Factory Reboot is a podcast about technology’s role in manufacturing and how Industry 4.0 is transforming the future, from autonomous robotics to artificial intelligence. Host Tom Kelly, executive director of Automation Alley, chats with industry experts about the opportunities and challenges manufacturers face as they rethink, retool and reboot their factories for manufacturing’s next act: one that is smart and connected.

Guest: Ian Sefferman | TUNE | 2/1/2018
Automation Alley Executive Director Tom Kelly is joined by Ian Sefferman, a TechStars Seattle alum and software entrepreneur, formerly with Amazon and currently with TUNE, a mobile marketing platform, to discuss the potential of automation...beyond the manufacturing sector. Which industries will benefit the most from automation? And how can Michigan capitalize on these trends?
Guest: Mark Noschang | Omron | 1/1/2018
Mark Noschang, Omron's National Robotics Applications Engineering Lead, joins the podcast for an interesting chat about how robotics are dramatically changing the manufacturing landscape for the better, as productivity increases due to robotics will require more human labor. What can history teach us about the future of robotic and smart factory innovation? Listen to find out.
Guest: John Giacomazza | Autodesk | 12/1/2017
Automation Alley CEO and Executive Director Tom Kelly is joined by John Giacomazza, sales executive for Autodesk, to discuss how cloud-based PLM can help manufacturers of all sizes accelerate their product development processes across all departments...anytime, anywhere.
Guest: Elliot Forsyth | Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center | 11/1/2017
Elliot Forsyth, Vice President of Business Operations at Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, an organization dedicated to helping Michigan manufacturers work smarter, joins Automation Alley's Tom Kelly on the podcast.
Guest: Franco Bevione | W E D O O | 11/1/2017
On this episode of Factory Reboot, host Tom Kelly, Automation Alley's executive director and CEO, is joined by Franco Bevione, CEO for Wedoo, a creative digital solutions company that delivers unique experiences for its customers. Wedoo will be showcasing AR and VR applications for Industry 4.0 at Automation Alley's Integr8 conference on Nov. 9 in Detroit.
Guest: Michael King | LHP Engineering Solutions | 10/1/2017
The Industrial Internet of Things promises to revolutionize manufacturing. What is the future of IIoT for businesses? Michael King, president of data analytics and IoT for LHP Engineering Solutions, stops by to chat about how manufacturers are transforming their businesses through data.
Guest: Mike Folster | Behco-MRM | 9/1/2017
Mike Folster, robotics product manager at Behco-MRM, a leading Michigan distributor of industrial automation applications, joins the podcast to discuss why we shouldn't fear automation.
Guest: Godfrey Nolan | RIIS LLC | 8/1/2017
In the wake of the global Wanna Cry ransomware attack, Automation Alley’s Tom Kelly chats with Godfrey Nolan of tech firm RIIS about the unique way his company protects itself from cyberattacks. The two also discuss first steps advanced manufacturers—and all companies—can take to avoid getting infected and how to create a ransomware rescue manual of their own.

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