Dianne Zimnavoda of RCH Technologies

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dianne ZJoined by Dianne Zimnavoda, CEO + President of RCF Technologies, Inc.

Ms. Zimnavoda has worked with RCF since its inception in 1975. There is no aspect of the business that she has not been involved with. Under her leadership, the company moved from a gross income of only $750,000 to over $3 million.

Discussion topics:

1. Dianne talks about their Rishon® material, which is unlike more rubber-like composites on the market. Fire-proof, the unique properties of the material, its use as insulation…

2. Dianne talks about the aerospace industry, which is where they are a major player, such as with organizations like Lockheed, Sikorsky, and Pratt-Whitney.

3. But then addresses newer industries where there is big potential: NASCAR, medical devices, marine, and construction.

4. Dianne shares some the amazing applications of their product, but also drops some hints on newer ideas and possibilities.

5. We talk about the importance of culture, and how that facilitates the innovation, creativity, and the R+D in organizations like hers has to focus on.

6. Finally, Dianne shares some insights into the status of manufacturing, and what lessons others can learn.

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Helping people, organizations and communities flourish by using the proven thinking and methodology associated with Lean Transformations.

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Steve Leavitt: How cloud computing will really impact small business manufacturing

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Steve Leavitt

Steve Leavitt

Who: Steve Leavitt
What: General Manager
Where: Cloud Solutions US, for Exact Software

Why you should listen: With regards to cloud computing, find out what the future holds for small busines manufacturing and wholesale distributors!

Learn more about Exact!

Learn more about Steve:
Steve Leavitt is an experienced sales professional with a strong track record of success as a business leader in the IT industry. As General Manager of Exact Online US, he is responsible for orchestrating the strategy and execution for the Exact Online business solutions for SMB manufacturers and wholesalers.

With more than 15 years of sales and Cloud technology background, Steve has developed a keen understanding of the important contribution Cloud solutions make for small businesses. Steve’s career spans many years in roles of increasing responsibility: Most recently he was the VP of North American Sales for Neotys and prior to Neotys, VP of East Coast Sales for the Data Protection Business at HP Software with responsibility for the strategic sales direction both the cloud and on premise based data protection solutions. Steve joined HP by way of the acquisition of Autonomy, Inc. in 2011.

Steve spent 12 years in various roles in Iron Mountain’s Digital Business Unit where he helped drive both direct and indirect sales to build one of the world’s largest Public Clouds. Steve joined Iron Mountain by way of the acquisition of Connected Corporation where he was one of the first sales people and helped build the business from $1 million to $20 million.

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Seegrid’s David Heilman LIVE at MODEX!

WHO: David Heilman
TITLE: Chief Administrative Officer
ORGANIZATION: Seegrid

David walks us through the “Guided by Seegrid” program, which includes tools and training, and shares some of the feedback they’ve been receiving. We also explore some of the almost endless applications of the Seegrid AGV product line, as well as the real impacts of the technology. Dave also shares some news about a new OEM partner!

SeegridThis broadcast was made possible by SEEGRID, the global leader in Vision-Guided Flexible AGVS and Robotic Industrial Trucks.

This broadcast was recorded LIVE from MODEX.

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Seegrid’s Jeff Christensen LIVE from MODEX!

WHO: Jeff Christensen
TITLE: Director of Product Development
ORGANIZATION: Seegrid

Jeff walks us through the launch of Seegrid’s GWS35, that latest game-changer from Seegrid, the first vision-guided LIFTING truck. As in 3,500 lb load capacity! It is not just about new technology, it is really about all the new applications this technology makes possible. Jeff shares some of what’s possible!

SeegridThis broadcast was made possible by SEEGRID, the global leader in Vision-Guided Flexible AGVS and Robotic Industrial Trucks.

This broadcast was recorded LIVE from MODEX.

Seegrid

Airtech and Pura Naturals: How Manufacturing can Benefit Mankind

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Thanks for tuning in to Manufacturing Revival Radio! On today’s episode we are speaking with Jim Kordenbrock,CEO of Pura Naturals,  and jim kordenbrockBob Doherty, CEO of Airtech.

bob dohertyPura Body Naturals is the product of many years of searching for better natural products that are beneficial for both hair and skin. In an age when most companies are using shea butter and nut based products, there are few options for consumers who desire something different. Their  products are fruit based products that have magnificent benefits for the whole body from head to toe.
Show Notes and Highlights:
  • Made in the USA, but selling globally: How to achieve this.
  • Manufacturing expansion into economically depressed areas, and why this matters.
  • Can manufacturing products actually clean the environment?
  • The diverse applications of innovation and product development.

This episode brought to you by:
Midland American Capital

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MRR LIVE at MODEX: Brought to you by Seegrid!

Manufacturing Revival Radio is pleased to announce that we will be broadcasting LIVE from MODEX 2014. MODEX, the greatest supply chain show on earth.

SeegridOur coverage at the event is brought you by SEEGRID, the global leader in vision-guided flexible AGVs. You can learn more about SEEGRID here.

The Show
MODEX 2014, held March 17-20, 2014 in Atlanta, GA will provide attendees access to the latest manufacturing and supply chain equipment and technologies.

Exhibits
Over 800 exhibitors from industry, commerce and government will display their supply chain solutions on the 180,000 square foot show floor.

MODEXEducation
The MODEX Conference brings together leading experts from the industry to give you the latest information on manufacturing and supply chain trends, technologies and innovations. The conference also includes valuable opportunities to network with your peers.

Networking
If you are involved in manufacturing, distribution and the supply chain you will benefit from meeting with other professionals in your field on the show floor. Attendees include: C-level and VP-level manufacturing, distribution, logistics and supply chain executives, Manufacturing and production managers, Industrial, plant and manufacturing engineers, IT, logistics and supply chain directors, Third-party logistics professionals, Distribution center and warehousing managers, Procurement professionals

MODEX!

MODEX!

Blake Sanchez: Engineering On Any Scale for Any Project

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Welcome back to Manufacturing Revival Radio. Today we are getting down and dirty with a gentleman who eats, breathes, and even dreamsblake sanchez as an engineer. Today we welcome our special guest Mr. Blake Sanchez, President & CEO of Pyrodynamics. Blake takes a moment to break down the intricacies involved in contract manufacturing, and explains the complexity of product development.

Pyrodynamics is an engineering and fabrication firm aimed at bringing high level engineering capabilities to any size customer. We are your one stop shop to take your ideas from a great thought to a well engineered and built solution.

Show notes and highlights:

  • Reshoring is not as straightforward as you might think!
  • What to do to ensure scalability
  • The value of an engineer that has some knowledge about the skilled trades
  • Learn more about Pyrodynamics

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New Pressures for Automotive Efficiency Equals Needs for Better Leak Testing

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Welcome back to the show! Today our guest is Thomas Parker, Sales Manager for the Automotive Market with Inficon. Thomas walks The thomas parker Manufacturing Revival team through some of the regulatory pressures that the automotive market is facing and what that means when it comes to high pressure systems and leak testing.

INFICON is a leading provider of innovative instrumentation, critical sensor technologies, and advanced process control software that enhance productivity and quality in sophisticated industrial vacuum processes

Show notes and highlights:

  • Higher pressure in fuel injecters to get better gas mileage demands more sophisticated leak detection
  • New automotive A/C systems have higher risk of combustion or pressure blast due to new refrigerants
  • Value delivered by Inficon goes way beyond leak detection technology and includes high end manufacturing consulitng

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The Wahconah Group: Made in the USA, Selling Globally

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Welcome back to Manufacturing Revival Radio! Today we are speaking with Isaac Crawford, Founder + CEO, The Wahconah Group. isaac crawford

wahconah group logo 2014As founder of The Wahconah Group, Isaac  provides the leadership behind the development and positioning of the company, its brands and executive team to accomplish corporate goals and objectives and continue to add value. He has created brand concepts, established an international network of factories, textile mills, and industry resources and brings twenty-five years of progressive and diverse corporate, operational, and senior-management experience in both the high-tech and retail industry.

His forte is “getting it done,” having built organizations that deliver scalable and sustainable revenue and profit, establishing and leading high-performance teams, and developing worldwide strategic alliances.

 

KEY DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S SHOW:

  • Why Made in the USA matters.
  • You can manufacture in the USA, but you can still sell to a global market!
  • The amazing innovation and future of apparel: smart apparel and wearable electronics.
  • The true power of partnerships and alliances.
  • Big announcement of bringing 200 new jobs to Wahconah’s Cleveland facility!

This episode brought to you by:
Midland American Capital

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National Robotics League: Impacting Manufacturing, National defense, and the Future of the U.S. Economy

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On today’s show we speak with two individuals who have their hands all over one our favorite topics. We had the pleasure of sitting down with Steven Tamasi and Maureen Carruthers and gaining an inside view of the National Robotics League (NRL).

TamasiSteven Tamasi is CEO of Boston Centerless, located in Woburn, MA. He is a second generation entrepreneur with a passion for business who understands the power of operational excellence. Managing a culture shift to lean manufacturing has resulted in a World Class Manufacturing operation and led to winning the 2006 Northeast Shingo Prize Silver Medal.

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Maureen Carruthers brings over 10 years nonprofit experience to her role as Program Director of the National Robotics League (NRL), a program of the National Tooling and MachiningAssociation(NTMA). As a relative newcomer to the manufacturing industry, Maureen’s “outsider” perspective helps her shape the messaging and programing of the NRL to attract students and parents who might not otherwise consider manufacturing a viable career option.

 

Key discussion topics from today’s show:

  • What is the National Robotics League, and why is it necessary?
  • How is the NRL organized?
  • Why is the work of the NRL important to the future of manufacturing, and the economy, and America’s defense?
  • Why the focus on STEM matters.
  • How can schools and local manufacturers get involved?

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