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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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Let's face it power rooms can be intimidating and rightfully so.  There is danger present and if you aren't careful disaster could strike.  Knowing how to keep yourself safe in these situations and elevating your level of expertise is the goal of this conversation.  Mike Rathbun has extensive experience with power and walks thru several areas to consider when assigned this task.  Often mistakes are made by the most qualified individuals as with human nature the repetitiveness of a task can open the door for mistakes.  Mike shares real life examples of how to keep yourself safe and to perform this function safely each and every time it's required.  This is for our heroes that are on the front lines working with this equipment and keeping America number one in manufacturing.Guest: Mike Rathbun - Power & Control Solution Architecture Manager at EECO.Host: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsResources:EECO's Inspire Blog "How to Safely Rack in and out a Circuit Breaker"
Matthew Latham's journey began by serving his country in the Navy.  While there, he was inspired to pursue engineering after seeing first hand the impact it can make.  He followed his dream and is now Engineering Manager at Trimm Inc. in North Carolina.  He unpacks some of the hurdles he sees as a leader in industry and some of the creative ways he's approaching the future.  Wearing multiple hats in a manufacturing environment he shares how he must react to demands and find balance between all departments.  Work Hard Play Hard! That's how Matthew views manufacturing and shares his passion behind industry. He addresses the negative perception that manufacturing has and provides real truth for those new to this area.  His personal why revolves around opportunities for improvement.  His insight on how to continually improve was impactful and through this conversation Matthew shows why he is one of our heroes.Guest: Matthew Latham - Engineering Manager at Trimm Inc.Host: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsResources:Prized Possession: LinkCoins: LinkY Guides 
Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is evolving by leaps and bounds in industry.  The impact to manufacturing is growing and Amos Purdy provides thought provoking items to consider.  Amos introduces the idea of the data pyramid and how to correlate that with IIoT.  He gives real life examples of how a process engineer could make impactful decisions as more and more meaningful data is available in real time.  The landscape is changing daily for industry and knowing how to start integrating this technology can be a true differentiator.  No matter where you are on your journey adopting more IIoT technology is key and Amos does a phenomenal job of explaining what exactly IIoT is and how to start moving forward. Guest: Amos Purdy - Lead Systems Engineer at Global Process AutomationHost: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsAudio Engineer: Luke YntemaResources: EECO's Inspire Blog "Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). What is it, really?"NIST FrameworkConnect with GPA on LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, or visit their Website.
Dustin Rodgers is one of our heroes and served his country in the Marines.  After his service he had a perception about manufacturing that he shares.  It wasn't a positive perception but his eyes were opened when he got exposure thru the Academy of Advanced Manufacturing.  Now Dustin gets the opportunity to work with robots regularly which he absolutely loves.  He speaks to the hands on training and how that was so beneficial to putting to practice the classroom portions of the curriculum.  He's an avid disc golfer and plays in tournaments regularly. His mom is his hero and he shares how his daughter is so important in his life. In his "why" he shares how his future is wide open with possibilities by completing the AAM program.  You'll quickly hear why Dustin is one of our heroes and we are excited to watch his career progress in the future. Guest: Dustin Rodgers, Automation Technician at Rockwell AutomationHost: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsAudio Engineer: Luke YntemaResources:EECO's Inspired Blog "Military to Manufacturing: Closing Industry’s Skills Gap"AAM WebsiteAAM Video 
Bee Lo shares how he decided to join the Navy and the training he was able to complete that aligned to his passion in electronics. From the Navy he knew he wanted to pursue a career in manufacturing but wasn't sure the best way to get there.  He found the Academy of Advanced Manufacturing and the training aligned with his personal goals for his future. Upon graduation Bee his making his way as a control technician at Brady Corporation.  He shares how Brady is investing in technology and how he has been fortunate to lead the effort in building visualizations to improve the process on the floor that impacts so many people in operations.  He loves the artistic design parts of engineering and does a great job of communicating with operations to deliver a product they enjoy and truly makes an impact.Bee is an avid volleyball player and talks about his boxer that keeps him busy when he's not rocking it at work.  His personal why is that he aspires to be an automation engineer. Once you hear Bee and his passion you'll know why he's one of our heroes and is on the track to be a great engineer in the future.  Guest: Bee Lo, Maintenance Control Technician at Brady CorporationHost: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsAudio Engineer: Luke YntemaResources:EECO's Inspired Blog "Military to Manufacturing: Closing Industry’s Skills Gap"AAM WebsiteAAM Video 
Our first testimonial about the impact of the Academy of Advanced Manufacturing is Jackson Henderson.  Jackson served in the Air Force and talked about some of the hurdles he had to overcome transitioning from the military to civilian workforce. He has a passion for fixing problems and loves automation.  He shares a cool story of how he met the CEO of Rockwell Automation and the impact that made on him.Jackson has a passion for music, podcasting and narrating.  He make a great connection on how his professional studies directly impacted some of his personal passions.  Jackson is one of our heroes and in this conversation you'll hear first hand why programs like AAM are so important as the impact goes beyond completing training and leads to fulfillment that only comes from pursuing your passions.Guest: Jackson Henderson, Electrical Technician at Owens CorningHost: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsAudio Engineer: Luke YntemaResources:Romera Records PodcastEECO's Inspired Blog "Military to Manufacturing: Closing Industry’s Skills Gap"AAM WebsiteAAM Video 
We love our military heroes and this episode we talk with Mary Burgoon about a program that directly impacts many that serve our great country. The Academy of Advanced Manufacturing was designed to help those that want to make a transition from military to industry when their service is complete. Thru this conversation you'll hear how Rockwell Automation is helping by designing a program that tackles some of the latest technology as well as commercial skills that we all need to effectively work on an industrial team.  Talk about a home run for everyone!  Mary reviews how the program created a curriculum that covers both classroom and lab settings that let students learn via multiple channels.  Commercial items are addressed as well with areas such as personal coaches who assist with skills like resume writing, interviewing, conflict resolution and effective communication.You'll hear Mary's passion for serving others and how she sees the impact this program is making on so many people.  As part of this series tune in to hear from graduates on how the program impacted them directly and how we now have a new set of industry heroes because of AAM. Guest: Mary Burgoon - Business Development Manager - Academy of Advanced Manufacturing (Rockwell)Host: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsResources:EECO's Inspired Blog "Military to Manufacturing: Closing Industry’s Skills Gap"AAM WebsiteAAM Video 
Tim Shope is one of our heroes and throughout this conversation you'll quickly see why.  He served his country in the Navy and has a tremendous journey that led him to Avid Solutions. Tim is on the front lines helping manufacturing achieve their digital transformation goals. His understanding of technology and how to elevate knowledge in the next generation of engineers is a strength he discusses. His "WHY" clearly shows where Tim's heart is:Learn every dayContinue to innovate Help this country manufacturer for the future.Hear what drives a leader in industry and some areas to consider for your personal journey.  The insight and knowledge shared is sure to provide inspiration and highlight why we are passionate about our heroes! Guest: Tim Shope Director of Digital Transformation at Avid SolutionsHost: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsAudio Engineer: Luke Yntemahttps://www.avid.run/Note: Since making this podcast, Tim is now the Vice President of Operations and Technology at Avid Solutions.
In manufacturing there are digital and human elements that relate to every machine producing product.  As industry evolves, the idea of digitizing assets to optimize plants is becoming more relevant. In this episode, Andrew Hastert does a phenomenal job of identifying how to address digitization of assets to improve industry.  He discusses areas of cybersecurity, predictive maintenance, maintenance optimization and performance optimization that are cutting edge innovations which directly impact reliability and bottom lines.  Andrew also shares his passion for supporting areas of diversity and inclusion to build stronger organizations across the board. He shares insightful information about the culture of inclusion journey he's experienced at Rockwell and the positive impact that's made.  This episode is full of insight that makes the future exciting when you picture the manufacturer of tomorrow.  Understanding how assets connect and how a diverse team utilizes that information are key areas that Andrew unpacks in this conversation. Resources:EECO's Inspired Blog "How to Start a Digital Asset Optimization Journey"The Hidden Threat Plant Managers Need to know About (and What You Can Do To Help) blog: https://www.rockwellautomation.com/en-us/company/news/blogs/the-hidden-threat-plant-managers-need-to-know-about-and-what-you.html5 Reasons Why I Am Taking Full Parental Leave (and Why You Should Too): https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/5-reasons-why-i-am-taking-full-parental-leave-you-should-hastert/It Starts With You: What Being an Ally at Work Really Looks Like: https://www.rockwellautomation.com/en-us/support/documentation/overview/it-starts-with-you--what-being-an-ally-at-work-really-looks-like.htmlCatalyst and Rockwell’s Culture of Inclusion Journey: https://www.catalyst.org/spotlight-story/rockwell-automation-a-decade-of-courageous-change/Catalyst Award and Rockwell Automation: https://www.catalyst.org/media-release/2017-catalyst-award-honors-global-initiatives-at-3m-bmo-financial-group-and-rockwell-automation/Rockwell and the Cyber-Minded CEO: https://www.rockwellautomation.com/en-au/company/events/webinars/the-cyber-minded-ceo.htmlWhite Men as Full Diversity Partners: https://wmfdp.com/case-studies/rockwell-automation/
Imagine 20+ years ago, a pharmaceutical facility operating with 8 computers on the entire site. Now imagine the facility of today with an extreme level of connectivity. In this episode, Joe Barton walks us thru the evolution he's experienced as the IT leader at Merck, from those initial 8 PC's to the hyper connected plant they have today.  Joe shares how standards impacted the evolution and provides sage advice for anyone that may be self evaluating their career. Joe began his career as a chemist, took a radical turn towards IT and never looked back.  His personal "why" will leave you speechless as he talks about his dad and the many ways he was impacted by watching him serve others from his military service to being there for his spouse when needed most. This was a truly inspirational story and cements why Joe Barton is one of our heroes. Guest: Joe Barton - IT Plant Site Lead at Merck & CompanyHost: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam Sheets
Megan Samford unpacks the core of product security and addresses why this should be important for everyone to understand in industry.  She speaks to the two primary lenses that product security identifies with.  Secure development life cycle and actual product design are covered in depth and she does a great job of relating these areas to how they impact the manufacturing environment. IT/OT convergence is covered as the need access data across many levels of network infrastructure is something industry is facing right now.  Her goal is to define the areas to be aware of and what steps you can take to protect your facility from unwanted outsiders.  This is an action packed conversation and will have you taking notes to put the proper walls up that will keep your industrial environment safe and secure!Guest: Megan Samford - Vice President, Chief Product Security Officer - Energy Management at Schneider ElectricHost: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsResources:EECO's Inspired Blog "Product Security 101"Trainings & CertificationsIdaho National Lab (ICS 301 Course) - https://us-cert.cisa.gov/ics/Training-Available-Through-ICS-CERT#workshopCertified Ethical Hacker Certification - https://www.eccouncil.org/programs/certified-ethical-hacker-ceh/CISSP Certification - https://www.isc2.org/Certifications/CISSPGICSP Certification - https://www.giac.org/certification/global-industrial-cyber-security-professional-gicspConferences:Dale Peterson's S4 Conference - https://s4xevents.com/S4 YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/s4events
Santa Thangavel does an excellent job of relating how security can be compromised in an industrial environment.  Often security breaches are not intentional by the one who allows access but they are always intentional by the outsiders trying to get in.  Santa breaks down the delineation between OT and IT.  He highlights how cybersecurity impacts OT more directly as the need in the industrial floor is centered around availability and time impacts manufacturing at great lengths.  For those that aren't familiar with the CIA Triad Santa unpacks this including Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability.  He emphasizes the need for manufacturing to begin focusing on a more secure journey and in this episode gives great insight on steps to take to get started. Guest: Santa Thangavel - Automation Network Engineer at ABBHost: Chris Grainger.Executive Producer: Adam Sheets.Additional Resources:EECO's Inspired Blog "Industrial Cyber Security Basics"
Cyber security is becoming more important as digital transformation impacts industry. With the development of technology connectivity and access to data is growing by leaps and bounds.  With that growth there is a growing risk in terms of security.  In this episode Bill Medcalf breaks down the areas you should be aware of in the industrial environment and actionable steps that can be taken to be proactive in your security position.  Security assessments are reviewed to highlight how to establish a clear baseline from a security risk standpoint at which it also helps define the roadmap for improvement.  Bill reviews the importance of education and taking it as an individual responsibility to keep yourself and your workplace safe and secure. Guest: Bill Medcalf Director of Information Systems at Global Process AutomationHost: Chris Grainger.Executive Producer: Adam Sheets.Audio Engineer: Luke Yntema.Resources: NIST FrameworkEECO's Inspired Blog "Proactive Industrial Cyber Security"Connect with GPA on LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, or visit their Website.
It's rare to cross paths with someone that exudes true humility.  That's exactly what happened with the conversation with Tim Woodson.  In this inspiring story Tim explains how he worked his way from an entry level welder to the president of Sentry Equipment. Tim explains the importance of helping others and how throughout his career many people have positively impacted him. He explains how the landscape is changing in his industry and the impact technology is having on the future which includes exciting items such as robotics. Tim's story highlights how kindness, compassion and humility are attributes that we all should be more intentional about implementing in our daily lives. Guest: Tim Woodson - President at Sentry EquipmentHost: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam Sheets
As WiFi enters the industrial sector it can be hard to understand some of the specific impacts. Scott McNeil is an expert in this industry and clears the air on what this means and areas to understand to ensure your WiFi system is designed properly.  Scott addresses areas such as packet loss, latency and data throughput.  The industrial environment presents new challenges and knowing how to address these items head on will ensure the industrial WiFi network will perform as desired. OWN YOUR AIRSPACE!  The areas that Scott addresses shows step by step areas to focus on that will lead to success! Guest: Scott McNeil - Senior Network and Security Engineer at GPAHost: Chris Grainger.Executive Producer: Adam Sheets.Resources: Industrial Wifi ShopEECO's Inspired Blog "Industrial WiFi 101"
In this episode Dan Leeman shares his personal journey and provides insightful professional wisdom. Dan states that in life you should seek a mentor and at the same time be intentional about mentoring others.  He addresses workforce attrition as a hurdle and areas he sees that industry should respond. A highlight in his career was tied directly to an innovative solution that revolutionized safety in MCC design.  That led to several patents and something that Dan looks back on fondly.  He's passionate about industry and his career at Eaton has evolved to many different areas. Dan is one of our heroes and is a walking testimony to the wonderful opportunities that exist in industry when your personal passion and talents combine. Guest: Dan Leeman - District Services Manager at EatonHost: Chris Grainger.Executive Producer: Adam Sheets.Audio Engineer: Luke Yntema.
To wrap up our amazing Women in Engineering series we asked Christine LaFave Grace to explore with us the idea of "now what?" Christine unpacks a ton of wisdom and insight on how the landscape is changing and what individuals as well as companies could do to create more positive strides moving forward. She shares ideas around diversity and inclusion that are thought provoking and actionable. The women in the series each had unique paths and experiences that led them to where they are. Christine has a way of finding the red thread to tie us all together on how we can grow as a culture to support each other in the pursuit of our personal best. Special thank you to Christine for bringing such wisdom, insight and inspiration to cat off this wonderful series. We hope you enjoyed the Women in Engineering series and if you would like to see this again please let us know and submit potential candidates that we should contact. Guest: Christine LaFave Grace - Writer, editor, storyteller. Move and be moved.Host: Chris Grainger.Executive Producer: Adam Sheets.Audio Engineer: Luke Yntema.
Megan Samford had one of the most heartfelt conversations we've experienced on EECO Asks Why. She shares her personal testimony on why she pursued her career path in security which is extremely moving. Her career has accelerated fast and after hearing her story you'll understand why. She has a heart for helping others and is always approaching each situation with empathy and compassion. Her personal drive is incredible and proves that if you are willing to put in the effort great things are possible. She believes in being transparent and always owning your situation (good and bad) - 99% truth is a 100% lie. This episode is full of wisdom and insight that is sure to provide inspiration. Megan is doing great things and she hopes this conversation will speak to the listener out there that is ready to take that most important first step. Guest: Megan Samford - Vice President, Chief Product Security Officer - Energy Management at Schneider ElectricHost: Chris Grainger.Executive Producer: Adam Sheets.Audio Engineer: Luke Yntema.
Amanda Elliott is pursuing her passion in the paper industry. Prior to recording Amanda was supporting the mill on the top of a 10 story crane! She's making it happen and loving every minute of it! In her story she shares her passion for engineering and how it led her to industry.  She's a natural story teller and brings truth to many myths out there when it comes to manufacturing. Pulp and Paper is a demanding industry but with up and comers like Amanda on the scene it's one with a very bright future. Listen for her passion in this conversation and you'll quickly hear why Amanda is on of our heroes!Guest: Amanda Elliott - E&I Reliability Engineer at International PaperHost: Chris Grainger.Executive Producer: Adam Sheets.Audio Engineer: Luke Yntema.Resources:Books:7 Habits of Highly Effective PeopleLeaders Eat LastYou Don't Need a Title to be a LeaderClassic Literature Authors:Jane Austin Bronte SistersPodcasts:This American LifeInvisibilia Radio Lab
Linda Freeman fell in love with manufacturing after watching Dawn dish detergent being made. From there she found a wonderful opportunity to support industry across the country with Rockwell. She has a passion for supporting STEM programs and inspiring the next generation to pursue their dreams in engineering. Items such as volunteerism is something that often gets overlooked and she shares how the act of supporting causes can impact your career. She loves solving problems and appreciates how each day brings a new challenge. Linda encourages everyone to learn how their role impacts the greater vision wherever you are.  From on the plant floor to in the executive room everyone has the opportunity to make a positive impact in this world. Linda is a wonderful advocate for women in engineering and you'll quickly see why she is one of our heroes. Guest:Linda Freeman - Entertainment Industry Specialist at RockwellHost: Chris Grainger.Executive Producer: Adam Sheets.Audio Engineer: Luke Yntema.
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