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Omron Automation Americas
Welcome to the Omron Operation Automation podcast where we are talking about all things factory automation. Your hosts bring more than 25 years of experience in automation at Omron and in the industry.
May 15, 2023
What's Going On?
The industrial automation landscape is constantly changing and adapting to meet the needs and challenges of manufacturers in a variety of industrial spaces. As the global markets continue to be impacted by supply chain disruptions, labor shortages and other roadblocks, automation trends have emerged over the past year to help address these challenges while keeping a keen eye on sustainability and future growth. Join hosts Carrie Lee and Kenny Heidel as they discuss Craig Resnick’s ‘Key Technology Trends for 2023’ article featured in Automation World and make their own predictions for future automation trends.
Mar 6, 2023
The Youth of the Nation
The Omron Sakura Program is empowering the next generation of sales and technology leaders. Join podcast host Kenny Heidel as he interviews Carrie Lee about some of our exciting University partnerships, and how we’re growing our Sakura trainee program to prepare recent college graduates for successful automation careers at Omron.
Feb 6, 2023
Podcast killed the radio star
In this episode of Operation Automation, join Carrie Lee, Kenny Heidel, and podcast producers Tad Saine and Ali Hasan. In this retrospective episode we look back over the past 20 episodes of the podcast, offer a glimpse into what the future holds for Operation Automation, as well as general thoughts on the world of podcasting at-large. Ali is Senior Video Producer and Motion Graphic Artist and Tad is Senior Graphic Designer.
Dec 12, 2022
An Interview with Peter Brouwer, VP of Sales
Things are shifting in the manufacturing industry, but what does this mean for people who are involved in selling automation solutions? From the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to the continuing pressures of labor shortages and increased expectations for quality, Peter Brouwer discusses how the sales landscape has changed.
Nov 21, 2022
Planning for Tomorrow, Today
How do we make sense of terms like Industry 4.0? More specifically, how do we turn these nebulous concepts into actions we can take to grow a business? Join Carrie Lee, Kenny Heidel, and special guest Paul Anderson as they delve deeper into a topic that Paul presented on at Omron OPEN 2022. Whether you’re looking to improve flexibility or incorporate artificial intelligence into your operations, this podcast provides a roadmap for turning complex ideas into concrete action.
Oct 17, 2022
LEAN on Me
What’s the number one goal of BPI and LEAN? What are some ways that manufacturers have found success in leveraging automation technologies alongside BPI? These are just a couple of questions that Carrie Lee, Kenny Heidel, and special guests Christian Plott and Michael Pop dive into in this insightful podcast episode. We all need somebody — or something — to lean on, whether it’s your best friend or a set of business process tools! _Resources: _ Understanding Variation by Donald J. Wheeler ISBN-13: 9780945320531 Lead With Respect by Michael & Freddy Balle ISBN-13: 9781934109489
Sep 16, 2022
Semi-(Conductor) Charmed Life
Are we living a Semi-Charmed Life, or a Semiconductor-Charmed Life? Maybe we should wait until we get out of the current chip shortage to decide. Join hosts Carrie Lee and Kenny Heidel as they learn all about semiconductor manufacturing — including the six steps to make a chip and what “copy exact” means from an industry perspective — from Strategic Account Manager Matt Hyatt.
Jul 18, 2022
What’s behind the prediction that robotics adoption will not only double — or even triple — but QUADRUPLE from 2020 to 2025? Join Carrie Lee and Kenny Heidel as they chat with Robotics Project Manager Adrian Choy about the ways in which robotics accessibility has opened the doors to new opportunities outside the usual industries like manufacturing. Resource links: FIRST: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc VEX: https://www.vexrobotics.com/competition HOUR OF CODE: https://hourofcode.com/us GIRLS WHO CODE: https://girlswhocode.com BLACK BOYS CODE: https://www.blackboyscode.com BLACK GIRLS CODE: https://www.blackgirlscode.com ROBOT COMBAT EVENTS: https://www.robotcombatevents.com WORLDCAT (Library Finder)*: https://www.worldcat.org/libraries
Jun 13, 2022
Traceability 4.0 - Don't Forget that Barcode!
Join Carrie and Kenny as they discuss all things traceability and how it has an effect on everything we touch on a daily basis with Jason Mack, Advanced Sensing Sales Manager.
May 16, 2022
It's not Easy Being Green
Join Kenny and Carrie as they talk about the impact that Sustainability has on manufacturing today and how it will impact business decisions in the future. Learn More: Our Corporate Sustainability Goals White Paper - Raising the Bar on Flexible Packaging Trends Success Story - Flexible Packaging Solutions
May 2, 2022
Shaping the future 2030
Join Carrie and Kenny alongside special guest Robb Black, CEO of Omron Automation Americas as they discuss the future of industrial automation and the Omron commitment to improving lives and benefiting society. For more information on Omron's long-term vision, please visit: https://www.omron.com/global/en/sf2030/ For more information on Omron's Principles & Mission, please visit: https://automation.omron.com/en/us/about-omron-automation/mission-and-philosophy/ You can also watch our Shaping the Future 2030 video, here: https://youtu.be/eAnehOI9uEw
Apr 4, 2022
Electric Vehicle Revolution
Kenny and Carrie get the latest industry scoop on the navigation from traditional gasoline engines to EV in the automotive market from our Strategic Account Manager Bryan Monty and our Senior Director of Technology and Strategic Sales Jeff Hall.
Mar 1, 2022
The Factory of the Future
Join Kenny and Carrie as they discuss with Mike Chen, Sr. Director of Solutions & Technology Development, about how factories are going to evolve and advance their production capabilities with the new technologies emerging in industrial automation.
Feb 15, 2022
IO What? IO-Link!
Join hosts Carrie Lee and Kenny Heidel, along with special guest Mike Hamoy to talk about about all things IO-Link. IO-Link is the first standardized IO technology worldwide for communication with sensors and other machine devices. It has enabled a new arena of getting data from never-before seen areas to make better production decisions. Mike tackles what IO-Link is and how it can be used to optimize machine performance on the ever-changing manufacturing floor.
Feb 1, 2022
Shedding some light on machine safeguarding
From the difference between perimeter guarding and point-of-interaction guarding to the inclusion of IO-Link technology in light curtains, Carrie Lee and Kenny Heidel explore all things related to one of the most important machine safety technologies. Get insights into best practices for using light curtains and the latest capabilities they offer in this podcast episode.
Jan 17, 2022
Where have all the maintenance people gone?
Where are all the maintenance professionals going? If this question has been on your mind in recent years, you’re not alone. Skilled maintenance workers are retiring at rapid rates, and a huge wealth of knowledge is going out the door with them. Join Carrie Lee and Kenny Heidel in a new podcast episode as they discuss the impact of this trend and how companies can cope.
Dec 9, 2021
Into the Unknown
Join hosts Carrie and Kenny as they discuss how the pandemic has changed the way we do business, and what they think a ‘new normal’ will look like. At the end of the episode, we’ve included a bonus conversation with our production team. Stay tuned until after the closing credits to hear that discussion.
Nov 30, 2021
The Alphabet Soup of IIoT
Kenny Heidel and Carrie Lee help us better define common IIoT terms and explain how they relate to Omron solutions.
Nov 10, 2021
We Can Integrate Safety if We Want To
Join Carrie Lee and Kenny Heidel to learn from special guest Pamela Horbacovsky (Product Manager – Safety Controllers and Components) on how Integrated Safety is becoming an important part of automation methodology and where Omron can assist in its implementation.
Sep 29, 2021
(Air) Supply Chain
Join Carrie Lee and Kenny Heidel for a chat with TWO special guests! Brian Leeson, VP of Operations for Americas, and Juli Harvey, Director of Supply Chain for Americas.
Jul 28, 2021
She's got the whole world in her hands
Join Carrie Lee and Kenny Heidel for a chat with Omron Global Account Manager Terry Kiesling. Terry shares perspectives on the Food and Commodity industry, working with global teams, what we’ve learned from the global pandemic, and the future of manufacturing.
Jun 24, 2021
Back to the Future with Predictive Maintenance
Join Carrie Lee and Kenny Heidel to learn from special guest Justin Lantin, on how customers can migrate to a predictive maintenance model with the help of Omron component products.
Jun 1, 2021
An interview with Omron Automation Americas Vice President of Marketing, Mark Sadie. Mark shares some perspectives and lessons learned during his long career at Omron. We discuss work force changes, the vision and values of Omron as a company, how the pandemic has changed the way we do business, and what the future of industrial automation holds.