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Why You Should Go Electric For Your Assembly System

In this podcast, Bruce Morey, Senior Technical Editor for Manufacturing Engineering Magazine discusses why manufacturers should seriously consider electric presses and actuation systems in lieu of hydraulic or pneumatic ones. Discussion is with Stephanie Price, Senior Application Engineer-Promess.

Tackling the Skills Gap: Leveraging Millennials and Gen Z

There is not a lot that all manufacturers of every type and size have in common, but all struggle with same challenge—the skills gap and a changing workforce. John Hindman, Director, Learning and Performance Improvement at Tooling U-SME, sits down with Chris Mahar, Associate Editor, to talk about how manufacturers can benefit from today’s multigenerational workforce. Hear John talk about best practices for training millennials and Gen Z workers to become high performers, and other workforce tips and tricks.

Is now the time to get a cobot?

In this podcast, Bruce Morey, Senior Technical Editor for Manufacturing Engineering Magazine discusses collaborative robots, or cobots, with Steve Apel. He is a Regional Automation Manager for Acieta. In this role, he helps solve customer challenges through the adoption of new robotic automation technologies.

The Italian Trade Agency’s Angle on EMO Milan and other 2021 Trade Shows

As the world recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, trades shows are once again on the horizon around the globe. In this podcast, Alan Rooks, Editor in Chief of Manufacturing Engineering magazine, interviews Bart Pascoli, Project Coordinator for Machines Italia, and Marco Saladini, Trade Commissioner-Chicago of the Italian Trade Agency, about the plans being made for EMO Milan 2021, one of the largest machine tool exhibitions in the world, which is scheduled for Oct. 4-9, 2021; what is coming up 2021 in terms of North American digital and physical trade events that Machines Italia will be involved in; and other events, including a webinar with the ME Editorial Board focused on the results from a survey on manufacturing trends in the post COVID landscape and testimonials from Italian machinery suppliers.

EnvisionTEC CEO: 3D Printing Is About to Disrupt Plastics

EnvisionTEC CEO Al Siblani—whose firm is being purchased by Desktop Metal—discusses photopolymers’ move from prototyping to production. He gets into how he sees the sale will impact his company, as well as Desktop Metal and the 3D printing market in general. For the uninitiated, he also patiently explains how the 3d printing of polymers has progressed over the years. Last but not least, he details EnvisionTEC’s plans for growth—and asserts that the cost of 3D printing has reached a point where it is disrupting plastics.

Eliminating the Post-Processing Headache

Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, has been a game changer in how products are designed, produced and manufactured. But 3D printed parts don’t just come out of the machine ready to use, sometimes intensive manual post-processing is required. Jeff Mize, CEO of PostProcess Technologies, sits down with Chris Mahar, Associate Editor, to discuss their automated post-processing technology and how fully digitalized additive manufacturing is further benefiting the industry.

How Can U.S. Manufacturing Bridge the Skills Gap?

Manufacturing is growing in the U.S., but there are not enough skilled workers to fill all of the available jobs. In this episode, Alan Rooks, Editor in Chief of Manufacturing Engineering magazine, talks with Joe Mazzeo, Owner of Integrated Lean & Quality Solutions, about why is not having enough skilled trades in manufacturing is a major problem; the consequences of this problem; how the U.S. got into the position of not having enough young people going into skilled trades; and what can and is being done to get more young people interested in and pursuing careers in the skilled trades.

Lower Cost Through Standard Equipment

In this podcast, Bruce Morey, Senior Technical Editor for Manufacturing Engineering Magazine discusses with Glenn Nausley, President of Promess, how technological advances in making standard equipment can lower manufacturing costs.

Demystifying the IIoT

IIoT expert Steve Jones who will speak Oct. 29 at “The Best of SMX” (, describes in detail the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), as well as AI/machine learning and other promising technology for manufacturing’s future. Like with many things in life, it is important to set goals first, the Steelcase executive says. Not sure where to begin with IIoT? Never fear: Jones has the answer.