Episodes

  • In this episode we're speaking with John McEleney, Corporate VP of Strategy at PTC.

    This conversation is coming right on the heels of our interview with Steve Dertien, CTO at PTC, who talked about the evolving role of SaaS and cloud in engineering organizations.

    PTC, in its quest to enable a SaaS and cloud based future for their customers, recently acquired Onshape, the cloud-based 3D CAD tool.

    And John, with us today, is the co-founder of Onshape.

    But it gets better, because even if you haven't heard of Onshape, you've almost certainly heard of SolidWorks, for which John was the longstanding CEO all the way through SolidWorks' acquisition by Dassault and beyond until he and the founders of SolidWorks moved on to found OnShape.

    So John is here to share a wealth of experience around innovation at engineering-focused companies, including lessons learned and techniques that you can apply to any size organization.

    This is about as close as we can get to a blueprint for success because John's insights form the DNA for innovation in any organization - that is to align every single person in your business behind a common goal that demands new approaches and a deep understanding of your customers' problems.

  • In this episode we're speaking with Steve Dertien, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at PTC.

    PTC is a software and services company that employs more than 6000 people worldwide - serving industrial customers in the areas of Internet of Things, augmented reality, engineering, and collaboration - in addition to consulting, implementation, and training.

    Steve is one of those people who absolutely loves his job because he gets to spend most of his time exploring the future of technology and making sure that PTC is enabling that future for their customers.

    And a big part of that future is SaaS software and cloud services, which is especially true in manufacturing - an industry that is essentially the last holdout on fully embracing the benefits of accelerating technology.

    So Steve is here to share more on the evolving role of SaaS and cloud in the industrial setting.

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  • In this episode we're speaking with Ron Rock, Co-Founder and CEO of Microshare, an IoT software company that was perfectly positioned at just the right time to help the industrial world respond to COVID.

    And not just respond, but also to proactively define new standards of health and safety in workplaces that require physical presence. In short, there's simply no way to hide from a global pandemic, nor will there be for future pandemics, because industries like manufacturing, distribution, energy, and many others don't have the luxury of remote work.

    But in Ron's words, what organizations can do is create a social contract with employees, partners, and customers that they will be operating in a safe environment no matter the threat. And that social contract should be supported by tools that enhance work, not create more cost and barriers to getting work done.

    But that's just the tip of the iceberg, because Ron sees us entering a new era where asset tracking and contact tracing will be a part of every single thing around us - truly an Internet of Things, which may be more accurate to call an Internet of People and Things. And of course this is a future that should be extremely careful to regard the privacy of the individuals who are are supposed to benefit from these tools.

  • Today we're speaking with Sunil Senan, SVP of Data & Analytics for Infosys, a multinational technology company that provides business consulting, information technology and outsourcing services.

    Sunil is here to share with us what he calls "the art of the possible" - addressing probably the single biggest challenge to digital transformation...

    With so much technology changing at such a rapid pace, it can be almost impossible to know where or how to start taking advantage of all the possibilities, especially when we're talking about using data and analytics to make better, faster decisions.

    But fortunately for us, Sunil sits on the front lines of industrial digital transformation, where he not only guides Infosys clients through their own journeys, but he also has a high level view of trends in the market that can inform all of our priorities for the future.

  • Today we're speaking with two individuals from Quuppa, a technology company that specializes in indoor, real-time location tracking with centimeter-level accuracy and extremely low latency (~150ms).

    Quuppa is one of those companies that sits quietly behind the scenes, multiplying their impact through downstream partners, integrators, and solution providers - known as "both the youngest and the oldest indoor location company" because of their unique history.

    So although you may have never heard of them in an industrial setting, or anywhere for that matter, you may already rely on their technology for material flow, work in progress, safety, and countless other applications.

    Quuppa's technology is a game changer for its ability to combine the benefits of accuracy and speed while taking advantage of the inexpensive, scalable nature of low-power bluetooth.

    To better understand how indoor tracking is driving the industrial world forward, we're here today with one of Quuppa's co-founders, Fabio Belloni (Chief Customer Officer), and Quuppa's Vice President of The Americas, Tom Ruth.

  • Today we're speaking with Tony Bevilacqua - Founder & CEO of Cognitive 3D out of Vancouver, Canada.

    Cognitive 3D is an AR & VR software company that aims to change the way human behavior is measured and analyzed in the enterprise.

    And they're accomplishing that mission by way of a software platform that enables real-world insights to be pulled from virtual environments. And more specifically, from training and research simulations, which are relevant across all kinds of businesses and job functions.

    This is going to be a fascinating conversation, because as cool as it is to have the latest headset or whatever toy it may be, in a business setting it's kind of pointless if you can't get meaningful information out of a system.

    Deriving real-world meaning from the virtual world is a cornerstone of Industry 4.0, which puts Cognitive 3D at the heart of this revolution, enabling new ways of looking at our physical world and its digital twin.

    Tony is joining us today to reveal the future of measuring human performance in AR and VR.

  • Today we're speaking with Laurent Zimmerli, Head of Product Marketing at Auterion out of Zurich, Switzerland.

    Auterion produces an enterprise drone software platform built specifically for commercial applications like mapping, inspection, public safety, and even cargo delivery - which powers drones from some of the most advanced manufacturers in the world, including General Electric (GE) Aviation and the U.S. Department of Defense.

    And Laurent, with a background in software engineering, is responsible for making sure that drone manufacturers and their end users out in the field, understand how to remain competitive as drone capabilities continue to evolve.

    Those end users may be energy and utility companies, mapping data providers, or really anybody operating in environments that could potentially put humans at risk while keeping eyes and ears on critical infrastructure.

    So Auterion is the company whose autopilot, mission control, and workflow integration software is enabling this futuristic version of Industry 4.0 - and Laurent is here to fill us in on the latest in drone technology, and more importantly how this technology fits into enterprise workflows in the field.

  • Today we're speaking with Davy Brown, CTO & VP of Industrial Solutions at TE Connectivity out of Zurich, Switzerland.

    If you've never heard of them before, that's okay because TE is one of those companies that sits quietly in the background but enables much of the physical world around us with connectivity and sensor products built for harsh environments.

    And to support their role as an industrial leader, TE employees over 80,000 people that serve a wide range of sectors, from energy to medical to aerospace and automative, and pretty much anywhere that you might find heavy duty components.

    Because TE sits on the physical side of Industry 4.0, the demand for their products very much reflects the changing nature of industrial productivity, so that's exactly what Davy is here to discuss with us.

    As a CTO, Davy's job is to understand the needs of his industrial customers, both today and tomorrow... and to make sure that TE is delivering the future, so to speak.

    In fact, one of the key themes Davy has seen over the past 20 years is two waves of heightened focus on automation. The first coming after the 2008 global recession, and the second just over a decade later in response to the current global pandemic.

    The bad news is, the landscape is becoming hyper competitive. But the good new is, there are more opportunities than ever before to reduce cost and introduce new streams of revenue, which Davy is going to shed some light on.

  • Today we're speaking with two individuals from Siemens, which of course is perhaps THE most reputable industrial organization in the world, with 173 years of engineering excellence behind them, including both in-house manufacturing and professional services.

    Yet, one of the problems with being so successful is companies tend to get stuck in their ways and lose their competitive edge. So Siemens has had to undergo their own transformation in recent decades, which has been underpinned in part by a capability that tends to be ignored by older institutions... creativity.

    But today we're not talking only about creativity in the artistic sense, we're talking about creativity as a skill that can be developed as the foundation of a larger digital transformation strategy.

    So this isn't going to be your typical conversation about the latest technology. This is so much more than that... it's about your people and nurturing their ability to be truly innovative, to come up with radical new products and ways of doing things.

    And here with us to have that discussion are Joan Mulvihill and Dr. Julia Jonas.

    Joan is a Digitalization Lead for Siemens Ireland - while Julia is a Senior Consultant at Siemens Advanta out of Germany.

    But these aren't your average corporate leaders.

    In addition to being a multi-award-winning, former CEO of the Irish Internet Association, Joan is also a commissioned artist - meaning she gets paid to indulge her passion for putting colors to canvas. And by extension, represents the creative potential that goes untapped in many companies.

    And Julia's role at Advanta gives her a front-row seat to the challenges faced by the world's other leading industrial organizations that Siemens serves through management consulting.

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  • Today we're speaking with two individuals from Siemens, which of course is perhaps THE most reputable industrial organization in the world, with 173 years of engineering excellence behind them, including both in-house manufacturing and professional services.

    Yet, one of the problems with being so successful is companies tend to get stuck in their ways and lose their competitive edge. So Siemens has had to undergo their own transformation in recent decades, which has been underpinned in part by a capability that tends to be ignored by older institutions... creativity.

    But today we're not talking only about creativity in the artistic sense, we're talking about creativity as a skill that can be developed as the foundation of a larger digital transformation strategy.

    So this isn't going to be your typical conversation about the latest technology. This is so much more than that... it's about your people and nurturing their ability to be truly innovative, to come up with radical new products and ways of doing things.

    And here with us to have that discussion are Joan Mulvihill and Dr. Julia Jonas.

    Joan is a Digitalization Lead for Siemens Ireland - while Julia is a Senior Consultant at Siemens Advanta out of Germany.

    But these aren't your average corporate leaders.

    In addition to being a multi-award-winning, former CEO of the Irish Internet Association, Joan is also a commissioned artist - meaning she gets paid to indulge her passion for putting colors to canvas. And by extension, represents the creative potential that goes untapped in many companies.

    And Julia's role at Advanta gives her a front-row seat to the challenges faced by the world's other leading industrial organizations that Siemens serves through management consulting.

    (part 1 of 2)

  • Today we're speaking with Oskari Lindstedt, American Sales Director for Rocla AGV, a pioneer of electric warehouse trucks originating in Finland that is now a division of industrial super-giant, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

    Rocla designs and builds automated ground vehicles. Which for our conversation today means robotic forklifts.

    And that puts Oskari squarely on the front lines of digital transformation, where he is responsible for helping warehouses and distribution centers across the country become more productive... and safer.

    But it's not as simple as setting loose some robots in your facility, because there are multiple layers of technology that makes this level of automation possible.

    There is, of course, the actual robots that are built from scratch, which completely redefine the look and behavior of traditional forklifts.

    And then there's the software control system that coordinates where the vehicles go, what they do, and prevent collisions with both objects and people.

    And finally there's the integration back to the warehouse management system which is where the actual business value is derived from having intelligent ground vehicles.

    So there's a lot going on that has to take into account people, process, information, and physical movement. And that's where Rocla steps in to guide its customers from the strategic decisions to the ground-level implementation.

  • Pat Hume, CEO of Canvas GFX, a leader in technical illustration software, reveals the future of engineering collaboration across the entire product lifecycle, improving productivity from sales to design to support - from ideation to sunset.

    We're looking at how critical product data is moving from data silos to the cloud, ushering in a new era of competitive efficiencies for some of the largest aerospace, defense, and manufacturing companies in the world, as well as startups - and one very unique small business that is 3D printing food for deep space applications.

    This is the next generation of cloud-based product lifecycle management tools that frees up skilled engineers to focus on design while enabling downstream stakeholders to do their jobs faster and with fewer mistakes!

    https://www.canvasgfx.com/

  • This ain't your grandpappy's ERP.

    Two senior tech and marketing leaders from Epicor discuss the present and future of cloud-based ERP for manufacturing, moving beyond yesterday's cumbersome on-premise databases that were expensive to maintain and of marginal use for mission critical business insight.

    Terri Pruett Hiskey (VP of Global Product Marketing) and Stephen Edgington (VP of Engineering) lean on experience serving over 20,000 customers to shed light on what they call the "digital core," an informational epicenter (no pun intended) that ingests, transforms, and intelligently presents data based on who's using the software and what they're doing at any given moment from the factory floor to the top floor.

    Terri and Stephen also talk AI assistants and perhaps most importantly, what customers are increasingly demanding: out-of-the-box IoT data solutions that support new capabilities and productivity with minimal effort and disruption.

    Finally, we look at some real-world success stories from race cars to the kitchenware brand that's probably sitting in your cupboard right now.

    https://www.epicor.com/

  • Jon Bruner, Head of Enterprise Strategy for San Francisco-based Carbon, explores how their industrial-scale 3D printers are enabling product engineers to go all the way to high volume production on the same hardware used for prototyping, a capability the industrial world has been waiting for since the introduction of hobbyist 3D printers over a decade ago.

    Jon describes the technical innovations that make Carbon's story possible, as well as how engineers and business leaders can introduce production-grade 3D printing into their organizations with practically no risk...

    We also geek out on real-world customer transformations that Carbon has recently supported for some of the world's best-known brands - including crazy new shoes from Adidas, a space-aged bicycle seat from Specialized, and Riddell's new football helmet designed by AI to perfectly fit an individual player.

    Get in touch with Carbon here: https://www.carbon3d.com

  • Introducing a new interview series that highlights the innovators of Industry 4.0 and provides industrial enterprise leaders with strategic guidance for adopting new technologies to stay competitive. First episode drops in August...