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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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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.

    Vecna Robotics from No bot to Robot with the CEO Craig Malloy

    Vecna Robotics from No bot to Robot with the CEO Craig Malloy

    Warehouse automation: from no bots to robots



    For podcast #89, I am pleased to welcome Craig Malloy. Craig is the CEO of Vecna Robotics, the leader in flexible material handling automation. Craig has more than two decades of experience founding, scaling and leading global companies in venture capital, publicly traded and private equity environments, including Lifesize, Bloomfire and ViaVideo. Before entering the corporate world, he served as a Lieutenant, Surface Warfare Officer and Nuclear Weapons Officer in the United States Navy. Craig holds a bachelor’s degree from the United States Naval Academy and a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles Anderson School of Management. 



    What is happening at Vecna, can you give our listeners an update?



    What does a Vecna robot look like?



    What are your customers and prospects' pain points?



    Is there a key industry that you are serving, a bulls eye customer?



    You went to a trade event recently and took some polls of the visitors. Can you tell me a bit about what the question was and what you learned?



    I am a warehouse owner or manager and I want to put robotics or automation in. How do I go from no bots to robots? What are the steps?



    Who are the stakeholders? CEO, CFO, Plant managers?



    How do you sell the robots?



    USE Cases, typical and unusual?



    What does the ROI discussion look like, has it changed with our complex labor situation?



    How important is data to your customers and prospects?
    You produce locally, correct?
    Has supply chain affected production of bots?



    You are located in Boston area, a very competitive industry for robotics. Is it challenging to keep talent and for what positions are you hiring?



    Did we forget anything?



    When you are not knee deep in autonomous robots, what do you like to do?



    How can people get a hold of you?



    To find out more about Vecna Robotics If you would like to reach out Craig Malloy, here is his LinkedIn profile can also reach out at him and his team at (617) 444-9263



    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

    • 26 min
    Plug and play is here to stay, robots and automation are still hard. A conversation with Mission's Scot Lindemann

    Plug and play is here to stay, robots and automation are still hard. A conversation with Mission's Scot Lindemann

    The easy Automation Solution is Hard “The right solution that works all the time for anybody”  is HARD



    Scot Lindemann, CEO of Mission Design & Automation, has 30+ years of leadership in Automation and Robotics. Formerly of JR Automation where he served for many years in various leadership roles and was instrumental in helping them achieve record growth until he left in 2016 as its co-CEO. Scot then took the role of President of BACA Systems, a stone robotics fabrication equipment provider in southeast Michigan, from 2017-2020. Scot has a passion for intelligent automation and robotics, leadership development and customer service.



    A Lake Superior State University (LSSU) graduate in Robotic Systems Engineering, Scot Lindemann has served the automation and robotics industry for over three decades. Beyond his time working on the industrial automation integrator front, he has also been active in FIRST Robotics and has been a member of and served as a Director for the Association for Advancing Automation. Scot is also one of a limited number of recipients of FANUC’s President’s Circle award. Scot has also served on the LSSU board of Directors as well as served as a Board Member and as Chairman of the Board for Lakeshore Advantage, a West Michigan nonprofit economic development organization.



    Scot, joins me for podcast #88 and we have a conversation about ease of use in the robotics and automation industry.



    Scot, welcome to the podcast, Let’s talk about automation and especially what is getting easier?



    But Scot, as easy as it is, we know that it really is getting more complex…



    Do you feel that the industry or the media is talking too much about simplicity and maybe not enough about preparation, training, talent, timelines?

    Scot, what other things are making it harder?



    Are parts and part families, part feeding, getting harder?
     
    Is Budgeting (for automation, maintenance) is getting more complex?
     
    Do you find the conversation between OT and IT becoming simpler or harder, or is it even happening?
     
    Are you dealing with clients around Cybersecurity, or is this one more complexity?
     
    Thanks for coming onto the podcast, What do you like to do when you are not building automation?
     
    How can people get a hold of you?







    To find out more about Mission Design & Automation If you would like to reach out Scot Lindemann, here is his LinkedIn profile can also reach out at him and his team at 616.239.1258



    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 man

    • 26 min
    An Automation Conversation with Alessia Alfieri from Ethos Automation

    An Automation Conversation with Alessia Alfieri from Ethos Automation

    For podcast #87, I invited Alessia Alfieri to join me at their automation facility. Alessia is a Project Manager at Ethos Automation Inc. located in Brantford, Ontario. She has worked in Tier 1 Automotive industry where she met her now new boss, Peter Botros.



    Alessia, welcome to the podcast, thanks for joining us.







    Here are some of my interview questions:



    Was there an influence in your life that led you to engineering? Were you just good at all the STEM subjects?
    Did your co-op experiences help you define your interests more clearly or help you figure out what you DIDN’T want to do?
    So how does being a Project Manager differ from other engineering jobs you’ve held in past?
    As a woman in male-dominated profession and workplace, can you talk about some of the challenges you may have had?
    What advice would you have for young women considering entering engineering? Manufacturing?
    What about ETHOS made you want to work there?



    When you are not saving the world what do you like to do?



    How can people get a hold of you?



    If you would like to find out more information on Ethos Automation, you can reach out to Alessia on her LinkedIn profile.



    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, Automation Systems Integrators, Alessia Alfieri, #therobotindustrypodcast

    • 10 min
    An update on collaborative robots and catching up with Universal Robots' Joe Campbell

    An update on collaborative robots and catching up with Universal Robots' Joe Campbell

    I caught up with Joe Campbell from Universal Robots at The Assembly Show this fall 2022 in Rosemont, Illinois. We had a great conversation about what is happening in the world of collaborative robots, Universal Robots and assembly automation.



    I wanted to find out what was happening with UR from Joe's perspective. Full disclosure that I have worked with UR for several years, but it was nice to meet with Joe face to face.



    To find out more about Universal Robots If you would like to reach out Joe Campbell, here is his LinkedIn profile can also reach out at him and his team at



    www.universal-robots.com by email at ur.na@universal-robots.com and by phone: 844-462-6268



    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: Universal Robots, Cobots, collaborative robots Joe Campbell #therobotindustrypodcast

    • 24 min
    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

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