Gary On Manufacturing - Gary Mintchell



Where Operations Technology and Information Technology come together. Essays and interviews with Gary Mintchell.


  • 213 Bright Ideas Beyond Automation

    17/09/2020 Duración: 09min

    Did you ever get a bright idea for a new product or service? You might have even sketched it and written a product outline. Then you filed it. One day you noticed someone else had taken that same idea and created a billion-dollar company? Bright ideas and doing the work.

  • 212 Future of Work

    14/08/2020 Duración: 14min

    With AI and automation and robots, what will humans do for work in the future? Will we all be destitute? Will we finally be able to take time and "smell the roses"? Gary offers thoughts.

  • 211 Passion for Teaching Thinking

    03/08/2020 Duración: 14min

    Teaching and Mentoring the next generation of engineers and technologists.

  • 210 They Don't Look Like Athletes

    21/07/2020 Duración: 08min

    The first writer to seriously look at the new phenomenon of data-driven analytics in baseball found himself allowed to sit in the locker room of the major league baseball team. He observed the players. Something naggged at his consciousness. Then it dawned on him—they didn't look like athletes. Showering, getting dressed, no one really looked like a standout athlete. Yet, they were winning. Yes, said data-driven baseball exec Billy Beane, everyone else evaluates how players look. We look at their performance and indicators that they have future potential. But I really wanted to discuss Digital Transformation. And to transform digitally, you need to be (digital) data-driven.

  • 208 Like a Cog in a Gear Train

    02/07/2020 Duración: 12min

    The original visionaries who established the modern education system in the early 20th Century were following and expanding upon a vision of the founders of the USA—an educated population is essential for the success of a democracy and for a fruitful life. What became of this education system? Hi This is Gary. This podcast is brought to you with support from Inductive Automation. Discover a whole new view with Ignition 8 by Inductive Automation. Packed with features for the modern control system like unlimited licensing, high-powered tags, and a mobile-first flexible design environment for all devices, Ignition 8 supports enterprises of any size. See all ignition has to offer at . Did the system you grow up in seem like the one I did? It was more like you were groomed to sit still, follow orders, give back the answer the teacher wanted, don’t make waves. It was designed originally to give just enough basic skills in English and math so that mostly boys could fill the slots in

  • 209 From Chaos and Crisis Come Innovation

    19/06/2020 Duración: 14min

    Perhaps the #BlackLivesMatter protests will lead to real change if organization leaders step up and do instead of say. Likewise, innovation in technology and manufacturing is leaping ahead spurred on by the Coronavirus pandemic.

  • 207 Engineering Response to Covid 19

    14/06/2020 Duración: 11min

    Years ago machine and process safety were first ignored and then addressed as an add-on Then engineers began evaluating the problem and engineered safety from the beginning design. Not only was safety enhanced, but also reliability and productivity improved as well. We are seeing the same thing already in response to solving problems due to Covid-19. I take a look at a variety of responses just in the first couple of months of the crisis. This podcast is sponsored by Inductive Automation and its flagship Ignition 8.

  • 206-OEMs How To Innovate To Win More Business

    01/06/2020 Duración: 14min

    Whether you are building machines to a spec or some other product or you are a systems integrator or supplier--experience shows that those who think laterally and find a value add are more likely to get more business from good customers. I even share a story about a software developer who started playing with 3D printing and then organized a manufacturing line to produce face masks for Polish hospital workers in response to SARS CoV 2. Check out The Podcast . This podcast is brought to you with support from Inductive Automation. Discover a whole new view with Ignition 8 by Inductive Automation. Packed with features for the modern control system like unlimited licensing, high-powered tags, and a mobile-first flexible design environment for all devices, Ignition 8 supports enterprises of any size. See all Ignition has to offer at Check out my blog at

  • 205 Digital Transformation is a Journey

    15/05/2020 Duración: 14min

    When I would go to NI Week, National Instruments would always talk about solving big problems. I began to approach the history of digital transformation that same way. GM had a problem involving the changeover of machines from one model year to the next. It took too long to change the machines due to the relay logic. They went to Odo Struger of Allen-Bradley and Dick Morely who then founded Modicon for a solution. Each built a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) to solve the problem and the race was on. We can then look at all the digital advances from then to now as the solving of successively more difficult problems. Today we have IoT, data science, edge computing, analytics, visualization, AR, VR. And we go on. It is a journey not a destination. This podcast is sponsored by Ignition by Inductive Automation.

  • 204 Wirelessly Charging IoT Devices With Light

    16/04/2020 Duración: 29min

    This episode is an interview with Yuval Boger, CMO of Wi-Charge, who talks about wireless remote power for charging IoT devices with light. There was a gap between this and my last podcast. In the interim, we sold a house, bought a house, and moved to another state--all at the beginning of the covid-19 rise and the shelter-in-place orders. It has been crazy times. Now, we've plenty of time to get used to the new house. I hope everyone listening is doing well.

  • 203 Unlocking Data

    24/02/2020 Duración: 16min

    Computing at the Edge was a constant theme in the two tech forums I visited in early February. Mostly what that means is that many enterprise applications need data from the plant or process. Data must be unlocked. Other topics included speculation over anticipated benefits of 5G and a sprouting of Open and Open Source initiatives.

  • 202 Industrial Challenges 2020 Edition

    30/01/2020 Duración: 14min

    In the late 1970s I worked in an engineering department where one of my responsibilities was the custodian and distributor of all engineering data. In addition, I did all the corporate new product quoting--such things as UPS truck bodies and the bodies for the original Atlanta Airport People Movers. Everything was paper and manual. Drawings to bills of material to routings to costing. Today we do the same tasks, except that everything is digital. The drawings are all digital files, the BOM--digital, sorting/costing/checking all faster and digital. We adapt and adopt technology to do things better. The problem remains--leadership and management of the systems to implement all these technologies in order to reap the rewards. That--is the challenge before us.

  • 201 Intelligent Application of Technology

    14/01/2020 Duración: 14min

    You are an engineer in a factory or plant. The machine or process is down. Production has stopped. The general manager is yelling. The CEO has vowed to investors, customers, and media that he'll sleep in the plant until production is back up. I've never had it as bad as the people at Tesla with Elon Musk beating on them, but I've lived that life. I helped start a magazine with the stated editorial goal of writing about the intelligent application of automation. After several years of Internet of Things, cyber-physical systems, Industry 4.0, digital twins, digital transformation, I think it is past time to look at our projects in terms of how do we employ technology intelligently for improved profitability, work conditions, quality, customer satisfaction, supplier satisfaction, and environmental sustainability. Thank you to my sponsor for another year--Inductive Automation.

  • 200 Best Use of Tech in Industry

    03/12/2019 Duración: 13min

    Recap of previous 199 episodes over the past 12 years. We reviewed Ethernet (when it was new for manufacturing), safety, video interviews, and thought pieces. Looking ahead, we are challenged to get tech out of the way while we support Lean, human decision-making, making work more meaningful, and solving difficult manufacturing/industrial business problems.

  • 199 Artificial Intelligence

    08/11/2019 Duración: 12min

    Despite all the dystopian views of technology promulgated over the past 20 or so years, artificial intelligence can be a powerful tool for solving some complex problems. We in industrial applications need it as part of the tool kit.

  • 198 IT and OT Can Agree It Is All About Data

    26/10/2019 Duración: 20min

    It’s all about data. No matter if I attend an IT conference, like recently at Hitachi Vantara, or an OT conference, such as recently at Emerson Automation and Schneider Electric (Foxboro and Triconex), we are discussing and learning about data and digital technologies. Data must be discovered, gathered, trusted, secured, analyzed, and used. It is the basis of the Digital Transformation and used for the Digital Twin and Internet of Things. Then I digress into youth sports and how some leagues, coaches, and parents still don’t get it.

  • 197 IT and OT in Conversation

    03/10/2019 Duración: 14min

    Mike Boudreaux of Emerson Automation assembled a panel discussion during Emerson Global Users Exchange 2019 comprised of two IT professionals and two OT professionals to discuss the Edge and Digital Transformation. The conversation among the two "sides" is growing closer and closer.

  • 196 Engineering Ethics

    12/09/2019 Duración: 11min

    From Clark Griswold's cereal crunch enhancer to some of my experiences in engineering and manufacturing, I ponder how we need to work to benefit our customer and our society rather than being harmful and hurtful. Brought to you by Ignition 8 from Inductive Automation.

  • 195 Digital Transformations

    30/08/2019 Duración: 13min

    Every supplier provides customers with digital transformation these days. Just what is it? How does it relate to IT and OT? What is the business case? Sponsored by Ignition by Inductive Automation.

  • 194 Beware Hype of OT and IT

    17/08/2019 Duración: 12min

    Platforms come and go--sometimes quickly with turns in technology. IoT platforms were all the rage. Just like IT/OT Convergence and other hyped tech. But engineers are quietly working together to apply the technologies to solve business and industrial problems. Don't watch the hype. Notice when everyone is using it.

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