25 episodes

Welcome to Manufacturing Happy Hour, the podcast where we get real about the latest trends and technologies impacting modern manufacturers.

Hosted by industry veteran Chris Luecke, each week, we interview makers, founders, and other manufacturing leaders that are at the top of their game and give you the tools, tactics, and strategies you need to take your career and your business to the next level. We go beyond the buzzwords and dissect real-life applications and success stories so that you can tackle your biggest manufacturing challenges and turn them into profitable opportunities.

Stay Innovative, Stay Thirsty.

Manufacturing Happy Hour Chris Luecke

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    • 5.0, 51 Ratings

Welcome to Manufacturing Happy Hour, the podcast where we get real about the latest trends and technologies impacting modern manufacturers.

Hosted by industry veteran Chris Luecke, each week, we interview makers, founders, and other manufacturing leaders that are at the top of their game and give you the tools, tactics, and strategies you need to take your career and your business to the next level. We go beyond the buzzwords and dissect real-life applications and success stories so that you can tackle your biggest manufacturing challenges and turn them into profitable opportunities.

Stay Innovative, Stay Thirsty.

    Cybersecurity Mini-Series: Defense in Depth & NIST Framework (Ep. 3 of 4)

    Cybersecurity Mini-Series: Defense in Depth & NIST Framework (Ep. 3 of 4)

    Asset inventory. Anti-malware strategy. Risk assessments to look at your overall OT readiness. There are more than a few investments that need to be made to have a robust industrial cybersecurity program. But it doesn’t have to be all-or-nothing, let alone a massive capex investment.


    In this episode, Rockwell Automation’s Global Services Portfolio Commercial Team Lead Kamil Karmali returns to Manufacturing Happy Hour for the 3rd installment of our cybersecurity mini-series. Kamil first takes us through Defense in Depth, a multifaceted layering approach to security including policies, physical requirements, and even device-level requirements. Then, we define the NIST Framework and its 5 functional topics: identifying, protecting against, detecting, respond to, and recovering from cyber threats.


    Kamil gives some great detail on “good, better, and best” approaches to cybersecurity that any manufacturing leader can act on regardless of the time and capital they have available. We even provide the perfect starting point along with some great case studies so that you know there’s more than one way to run a successful cybersecurity program.


    After you listen, forward this podcast to your company’s IT Manager or Chief Information & Security Officer. Make sure to visit ManufacturingHappyHour.com/Cybersecurity (http://manufacturinghappyhour.com/cybersecurity) for a full list of industrial security resources from Rockwell Automation. Stay Innovative, Stay Thirsty. 

    • 42 min
    16: The Future of Systems Integration with Tim Shope

    16: The Future of Systems Integration with Tim Shope

    Tim Shope and his team at Avid Solutions (https://www.avid.run/) are redefining what it means to be a systems integrator. While they specialize in process control and integrated solutions, they’re taking their craft a step further and offering true industrial IoT solutions, from wearables to remote access.


    In this episode, Tim and I discuss smart manufacturing in the context of the collaborative work Avid has been doing with CESMII (https://www.cesmii.org/) : The Smart Manufacturing Institute. We’ll discuss the impacts of AI on controls programming, the democratization of application libraries, as well as some cool examples of smart manufacturing projects that Avid Solutions is doing in conjunction with CESMII and the University of North Carolina.


    Make sure to visit ManufacturingHappyHour.com (http://manufacturinghappyhour.com/) for detailed show notes and a full list of resources mentioned in this episode. Stay Innovative, Stay Thirsty. 

    • 26 min
    Cybersecurity Mini-Series: Security Fundamentals & “Cyber Hygiene” (Ep. 2 of 4)

    Cybersecurity Mini-Series: Security Fundamentals & “Cyber Hygiene” (Ep. 2 of 4)

    “Shiny Object Syndrome” is a big issue when it comes to cybersecurity investments. That last thing you want to do is invest a lot of money into cybersecurity solutions before having a grasp on the fundamentals.


    In this second installment of our cybersecurity mini-series, we’ll cover the basic steps all enterprises should take to improve cybersecurity. Umair Masud – Rockwell’s Director of Technical Security Oversight to the CISO – will walk us through the the fundamentals of cybersecurity, focusing on 3 essential pieces of a good security program: Processes, People, and Technology.


    We’ll explore these fundamentals, or “cyber hygiene” as they’re often called, in the context of security programs & risk assessments, specialized cybersecutiry jobs, and a deep-dive discussion around patch management.


    After you listen, forward this podcast to your company’s IT Manager or Chief Information & Security Officer. Make sure to visit ManufacturingHappyHour.com/Cybersecurity (http://manufacturinghappyhour.com/cybersecurity) for a full list of industrial security resources from Rockwell Automation. Stay Innovative, Stay Thirsty. 

    • 33 min
    Cybersecurity Mini-Series: Why Security Matters (Ep. 1 of 4)

    Cybersecurity Mini-Series: Why Security Matters (Ep. 1 of 4)

    Welcome to the first ever Manufacturing Happy Hour mini-series. For the course of this 4-part series, we’ll be teaming up with Rockwell Automation’s cybersecurity team to bring you actionable security advice for industrial manufacturers.


    Steve Ludwig – Program Manager for Safety & Security at Rockwell Automation – joins us for our first episode. We start off with the basics as Steve shares why cybersecurity matters and why it’s a vital piece of a digital transformation journey; security isn’t just about protecting data and intellectual property, but assets, workers, and the environment as well.


    We’ll cover security in the context IT and OT integration, discuss the inherent link between safety and cybersecurity, and wrap up with some discussion on where these cyber threats are actually coming from.


    After you listen, forward this podcast to your company’s IT Manager or Chief Information & Security Officer. Make sure to visit ManufacturingHappyHour.com/Cybersecurity (http://ManufacturingHappyHour.com/Cybersecurity) for a full list of industrial security resources from Rockwell Automation. Stay Innovative, Stay Thirsty. 

    • 38 min
    15: Identifying Cost Savings That Save Jobs with Josh Fox

    15: Identifying Cost Savings That Save Jobs with Josh Fox

    Bottom Line Concepts is helping companies save jobs and protect employee benefits. How do they do this? They partner with companies – from manufacturers to retailers to professional sports organizations – to reduce their costs by auditing for refunds and negotiating for future savings.


    CEO Josh Fox jumps on the show today to share his story and walk us through Bottom Line’s performance-based business model. Josh shares stories and great examples from inside and outside of the manufacturing industry, as well as ways for both companies big and small to partner with Bottom Line. We’ll also get to know Josh a bit more as he shares why he’s been driven to keep at this business for over a decade.


    We traveled down to Beverly Hills for this conversation, and it was actually the last in-person interview we did before shelter-in-place took effect in March 2020. Honestly, when it comes to identifying cost savings to protect jobs and benefits, the timing couldn’t be better.


    Make sure to visit ManufacturingHappyHour.com (http://manufacturinghappyhour.com/) for detailed show notes and a full list of resources mentioned in this episode. Stay Innovative, Stay Thirsty. 

    • 45 min
    14: Redefining Manufacturing in a Wartime Situation with Matthew Putman

    14: Redefining Manufacturing in a Wartime Situation with Matthew Putman

    Matthew Putman is a Renaissance Man for the 21st century. He’s a scientist, author, teacher, and jazz pianist, as well as the CEO of Nanotronics (https://nanotronics.co/) , a science technology company that brings together robotics, automation, 3D imaging, and artificial intelligence for powering factories. They’re on a mission to redefine manufacturing for the future.


    In this dynamic interview, Matthew provides an overview of Nanotronics’ Brooklyn Navy Yard Smart Factory, manufacturing supply chains and leadership in the face of a wartime situation like COVID-19, as well as the intersections of art and science as it relates to his work in AI. From examples of their technology in practice to actionable tips for leading through uncertainty, few guests are able to cover such a range of topics as thoroughly as Matthew Putman.


    Make sure to visit ManufacturingHappyHour.com (http://manufacturinghappyhour.com/) for detailed show notes and a full list of resources mentioned in this episode. Stay Innovative, Stay Thirsty. 

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

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51 Ratings

51 Ratings

cwmcardle ,

Must listen for all #ManufacturingAllStars

Bring your pint & open mind and you’ll always take something away.

Rwasmund! ,

Helpful tips and discussions about manufacturing!

Great show that puts an excellent host 1 on 1 with some really good guest speakers in the manufacturing sector. Chris does a great job of asking some pertinent questions, and getting feedback on some very relevant topics.

Seatown425 ,

Excellent commentary and content

Great job Chris, keep up the good work!

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