22 episodes

The Design Engineering Podcast features conversations with industry experts about trending topics important to Canada’s mechanical engineers and designers. Like the magazine, the podcast will explore topics in automation, machine building and product development as well as current projects in the automotive, aerospace, defense, energy and industrial markets.

The Design Engineering Podcast Design Engineering

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The Design Engineering Podcast features conversations with industry experts about trending topics important to Canada’s mechanical engineers and designers. Like the magazine, the podcast will explore topics in automation, machine building and product development as well as current projects in the automotive, aerospace, defense, energy and industrial markets.

    IO-Link

    IO-Link

    This episode features Product Specialist at Omron Automation, Franz Ferre, who provides an overview of the I/O-Link communications protocol. The conversation progresses from the hardware and technical specs to how I/O-Link simplifies the installation, configuration and maintenance of field devices. 
    In addition, he explains how the technology’s bi-directional communication, remote parameter configuration and data collection capabilities enables the implementation of IIoT and manufacturing data analytics.
    www.omron.ca

    • 52 min
    Motion Controllers

    Motion Controllers

    This episode features an interview with Greg Dieck, product manager for motion control at Omron Automation - Americas. 
    Drawing on his decades of experience as an engineer in the automation industry, Greg delves into what sets a pure play motion controller apart from other controller types (such as PLCs, machine automation controllers and IPCs), while taking into account the increasingly gray area between them. 
    In addition, he discusses the trends guiding the present and future of motion control technology and lays out what a cutting-edge motion controller is capable of.
    https://automation.omron.com

    • 38 min
    Snowflake – The Manufacturing Data Cloud

    Snowflake – The Manufacturing Data Cloud

    This episode features a conversation with Tim Long, Global Head of Manufacturing at Snowflake, a cloud-based data storage and analysis company akin to AWS or MS Azure. In April, the company launched its Manufacturing Data Cloud, a service tailored for IIoT data and its transformation into useful performance and diagnostic metrics.
    During the interview, Tim digs into how Snowflake differs from the other large players in the industry, as well as the ins and outs of manufacturing data storage and how manufacturers are leveraging that data to gain insight into their operations.
    www.snowflake.com

    • 58 min
    Xaba.ai – Industrial AI for Robotics Applications

    Xaba.ai – Industrial AI for Robotics Applications

    This episode features an interview with Massimiliano “Max” Moruzzi, founder and CEO of Toronto-based Xaba.ai, which specializes in industrial AI software designed for robotics applications. 
    During the discussion, Moruzzi explains what separates an industrial AI from an LLM AI like ChatGPT, how the company’s xTrude algorithm helped 3D-print the chassis of the APMA’s Project Arrow EV from composite materials and how Xaba’s hardware-agnostic AI module, xCognition, significantly improves the accuracy and utility of industrial robots. 
    www.xaba.ai

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Ubuntu Core

    Ubuntu Core

    This episode features Mohit Kedia, Product Management Director, IoT for Canonical, the company that develops and maintains the popular Ubuntu desktop and server operating systems but also the embedded Linux operating system, Ubuntu Core. 
    During the interview, Mohit discusses the current embedded OS landscape, how and why Linux is increasingly being integrated into automation equipment and what sets Ubuntu Core apart from roll-your-own implementations like the Yacto Project. 
    https://ubuntu.com/core

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Process Simulation

    Process Simulation

    This episode features a conversation with Kathryn Pomeroy, Automation Project Manager with process automation design and integration firm, Actemium Toronto.
    During the interview, Kathryn delves into the value of process simulation, which involves creating a digital visualization of how a process manufacturing system will work, so that end-users can hammer out details and make key decisions before the design and commissioning stages begin.
    https://actemium.ca

    • 40 min

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