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.

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Guest: Karen Wiltgen | RSM | 1/25/2019
Karen Wiltgen, principal at RSM, joins Automation Alley Executive Director and CEO Tom Kelly on the podcast to discuss how companies can transform their business using robotic process automation (RPA). What impact is RPA having in today's marketplace? Which industries can benefit the most from this technology? And how can companies get started? These questions and more are answered on this episode of Factory Reboot.
Guest: Dr. Christopher Martin | Robert Bosch | 8/6/2018
Dr. Christopher Martin, director of engineering at Robert Bosch, joins Automation Alley Executive Director and CEO Tom Kelly on the podcast to discuss how AI is being used in factories today and where he envisions it being used in the future. What areas of AI are set to grow the fastest? What are the barriers to becoming an autonomous factory and how can manufacturers overcome them? These questions and more are answered on this episode of Factory Reboot.
Guest: Bill Bone | Aras Corporation | 6/5/2018
Pavan Muzumdar, Automation Alley COO, steps in for Tom Kelly to discuss the rise of artificial intelligence in connected and autonomous vehicles, as well as AI's emerging role on factory floors with Bill Bone, chief technology officer for Aras Corporation's Automotive division. What are some of the newest AI in-vehicle trends? What's being integrated today and what can we expect in the coming years? How are autonomous vehicles affecting safety, security and vehicle development? These questions and more will be answered on this episode of Factory Reboot.
Guest: Brandon Horrocks | Sterling Insurance Group | 4/3/2018
Automation Alley Executive Director and CEO Tom Kelly is joined by Brandon Horrocks, senior vice president at Sterling Insurance Group, to discuss the role cyber threats play on our factory floors, and specifically, what companies can do to stay protected. Does your company have cyber insurance? As small and medium size manufacturers incorporate more automation into their operations, what are some first steps companies can take to protect their business in the event of a data breach?
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.
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