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Unlike any other industrial automation podcast! Join me, Theresa Houck, for Automation Chat, where I talk with industrial automation leaders, executives. practitioners and other subject matter experts to get their insights about technologies and trends affecting manufacturing and industrial automation professionals every day. I’m Executive Editor of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork magazine (http://rok.auto/thejournal). I chat with guests about digital transformati ...
 
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Have you ever heard a volunteer firefighter refer to themself as "just a volunteer" or maybe you've even referred to yourself in such a way at some point in your career. On today's episode, Brian dives into the "just a volunteer" mindset. Listen in with an open mind, because this one may sting a bit. About our hosts: Brian Soller has been an active…
 
If you like “Automation Chat,” please leave us a 5-star rating, and subscribe. In this episode of “Automation Chat,” Executive Editor Theresa Houck discusses advanced analytics in industrial automation and their role in improving business results for any size company. She is joined by Chirayu Shah, Rockwell Automation Product Head of Edge to Cloud …
 
In this episode from The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork magazine, Executive Editor Theresa Houck discusses 2022 industrial automation trends affecting manufacturers and producers on their digital transformation journey. Learn about the strategies and smart technologies companies are using to improve agility, productivity an…
 
On today's episode Brian and Kara take a trip to rural small town American with lieutenant Bill Smith and firefighter Evan Spaulding from the Erieville (NY) Fire Department. Small town volunteer fire departments face even greater challenges to when it comes to the recruitment and retention of members and the ability to respond to all types of emerg…
 
In this episode from The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork magazine, Executive Editor Theresa Houck details the steps some manufacturers are taking to successfully build resilience and agility into their supply chain so they can recover from a shortage of people, products or capacity. Our hope is that some of these can help yo…
 
On Tuesday, March 8, 2022, the Liberty Fire Department (Sullivan County, NY) was dispatched to an activated alarm at Buckley Garden Apartments. While en-route command was notified of a smoke condition with the possibility of victims entrapped on the upper floors. The incident quickly changed from "just another AFA"! On today's episode Brian and Kar…
 
Let's take a moment to discuss two works that can defeat you before your even try.... "I can't!" About our hosts: Brian Soller has been an active volunteer for the last 30+ years. He currently serves as assistant chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department and for the past 17 years has been a New York state fire instructor assigned to Sullivan County, N…
 
Whether you’ve already purchased an electric motor or are still in the planning stage, familiarizing yourself with the different electric motor controls can help you maximize the productivity and efficiency of your operation while extending the service life of your motor, electronics, and all the mechanical assets connected to your motor.Motor cont…
 
In this episode of “Automation Chat” from The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork magazine, Executive Editor Theresa Houck discusses the gray market — products sold legally, but outside of the brand's permission. This isn’t an issue limited to just Rockwell Automation; it applies to all industrial automation suppliers. What’s th…
 
On today's episode Brian and Kara discuss the recent "Join Sullivan Fire" event in Sullivan County, NY and the future of the podcast. Tune in and check it out! About our hosts: Brian Soller has been an active volunteer for the last 30+ years. He currently serves as assistant chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department and for the past 17 years has been …
 
We’re thrilled to bring you this EXCLUSIVE interview with Gina Ayala Claxton, the new President for the Americas Region at Rockwell Automation, who just started in January. She chats with Theresa Houck, Executive Editor of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork magazine. Part of Gina’s new role is to help make the customer expe…
 
Think the unthinkable can never happen to you, your agency or your mutual aid? Think again, because "it can"! **we apologize for the sound quality of this episode. About our hosts: Brian Soller has been an active volunteer for the last 30+ years. He currently serves as assistant chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department and for the past 17 years has b…
 
In this episode of “Automation Chat” from The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork magazine, Executive Editor Theresa Houck reviews highlights from the 2021 Automation Fair® event, hosted by Rockwell Automation Nov. 10-11 in Houston. Learn about the 100+ exhibits from Rockwell Automation and companies in its PartnerNetwork, the e…
 
Regardless of industry, modern businesses are moving from an outdated linear supply chain model to a new paradigm that leverages technological tools to improve visibility, forecasting, and stock management. Let us introduce you to the key technologies and practices driving this shift and what they can offer for you and your business.The EvolutionTr…
 
On today's episode Brian and Kara are joined by members of the Sullivan County (NY) Recruitment and Retention Task Force. In early spring of 2021, the Sullivan County Bureau of Fire created the recruitment and retention task force Their mission is twofold - inspire more of our friends and neighbors to join the fire service and to ensure the success…
 
Is your organization failing? Who's to blame for that failure? On today's episode, Brian discusses organizational mindset, leadership, and the treatment of our membership! About our hosts: Brian Soller has been an active volunteer for the last 30+ years. He currently serves as assistant chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department and for the past 17 yea…
 
Service factor plays a crucial role in a long-lasting, reliable gearbox. Service factor is a way to measure how well a gearbox or a gearbox motor will handle specific demands and operating conditions, depending on the application. Let's take a look at why the gearbox service factor is essential, what it means, and how to optimize it for your requir…
 
We’re excited to re-share our top episode of 2021! This is my chat with Grant Geyer at Claroty about he Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack that happened in May. Please follow us, and rate us and give us a review. And enjoy this #1 episode of the year! The ransomware attack that shut down the Colonial Pipeline on May 7, 2021, is considered the most…
 
As 2021 winds down, we’re re-sharing our top episodes of the year. This is my chat with Allan Rentcome at Sensia about how oil and gas companies are investing in digital automation. Please follow us, and rate us and give us a review. Enjoy this #2 episode of 2021! Host Theresa Houck, Executive Editor of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our …
 
As we near the end of 2021, we’re re-sharing our top episodes of the year. This is my chat with Andrew Chrostowski at Realwear about wearable computers. And be sure to follow us, and rate us and give us a review — it really helps, and we sincerely appreciate it. Now enjoy our #3 episode of 2021! Host Theresa Houck, Executive Editor of The Journal F…
 
As 2021 winds down, we’re re-sharing our top episodes of the year. This is my chat with my buddy Steve at Southwire about termination and grounding of VFD cables. And be sure to follow us, and rate us and give us a review — it really helps, and we appreciate it. Now enjoy this #4 episode of 2021! Host Theresa Houck, Executive Editor of The Journal …
 
Todays episode is sponsored by @daddymacdyes Get your custom disc golf discs at daddymacdyes.com and use promo code brotherhood20 On todays episode Brian and Kara dive back into volunteer fire department elections. Topics discussed are setting our officers up for success, commitment, job requirements, disagreeing with others and attempting to have …
 
Maintaining a safe work environment is paramount in industrial settings that involve high-voltage infrastructure and rapidly moving components. Proper electric motor safety is an essential step toward achieving trouble-free operation. Safety practices span across motor installation, everyday operation, and maintenance. It is necessary to develop an…
 
Electric motors are often required at potentially explosive or flammable sites, such as chemical plants, coal mines, or petrochemical plants. Accidents could result in damage, injury, or loss of life. This makes it vitally important to select a motor that won't create an ignition source. Let’s take a look at the four key criteria used to classify d…
 
Regardless of the application, you and your team need to depend on your electric motor to operate consistently. Not all industrial applications are the same, but you can determine which motor will be best suited for your job by using this checklist. Consider these six factors when selecting your next industrial motor:1. Size and Power2. Reliability…
 
Host Theresa Houck, Executive Editor of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork magazine, talks with Steve Wetzel, Senior Product Engineer with Southwire Co., about terminating and grounding variable-frequency drive (VFD) cables. Learn why cable termination is so important, why cables often are terminated incorrectly, and how to…
 
Who's responsible for helping to ensure a firefighters success? Is it on the leadership to follow up and make sure that he/she/they have all the tools necessary and follow up regularly, or is it on the firefighter to chase down the leadership to ensure they own success? Join Brian, Kara and guests deputy chief Heath Pannell and Lt. Cecil Hunter as …
 
In this special “Tech Spotlight” episode of Automation Chat, Theresa Houck, Executive Editor of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork magazine, chats with Max Davitt, Technical Support & Applications Engineer at LinMot USA, a Rockwell Automation Technology Partner. You’ll learn about the company’s PR02 linear rotary motor, whi…
 
In this special “Tech Spotlight” episode of Automation Chat, host Theresa Houck, Executive Editor of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork magazine, chats with Tom McKinney, Director, Engineering Services and Partnerships with HMS Networks, a Rockwell Automation Technology Partner. You’ll learn about the company’s eWON Flexy, …
 
You’ve heard of digital twins, but do you really know how they work? It’s a big deal. Find out how they’re used for industrial automation design, in this chat with Chris Harduwar, Vice President of Automation with Maplesoft, and Theresa Houck, Executive Editor of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork magazine. Also learn why d…
 
So, you’ve input the ratings you need your new motor to meet, and your choices are down to two motors. Seemingly identical, the ratings on the product data sheet match your requirements precisely. The only difference? One motor is a Baldor motor, and the other a Leeson. How do you make your selection between these two top brands? Below, we’ll cover…
 
To choose the right gearbox for your electric motor drive application, it’s important to understand the fundamentals of gearboxes, the key differences between gear designs, and how to match a gearbox with your application's requirements.A gearbox is a gear train designed to modify the speed and torque characteristics of a motor. When gearboxes redu…
 
In this special “Tech Spotlight” episode of Automation Chat, host Theresa Houck, Executive Editor of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork magazine, chats with Kevin Reed, Technical Support & Applications Engineer at LinMot USA, a Rockwell Automation Technology Partner. They talk about the company’s intelligent SSCP stainless …
 
On today's episode Brian discusses the career / volunteer comparison game! Why can't we just focus on being the best firefighter that we can be? Why do we feel the need to compare ourselves to others? Why do some of us spend so much time on social media feeding into the negativity? About our host: Brian Soller has been an active volunteer for the l…
 
Warehouse automation is an early adopter of smart technologies that enable innovative digital transformation. Host Theresa Houck, Executive Editor of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork magazine, chats with Mike Berg, Solutions Marketing Manager - Industrial Automation with Panduit, about industry trends putting increased pr…
 
Our Business Development Manager, Cory, sat down for an interview on "Talk to the Experts" on 650CKOM - a Saskatchewan NewsTalk radio station.This podcast is a recording of the second half of the interview, providing an overview of eMotors Direct's offering to our Agriculture clients.The following transcript was automatically generated:Welcome back…
 
In this “Tech Spotlight” episode of Automation Chat, host Theresa Houck, Executive Editor of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork magazine, chats with Adam Shank, Regional Sales Engineer at LinMot USA, a Rockwell Automation Technology Partner. They talk about the company’s DM01 industrial linear modules for the pharmaceutical…
 
On todays episode Brian discusses "priorities". Is the volunteer fire service a priority in our life? Is our training a priority? Is our desire to be a professional a priority? About our host: Brian Soller has been an active volunteer for the last 30+ years. He currently serves as assistant chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department and for the past 17…
 
Our Business Development Manager, Cory, sat down for an interview on "Talk to the Experts" on 650CKOM - a Saskatchewan NewsTalk radio station.This podcast is a recording of the first half of the interview, providing an introduction to eMotors Direct and what we do here. The following transcript was automatically generated:Welcome to talk to the exp…
 
At high altitudes, the properties of air change in ways that directly impact the way electric motors must be operated to maximize service life and productivity. Because air is less dense at high altitude, its capacity to carry heat away from the motor and keep it cool is significantly reduced. There is a range of approaches to combat this and maint…
 
In this special “Tech Spotlight” episode of Automation Chat, host Theresa Houck, Executive Editor of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork magazine, chats with Aaron Severa, Product Manager for HMI, FieldConnex and Remote IO at Pepperl+Fuchs, a Rockwell Automation Technology Partner. They discuss two of the company’s HMI syste…
 
Electric motors do the physical work of moving air and driving compressors in HVAC systems, operating continuously for years, sometimes even decades, without regular maintenance. When equipment stops working, an HVAC technician must identify whether the motor has failed and often the motor is replaced instead of being repaired.Diagnosing Motor Fail…
 
Host Theresa Houck, Executive Editor of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork magazine, chats with Mark Zeller, sales and customer service director at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL), a Rockwell Automation Digital Partner. They discuss how digital protective relays gather and use data for electrical protection in man…
 
On todays episode Brian discusses two of his favorite topics, passion and professionalism and why they are both vital to your success in the volunteer fire service. About our host: Brian Soller has been an active volunteer for the last 30+ years. He currently serves as assistant chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department and for the past 17 years has b…
 
Thanks for listening! Visit our website to learn more about us - https://www.emotorsdirect.ca/Electric motor bearings regularly experience high levels of stress when driving heavy loads. This makes them one of the most critical components you need to take care of to keep your motor running smoothly and consistently.In this article, we'll go over th…
 
A gear reducer, or gearbox, is one of the most significant purchases you will make when assembling an electric motor drive for your application. A reducer that meets your requirements and is well taken care of ensures a long and trouble-free service life and improves the performance, efficiency, and ultimately your application's productivity.Here a…
 
Host Theresa Houck, Executive Editor of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork magazine, chats with Damon Sepe, Business Development Manager at Rockwell Automation, about digital transformation and smart water initiatives for the water wastewater industry. They discuss why we need smart water initiatives, and where investments …
 
In early spring of last year, as the news of the pandemic began to grow, so too did the fear of the unknown. As nationwide shutdowns began with businesses temporarily closing their doors, panic buying set in. Grocery store shelves containing perishables, meats, cleaning supplies, and more sat empty for weeks and even months while the Canadian food …
 
It was an honor to spend some time with Jim Moss on his podcast "Firefighter Success". Jim is the author of "Firefighter Success" and the co-author of "Firefighter Functional Fitness". Jim is a friend of the "Professional Brotherhood" and has been our our show multiple times. We hope you enjoy listening to episode 32 of "Firefighter Success" as muc…
 
AC induction motors are used in many industrial applications as well as commercial and domestic products and appliances. Due to their design, the speed of these motors is determined by the frequency of the supply power, and the current determines the motor torque (turning force) in the motor, which is determined by the voltage of the supply. To eff…
 
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