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Welcome to EECO Ask’s Why – A podcast that dives into industrial manufacturing topics and spotlights the heroes that keep America running. On this weekly podcast, we do not cover the latest features and benefits on products that come to market. Instead, we focus on advice and insight from the top minds of industry because people and ideas will be how America remains number one in manufacturing in the world.

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Welcome to EECO Ask’s Why – A podcast that dives into industrial manufacturing topics and spotlights the heroes that keep America running. On this weekly podcast, we do not cover the latest features and benefits on products that come to market. Instead, we focus on advice and insight from the top minds of industry because people and ideas will be how America remains number one in manufacturing in the world.

    113. Hero - Jim Wertz, President / Sr. Electrical Engineer at Altavista Instruments & Controls

    113. Hero - Jim Wertz, President / Sr. Electrical Engineer at Altavista Instruments & Controls

    Helping people and solving complex problems drives our hero Jim Wertz.  As the leader of Altavista Instruments and Controls (AIC) he gets to live out this passion every day.  Jim discovered at an early age his passion for engineering and shares about his experiences through industry that is sure to inspire others.  He has am amazing story about a controller at a steel facility.  Imagine getting a call late on Friday with a mill down and in a panic.  He chose to embrace that challenge and through sheer determination was able to fix the equipment and get the mill running on Monday morning. 

    It's stories like this and many other examples that makes Jim and the AIC team heroes. Jim also has a passion for helping the next generation of engineers and shares his experience working with his daughters beta team and their success as they won back to back championships! 

    Jim is happiest when he's helping others get out of a jam and has been able to lead AIC to achieve tremendous success.  He shares about his passion for family outside of work and how much he enjoys hitting the trails on his horses or jeeps (all weather dependent!).

    We are blessed that Jim shared his story with us and encourage those that are in industry or considering such a path to hear the wonderful wisdom that Jim Wertz provides.  He is definitely our hero!

    Guest:  Jim Wertz - President / Sr. Electrical Engineer at Altavista Instruments & Controls
    Host: Chris Grainger
    Executive Producer: Adam Sheets
    Audio/Video Editing: Andi Thrower

    Altatvista Instruments & Control

    • 34 min
    112. Idea - Why Should I Consider Power Monitoring?

    112. Idea - Why Should I Consider Power Monitoring?

    With so much focus on IIoT, Industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing sometimes technology such as power monitoring gets left behind.  Mike Rathbun is an expert in this area and unpacks the idea to help envision how a better understanding of power can create more reliable and profitable business operations. Mike walks through how to begin a power monitoring journey and the importance of establishing a solid network infrastructure that will manage the data.

    He addresses the question that most industrial users ask - what is the system going to do for me?  He explores the power behind understanding power consumption and loading.  By having a firm grasp of these areas industries have the ability to adjust operations and processes to take greater control of their utility costs!

    Power Factor plaguing your plant?  Mike explains ways to understand this concept deeper and action you can take to avoid those penalties.  The advice Mike provides at the end is small.  As in any IIoT or Industry 4.0 project with power monitoring the best plan of action is to start small.  One meter could be all it takes to build the team of advocates at your facility to begin moving towards a full-blown power monitoring system.  Savor each win and stay focused on understanding the exciting world of power that is at your fingertips!

    Guest: Mike Rathbun - Power & Control Solution Architecture Manager at EECO.
    Host: Chris Grainger
    Executive Producer: Adam Sheets
    Audio Engineer: Luke Yntema

    Resources:
    What is Power Monitoring
    How to Start Power Monitoring
    Power Terminology

    • 32 min
    111. Hero - Chung-Chee Tai, VP of Engineering at BluePrint Automation

    111. Hero - Chung-Chee Tai, VP of Engineering at BluePrint Automation

    Our hero Chung-Chee Tai shared his story and it was an absolute treat.  When he decided to pursue engineering he chose Iowa State University.  Believe it or not coming straight from Asia and not speaking English wasn't the biggest culture shock for him.  The winters in Iowa was a completely different story!  Chung-Chee is full of life and was one of the most fun guests ever on EECO Asks Why.

    Chung-Chee shares what young engineers should embrace to grow their careers by not drawing a box around yourself.  He fully embraces mentoring young engineers and is intentional about investing time in others.  Every two weeks he sits down and coaches these individuals and loves to help others achieve their goals. 

    Chung-Chee has many passions outside of work and shares about his amazing family.  He's an avid runner and loves to play music as often as possible.  He enjoys playing piano and even taught himself drums.  Cello is next on his list and we're sure he'll master that!   He loves visiting national parks and has visited 13 so far (50 to go and we're certain he'll hit that goal).  His why sums up this conversation perfectly - he wants to know the unknown.

    We are delighted to share this hero conversation with the EECO Asks Why listeners and are humbled for the time Chung-Chee devoted to share his amazing story. 

    Guest: Chung-Chee Tai - VP Engineering at BluePrint Automation
    Host: Chris Grainger
    Executive Producer: Adam Sheets
    Video Editing: Andi Thrower

    Resources for BluePrint Automation:
    Facebook Page
    LinkedIn Page
    Twitter Account
    YouTube Channel

    • 25 min
    110. Idea: VFDs and Applications to Use Them

    110. Idea: VFDs and Applications to Use Them

    Understanding variable frequency drives (VFD's) can be difficult and in this episode Chase Boehlke does a fantastic job of breaking down this technology.  He shares the general design differences in a VFD and other motor starting devices.  Understanding variable and constant torque applications are areas that Chase unpacks.  Ever heard of an IGBT? Chase's explanation of that technology is sure to clear the air.

    When it comes to applications the selection process can be complex to ensure the right VFD solution is selected to meet the required operation.  Chase reviews several applications that are common to industry to help listeners understand some of the variables that need to be considered before investing time and resources to ensure success.

    This episode is full of nuggets to help the industrial end user make more informed decisions with VFD technology.  Other areas such as heat, control, coordinated systems, reactors and multi-motor applications are all topics reviewed. 

    Guest: Chase Boehlke - Motion Control at Siemens
    Host: Chris Grainger
    Executive Producer: Adam Sheets

    Additional Resources: EECOonline.com
    How to Select Between a Soft Starter and VFD
    What to consider with a VFD Startup
    What is a VFD

    • 27 min
    109. Hero - Greg Paulsen, Director of Application Engineering at Xometry

    109. Hero - Greg Paulsen, Director of Application Engineering at Xometry

    What drives our hero Greg Paulsen is the opportunity to build a better tomorrow.  As the Director of Application Engineering at Xometry Greg leads innovation and has a passion for aligning client needs to the providers with expertise to meet the necessary requirements.  His passion for industry is contagious and he shared how he was able to fine tune his communication skills as a wine educator during his days at James Madison University.

    Greg speaks to the importance of work ethic for the next generation of industry leaders.  He also makes a unique tie to people who have served in the hospitality industry and what that teaches you in order to be able to work with others.  While these experiences are beneficial he encourages others to stay focused on humility throughout their careers.

    Greg is a new dad and shares a lot about his family and his passions outside of work.  For those watching on YouTube you'll have the opportunity to meet Greg's home work partner - Cocoa the cat wanted to be featured on this episode and made his presence known.  We are grateful for Greg taking the time to share his story and after hearing his story you'll quickly see why he is one of our heroes. 

    Guest:  Greg Paulsen - Director of Application Engineering at Xometry
    Host: Chris Grainger
    Executive Producer: Adam Sheets
    Audio/Video Editing: Andi Thrower

    • 31 min
    108. Idea - Content Marketing, Engineered

    108. Idea - Content Marketing, Engineered

    So how do you market to engineers in a meaningful way?  
    Wendy Covey is the expert in this area and literally wrote the book to help bridge the gap. In this exciting episode Wendy unpacks what content marketing is and discusses how to conduct it effectively to help engineers and industry get better. She also covers the importance of brand and overall strategy that can be impactful in helping others get on the right track. 
    Most people have heard the term of being sticky with material but what really matters to the leaders in industry these days? In Wendy's eyes it about creating content that provides meaningful and dependable information. Something that sets you up as the expert in that space. Not having the right strategy can hurt companies that are trying to grow and by following Wendy's advice many of the common headwinds can be avoided.
    For the listeners that want to help engineers grow and support them in achieving their goals this conversation is a gold mine of information. Wendy has a great way of painting practical steps anyone can take to truly make an impact in the exciting world of engineering.

    Guest:  Wendy Covey - CEO & Co-Founder at TREW Marketing
    Host: Chris Grainger
    Executive Producer: Adam Sheets
    Audio/Video Editing: Andi Thrower

    Resources:
    TREW Marketing on LinkedIn
    TREW Marketing Website
    Content Marketing, Engineered (This is a MUST have in your library!)

    • 20 min

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This podcast series by EECO really highlights the depth and breadth of knowledge of people in the electrical industry. Chris Grainger does a fantastic job of pulling out meaningful information and insights from his guests, which turns into awesome learning opportunities for any of the listeners. Well done EECO! You are an industry GameChanger!

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I really like Chris’s easy conversational style and fun engagement. Interview style conversations usually feel a little coerced and tense but I literally had a blast talking to Chris and his team throughout the whole process! And, probably more importantly, the team at EECO is presenting technical and relevant topics for our industry. Congratulations- well done!

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