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Swarfcast Ep. 38 – Connecting on Cobots: James Persenaire of FANUC

May 8, 2019 - 6:30pm -- Nijazi Kuksi
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On today’s podcast I spoke with James Persenaire, a district manager at FANUC America Corporation. James gave insight into the strengths and weaknesses of collaborative robots and how Fanuc’s collaborative robots differ from competitors such as Universal Robot. He also addressed misconceptions about traditional robots that they are expensive and dangerous. He emphasized that the integration of the robot is the primary factor in both its cost and safety.

Swarfcast Ep. 36 – Ben York on Taking the Art Out of Machining

April 23, 2019 - 1:42pm -- Nijazi Kuksi
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In today’s podcast I interviewed Ben York, an inventor and consultant for machining companies. I met him at the 2019 Precision Machining Technology Show where his company, Theory 168, was presenting his Perfect Zero Alignment system. The system uses a camera installed in a CNC machine to set work coordinates and align and set tooling (see demonstration video below).

Swarfcast Ep. 31 – Ken Mandile, Employees Are Buying His Business

April 17, 2019 - 2:07pm -- Nijazi Kuksi
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On today’s podcast we interviewed Ken Mandile, founder of Swissturn, a successful CNC Swiss machine shop in Oxford, Massachusetts. Ken’s children are not interested in taking over Swissturn when he eventually retires, so five years ago Ken began restructuring his company into an employee stock ownership plan or ESOP, in which he will gradually transfer ownership and management to his employees.

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Swarfcast Ep. 30 – Developing a Machining Culture with Victor and Betty DaCruz

April 17, 2019 - 1:45pm -- Nijazi Kuksi
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On today’s podcast, we interviewed Victor and Betty DaCruz, owners of DaCruz Manufacturing in Bristol, Connecticut. Victor and Betty have transformed their company over the last three decades from a multi-spindle screw machine shop with ACMEs and New Britains into a high-tech CNC turning operation. While other companies complain about not being able to find quality employees, DaCruz has created a culture that attracts high level young people to work at the company.

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