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Welcome to EECO Ask’s Why – A podcast that dives into industrial manufacturing topics and spotlights the heroes that keep America running. On this podcast, we do not cover the latest features and benefits on products that come to market. Instead, we focus on advice and insight from the top minds of industry because people and ideas will be how America remains number one in manufacturing in the world.
 
In this podcast series Michael Lake, President and CEO of Leading Cities, speaks with a variety of thought leaders from visionary companies providing actionable solutions to major issues plaguing cities today. These issues range from air pollution to cyber-attacks to infectious disease and more. Michael dives into the inspiration behind each company and how they see themselves evolving in the coming years. This series will equip you with a plethora of valuable knowledge, and if nothing else, ...
 
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83% of B2B buyers prefer an e-commerce or digital experience, as opposed to picking up the phone! Let that sink in for a minute. The digital experience for those in manufacturing is here and the businesses that are making the investments now will be the ones carrying the flag in the future. Curt Anderson is the expert in all things eCommerce (he li…
 
Being on the front lines of game changing industry solutions is what our hero Jerry Foster lives every day! In this inspirational conversation Jerry unpacks his personal journey through industry and some of his incredible experiences. Working with the best minds of manufacturing puts him in a great position to see the hurdles firsthand and engineer…
 
When quality becomes part of your culture the game changes completely! Anthony Murphy shares how he and the team at PLEX stay focused on building solutions that helps organizations align to achieve amazing results. When everyone is driving in the same direction greatness awaits and the leaders of manufacturing recognize there is tremendous power in…
 
Did you know, for example, that 92% of the world's largest lower-middle income cities don’t have mapped public transit routes? And with over two billion people within these cities relying entirely on public transport, we desperately require a solution that will empower those in emerging-market cities to safely, confidently, and more accurately navi…
 
We need more evangelists for manufacturing! Curt Anderson is one of the most energetic and impactful voices that is ensuring manufacturing get the attention it deserves. He is extremely passionate about helping manufacturers connect with customers through eCommerce solutions and in this epic Hero conversation he shares his amazing story. Curt took …
 
As the sun dips and the city’s streets are plunged into darkness, you can almost always count on the glow of street lights to provide a sense of safety until your final destination. Yet with over 230 million street lights around the world in use every single night, the total energy consumption certainly adds up. In fact, roughly 40% of a city’s tot…
 
Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) are impacting factory floors like never before. In this information packed episode we welcome Jerry Foster from Plex to unpack the realities of these powerful solutions. He shares how the need for manufacturers to track and document the transformation of raw materials into finished goods led to an exciting worl…
 
Your work environment affects your impact. In this New Year's Special Chris shares a recent idea he implemented with the EECO Asks Why studio that can be utilized wherever you find yourself working. With as much time as we spend at work throughout our careers having pride in your environment is key. Moving forward into the new year think about what…
 
The Christmas season brings lots of opportunities to step away and reflect. One of the benefits of that reflection is the ability to see what is working and what adjustments you should consider in the future. In this Christmas special Chris shares 5 valuable insights he's learned from procurement professionals that have recently come on the show. T…
 
When the worlds of manufacturing and education collide powerful things can happen! That's exactly what Jeremiah Williams is leading at Danville Community College in Danville, Virginia. He is the Directior of Integrated Machining Technology and their program is leading the way in developing some of the strongest machining technicians in industry. Je…
 
Our hero Alicia Gilpin is making waves in the industrial automation world. From controls to social media influencer to podcaster her plate stays full. In this fun hero story she unpacks her journey and shares lessons learned along the way. She has an amazing example of how people are coming to her directly for engineering support and the new way sh…
 
The world of sourcing has changed dramatically. In this information packed conversation Karen Blackburn returns and provides an inside look at the world of professional procurement. Karen covers the areas that matter most in manufacturing including: Sustaining and securing the supply chain What value added services truly matter Creative ways to con…
 
Some heroes wear capes and others make metal fly! Jeremiah Williams is an absolute hero of industry as he's building the next generation of machining leaders one class at a time. His journey led him to an exciting opportunity at Rolls Royce working with some of the most cutting edge technology available. From there he got a call that would change h…
 
In this special episode Chris unpacks some of the moments he has been most thankful for since we launched EECO Asks Why. We hope you all have a blessed Thanksgiving and get to celebrate with the ones that mean the most. Women in Engineering/Industry Series: Start of the first series Last episode of the first series (10 in total!) Start of the secon…
 
The world of control system integration is evolving fast! Alicia Gilpin (affectionately known as Ali G) shares insight into this exciting world. As the Director of Engineering at Process and Controls Engineering she is on the frontlines daily and gives a perspective that is quite unique. Ali unpacks many critical areas to consider including: Cybers…
 
Submarines, airplanes and supply chain...oh my! In this powerful hero episode Karen Blackburn shares about her amazing journey through manufacturing. Having over 40 years of hands on experience in multiple procurement roles led to a conversation full of wisdom and truth. Karen started out working for a company that manufactured submarines for the U…
 
Changing behavior is hard - especially for manufacturing. In this thought provoking idea episode Chris Roche breaks down how those in industry can start the shift from lead generation to demand generation. He does a phenomenal job of explaining the history of lead generation and how it evolved over the years. In the ever changing digital landscape …
 
"I am addicted to building things" - Robert Cooke Talk about an amazing journey Robert Cooke unpacks how his love of technology at an early age catapulted him into a career that takes him all over the world. As the founder and Chief Technology Officer at 3 Forge he is on the front lines of developing game changing software solutions for many indust…
 
The world of professional procurement has changed dramatically. These days the focus has shifted to adding value through the supplier network. Amanda Prochaska is an expert in all things procurement and she gives an in depth review of how the game is now being played. Digital transformation is not just for the manufacturing floor anymore and she sh…
 
"I like to connect people to what it is they need so they can accomplish what it is that they set out to do." - Ayoka Gay That quote summarizes the powerful conversation we had with our hero Ayoka Gay. She is driven to serve others and help them understand the many options that exist for the future. Her story is amazing and began at Lockheed Martin…
 
Nothing should get in the way where an operator has to make a decision that could lead them to throwing away a batch of product. Especially when it comes to the OT network. Jonathan Noren breaks down the idea of how OT owners prioritize decision making and the impact that can have on business. He digs deep into the language barrier that exists betw…
 
Carbon Limit As the key building material of most tower blocks, car parks, bridges and dams, concrete has enabled great advancements in our citys’ infrastructure throughout the years. It’s the most widely used man-made material in existence, but it comes with a heavy price. Did you know that for every 1 ton of cement created, an equivalent 1 ton of…
 
Does your curiosity lead you to wondering how to make things around you better? Our hero Amanda Prochaska is driven by her personal curiosity and forged an amazing path that she shares in this fun conversation. When Amanda is serving others she is completely in her happy place! She has a passion for procurement and that world has evolved greatly ov…
 
Stormseal Severe weather patterns and climate-related disasters have jumped 83% since the year 2000, causing an estimated 3 trillion dollars in damage. And while homeowners with insurance are eventually able to repair these damages, in the time it takes to finalize a claim, the average temporary tarp malfunctions anywhere from 5 to 13 times. This b…
 
Ovens, tomato sauce, crusts, cheeses, meats, veggies and even fruit - these are all components to making an amazing pizza! Knowing how to arrange these items to make perfect pie is a visualization of manufacturing. Now - what if you wanted the best pizza available how do you do it? Prabhjot Singh breaks down how you can analyze the manufacturing pr…
 
SAVRpak 1.3 billion tonnes of food are wasted every single year. This translates into about 2.6 Trillion dollars that are lost yearly, simply due to irresponsible food consumption. This, however, isn’t just a money problem; as 8% of the world’s greenhouse gasses are a direct result of food waste. How can we end this trend? Support the show…
 
When you utilize your gifts and talents the impact is huge. David Friedman does that everyday as he loves to teach business leaders how to build amazing cultures. His journey started in the insurance industry and after having incredible success there he found himself with a unique opportunity ahead. He began speaking at Vistage Leadership meetings …
 
Siembra Co. With 10 years left to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #1, No Poverty, more than 730 million people remain below the global poverty line. And of this astounding number, over two-thirds of them work in agriculture. Is this a coincidence or an injustice? How can we solve it? Support the show…
 
Data is not a cost - it is an asset! The surge of data available to industrial manufacturing has been moving at an exponential rate. Industrial 4.0, smart manufacturing and IIoT can make the best engineers feel like they are drinking from a fire hydrant. Robert Cooke is on a mission to help people connect with data in a meaningful way. In this thou…
 
Chris Roche forged an amazing path that started with his love of soccer. Starting back in his elementary days in England he always found himself pursuing an entrepreneurial journey. Since coming to the US he has taken on some incredible challenges and currently is the CEO of Catalyst Consulting. His knowledge of marketing and demand generation put …
 
Electric motors are the lifeblood of industry and knowing how to properly select them is critical. It is easy to get overwhelmed if you have never sourced an electric motor before and this conversation will take all the stress away. Mike Rathbun is an expert in all things power related and electric motors is one of his specialties. He shares practi…
 
Joe Sullivan is making a huge impact on the world of manufacturing and it was an honor to have him share his amazing story. He unpacks how his love of marketing led him down several paths that ultimately opened the door to the industrial manufacturing sector. He is helping manufactures amplify their voice and combat the lies that manufacturing is d…
 
Close your eyes and picture your dream career. What are you doing? Where are you finding joy? While that exercise is fun the reality is that to land that dream job you will need to sharpen your skills around interviewing. In this powerful conversation Vic Parangelo unpacks ten areas that everyone can take, learn and apply that are guaranteed to hel…
 
Be present in what you are doing and make an impact! That is the approach our hero Prabhjot Singh takes to business and life. He is leading the way as the CEO at Pyze and his passion for helping manufacturers improve their processes is inspirational. Prabhjot shares how the pressure is impacting industry as the markets are more competitive than eve…
 
The customer experience impacts us all. When you enter a store the journey begins. Everything from how you find the items you are looking for to the actual purchasing process, every step makes an impression on how you evaluate a business. This reins true in the industrial manufacturing sector as well as the markets are more competitive than ever so…
 
Alicia Wilson is leading the way at Summerville CPW and after walking through their amazing case study we had to unpack her journey as a nice cherry on top. She shares with us many of the steps she has taken in her career and even how a Clemson girl can stand strong surrounded by a world of Gamecocks! This was the first time we were able to connect…
 
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