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It's Season 4 Episode 1 of Industrial Automation - It Doesn't Have To. 🎉🎉🎉 If you're new to Industrial Protocols, you need to check out this episode. During the offseason, elliTek signed with a new automation partner, CKD. CKD provides both Electric and Pneumatic Solutions. Not only does CKD produce high-quality, long lasting products, but elliTek'…
 
With cases of cyber-crime occurring at an alarming rate, industrial manufacturing is caught in the crosshairs. What steps should you take to protect your systems? We talk to an industry insider, Keith Moore. Keith has spent the last fourteen years in industrial IoT device development and has immense knowledge of internet protocols and their weaknes…
 
Sometimes your biggest pain point isn't your biggest problem. There are some processes that you may or may not want to automate. Come with us as we explore those processes. Brandon shares his perspectives, Brandspectives, on the types of industrial automation. He explains his two categories of automation, process automation and discrete automation,…
 
It's almost Thanksgiving here in the United States, and we have so much to be thankful for! Join us as we reflect on past guests and episodes for which we are grateful. If you haven't had the opportunity to listen to elliTek's podcasts, this is a rundown of a few of our favorites. We had the opportunity to do a crossover podcast with Lisa Richter o…
 
This is an issue of Global Proportions! We're talking about the supply chain crisis. From aluminum to semiconductor chip shortages, the lack of essential materials is affecting just about everyone and nearly all levels of production. Why is there a chip set crisis, aka Chipageddon? How long will Chipageddon last? Is there a fix for manufacturers? T…
 
Today's topic is definitely not boring! The sparks are flying as we delve into the world of robotic welding.🤖🔥 Why would you use a robot to weld instead of a person? That's were Brandon's Brandoloy for the four reasons to automate come into play. Quality / Consistency Decrease Cycle Time / Increase Production Reclassification of Labor Flexibility /…
 
If you're considering the purchase of a collaborative robot, vision system, or industrial IoT system, this episode is for YOU! Before making an investment in the automation of a process, there are some commonly overlooked aspects that can be forgotten, overlooked, or even disregarded. With more than 25 years experience in the industrial automation …
 
This is a special crossover episode with CSIA, Control System Integrators Association. Lisa Richter, host of CSIA's podcast "Talking Industrial Automation", sat down for a chat with elliTek's Brandon Ellis. CSIA is a global trade association that strives to advance the control system integration industry. CSIA has more than 500 member companies tha…
 
Are you confident your employees have the knowledge and skills to help your business grow and thrive? Knowledge is power! We're starting Season 3 talking about training and leveling up. By providing technical training for your employees, you're fostering a work environment that promotes self-confidence knowing that they have the knowledge and skill…
 
Join us as we talk about some new ways to generate money, real money while saving the earth. We're talking about green initiatives, aka Green Manufacturing, and how your manufacturing facility can benefit from sustainability efforts. During the show, we dig into the benefits of green initiatives in manufacturing. We discuss how manufacturers can re…
 
ROI - Return on Investment - pre-pandemic vs post-pandemic. How ROI looked before the pandemic is completely different in a post-pandemic world. Does your perspective on ROI need to change as well? Traditionally, the focus for production engineering was to increase production. Automation was trying to increase production which meant getting more ou…
 
Doom and gloom. Enough of that - this episode is all about successes! Listen to hear how manufacturers can use automation (and sometimes not) to overcome and succeed in a competitive market when labor can be difficult to find. elliTek's Engineers have been asked about some interesting things lately that could benefit you. Anti-air? Listen to learn …
 
Labor shortages can be seen in nearly every industry. In manufacturing, frustration is rising because factories are seeing huge demands but are unable to take full advantage. WHY? Join us as we explore some of the reasons. Including why the labor shortages happening today are different than in the past. Why is the demand for blue-collar and manual …
 
What happened with Colonial Pipeline and could it have been prevented? This episode isn't a dig at Colonial Pipeline. It's a cautionary tale for businesses, and their cybersecurity preparedness efforts. The reason Colonial shut down their pipeline was they were uncertain. They were unsure what systems were going to be affected over and above the ac…
 
This is a HOT topic -- Condition Monitoring (CM). Brandon pierces through the sales and marketing fodder to expose some really cool stuff. Sales and marketing would have you monitor just temperature and vibration. But wait, there's more! Remember the refrigerator analogy? What indicators are really enough? Manufacturers are developing some fantasti…
 
When you think of motors, do you think of a spinning shaft for running things like the fan in an air conditioner or an exhaust fan? What happens if something needs to move in a linear fashion? Motors are more than rotation. This episode is about motion control, rotary and linear motion. You'll learn about the types of rotary motors: stepper motors …
 
Menial tasks are those repetitive, tedious, or dangerous tasks that a robot is capable of doing freeing up time for associates to focus on high-value-added tasks. The types of robots used to automate applications can be different and sometimes confusing, so we're breaking it all down for in this episode. Please join us as we explore collaborative r…
 
Have you been seeing the phrase Robotic Process Automation lately? Well, you're not alone. This episode we learn about Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and some of the misconceptions surrounding RPA. What are the benefits of RPA? How would one implement RPA? What are the four reasons to automate, according to Brandon's Brandology? What does RPA hav…
 
To celebrate National Women's History Month, this episode is dedicated to the countless women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math who have blazed a trail for women in STEM today. At elliTek, a couple of women are carrying the Engineering torch today. Julie Shaw is an Applications Engineer with elliTek. Julie earned her Bachelor of Science…
 
Making Robots ~ Building Leaders, Gracious Professionalism, and Coopetition are just a few terms you'll hear during this episode. Morgan Everett, Lead Mentor with Red Nation Robotics, is our special guest! More than just robots and more than a student run enterprise, FIRST® Robotics & Red Nation Robotics has it all. Listen to hear how tomorrow's le…
 
This episode is dedicated to the Edge - Edge Computing that is. Listen to learn all about Edge Computing. What is the Edge? Where is the Edge? What's the big deal? Brandon gives a down-to-earth explanation of what the edge is outside of manufacturing that nearly everyone can relate to. Find out what lives on the Edge in the world of manufacturing. …
 
Safety of employees is a top priority for plant managers. In addition to the countless aspects that represent safety risks throughout a facility, the total cost of serious workplace injures exceeds over $1 billion per week according to the 2020 Workplace Safety Index. This is HUGE, so we brought in a safety expert to get the low-down. Dave Rice is …
 
Additive Manufacturing or 3D printing is bringing new perspectives to manufacturing, so we have a special guest, Matthew Stuckey, to bring us his fresh, new perspectives on the subject. Matthew is studying Mechanical Engineering at the Tickle College of Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and is well versed in Additive Manufacturi…
 
In September 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a new proposed rule regarding food traceability. This rule, which would be part of Section 204(d) of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), establishes event tracking requirements for specific foods and ingredients throughout the supply chain. Comments for the proposed rule …
 
This is a fun season wrap up where we're reviewing our previous podcasts and looking ahead to 2021! Industrial Automation - It Doesn't Have To... Be Engineered elliTek's pre-engineered Smart Servo Actuators and Robotic Work cells are designed to help manufacturers save money. You do what you can do and elliTek can fill in the gaps. There are plenty…
 
This episode of elliTek's Industrial Automation podcast is about Predictive Maintenance. We are talking with a special guest, Keary Donovan. Keary is the owner of Pathways 7. Pathways 7 is a consulting firm helping SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) capitalize on up-to-date information systems so they can become more competitive. Keary recen…
 
This episode is about thankfulness and gratitude. Industrial Automation can be hopeful and positive. elliTek is thankful for each of our customers, our colleagues, and our families. During this episode, we review some projects that our customer's have told us that they are thankful for and that they have benefited from. Hopefully, you will come awa…
 
Join us every other Tuesday as we talk Industrial Automation and what it doesn't have to be! elliTek builds custom machines for manufacturing systems, offers comprehensive turnkey and design/build services, and technical training. Our mission is to empower our clients. That's what this podcast is all about - empowering manufacturers, hopefully lear…
 
Myopic is being short-sighted -- unable to clearly see things that are far away. elliTek's mission is one of empowerment. We want manufacturers find a way to better position themselves moving forward. Our hope is that this podcast provides helpful perspectives. This episode is about the tendencies we can have as human beings to focus on one piece o…
 
Adding automated robotic systems to a factory can save money, create higher-quality parts, and increase production. There are six types of industrial robots that can be classified according to the typed of movement, the application needs, reach and payload requirements, and manufacturing preference. You will learn about the types of robots and how …
 
This podcast expands on Brandon's interview with Food Engineering magazine, "Keeping machines and OT networks and IT safe from cyberattacks". We take a deep dive into cybersecurity. Listen to the full episode to learn: Are cyberattacks evolving? Has automation technology opened the door to hackers? Is the Operational Technology (OT) side vulnerable…
 
This episode is full of acronyms. Here's a quick list for reference. A brief explanation of each Industrial Revolution follows the list. CNC: Computer Numerical Control. It's a computer controlled machine that uses pre-programmed software to direct the movement of machining tools and 3D printers. ERP: Enterprise Resource Planning. The ERP system ru…
 
Robots - Robotic systems - Servo actuators don't have to... be engineered. During elliTek's first podcast, you'll find out who elliTek is, what elliTek does, and why elliTek is different. More importantly, how manufacturers can benefit. We delve into industrial robots, pre-engineered robotic workcells, and pre-engineered servo actuators. Brandon's …
 
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