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THE BIG M Manufacturing Minutes

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WJR’s Paul W. Smith and THE BIG M bring you THE BIG M Manufacturing Minutes podcast series, featuring manufacturing industry leaders who are valuable partners, sponsors and contributors to THE BIG M Event.

Manufacturing Minutes topics include:

Interviews

Jeannine Kunz
Jeannine Kunz, SME Director of “Tooling U – SME” tells Paul W. Smith about the work SME is doing to train the next generation of manufacturers.

 

Jeremy Bout
Jeremy Bout, Producer & Host of Edge Factor talks to Paul W. Smith live from Cobo Center about the next generation of manufacturers & the work that’s going on to convince millennials to go into the manufacturing business. He says the best way to get students interested in manufacturing is to tell them a story.

 

Bryan Crutchfield
Bryan Crutchfield, Materialise Managing Director talks to Paul W. Smith about the role that 3D Printing is playing in manufacturing to improve the quality of the products.

 

Debbie Holton
Debbie Holton, Director of SME Industry Strategy & Events explains to Paul W. Smith why the SME “Big M” conference is important for the city of Detroit and the manufacturing community.

 

Craig Sutton
Craig Sutton, Manager for Advanced Manufacturing & Innovation Strategy at Deere and Company tells Paul W. Smith the “Big M” conference is a fantastic opportunity to talk with others about innovation in manufacturing.

 

Nigel Francis
Nigel Francis, American Axel & Manufacturing Vice-President of Corporate Planning tells Paul W. Smith it’s great that the Manufacturing Convergence conference also known as the “Big M” is going on in Detroit, the center of manufacturing in the world.

 

Penny Pritzker
Penny Pritzker talks with Marie Osborne about the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation and about Commerce’s Manufacturing Extension Partnerships and their benefits for Michigan.

 

Podcasts and Manufacturing Minutes

Listen to the podcasts below to hear how the industry comes together at THE BIG M to shape the future of manufacturing.

Karen Kerr – June 1, 2015
Paul W. Smith speaks with Karen Kerr, Senior Director of Advanced Manufacturing at GE, about the importance of innovators when it comes to making products better. Sophisticated products come from sophisticated manufacturing. Hear more now in this Big M podcast.
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Joe Justice – May 18, 2015
Paul W. Smith speaks with Joe Justice from Scrum Incorporated, about John Deere’s factory of the future elite and how their using scrum to speed up their manufacturing.
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Bryan Crutchfield – May 11, 2015
Paul W. Smith speaks with Bryan Crutchfield, Managing Director of Materialise. Materialise is a world leader of 3D printing software solutions and sophisticated additive manufacturing services for over 25 years. You can hear more about this and their involvement at the Big M in this podcast.
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Jeannine Kunz – May 4, 2015
Paul W. Smith speaks with Jeannine Kunz, Director of Tooling U-SME, where she leads a team dedicated to the ongoing enhancement of manufacturing personnel. The Big M Event brings people, technology and product together in one event to shape the future of manufacturing. Hear how training the workforce fits into Big M during this podcast?
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Robert “Buzz” Kross – April 27, 2015
Paul W. Smith speaks with Senior Vice President of Design, Life Cycle and Simulation at Autodesk, Robert “Buzz” Kross. Changes in manufacturing are happening rapidly as the ability to connect online has allowed for extended work forces around the world to work together without being in the same room. Hear more about the Future of Making Things during this podcast.
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Jeff Krause – April 20, 2015
Paul W. Smith speaks with Jeff Krause, CEO of SME and host for this year’s Big M Event being held at Cobo Center June 2nd thru June 4th. Did you know every $1.00 spent in Manufacturing generates another $1.37 for the economy. Hear more during this podcast.
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Karl Klimek – April 13, 2015
Paul W. Smith speaks with Executive Director of Square One Education Network Karl Klimek. In this podcast interview, you’ll hear how they are biologically designed to discover, design, innovate and create. Unless kids are exposed to these future technologies and these expanding career opportunities, they are never going to pursue them.
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Laurie A. Harbour – April 6, 2015
Paul W. Smith speaks with Laurie Harbour is President and CEO of Harbour Results Inc. and a trusted advisor to the North American manufacturing industry. Laurie talks to Paul about why manufacturing is so important to the economy – and the Great Lakes region, specifically?
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John Billings – March 30, 2015
Paul W. Smith speaks with John Billings, Vice President and Head of Automotive Aerospace Turnkey Solutions at Siemens. John talks to Paul W. about the skill sets needed for us to adapt to the future while helping the country thrive as a global economic power.
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Walter Kaufmann – March 23, 2015
Paul W. Smith speaks with Walter Kaufmann, Senior Consultant and Southeast Lead ofP3 Group. Walter Kaufmann is a Management Consultant at P3 Group. With vast experience in the automotive manufacturing environment, Walter is well versed in the management of operational topics related to product development projects, engineering projects, production transfers, production ramp-ups, process analysis and optimization, supplier management, program management and production.
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Kevin Kerrigan – March 16, 2015
Paul W. Smith speaks with Kevin Kerrigan Senior Vice President, Automotive Office of MEDC Senior Adviser Automotive Initiatives, State of Michigan. Kevin comes to state government with over 35 years of executive experience in the global automotive sector encompassing both technical and executive management in North America, Europe and Asia. Kevin led his own automotive design and engineering company for 20 years and has worked at an executive level for Tier 1 automotive suppliers. As a hands on executive Kevin has a proven track record of developing and growing companies within the automotive industry.
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Jay Baron – March 9, 2015
Paul W. Smith speaks with Jay Baron, President & CEO of CAR, Center for Automotive Research. Dr. Jay Baron leads the Manufacturing Engineering and Technology group at CAR. Dr. Baron’s research has involved automotive tooling, vehicle assembly, process validation, and competitive evaluation of technologies involving advanced light-weight material processing and business case assessment.
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Martin Kinsella – March 2, 2015
Paul W. Smith speaks with Martin Kinsella, the Director of Advanced Materials and Process Technologies at COMAU. COMAU now with 40 years of experience in advanced manufacturing systems, it represents a proven world-wide leader in sustainable automation and service solutions with a forward focus.
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John Waraniak – February 23, 2015
Paul W. Smith speaks with John Waraniak, Vice President Vehicle Technology, Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA). Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) consists of a diverse group of manufacturers, distributors, retailers, publishing companies, auto restorers, street-rod builders, re-stylers, car clubs, race teams and more.
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John Billings – February 16, 2015
Paul W. Smith speaks with John Billings, Vice President and Head of Automotive Aerospace Turnkey Solutions at Siemens. John talks to Paul W. about the skill sets needed for us to adapt to the future while helping the country thrive as a global economic power.
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Nigel J. Francis – January 28, 2015
Paul W. Smith speaks with Nigel J. Francis, Vice President Corporate Planning for American Axle & Manufacturing, a leading, global Tier-One automotive supplier of driveline and drivetrain systems. Paul W. and Nigel discuss American Axle & Manufacturing’s support for the Big M.
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Kenneth Rogers – January 16, 2015
Paul W. Smith talks to Kenneth Rogers, executive director of Automation Alley, about Digital Manufacturing.
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Debbie Holton – January 16, 2015
Paul W. Smith speaks with Debbie Holton, director of industry strategy and events for SME. Debbie speaks about the idea of High-Tech Manufacturing and Traditional Heavy Manufacturing.
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