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Swarfcast Ep. 28 – Bryan Batten, Mechanical Pyschologist

February 11, 2019 - 2:50pm -- Nijazi Kuksi
Bryan Batten, Mechanical Pyschologist

On today’s podcast, I interviewed Bryan Batten, CEO of Palmetto Precision Machining, located in Anderson, South Carolina. Palmetto Machining is a precision machining/fabrication shop specializing in tooling and automation for the automotive industry. Bryan, who jokingly refers to himself as a mechanical psychologist, discusses the difference between working with automotive companies in different countries, his experience purchasing a machining company, and the manufacturing boom in the South.

Swarfcast Ep. 27 – Dave Thuro on Growing a Machining Business (Part 2)

February 11, 2019 - 2:46pm -- Nijazi Kuksi
Dave Thuro on Growing a Machining Business (Part 2)

Today’s podcast is Part 2 of our interview with Dave Thuro, second-generation owner of Thuro Metal Products. In this episode, Dave discusses his growth philosophies. He believes in aggressively acquiring as many job opportunities as possible, but then saying no to most of them. The company tries to acquire at least two long term accounts per year that will bring in monthly sales of $50,000 to $100,000.

Swarfcast Ep. 26 – Dave Thuro on Growing a Machining Business (Part 1)

January 26, 2019 - 5:39pm -- Nijazi Kuksi
Swarfcast Ep. 26 – Dave Thuro on Growing a Machining Business (Part 1)

Today’s podcast is part one of a two-part interview with Dave Thuro, second-generation owner of Thuro Metal Products, a successful job shop in Long Island, New York. The business produces parts for a variety of industries, including aerospace, fuel injectors, HVAC, bearing and linear and, more recently, optics and lighting.

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Swarfcast Ep. 25 – Brett May on Keeping Cam Screw Machines Relevant

January 22, 2019 - 6:49am -- Nijazi Kuksi
Brett May on Keeping Cam Screw Machines Relevant

We interviewed Brett May of BME Inc. Screw Machine Attachments for today’s podcast. Brett’s mission in business is to make old cam multi-spindle screw machines like National Acmes, Wickmans, and New Britains into productive money makers in today’s competitive machining environment.

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Swarfcast Ep. 24 – Albert Lettman on Lean Manufacturing Around the Globe

January 16, 2019 - 2:13pm -- Nijazi Kuksi

On today’s podcast, I interviewed Albert Lettmen, a Lean Six Sigma and Quality Systems consultant and educator who has worked for decades with prominent manufacturing companies around the world. Albert grew up in Jamaica, studied business in Scotland, and then worked for companies in Europe, China, Canada and the United States. I was surprised when Albert explained to me that a company eliminating waste and boosting efficiency does not necessarily translate to firing a lot of workers...

Swarfcast Ep. 22 – Federico Veneziano on Machining Business Around the World

December 18, 2018 - 11:17am -- Nijazi Kuksi
Swarfcast Ep. 22 – Federico Veneziano on Machining Business Around the World

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On today’s podcast we interviewed Federico Veneziano, COO and CFO of American Micro, a 100 person machining company near Cincinnati, Ohio. In the interview Federico compared the various philosophies he has observed in machining companies throughout Europe, China and the United States.

Swarfcast Ep. 20 – Scott Roy on Machines that will Think Like Humans

December 4, 2018 - 12:35pm -- Nijazi Kuksi
Swarfcast Ep. 20 – Scott Roy on Machines that will Think Like Humans

In today’s podcast we interviewed Scott Roy, a Senior Staff Engineer at Google who specializes in artificial intelligence.  He also happens to be my brother-in-law (Lloyd’s son-in-law).  One of Scott’s most recent projects at Google is to improve the way machines communicate with people in diverse human languages—last week he was working on communicating in Bengali.

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Swarfcast Ep. 19 – Rick Rickerson on Educating Engineers to Understand

November 19, 2018 - 4:05pm -- Nijazi Kuksi
Swarfcast Ep. 19 – Rick Rickerson on Educating Engineers to Understand

Rick Rickerson is in charge of the machining lab at Purdue’s Northwest Indiana campus in Hammond. In today’s podcast he talks about why he loves his job. “It’s all about students” he says. His passion for teaching beams throughout the interview.

Rick has been doing this job for 14 years. His department has a half-dozen South Bend lathes (now made in Utah), but the students gravitate to the Haas VF-2 vertical machining centers.

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