after the Navy and quickly moved up the ranks by taking additional responsibility. He made the call to work for himself by providing consulting and technical services within the same space. As his knowledge in automation increased, he found himself teaching others, wiring books on the same subject, and building a blog. You can find all those resources and more through the links below.
Dave and Vlad continue the discussion around talent acquisition, the current hiring landscape in manufacturing and reflect on their experience interviewing for various positions. Lastly, both answer Q&A coming in from the viewers.
Chris Schleich has a variety of experience within engineering management roles and a passion for talent finding and development. Chris covers a wide range of topics around talent development, including the growth mindset, building your teams, interviewing, and much more. As a bonus, we put Dave on the spot and ask him to go through a few interview questions during this episode!
In this episode we talk with Jordan Humphreys about everything related to talent searching, recruiting, and more. How he has gotten himself into Industrial Automation, how he helps people find jobs., where he sees the market and where it’s going, and how employers are setting themselves apart.
Huck Bales is a director of Smart Manufacturing at Grantek and has a wealth of insights in manufacturing intelligence, change management, and continuous improvement. We’ve talked about his projects, the way Grantek approaches customers, how system integration projects are executed and what the company is doing to retain top talent.
Amos Purdy is an MES & Manufacturing Intelligence Lead at GPA. A company that specializes in data forensic systems integration and much more. Amos is going to speak with us on the topic of manufacturing intelligence, projects he has worked on, and his insights on leading cross-functional teams.
Jim Gavigan is the owner of a firm that specializes in data acquisition, processing, and application in manufacturing. We dive into discussions about some of the projects, applications of OSI PI, and Jim’s experience in manufacturing. We get an insight into the process he uses to work with clients, analyze their data and propose solutions that drive improvements to the bottom line.
ave and Vlad tackle a new series: Manufacturing Intelligence. Our goal is to combine similar topics into a series of episodes that involve various discussions and industry experts. In this episode, we discuss the MES and OEE implementations we’ve been part of, our industry insights when it comes to these topics, as well as challenges related to their deployment.
In this episode, we speak with Preston Hadley about his non-traditional journey into Controls. Starting Envision Automation & Controls. Change a Life Giveaway (and future plans). What he’s learned and where he thinks this path will lead him.
Dave and Vlad discuss their business ventures in the manufacturing space. We talk about how we got started, what challenges we’ve faced, what our goals are moving forward, and what we’re looking forward to in the upcoming year. We’re happy to bring you an episode in which we’re openly talking about what it took to start our respective business ventures and answer many of the viewer’s questions.
Sean has extensive experience as well as involvement in the manufacturing automation industry. He began his career as a technician on a US Navy submarine. Sean was quick to learn the electrical and communication systems and was offered a job designing guided missiles once he retired from the Navy. His knowledge of control systems brought him to the oil & gas industry where he currently works as a consultant and engineer.
In this episode of the Manufacturing Hub Podcast, we discuss IoT, Predictive Maintenance, AR/VR, and Big Data in manufacturing.
This episode is focused on the career and employment aspect of the manufacturing industry. We discuss what it takes to get into the industry, what certifications, as well as paths, are relevant, how to move up the ladder, and answer some of the viewer questions based on this topic.