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Swarfcast Ep. 93 - Tricky Business of Running an Automotive Supplier in Brazil, with CEO Ali

August 21, 2020 - 10:14am -- Nijazi Kuksi
episode 93

On today’s show we are heading back to Brazil as we continue our season exploring the machining industry around the world.

Our guest is Ali Jamil Jomaa, executive director at Samot, one of the most significant automotive parts suppliers in Brazil. Jamil has been at Samot for 32 years and is an authority on the tricky business of running a large machining company in Brazil.

Does Anybody Care?

August 21, 2020 - 10:10am -- Nijazi Kuksi

Chicago is appalled by the disgusting and brazen looting of stores like Gucci and Nordstrom’s on its Magnificent Mile. Our Mayor, Lori Lightfoot, is furious and humiliated that her city’s elite shopping area has now been ransacked several times by bands of young thugs that communicate by cell phone, coordinating when to strike and who to hit first. They come by car and train and overwhelm the police so they can grab clothes, electronics, and booze.

Swarfcast Ep. 91 - Producing Automotive Parts in Brazil with Rogerio Salvatico

August 21, 2020 - 10:02am -- Nijazi Kuksi
episode 91

On this week’s episode we’re continuing our tour of the machining world outside the United States.

Today’s stop is Brazil, where I’m speaking with Rogerio Salvatico, Industrial Manager at Engemet, a major precision parts supplier for Tier 1 and Tier 2 Automotive in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

Swarfcast Ep. 90 - Running a CNC Swiss Shop in the UK with Tom Pearce of CIRC Manufacturing

July 23, 2020 - 1:19pm -- Noah Graff
Tom Pearce in Shop

Today’s podcast is the second episode of a season in which we’re talking to folks in the machining world outside of the United States.

We’re making a second stop in the UK to talk to Tom Pearce, founder of CIRC Manufacturing in Westbury, England, a small CNC shop specializing in producing flow control products using a Citizen Swiss lathe and Hitachi 4-axis mills. Tom talked about entrepreneurship in the UK and his company’s first consumer product, a luxury pen machined from exotic super alloys.

Swarfcast Ep. 89 – Machining in the United Kingdom with Joe Reynolds of MTD

July 22, 2020 - 10:38am -- Nijazi Kuksi
episode 89

Today’s podcast is the first episode in a multi-part series in which we’re interviewing people in the machining world outside the United States. Our first stop was England, where we interviewed Joe Reynolds.

Joe is Director of MTD, a company with several popular websites based in the UK that market prominent machine tool builders and inform people in the machining business on the latest news and technology. He also refers to himself as a “Swarf Guru,” so of course we had to interview him!

Swarfcast Ep. 87 – A 7-Axis Collaborative Robot for Non-Programmers, with Zac Bogart

July 7, 2020 - 6:31am -- Nijazi Kuksi
Zac Bogart

Today’s guest on the show is Zac Bogart, founder of Productive Robotics.

Productive Robotics manufactures a 7-axis collaborative robot called the OB7. Zac says that the OB7 is different from other robots because it can’t be programmed with code, it only works by the operator showing it what to do. Also, by featuring 7 axes rather than the 6 axes of a typical robot, the OB7 has the ability to do more awkward human-like movements, such as grabbing a part inside a CNC machine while not being directly in front its door.

A Gap in My Perception

July 7, 2020 - 6:23am -- Nijazi Kuksi
Yeezy

We just recorded the biggest gain in stock prices for any quarter since 1998 with American unemployment at unprecedented levels. You don’t need to read the obvious in this blog, so let’s talk Yeezy, Kanye West, and Gap.

Gap stock rose 42% in one day last week when Kanye West announced he was designing a clothing line with his Yeezy brand on it, exclusively for Gap for 10 years. Gap’s value jumped $2 billion dollars with the news.

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