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Building Your Toolbox to Accelerate Digital Transformation

How to step on the gas with regard to the long-planned digital transformation in manufacturing? Jaci Sager, VC Portfolio Manager at Caterpillar, and Paul Boris, Chief Revenue Officer at Praemo, have some answers. For teams that are seeing success, is it the technology they chose? Is it the leaders tasked with facilitating it? Or is it some combination of both? The answer might seem obvious, but the path is not.

Automation, AI, and Interoperability for More Resilient Manufacturing in a Post-COVID World

Vecna Robotics’ David Clear and SVT Robotics’ TJ Fanning go into reasons manufacturers might want to consider automation and AI. They also look at how to test assumptions and scale with so many variables changing moment by moment. The adage “change is the only constant” has never been more apropos. So, it’s a great time to hear what separates a complex system from a complex adaptive system.

In the Thick of the ‘Herculean’ Vaccine Push

Listen to this Smart Manufacturing magazine cover story: In the thick of the ‘herculean’ vaccine push. Moderna is among the companies able to tackle the most urgent of matters precisely because of their digital strength.

Exactly How to Use Automation to Relieve Pressure

Catalytic CEO Sean Chou explains the difference between process automation and robotic automation, as well as what it looks like to use automation to augment existing workflows. Importantly, he describes how manufacturers can use automation to do more with less—to lessen supply chain pressures that have grown because of globalization and the Covid-19 crisis. And he details which processes manufacturers can automate to optimize resources and productivity.

Wrangling Security Issues Associated with IT/OT Convergence

Marty Edwards, vice president for operational technology security at Tenable, discusses how chief information security officers (CISOs) are integrating and converging across all aspects of security, including people, process and technology. The goal: get an enterprise-wide assessment of cyber exposure and overall risk.

Automating Aerospace Manufacturing with FANUC

Aerospace is thought of as the industry with some of the most advanced technology, including automation. However, especially in automation, that may not be exactly true. In this podcast, Bruce Morey senior technical editor for Manufacturing Engineering magazine talks with Rick Schulz of FANUC America about some of the challenges and misperceptions in using automation more fully in aerospace manufacturing. Mistakes to be avoided, such as simply replacing humans with a robot, and how to use collaborative robots. The main message is that employing automation to its fullest requires a systematic approach to the entire manufacturing process.

Holding Tight and Going Digital with BIG Kaiser

As manufacturers continue to see demand for tighter tolerances and less waste, new solutions are needed to solve challenges. Dave O’Neil, Vice President of SME Media, sits down with Patrick Cratty, Assistant Product Manager and Richard Bevers, Southern District Manager for BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling, to talk about new technology and products. Hitting upon how digital technology and advanced workholding designs are improving machining and eliminating persistent manufacturing issues.

The New Imperative: Improving Operations Through Industry 4.0

When it comes to being successful, manufacturers today have more tools than ever to succeed. Chris Mahar, Associate Editor of Manufacturing Engineering, talks with Jeff Lage, President, Advanced Manufacturing Technologies at Ellison Technologies, about how Industry 4.0 is helping manufacturers improve operations through data collection and insights. Providing tips on how businesses can get the most capacity out of their machines, remove waste and enable their machines do more.