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Podcast for the Automation, Robotics and Manufacturing Industries by host, Jim Beretta. The podcast is partnered with A3 | RIA Robotics Industry Association. We discuss trends, innovation, and important tech for advanced manufacturing.

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Podcast for the Automation, Robotics and Manufacturing Industries by host, Jim Beretta. The podcast is partnered with A3 | RIA Robotics Industry Association. We discuss trends, innovation, and important tech for advanced manufacturing.

    Creating your Automation Roadmap with ARMO Tool's Ben Whitney

    Creating your Automation Roadmap with ARMO Tool's Ben Whitney

    The Automation Road Map



    Welcome to The Robot Industry Podcast #117. I am thrilled to introduce you to Ben Whitney from ARMO Tool and Abuma Manufacturing, both located in London, ON. Armo Tool is a long-time machine builder, robot integrator, and tool manufacturer with a specialty in dies and progressive dies. Abuma Manufacturing is a contract manufacturing and build-to-print company with specialties around aluminum, electro-mechanical, and stainless steel fabrication.



    This is our title today: Creating an Automation Roadmap with Armo Tool’s Ben Whitney.



    I am going to read your bio, Ben and let me know if I have left anything out.



    Ben Whitney is the third-generation leader of Armo Tool, founded by George and Ross Whitney in 1969. Soon after graduation from U Of Toronto in 2000, he became a full-time employee at Armo Tool, where he had worked on a casual basis since age 14. Ben worked as a PLC programmer, die designer and project manager before taking on the role of president in 2008. In 2017, he earned a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2013 from Western Engineering.



    Ben welcome to the podcast, I am glad you’re here. Here are my questions.



    WHAT IS AN AUTOMATION ROAD MAP?



    Ben, have you created an Automation Roadmap?



    Let's talk about the steps to creating this road map.



    Why is this so important? 



    Who owns this document?



    Have you seen successes in doing this?



    Do customers ever share the roadmap with you, an automation supplier?



    How is this different from a specification document?



    Can you help with an Automation Roadmap?



    Who should be involved?



    What kinds of things would be on the roadmap? 



    What shouldn’t be on the roadmap?



    When do you start an automation roadmap?



    Have we talked about everything?



    How can people get in touch with you?



    Fun fact that Ben Whitney and Armo Tool both appear in a film that I helped create called "Robotics in Action, Seeing is Believing" with CFIN, Canadian Food Innovation Network. Armo Tool builds automation in the food and packaging industry and was kind enough to let us shoot video and interview him and his team for this project around food, robotics and automation.



    Enjoy the podcast. Thanks for subscribing, thanks for listening.



    Regards,



    Jim



    Jim Beretta
    Customer Attraction Industrial Marketing & The Robot Industry Podcast



    To find out more about ARMO Tool click here, for Abuma Manufacturing, here and you can check out Ben Whitney on LinkedIn, here.



    If you would like to get involved with A3 | The Robot Industry Podcast, would like to become a guest or nominate someone, you can find me, Jim Beretta on LinkedIn or send me an email to therobotindustrypodcast at gmail dot com, no spaces.



    Ehrhardt Automation is our key sponsor. Ehrhardt builds and commissions robot and custom turnkey automated sol

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    RBOT9 Changing the Rules for Long-Range Robotics with Frederic Vachon

    RBOT9 Changing the Rules for Long-Range Robotics with Frederic Vachon

    Hello Listeners. Welcome The Robot Industry Podcast #116.



    Meet Frederic Vachon, the founder and visionary behind RBOT9, a company at the forefront of changing the rules for the long-range robotics landscape. Rbot9 is a manufacturer of suspended cable robots, operating with a unique and patented formula, able to operate efficiently in oversized environments. Whereas traditional robotics is overwhelmed by the needs of scale and reach, Rbot9 offers a versatile solution, supportive of any end effector depending on the application. Rbot9 aims to develop robotics in new spheres thanks to its ability to work in already used environments (brownfields). The Rocap is setting new standards in the long-range automation industry. In just two years under Frederic's leadership, RBOT9 transformed into a six-figure company, attracting top talents and forward-thinking engineers. 



    Welcome to the podcast, Frederic



    How did you get started?



    Tell us about your robot and your team.



    Quebec is a hotspot for robotics and automation, how important is it that you are located in Montreal, St Hubert?



    Who are your bulls-eye customers? 



    What applications?



    What kind of end effector can be on the end of your robot?



    Do you have some applications that you can talk about?



    How are you finding sales?



    Tell us about some of your partners?



    Safety is so important, how do you ensure worker safety?



    Where do you see the future for Rbot9?



    How can people get a hold of you?



    Enjoy the podcast. Thanks for subscribing, thanks for listening.



    Regards,



    Jim



    Jim Beretta
    Customer Attraction Industrial Marketing & The Robot Industry Podcast



    To find out more about RBOT click here and you can check out Frederic Vachon, here.



    If you would like to get involved with A3 | The Robot Industry Podcast, would like to become a guest or nominate someone, you can find me, Jim Beretta on LinkedIn or send me an email to therobotindustrypodcast at gmail dot com, no spaces.



    Ehrhardt Automation is our key sponsor. Ehrhardt builds and commissions robot and custom turnkey automated solutions for their worldwide clients. With over 80 years of precision manufacturing they understand the complex world of automated manufacturing, project management, supply chain and delivering world-class custom automation on-time and on-budget. Contact one of their sales engineers to see what Ehrhardt can build for you at info@ehrhardtautomation.com



    Our co-sponsor for this episode is Anchor Danly. They are the leading manufacturer and distributor of robot and automation bases, high quality die sets, components, steel plates, and metal fabrications used in the production of tools, dies, and molds for metal working and plastics injection molding, mining and construction equipment, and general fabrications.



    Keywords and terms for this podcast: Robot, Robotics, Rbot9, The Robot Industry Podcast, Ehrhardt Automation Systems , #Th

    • 20 min
    Future-Proof Your Automation Investment: Exploring Beckhoff's PC-Based Control Revolution

    Future-Proof Your Automation Investment: Exploring Beckhoff's PC-Based Control Revolution

    Welcome everyone to The Robot Industry Podcast # 115. We recorded this podcast at Beckhoff Canada's HQ in Cambridge, Ontario. It is a wonderful facility.



    Calvin Wallace is the President at Beckhoff in Canada with over 17 years of dedicated service where his expertise and leadership have been instrumental in the company's sustained success. His over 30 years of experience in automation technology, and unwavering commitment have played a pivotal role in the company's growth, making him a driving force in the field of automation and control systems. Under Calvin's leadership, Beckhoff continues to thrive in the automation industry, setting new standards for innovation and excellence.



    Calvin welcome to the podcast!



    Calvin, can you tell me what attracted you to work in the automation industry?



    Can you tell us about Beckhoff, the company and the technology?



    For some of our listeners What is PC vs PLC machine control?



    What are some of the big picture themes that are happening at Beckhoff?



    For our listeners that don’t know, what is TwinCAT and why is this approach different?



    When do companies choose Beckhoff …… say for machine control, what are some of their big motivators?



    Are there any industries that have grown recently that are surprising you here in Canada?



    Let’s talk about intelligent transport systems. I understand Beckhoff offers two unique and innovative solutions named the XTS and XPlanar. First, could you explain what is an intelligent transport system followed by how those products can help customers?



    Tell us about OCT, One Cable Technology



    Beckhoff has a unique perspective on vision integration and safety?



    I heard in a presentation that you gave about some innovative work that Beckhoff is doing around control cabinets. Can you expand on this?



    What do you see as the future for machine and motion control systems perspective?



    When you are not selling controls, motion and such what do you like to do in your free time?



    Have we forgotten anything?



    Calvin How can people get a hold of you or find out more about Beckhoff in Canada?



    Enjoy the podcast. Thanks for subscribing, thanks for listening.



    Regards,



    Jim



    Jim Beretta
    Customer Attraction Industrial Marketing & The Robot Industry Podcast



    To find out more about Beckhoff click here and you can check out Calvin Wallace, here.



    If you would like to get involved with A3 | The Robot Industry Podcast, would like to become a guest or nominate someone, you can find me, Jim Beretta on LinkedIn or send me an email to therobotindustrypodcast at gmail dot com, no spaces.



    Ehrhardt Automation is our key sponsor. Ehrhardt builds and commissions robot and custom turnkey automated solutions for their worldwide clients. With over 80 years of precision manufacturing they understand the complex world of automated manufacturing, project management, supply chain and delivering world-class c

    • 27 min
    Connecting people to Process with Feisal Hurzook from ARCX

    Connecting people to Process with Feisal Hurzook from ARCX

    Welcome to The Robot Industry Podcast, edition #114. We recorded this podcast at the ADM Advanced Design Manufacturing Toronto 2023 show.



    My guest is my friend and industry expert, Feisal Hurzook, Chief Technical Officer at Archronix Corp. ARCX connects people to processes by making tools more intelligent for Poke Yoke (error-proofing) especially in the automotive industry, monitoring critical processes.



    As a Professional Electrical Engineer in the province of Ontario Feisal has worked on high reliability and mission critical projects from military, aerospace and transportation to consumer and commercial touch panels and industrial process controls. Starting his carrier in welding automation and robots and patented designs of high power switched reluctance motors - Feisal went on to manage the IT infrastructure for the Ontario Government and later worked on the F35 program at Honeywell Aerospace.  This diverse knowledge and entrepreneurial spirit led him to start his own automation device company in early 2000s as he witnessed a growing need in the shop floor automation space for network connected, error-proofing devices and industry's need to collecting vital manufacturing data in the modern factory.



    Tell our audience about ARCX in Markham.



    What is keeping engineers at EV companies up at night?



    Let's talk about some of the challenges in EV automotive final assembly.



    What is happening with variability in EV final assembly?



    Why is quality so important in EV industry.



    Traceability and safety in automotive industry final production.



    Pressure, stakeholders and innovation in Electric Vehicle production.



    Word of mouth "marketing" in EV final assembly automation.



    Younger people building automobiles.



    Equipment used to build cars and how they have changed. Who's computer is in charge?



    Batteries as a structure of the car, adhesives and glue.



    If you would like to find out about Feisal, you can check him out on LinkedIn. You can find out about ARCX in Markham, ON by clicking here. sales@ARCX.com is the best email address.



    Thanks for listening, and subscribing!



    Warm Regards,



    Jim



    Jim Beretta
    Customer Attraction Industrial Marketing & The Robot Industry Podcast



    If you would like to get involved with A3 | The Robot Industry Podcast, would like to become a guest or nominate someone, you can find me, Jim Beretta on LinkedIn or send me an email to therobotindustrypodcast at gmail dot com, no spaces.



    Ehrhardt Automation is our key sponsor. Ehrhardt builds and commissions robot and custom turnkey automated solutions for their worldwide clients. With over 80 years of precision manufacturing they understand the complex world of automated manufacturing, project management, supply chain and delivering world-class custom automation on-time and on-budget. Contact one of their sales engineers to see what Ehrhardt can build for you at info@ehrhardtautomation.com



    Our co-sponsor for this episode is Anchor Danly. They are the leading manufacturer and distributor of high quality die sets, components, steel plates, and metal fabrications used in the production of tools, dies, and molds for metal working, automation and plastics injection molding, machine bases, mining and construction e

    • 21 min
    MIRAI the AI Enabled Vision System Changing the Game with Matt Jones of Micropsi Industries

    MIRAI the AI Enabled Vision System Changing the Game with Matt Jones of Micropsi Industries

    Hello Everyone and welcome to this edition of The Robot Industry Podcast #113 with Matt Jones from Micropsi Industries.



    Matt Jones is the VP of US Sales and Operations at Micropsi Industries USA, Inc. He works out of San Francisco, California with offices and the HQ is in Berlin, Germany with an office in Brooklyn, New York.



    I caught up with Matt on location at Automate Detroit show in 2023 and had a demo, and in 5 minutes, I was convinced (and I am a skeptic). So be warned, I am a fan.



    Here are my questions for Matt:



    Who is Micropsi and what problem are you solving?



    Partners?



    Applications?



    Lighting?



    Types of robots?



    When you are not automating AI, do you have any hobbies?



    How can people get a hold of you?



    About Microspi:



    Micropsi Industries develops software for robots. Their product, MIRAI, enables industrial robots to handle variance in production. MIRAI-powered robots use cameras and sensors to react in real time to dynamic conditions in a workspace.



    With MIRAI, you can tackle not only classic tasks, like picking, but also work steps that are economically difficult to automate — placing workpieces, tracing cables or contours, joining with gripping variance, handling objects that move or deform. MIRAI also treats stray light and wear-and-tear as just another form of variance. Training efforts increase somewhat, but a robust implementation is possible.
    With MIRAI, you benefit from short software innovation cycles. MIRAI learns faster and can do more with each update (if that is what you want).



    MIRAI enables you to retrofit real AI — trained on site by your own people — into existing production setups. This is AI not in colorful management presentations, not in a laboratory, not in a tradeshow demo, but where you make your money.



    Thanks for listening, and subscribing!



    Jim



    Jim Beretta
    Customer Attraction Industrial Marketing & The Robot Industry Podcast



    To find out more about Micropsi click here and you can check out Matt Jones on LI here.



    If you would like to get involved with A3 | The Robot Industry Podcast, would like to become a guest or nominate someone, you can find me, Jim Beretta on LinkedIn or send me an email to therobotindustrypodcast at gmail dot com, no spaces.



    Ehrhardt Automation is our key sponsor. Ehrhardt builds and commissions robot and custom turnkey automated solutions for their worldwide clients. With over 80 years of precision manufacturing they understand the complex world of automated manufacturing, project management, supply chain and delivering world-class custom automation on-time and on-budget. Contact one of their sales engineers to see what Ehrhardt can build for you at info@ehrhardtautomation.com



    Our co-sponsor for this episode is Anchor Danly. They are the leading manufacturer and distributor of high quality die sets, components, steel plates, and metal fabrications used in the production of tools, dies, and molds for metal working, automation and plastics injection molding, machine bases, mining and construction equipment, and general fabrications.



    Keywords and terms for this podcast: Matt Jones, Micropsi Industries, MIRAI, AI Machine Vision, The Robot Industry Podcast, Ehrhardt Automation Systems #TheRobotIndustryPodcast Anchor Danly.

    • 23 min
    Surgical Robotics Healthcare and Purpose with J&J's Martin Buehler

    Surgical Robotics Healthcare and Purpose with J&J's Martin Buehler

    Hello Everyone and welcome to this edition of The Robot Industry Podcast #112 with Johnson and Johnson's Martin Buehler.



    Martin Buehler is Global Head of Robotics R&D for Johnson & Johnson MedTech. He is responsible for leading the end-to-end development for the MONARCH and OTTAVA robotics platforms, as well as strategy and innovation cadence across surgical robotics for MedTech. Buehler shapes and drives the innovation strategy for R&D teams across hardware and software and advances a collective vision and tactical program to make medical intervention smarter, less invasive, and more personalized.



    Buehler has a strong track record of inspirational leadership in technology innovation and a diverse robotics experience across a variety of industry sectors, including medical, industrial, consumer, food, agriculture, logistics, entertainment, and defense. He has technical expertise in the full robotics software and hardware tech stack and the unique ability to lead the design, development and productization of complex, multi-disciplinary systems. 



    Most recently, Buehler was the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Wavemaker Labs, a venture studio with startups in food and agriculture. He has held previous senior leadership roles at Creator, Walt Disney Imagineering, Medtronic, Vecna, iRobot, and Boston Dynamics.



    He served as robotics professor at McGill University for 12 years, where he held a tenured position. His 130 peer-reviewed publications have been cited over 10,000 times. For his academic and industrial contributions and leadership in robotics, Buehler was named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and is a recipient of The Joseph F. Engelberger Award in Technology, one of the most prestigious awards in robotics.



    Buehler holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Yale University and completed his postdoctoral work in the Artificial Intelligence Lab at M.I.T.



    You and I have met before at the Forum in Orlando when you were with Walt Disney Imagineering group, so it is my pleasure to have you here today, welcome to the podcast!



    So you've told me that you are happy to be back in the healthcare industry with robotics. Why is that and what do you find compelling?




    You have called this sector a "rich landscape." Can you talk a bit about what you mean by that?
    How important is leadership to your role in developing these complex systems?




    Part of your job is leading your teams, your suppliers, commercial groups at J&J, physicians, and planning for patient outcomes. How do you balance all of these often likely competing priorities?




    You specified in a recent LinkedIn post that Monarch is a urology platform. Can it be used for other areas of the body?




    What about diseases such as lung cancer? Can you talk about how you’re realizing the future of medicine by being able to inject reactive agents or oncolytic virus into the tumor?




    Since this robot is a diagnostic tool paired with a treatment platform, it reduces the number of times that a patient has to have a procedure or surgery—is that correct?




    Digital is a big part of your life -- especially in medicine -- and it is hard to have robots without digital. How is digital changing the game?




    We have lots of challenges when it comes to connectivity to the cloud, big ecosystem connectivity, robots to instruments, robot to robot. How is this changing?




    Johnson & Johnson’s CEO has said that there will be more changes in the next ten years than have taken place in the last 100 years in medicine. How will robotics play a role in this?




    You are a big fan of the startups in this field. What are

    • 24 min

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The Robot Industry Podcast is informative and timely - presenting information on the many new applications of automation that are evolving so rapidly. From Work Instruction Automation to Medical Device Automation, and more, Jim Beretta interviews industry experts, leading a frank and insightful discussion. He asks great questions to uncover important details and features relevant to todays advanced manufacturing. Well recommended.

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