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#10 New Innovations in Medical Manufacturing

#10 New Innovations in Medical Manufacturing

February 6, 2020

In this episode, Willie shares his excitement about the upcoming MD&M West show. Now in its 35th year, this is the event where engineers and executives from across the world come together to change and improve the lives of patients. In addition to the three-day conference covering MedTech, 3D printing, and smart manufacturing, the show offers visitors the opportunity to meet the suppliers and experts who are disrupting the medical space.

Willie talks about the projected growth of the medical device manufacturing industry, the innovation process from concept to finished product, the new technologies emerging in the market, and the changes that are happening in the materials used. Listeners will also hear about cloud-based devices and the implications for the privacy of patients, what the future of sensor fusion might look like, and why Willie reckons miniaturization will soon become the new buzzword. Tune in today!

#9 Streamlining Processes and Breaking Down Operational Silos with John Keller

#9 Streamlining Processes and Breaking Down Operational Silos with John Keller

January 23, 2020

This week's show brings us to Pleasant Grove, Utah, to have a conversation with John Keller, Co-Founder and President of REDLIST. For as long as manufacturing has existed, different divisions have been managed independently or regulated by separate entities. This means that within companies, there are vacuums and powerful operational silos. Not only is this an inefficient way to manage a manufacturing business, but it also means that one when one area is optimized, the other ones suffer. John Keller looks to tackle this last-standing problem through his company, REDLIST, based in Pleasant Grove, Utah. As a SaaS company, REDLIST is a cloud-based, mobile-ready app that works to close the data gaps between managers, teams, and machines. In this episode, John dives into the groundbreaking work that REDLIST is doing. There is a growing realization from companies that there is a better way to share information but they know they cannot do it alone. REDLIST is leading the charge, helping break down these entrenched silos to allow businesses to focus on what they’re supposed to – capturing the market share or finding and securing the best talent. We also discuss details of how the product works across platforms, the possibilities that implementing this system offers, and what the future of manufacturing looks like now that these tools are available. You won’t want to miss this fascinating conversation,... tune in today!

#8 The Significance of Technological Innovation in Manufacturing

#8 The Significance of Technological Innovation in Manufacturing

January 16, 2020

In today’s episode, Willie travels to Minneapolis, Minnesota where he has a conversation with Sunny Han, founder and CEO of Fulcrum. Sunny started learning how to code from the age of seven when he taught himself to write his own games as a child. After studying engineering, he used his business acumen to help struggling manufacturers through the recession. For the last 15 years, he has helped countless mid-size manufacturers around the globe to grow and expand their capacity. Sunny explains to listeners how Fulcrum introduces and implements the latest technology in the manufacturing industry and what their mission and vision for the future looks like. Tuning in to this episode, listeners will learn the many ways manufacturers can benefit from Fulcrum’s software capabilities, why partnerships and connectivity among manufacturers are inevitable, and how the Fulcrum team collaborates with companies to enhance their strong points while also helping them to push toward innovating for the future. 

#7 Four Divisions of Great Service with Scott Bailey of TECO Technology

#7 Four Divisions of Great Service with Scott Bailey of TECO Technology

January 9, 2020

For today's show, we are joined by a wonderful friend, colleague and manufacturing industry expert! Scott Bailey, the Director of Sales at TECO Technology is here to tell us all about his work at the company, the particulars of their successful model for manufacturing and how they built out from a strong footing in pneumatics. TECO is based in Pleasanton, California and is well established in a huge number of industries, locally and further afield. In our conversation, we cover Scott's own journey in manufacturing and his position now at TECO, something he values greatly. Scott also gives us some of the company backstory and reasons that they have experienced success over such a sustained period. We get into who they serve, the range of services they offer and the value adds that keep customers coming back. The conversation also covers the divisions at TECO and how these have been established over the years to meet the growing demand. TECO technologies have continued to grow and improve their service, with certifications such as the ISO 9000 and Scott shares with us why this sort of constant improvement is vital at the company. For all this and then some, listen in!

#6 Winning Formulas with Kevin Mullen

#6 Winning Formulas with Kevin Mullen

December 19, 2019

Today on the show we are in San Jose for day two of the BIOMED show to meet Kevin Mullen, a sales engineer at RTP Company. After graduating from CalPoly Pomona and working in engineering for 20 years, Kevin found RTP and branched out into the world of sales. RTP Company is committed to providing solutions, customization, and service for all thermoplastic needs. They offer a wide range of technologies available in pellet, sheet, and film that are designed to meet even the most challenging application requirements. In our conversation with Kevin today, we get to hear his story as well as that of RTP, getting into what they do, who their ideal customers are, and why to work with them. You’ll hear about the wide range of engineers at RTP who consult clients from all industries with a need for hybridized plastic formulas. Kevin also talks more about the partners that RTP works with to take their formulas into the molding phase, as well as the applications for plastic in the medical world. Additionally, he gives us a great idea of the process and timeframes that one could expect working with RTP from handshake to touchdown. A big thank you to Kevin for teaching us so much about plastic today in what has been a great conversation that you should not miss.

#5 The Value and Innovation of Piezo Technology Solutions, with Nic Copley

#5 The Value and Innovation of Piezo Technology Solutions, with Nic Copley

December 12, 2019

On today’s episode of the Where's Willie podcast, our travels bring us to the city of Sarasota, Florida to talk with Discovery Technology International Inc. (DTI), a manufacturer of piezo motors. Our guest today is Nic Copley. Nick joined DTI in 2018 as Vice President of Business Development. DTI is an early-stage company bringing an exciting new range of innovative Piezo Motors to the motion and control market. Prior to joining DTI, Nic held a position of Vice President of Innovation and Technology for Parker Hannifin’s Automation Group, which comprised of pneumatic, electromechanical, and fluid control technologies.

Nic’s career in the motion and control industry spans 30 years, starting initially with several years designing ventilators and anesthesia control in the medical sector before moving into broad-based industrial pneumatics component level and system engineering roles. Inside this episode, we talk about DTI’s innovative piezo technology and how they help customers from product-design to collaboration. Stay tuned to hear more about how DTI is serving their target marketing and helping OEM’s integrate a piezo solution.

#4 A City Built On Manufacturing

#4 A City Built On Manufacturing

December 4, 2019

This week on the Where’s Willie? Podcast, Willie travels to Winchester, Virginia to talk to George Hoddinott and his associates from the City of Winchester about the central role of manufacturing and how the city supports this. Recognized by Forbes as the number one place in Virginia for business and careers, the city is resolutely committed to attracting and retaining young talent for its industries. 

We discuss all the things the city is doing to positively impact lives through manufacturing, including coordination of various departments of local government, the education system, and incentive programs. 

The panel talks about the way the city views promoting college versus career decisions and also how there is still some work to be done in changing negative connotations of the manufacturing sector. We look at the rise of robotics, virtual and augmented reality, as well as the use of virtual tours for the prospective workforce. For this fascinating conversation about a city that is clearly engaged and dedicated to growing its manufacturing sector in the right way, tune in!

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#3 Tying Responsiveness & Value Back To The Customer

#3 Tying Responsiveness & Value Back To The Customer

November 21, 2019

This week on Where’s Willie? we travel to Rockford, Illinois to the home of RJ Link International Inc. to speak to their Vice President of Business Development, Terry McCormick. Terry is a tech-head who admits that he just loves making things, having been in manufacturing, quality, and operational management for the past 30 years. 

He has spent a lot of that time in gearing and hydraulics. His background has given him a springboard to traverse the areas of strategies and business management. Willie and Terry talk about increasing growth and profitability, how to tie responsiveness and value back to the customer, and aligning a business process to encourage these areas. 

Terry has a degree in mechanical engineering and since then, has done a lot in the world of manufacturing. The conversation covers some examples of how the company works with customers to meet their custom gearbox needs, their ideal types of customer relationships, Terry’s belief in Lean Six Sigma, and some of the exciting new technologies for the field. Terry also comments on his personal emphasis on learning and listening, sharing how these areas keep him energized on a daily basis. For all this and more, tune in to Episode #3!

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For more on RJ Link, visit https://www.rjlink.com/. To connect with Terry McCormick on LinkedIn, click here.

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To keep up with your host, William Miller, follow him on Twitter  and on Instagram 

#2 Quality, Training, And Growth

#2 Quality, Training, And Growth

November 14, 2019

In this week’s episode of Where’s Willie? we have our first interview with Jackie Luciano, the Vice President of Manufacturing Operations at ZaGO Manufacturing in Newark, NJ. ZaGO is a producer of sustainable, high-tech, self-sealing solutions and components that has been in business for almost two decades. 

Jackie’s story is really inspiring, working her way up through the company from her initial position as a part-time bookkeeper. As her role has grown over the years, she has played an integral part in the company’s growth and evolution. Jackie is highly skilled in management, customer service, sales, strategy planning, business development, lean practices, and continuous improvement practices. ZaGo places a big emphasis on paying it forward and sustainability, something they live out through their different community programs. For a wonderful conversation with a truly inspiring guest, tune in!

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Guest, Jackie Luciano 

Jackie Luciano, Vice President of Manufacturing Operations: Received Bachelors of Science in Business Management 2002 from Rutgers University, Newark New Jersey, in 2017 received Executive MBA in Finance and in 2019 received Green Belt Certification for Lean Six Sigma, both from Rutgers University, Newark New Jersey.  For over 11 years, Jackie Luciano has played an integral role in the growth and evolution of Newark-based ZaGO Manufacturing, a producer of sustainable high-tech sealing solutions and components used globally in industries like robotics, electronics, LED exterior lighting, medical devices, transportation, and others. Jackie started as a part-time bookkeeper re-entering the workforce after having a child and quickly started to learn all the ins and outs of the business.  After 5 years, she was appointed General Manager/Marketing Director and after completing her MBA at Rutgers she was appointed V.P. of Operations.  

Jackie is highly skilled in Management, Customer Service, Sales, Strategic Planning, Business Development, LEAN practices and Continuous Improvement practices.  Part of her mission is in paying it forward both internally through training and development opportunities and externally through community service projects. This includes a new endeavor, ZaGO Sustainability 360, which promotes sustainable practices and STEM education and manufacturing as viable pathways for success. 

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Connect with Jackie Luciano on LinkedIn and follow ZaGO on Twitter at @ZaGOMfgCo 

#1 Meet Willie

#1 Meet Willie

November 7, 2019

The first episode of Where's Willie is finally here! In the debut episode, host, William Miller, talks about how this podcast was born out of his love for the magic of manufacturing. He shares a bit about how he got to where he is today, his career at Koganei America International Inc., and what listeners can expect from future episodes!

Along his amazing journey, Willie has met many amazing and brilliant leaders that have a story to share, and who give a face to the already fantastic world of product manufacturing! These are the people you will meet on the show, so tune in to join Willie and his incredible guests.

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