Oct. 11, 2016 - Business is an adventure, and entrepreneurship is a little adventure within the great adventure of life. Sometimes a single business trip can provide more adventure than you might otherwise experience in a whole year, or even a career — and such was my most recent business trip.
Jul. 18, 2016 - Since my father’s birthday usually falls within days of Father’s Day, I often reflect on the influence he’s had on my business life around this time every year. Through my conversations with other leaders in the manufacturing world, I have discovered I am clearly not alone — many of us owe our careers, and some even our businesses, to our father’s influence and role model mentoring.
Jun. 27, 2016 - Manufacturing in North America has fallen behind, and now many are paying for it. Yes, we’ve invested in innovation and yes, we’ve invested in training and yes, we pay better than average wages but still we are struggling to fill our vacant jobs and we struggle even more to attract and retain younger workers. We’ve let our on-floor factory jobs become stagnant, unexciting, unengaging and unattractive.
Mar. 18, 2016 - I’m a slow learner, I confess.
Feb. 16, 2016 - There’s a native American legend that explains the struggle that goes on inside each of us and compares it to a fierce and constant battle between two wolves. The legend explains that one wolf is evil and filled with things like anger, jealousy, greed, self-pity and arrogance. The other wolf is good and filled with opposite things, like peace, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, empathy, generosity, compassion and faith. The story is told to a young boy by an old brave or perhaps his grandfather. The young boy asks the obvious question at the end of the story, “Which wolf will win?”
Dec. 14, 2015 - Walking through September’s Canadian Manufacturing and Technology Show (CMTS) gave me cause to realize how lucky we all are to live in these times, and made me pause to reflect on my own personal 35-year journey. We (myself and other people approximately my age) straddle two great industrial generations; an older generation that brought the PLC into the mainstream, and a new generation that is doing the same thing with the Internet of Things (IoT).
Oct. 23, 2015 - The NFL season is just underway, and I for one am glad Brady’s suspension was overturned. I won’t take sides on the debate — was the punishment too harsh, or the processes too flawed, or was he even guilty of an offense to begin with — but, as a sports fan, and as one of the growing throng of “poolies,” I’m glad he’s in the equation.
Oct. 2, 2015 - People fall into one of two categories when it comes to the topic of IT: they have embraced it and are always looking for more ways to get more information from it, or, they are aware of the potential it may have but feel woefully behind and out of date. There’s a third category though, smaller than the first two, but growing steadily. It’s the people that have invested heavily in information systems and have collected mountains of data, but are now wondering what it all means, and if it was worth the effort and cost.
May 20, 2015 - We live in a precarious time. As some get richer, many others drift towards unsustainability, and our middle class is shrinking. When people slide into unsustainability, it often becomes the responsibility of government to meet their needs. Many people in the middle class don’t even realize it, but they too have slid into positions of unsustainability, where they can’t accomplish the critical things on their list without some form of government aid; things like subsidies for their children’s tuition, relief from debt, extra allowances or benefits just to make ends meet every month.
Mar. 27, 2015 - I saw Elvis last night, not the Elvis, but a play at the Grand Theatre in London, Ont., that chronicled his life, music and relationship with Tom Parker (the Colonel). I was not a big Elvis fan growing up, but the play moved me and the story it told left me with a simple thought: his was a remarkable life, and an unfortunate death. I wanted to know and experience more, so I did what many of us frequently do; I started YouTubing him.
Feb. 27, 2015 - Last November, I had the pleasure of visiting Atlanta for a tradeshow (FabTech) we were exhibiting in. It’s been a long time since I had been there, and much had changed. I was impressed with its parks and buildings, its air of confidence, and the friendliness of its people. When it comes right down to it though, great cities are made by the people that live there.
Nov. 24, 2014 - Up until the industrial revolution, the typical working man (forgive the political incorrectness for now) was able to easily measure the achievements of his efforts by, for example, how much wood was chopped; how many cows were milked; how many miles of fences mended or rows tilled; how much seed was sown and how much crops were harvested. The payoff for every day’s effort invested was not just the tactile results, but also the pride and satisfaction that went with it.
Automate/Promat 2017Mon Apr 03, 2017
Siemens Innovation Tour 2017 - EdmontonThu Apr 06, 2017
Hannover Messe 2017Mon Apr 24, 2017
UKIVA Machine Vision Conference 2017Thu Apr 27, 2017
Partners in Prevention 2017Tue May 02, 2017