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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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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Richard Kopleman: Live from the Next Generation Manufacturing Conference

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This special edition of Manufacturing Revival Radio was recorded live on September 17th, 2013 at the Next Generation Manufacturing Conference at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia.

Screen Shot 2013-09-19 at 12.37.18 PMJoining us is Richard Kopleman,  Chairman of the Next Generation Manufacturing and Partner with Habif, Arogeti & Wynne.

Next Generation Manufacturing provides a forum to educate and connect manufacturers with state-wide resources to strengthen the viability of American manufacturers. NGM’s programming encourages growth through competitive innovation and the building of relationships amongst manufacturers across all verticals.

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Ankit Patel: Effecting Positive Change in Manufacturing!

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Prepare yourself for a positive look into American Manufacturing! Today we are joined by Ankit Patel, Managing Director with The Lean Way Consulting, who shares with us some valuable insight into positively improving processes. The Lean Way Consulting helps their clients advance by leading change from the inside out. By taking at look at the technical (Lean, Six Sigma) combined with the behavioral processes, Lean Way Consulting is able to help their clients reach a new level of efficiency within the workplace.

WHY YOU SHOULD LISTEN:

  • Hear how to maximize individual skills within a team environment.
  • Learn about common issues that manufacturers are facing and how The Lean Way Consulting helps resolve them.
  • Discover how to communicate to individuals the need to improve without making it personal.
  • Follow The Lean Way Consulting’s Blog!

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Chelsea Lang: Technology Driven Innovation

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Very excited to have Chelsea Lang, Managing Editor of Digital Manufacturing Report on today’s show. Digital Manufacturing Report provides news & chelsea1-1information about the fast-moving world of digital manufacturing, modeling & simulation to its readers.

WHY YOU MUST TO LISTEN:

  1. Who is Digital Manufacturing’s Report audience? High Performance Computing offers so many advantages to American Manufacturers but market education for smaller manufactures is still lacking
  2. Because of the Cloud High Performance Computing options are becoming more and more affordable for medium and small manufacturers
  3. 3D printing within your own home
  4. The effect that these new tools may have on innovation
  5. How can we better encourage students to take STEM courses? Is there too much competition for skilled labor?

Chelsea shared with us many great insights into the Digital Manufacturing World. If you have interest in the state of American Manufacturing and want some thought-provoking opinions on current issues then this is an episode you will not want to miss.

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Paul Kuchuris: Quality Improvement Never Quits

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We are happy to welcome Paul Kuchuris, President of Association of Manufacturing Excellence, to the show. The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) is the premier organization for the exchange of knowledge in enterprise excellence. Their members come together to explore Lean thinking and other enterprise improvement methods, exchange best practices and network in order to advance their careers and improve the competitiveness and overall value of their organizations.

Why you should listen:

  1. Learn why quality improvement is a never-ending journey
  2. Understand why the public has the wrong perception of manufacturing and what we can do to correct this misperception.
  3. What is trending in manufacturing and why it matters to youManufacturing_Icon

During today’s discussion, we dove deep into many of the challenges facing manufacturing. To learn more about AME and all that they are doing to drive innovation and enterprise excellence be sure to visit their site for a listing of current events and other useful manufacturing knowledge.

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Bill Ritsch: Finding Value and Innovation in Georgia’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership

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Here on Manufacturing Revival Radio we are fully aware of how fortunate we are to be in such close proximity of one of the nations leading ritschengineering schools. Today we welcomed Bill Ritsch, North Metro Regional Manager for Georgia Tech’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership. The Georgia Tech Manufacturing Extension Partnership (GaMEP) is an outreach program with offices in nine regions across the state. GaMEP has been serving Georgia manufacturers since 1960 offering a solution based approach through coaching and education designed to increase top line growth and reduce bottom line cost.

SHOW NOTES AND HIGHLIGHTS:

  1. The breadth and depth of offerings and support available from the Georgia Tech ATDC
  2. The value that Georgia’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership can provide to manufacturers
  3. How to properly implement a process and structure it to drive innovation.
  4. Learn more about GaMEP by clicking here!

This was a fun discussion highlighting many of the innovative ideas taking place right in our own backyard. The above highlights barely even begin to cover the depth of conversation. Don’t miss out on the latest advancements in manufacturing technology and be sure to listen to the entire interview.

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Hypertherm: Cutting through Operational Excellence

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A few weeks back we spoke with Kevin Duggan, Founder of the Institute for Operational Excellence and President of Duggan Associates, and heard a captivating253324_10152346172535656_1575898664_n-1 story involving a very interesting organization. Well on today’s show we are excited to have the chance to finally speak with that organization. From Hypertherm we welcomed Jim Miller, Vice President of Manufacturing, and Charlie Hacket, Leader of Corporate Development and Corporate Improvement. In addition to our guest from Hypertherm we also welcomed back Mr. Duggan.

Hypertherm was founded in 1968 with a primary focus in Plasma Cutting. Featuring a product portfolio that hypertherm-operator-300x191includes handheld and mechanized plasma cutters and consumables, CNC motion and height controls, CAD/CAM software, and laser cutting products. Hypertherm products are trusted for fast, precision metal cutting and reliability that results in increased productivity and profitability for tens of thousands of businesses.

SHOW NOTES AND HIGHLIGHTS:

  1. The leverage achieved from manufacturing local, and selling global.
  2. Why self-healing flow is the future of your business.
  3. How making your own products obsolete is the true force behind innovation.
  4. Learn more about Hypertherm by clicking here.

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Kevin Duggan: Operational Excellence through Lean Principles

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A common theme on Manufacturing Revival has always been Lean concepts and their implementation. Today we bring you a guest who has unique kevin-duggan-aug-11-1perspective on how to better utilize the concepts that continue to drive the Lean movement. We welcome to the show Kevin Duggan, Founder of the Institute for Operational Excellence and President of Duggan Associates. The Institute for Operational Excellence is an educational center for organizations and individuals interested in learning how to evolve a lean enterprise into one that can achieve and sustain operational excellence. They are able to offer training to all size businesses in nearly any industry.

Duggan Associates works in conjunction with The Institute for Operational Excellence to help implement the Lean principles with a hands-on approach. Their mission is to help their client’s employees see the flow of value that they add to the customer, and be aware of how that flow may be affected.

SHOW NOTES AND HIGHLIGHTS:

  1. Kevin shares with us his background and the unique skill set that led him to found the Institute for Operational Excellence.
  2. We hear how the Institute for Operational Excellence educates about using lean concepts to obtain operational excellence.
  3. Hear all about Hypertherm and why Kevin believes they should be the standard for all American Manufacturers.
  4. Teaching operational excellence within a large organization.
  5. How can we better educate organizations to achieve operational excellence.
  6. Is one answer or ten answers better?
  7. Operational excellence needs to live in corporate culture.
  8. Learn more about Kevin’s book: “Design for Operational Excellence: A Breakthrough Strategy for Business Growth”

The stories that Kevin shares throughout this fascinating discussion can not be summarized above. If you want real life examples of how to improve your business and find excellence in everything you do, then be sure not to miss this great episode of Manufacturing Revival Radio.

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Jim Logue of Therm-Omega-Tech, Inc., A Lean Manufacturing Case Study

Excited to welcome Jim Logue, the President of Therm-Omega-Tech, Inc., to the show.

[from their website] As a world leader in the design and manufacture of self-actuating temperature control valves for more than 25 years. We serve a multitude of industries and, as a result, our valves create solutions for a wide gamut of applications. Therm-Omega-Tech, Inc. has been the standard for the rail industry for over 25 years protecting billions of dollars of equipment every year.

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SHOW NOTES + HIGHLIGHTS:

1. Jim, a former CPA by trade, ended up President of a manufacturer. He discusses the transition into that role, and makes the case that any good business person can thrive in manufacturing!

2. Jim, and Therm-Omega-Tech, is a big advocate of lean manufacturing, and he discusses their lean journey.

3. Founded to serve the North American railroad market, Therm has recently transitioned into industrial. Jim discusses this evolution, and the strategy behind it. There is strength in diversifying your product lines, including getting into the OEM market.

4. Despite being a traditional manufacturing, serving some established markets, they are evolving their go-to-market strategy to keep up with the modern age of sales and marketing.

5. Jim goes deeper on lean manufacturing, indicating that it is less about cutting waste, and more about culture. And you won’t believe how it has increased revenues…

6. Jim talks about the resurgence of American manufacturing, and what Therm did to buck the trends and thrive through the economic downtown.

7. 95% of the material produced by Therm is made on-site in their plant. Jim discusses why this is so, and why this is important to the future growth of the company.

8. Jim talks about the struggle to find talent to fill jobs with the right skills and knowledge, and what they do to train members of their team…including implementing a significant internship program.

9. You can learn more about Therm-Omega-Tech here.

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