Gary On Manufacturing - Gary Mintchell



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


  • 193 Open Source, IT and OT and Dell Tech

    02/08/2019 Duración: 15min

    This updates a conversation with Dell IoT CTO Jason Shepherd since I couldn't make it to Dell Tech World. We talked open source (the EdgeX Foundry project), cloud, device management, and more.

  • 192 Why and OT guy goes to IT conferences

    13/07/2019 Duración: 15min

    There are many reasons to go to IT conferences. There is a lot of digitalization activity in this area. Compute platforms, gateways, edge, IoT, networking, analytics, security, and more. This episode sponsored by Ignition from Inductive Automation and also by Schneider Electric's Foxboro and Triconex upcoming user conference.

  • 191 Coaching, Technology, and Challenges

    25/06/2019 Duración: 15min

    If we are ever going to finally bring IT and OT together, indeed break through all of a company’s silos, it will be through adopting coaching as a key component of the manager’s tool kit. I reference Trillion Dollar Coach by Schmidt, Rosenberg, and Eagle—a book about legendary Bill Campbell and how his coaching made the difference for executives at Google, Apple, and many more Silicon Valley companies. I also take a look at another Bill—Bill Gates—whose 10 top tech trends and 10 top challenges to solve appeared in this spring’s MIT Technology Review.

  • 190 IT plus OT Equals Plant Performance

    06/05/2019 Duración: 15min

    The old IT and OT silo idea is finally a myth--whether you want to believe it or not. Manufacturing and production management are not stupid. They act on what they think is best. Structurally organizing so that IT and OT leaders are placed together and work together is solving the grand data problem of process data integrating into enterprise systems.

  • 189 Automation and Jobs Always Ask Why

    26/04/2019 Duración: 16min

    There are some things that drive me up the metaphorical wall. Especially concerning discussions of automation and jobs. I’ve contemplated this issue for years. Lately there was an issue of the Axios Future newsletter. There are times when they stop at a macro level with no understanding of underlying facts. That’s a common problem with both economists and journalists. My concerns: 1. Confusing robots and automation 2. Not understanding the jobs that were replaced 3. Advances in manufacturing that greatly enhance the quality of jobs 4. Confuse correlation with causation

  • 188 Disruptive Technology Startups

    17/04/2019 Duración: 16min

    I interviewed CEOs of two startup companies who are developing products based on powerful, yet inexpensive technologies, that promise to disrupt several use cases.

  • 187 IT and OT and Revitalized Manufacturing

    28/03/2019 Duración: 18min

    There are few things I find as exciting as exploring revitalizing manufacturing or production facility. When people and technology come together to make useful products in a clean and safe manner is art to me. This podcast reflects on my trip to Ford Livonia and FlexNGate in Detroit on March 19. This episode is sponsored by Ignition by Inductive Automation and by Bright Wolf.

  • 186-Women In Engineering Careers

    13/03/2019 Duración: 29min

    As march into Women’s History Month, I welcome Isabel Yang, CTO at Advanced Energy Industries. As a minority woman in a C suite position at a publicly traded manufacturing company, Isabel has a plethora of unique insight on her path to success as well as advice for all women looking to spearhead their careers. “I believe women need to shape their own destiny in their careers and lives. Now more than ever, we must work to establish a set of core skills early in our careers and gradually grow ourselves into experts, then progressively branch out to learn about adjacent areas or new areas to acquire new skills.”

  • 185 Beyond IIoT

    28/02/2019 Duración: 11min

    In the beginning there were M2M and Internet of Things. Then came Industrial Internet of Things combining the two. Add a stream coming from standards such as Industry 4.0 and we started talking about Digital Transformation. Gary talks about emphasizing business processes and sustainable profitability using all these technologies and strategies plus people. Going beyond IIoT.

  • 184 Standards Are Important For Manufacturers

    20/02/2019 Duración: 12min

    Without standards, shipping by ship, train, and truck would be chaotic. Just so, developing manufacturing standards such as OPC, FDT, EDDL, ISA88, and ISA95 has had great benefit to manufacturers and producers. The Open Process Automation Forum, part of The Open Group, consists of users and developers of technology hoping to build a standard of standards lowering total cost of ownership and total cost of upgrading.

  • 183 Manufacturing News or Robot Fallacy

    17/01/2019 Duración: 13min

    Gary responds to a New York Times opinion piece that is yet another "robots will replace all workers" lament. These are all so wrong. Where do you go for manufacturing news that's realistic?

  • 182-Companies On the Move

    21/12/2018 Duración: 13min

    Stuff happening. Siemens (cyber security, growing digitally). Emerson (growing and acquisitions). GE (divesting Digital). ABB (divesting power grid). Rockwell (new product with PTC). Keep an eye on IT companies with powerful compute packages for OT--Dell Technologies and Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

  • 181IoT World East Talk -- Story of Data

    21/11/2018 Duración: 15min

    The talk I gave at Industry of Things World East in Orlando in November. The Internet of Things and the story of data. All about solving business problems.

  • 180 Asking Why

    31/10/2018 Duración: 10min

    Asking why? Continuous learning. Helping educate our children. Ideas for solving new problems and developing new business.

  • 179 Relationship of Humans and Technology

    26/09/2018 Duración: 08min

    Humans have journeyed from being craftsmen to cogs in an industrial machine to productive with assistance of technology.

  • 178 What Problem Are You Solving

    27/08/2018 Duración: 12min

    178 What Problem Are You Solving It has been said that computers are great at generating questions. They just can’t figure out the right question. Engineers are problem solvers. That is 99% of their education. Thing is—are they solving the right problem. Businesses have adopted the open office architecture for many years. It solves a business cost problem—get more people per square foot. They publicly justify it, though, as solving the people collaboration problem. But they create a people productivity problem. The signal v noise blog from BaseCamp called Library Rules proposes an interesting solution. The open office has existed for centuries. And it works fantastically. It’s called a library. Check out library rules for your open office dilemma. Solving technology problems is a lot of fun for engineers. They look at everything as a technology problem. But then there are problems that are not technology. Such as people problems. Take a look at Facebook’s problems right now. They are not technology; they are

  • 177 Hey OT What Can IT Do For You

    18/07/2018 Duración: 28min

    Salesforce has a platform manufacturing companies are beginning to use to link customers, service, dealers, and manufacturing. Youth sports as a metaphor for mentoring. What are you doing to bring young people along? Hewlett Packard Enterprise Discover conference. A melding of enterprise-grade compute at the edge, Internet of Things practice, and deep dive into manufacturing. Example from off-shore, refinery, and other manufacturing. Siemens Mindsphere coming of age at Automation Summit and a visit to the Norwood large motor manufacturing plant.

  • 176 Hewlett Packard Enterprise at Hannover 2018

    06/06/2018 Duración: 13min

    HPE’s stand at Hannover reflected the company’s focus on manufacturing. My first experience with HPE through Edge computing. IoT has a prominent executive champion. Several executives are devoted to manufacturing solutions. Remote Visual Guidance augmented reality. Blockchain possibilities. Starter kit for HPE Edgeline for manufacturing. Partnerships in the DNA. Vision system for assembly checking.

  • 175 OPC UA and TSN updated from Hannover 2018

    26/05/2018 Duración: 08min

    After my Podcast 149 about big companies not liking OPC UA a couple of years ago (and got more than 1k views on YouTube) and a report and white paper on OPC UA and TSN from 2017 Hannover, the landscape has changed. Big companies are now adopting OPC UA and the OPC UA/TSN talk has gone mainstream.

  • 174 Leadership With Soul Overcomes Technology

    10/04/2018 Duración: 09min

    Despite the many dystopian views of technology, automation, and robots in the future, it is human decision making and leadership that determines what will happen. Gaurav Bhalla's "Awakening a Leader's Soul" teaches a different perspective on leadership.

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