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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 and PaintedRobot.com. We discuss trends, innovation, and important tech for advanced manufacturing.

The Robot Industry Podcast Jim Beretta in partnership with A3 Association for Advancing Automation and Painted Robot.

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    • 4.8 • 5 Ratings

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

    Robo chefs and cooking with Robots. How Gastronomous is Disrupting the Restaurant Biz.

    Robo chefs and cooking with Robots. How Gastronomous is Disrupting the Restaurant Biz.

    Kristian Tazbazian is the Co-Founder/COO at Gastronomous Technologies, and we have a bit of history.



    Tell us a bit about Gastronomous, you have just moved locations, I understand.



    What is the market for automated robot chefs? 



    Who are your bulls-eye clients? Partnerships are really important here. Tell us a bit about some of these?



    What are the motivators for your prospect customers? Is there any AI in your application?Where do you think we will see the robot, or will we even see it?You are doing the really hard work, innovating kitchens with a modular perspective, why this modular approach?You have had a lot of interest from around the world, what gets you most excited for this technology?



    To find out more about Gastronomous If you would like to reach out Kristian, here is his LinkedIn profile can also reach out at him and his team at info@gastronomous.ca



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



    Regards,



    Jim



    Jim Beretta
    Customer Attraction Industrial Marketing & The Robot Industry Podcast



    BTW you can check out our history here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1ELIu0vpAg



    Thanks to our partners: A3 The Association for Advancing Automation and PaintedRobot.



    If you would like to get involved with 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 therobotindustry at gmail dot com, no spaces.



    Our sponsor for this episode is Ehrhardt Automation Systems. Ehrhardt builds and commissions robotic 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



    Keywords and terms for this podcast: Gastronomous, Robot chefs, Robots that cook, #therobotindustrypodcast

    • 23 min
    Robot Interoperability with Vecna Robotics' Daniel Theobald

    Robot Interoperability with Vecna Robotics' Daniel Theobald

    Welcome to The Robot Industry Podcast, edition #84.



    Daniel  Theobald is my guest. He  is the Chief Innovation Officer and founder of Vecna Robotics, a flexible, intelligent material handling automation company.  Daniel has decades of experience leading research scientists and teams of engineers in developing cutting-edge technology. He has 67 issued patents and more than 30 patents pending.   



    Daniel  has been on the forefront of robotics for more than 20 years, working closely with DARPA, DOD, NASA, NIH, USDA and many others to advance the use of robots and AI software to improve supply chain automation. In addition to founding Vecna Robotics, Daniel  also co-founded MassRobotics, a non-profit dedicated to the global advancement of the robotics industry. Daniel is dedicated to the idea that technology can be used to empower people worldwide to live more fulfilling lives.



    Here are some of the questions that we talk about on the pod:



    Let’s talk about what is going on in the industry from a high level at Vecna (trends, etc)



    Interoperability, how did we get here?



    How do we fix it?



    What are company motivations?



    Cultural motivations in the robotics industry. 



    How does Mass Robotics fit into this?



    How do you actually do this – invent a standard?



    When you are not writing standards what do you like to do?



    How can people get a hold of you?



    To find out more about Vecna, Mass Robotics or you would like to reach out Daniel, here is his LinkedIn profile.



    We mentioned the incorrect email address for MassRobotics during the podcast, so the correct email is theo@massrobotics.org



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



    Regards,



    Jim



    Jim Beretta
    Customer Attraction Industrial Marketing & The Robot Industry Podcast



    Thanks to our partners: A3 The Association for Advancing Automation and PaintedRobot.



    If you would like to get involved with 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 therobotindustry at gmail dot com, no spaces.



    Our sponsor for this episode is Ehrhardt Automation Systems. Ehrhardt builds and commissions robotic 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



    Keywords and terms for this podcast: Vecna Robotics, Robot Interoperability, Mass Robotics, Robert Theobald, Jim Beretta, #therobotindustrypodcast, "how to take your warehouse from no bot to

    • 22 min
    Building Industrial Automation with Ethos Automation's Calvin Kimura

    Building Industrial Automation with Ethos Automation's Calvin Kimura

    I was thrilled to be able to catch up with Ethos Automation's Calvin Kimura recently, and I was able to record this podcast live at Ethos Automation's facility in Brantford, ON which is an easy drive from London. Calvin is an automation specialist and also co-founder of Ethos Automation. He is a graduate in the electromechanical engineering technology program from Humber College. Calvin also worked in Tier 1 Automotive for Magna Corporation.



    There is a lot going on at Ethos, for such a young automation company. For example both Calvin Kimura and his business partner, Peter Botros were named winners in Manufacturing Automation's Top 10 Under 40 program and are setting the bar for young professionals across the industry in automated manufacturing.



    Calvin was also recently on a webinar with Manufacturing Automation magazine's editor Sukanya Ray Ghosh on the Future of Automation Virtual Event 2022, and I was involved as well.



    Here are some of the questions that we talked about for podcast #83:



    Can you describe the types of automation that you are building?
    Are there any specific tools or technologies that you are seeing now, that maybe you weren’t a few years ago?
    Machine vision?
    What kind of trends are you seeing in automation for welding?
    Are parts getting bigger or smaller?
    Are projects getting simpler or more complex?
    What about industry 4.0 and maybe iiot in the machines that you are building?
    A question about robots, etc. Bigger, more of them, etc.
    Do customers need more help, more training?



    To find out more about Ethos Automation or you would like to reach out Calvin, here is his LinkedIn profile can also reach out at him and his team via their contact form.



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



    Regards,



    Jim



    Jim Beretta
    Customer Attraction Industrial Marketing & The Robot Industry Podcast



    Thanks to our partners: A3 The Association for Advancing Automation and PaintedRobot.



    If you would like to get involved with 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 therobotindustry at gmail dot com, no spaces.



    Our sponsor for this episode is Ehrhardt Automation Systems. Ehrhardt builds and commissions robotic 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



    Keywords and terms for this podcast: Ethos Automation, Calvin Kimura, #ethosautomation #robotwelding #therobotindustrypodcast

    • 20 min
    Hiring for Culture with Sean Dotson from RND Automation

    Hiring for Culture with Sean Dotson from RND Automation

    For podcast #82 I finally got to connect up with Sean Dotson. We talk about a lot of things from human capital, vacations, HMIs, flexibility, innovation and ease of use of automation systems.



    Sean Dotson, PE is President and founder of RND Automation.  A Florida native he received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida.  Sean has been in the industrial automation and robotics industry his entire career, founding RND in 2005.  In 2020 he sold RND Automation to a private equity firm and now serves as both RND’s president and CAS Holding’s CTO



    HE manages the 3 divisions: RND, iAutomation & PanelTek.  



    Now retired from racing, Sean used to compete in triathlons ranging from Olympic to full Ironman distance.



     But he's considering a comeback soon... :)



    TODAY we are going to talk about culture in hiring in the automation industry.



    We all talk about culture. What elements make up a culture in a company? 



    How can you tell if a company has poor culture?



    What is your process to make sure that you have a good cultural fit.



    How important is culture in your company and in the industry? Very!



    Do you have a code or written document?Do you hire for culture? What are the downsides to this?What do you do to drive (the) culture in the business?I would like to talk around innovation – What about innovation. In your business innovation is everything or not?Can you reward innovation?



    Do you think that your customers recognize the company culture at RND and do you think that customers reward innovative companies?



    When you are not building automation, what do you like to do?



    Are you in hiring mode right now?



    How can people get a hold of you?



    To find out more about RND Automation If you would like to reach out Sean, here is his LinkedIn profile can also reach out at him and his team at sales@RNDautomation.com



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



    Regards,



    Jim



    Jim Beretta
    Customer Attraction Industrial Marketing & The Robot Industry Podcast



    Thanks to our partners: A3 The Association for Advancing Automation and PaintedRobot.



    If you would like to get involved with 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 therobotindustry at gmail dot com, no spaces.



    Our sponsor for this episode is Ehrhardt Automation Systems. Ehrhardt builds and commissions robotic 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@ehrhardtautomat

    • 31 min
    The story of cobots, drugs, eyeglasses and tomatoes with Brooks Automation's Brian Powell

    The story of cobots, drugs, eyeglasses and tomatoes with Brooks Automation's Brian Powell

    For podcast #81, I welcome Brian Powell to The Robot Industry Podcast. With over 30 years of experience in factory automation, Brian is well versed in robotics, machine vision and product development. In his current role with Brooks Automation, he is responsible for sales of robotic and control automation to a diverse group of OEMs across laboratory automation, medical device and electronics industries. Prior to Brooks, Brian held sales and program management positions with Precise Automation, Xyratex International, Adept Technology and RVSI, now part of Siemen’s Simatic Sensors. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from California State University and an MBA from Saint Mary’s College of California.



    Brian, welcome to the podcast.



    Can you tell our audience a bit about where Precise Automation has come from and the early business focus?



    What types of cobots do you design and build?



    Precise Automation has become part of Brooks, and that is your big news. You must feel like a kid in a candy store, what does this mean for Precise?



    Who is Brooks Automation?



    Has this acquisition expanded your market focus?  What is in your bulls-eye?



    What sectors are you delivering robots into, have you got any robot stories?



    Let’s talk about safety.



    Tell me about Dynamic Feed Forward?



    What trends are you seeing in robots and automation?



    What is PreciseFlex brand?



    When you are not educating the world about collaborative bots what do you like to do?



    How can people get a hold of you?



    Contact Info



    Brian Powell Director, Sales & Marketing



    Brooks Automation brian.powell@brooks.com



    925-437-4119 www.brooks.com



    If you would like to know more about Brooks Automation you can cliand click on the link to find out more about to connect with Brian on LinkedIn, click here.



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



    Regards,



    Jim



    Jim Beretta
    Customer Attraction Industrial Marketing & The Robot Industry Podcast



    Thanks to Kim van Kirk, and our partners: A3 The Association for Advancing Automation and PaintedRobot.



    If you would like to get involved with 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 the robotindustrypodcast at gmail dot com, no spaces.



    Our sponsor for this episode is Ehrhardt Automation Systems. Ehrhardt builds and commissions robotic 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



    Keywords and terms for this podcast: Cobots, PreciseFlex, Collaborative Robots, Brooks Automation, Precise Automation, Brian P

    • 19 min
    Vision Systems and Deep Seeing technology with Immervisions' Patrice Roulet Fontani

    Vision Systems and Deep Seeing technology with Immervisions' Patrice Roulet Fontani

    For podcast #80, I had the chance to speak with Patrice Roulet Fontani Vice President, Technology and Co-Founder of ImmerVision based out of Montreal.



    After completing his Master’s degree in image processing and computer graphics, Patrice joined the INRIA, contributing to research in the robotic surgery field. He also co-founded Immervision where he leads the engineering team.  



    In addition, Patrice contributes to IP growth and the adoption of Immervision’s technology by global corporations. He has overseen the integration of wide-angle imaging technology in numerous industry verticals and is also an IEEE Senior Member, invited speaker at various conferences, and co-author of multiple publications and patents.



    Questions:



    Tell us about Immervision, and what you do with regard to vision systems for robotics?



    What unique research/work are you doing in the field of Robotics, and in particular for vision systems?



    What are you seeing as the biggest challenge for vision systems in robotics?



    What makes your approach different?



    Explain, why robot vision must integrate with human vision. Provide a solution to overcome this challenge.



    Can you elaborate on the problem of dual computer and human vision, and what you are seeing as the most viable solution?



    With over 20 years of innovation, Immervision creates solutions that see beyond human vision. Its Deep Seeing technology and renowned experts in wide-angle optical design and image processing enable smart devices with superhuman eyes to capture high quality visual and contextual data. The company invents, customizes, and licenses wide-angle lenses and imaging software technology for AI, machine vision and user applications, from capture to display, in the mobile, automotive, robotics, security, and other industrial and consumer product industries.



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



    Regards,



    Jim



    Jim Beretta
    Customer Attraction Industrial Marketing & The Robot Industry Podcast



    Thanks to Patrice Roulet Fontani, a very professional Paige McEachren, and our partners: A3 The Association for Advancing Automation and PaintedRobot.



    If you would like to get involved with 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 therobotindustry at gmail dot com, no spaces.



    Our sponsor for this episode is Ehrhardt Automation Systems. Ehrhardt builds and commissions robotic 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



    Keywords and terms for this podcast: Immervision, #therobotindustrypodcast, Patrice Roulet Fontani



    For more information: www.immervision.com. 

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

GJM_s ,

Consultant

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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