EECO Asks Why Podcast

Electrical Equipment Company

Welcome to EECO Ask’s Why – A podcast that dives into industrial manufacturing topics and spotlights the heroes that keep America running. On this podcast, we do not cover the latest features and benefits on products that come to market. Instead, we focus on advice and insight from the top minds of industry because people and ideas will be how America remains number one in manufacturing in the world.

224. Idea: How to Accelerate The Manufacturing Process
Sep 19 2022
224. Idea: How to Accelerate The Manufacturing Process
Ovens, tomato sauce, crusts, cheeses, meats, veggies and even fruit - these are all components to making an amazing pizza!  Knowing how to arrange these items to make perfect pie is a visualization of manufacturing. Now - what if you wanted the best pizza available how do you do it?  Prabhjot Singh breaks down how you can analyze the manufacturing process and make the adjustments that will leave Digiorno in the dust!He has dedicated his career in helping manufacturers better understand their processes and make improvements that truly make an impact.  He is a proponent of crawl, walk and run thinking.  The great part of his expertise is he has end users sprinting past their competitors in no time.  Some of the areas explored are:Understanding the different types of data sourcesHow to select the KPI's that matter Defining what a happy path in manufacturing looks likeUtilizing root cause analysis to rearchitect workflowsAs we strive to serve those in manufacturing with the ideas that make an impact it is conversations like these that move the needle.  There is a ton of wisdom and insight that can be applied in your operation today.  Huge thank you to Prabhjot and for the great team at Pyze for how they are serving industry. Remember to keep asking why! Guest: Prabhjot Singh - CEO at PyzeIndustry War Story Submission: Send us a DM!FacebookInstagramHost: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsPodcast Editor: Andi Thrower
222. Idea: How to Connect People and Data!
Sep 5 2022
222. Idea: How to Connect People and Data!
Data is not a cost - it is an asset! The surge of data available to industrial manufacturing has been moving at an exponential rate.  Industrial 4.0, smart manufacturing and IIoT can make the best engineers feel like they are drinking from a fire hydrant.  Robert Cooke is on a mission to help people connect with data in a meaningful way.In this thought provoking conversation Robert shares how he founded 3 Forge with the idea of building a full stack platform that puts the most important information in front of people when they need it the most.  He shares how there are three ways to engage with data: asking, reacting and inputting.  Robert unpacks a ton of insight into how Complex Event Processing engines interact with multiple streams of data to create screens that make sense to the users in the moment.  For those wanting to learn how to begin a career in this sector he shares impactful advice on the programs and classes that will put you on the best path.  Hint - if you love math pay attention as that will be a huge factor for success.As you think about the data at your facility consider how it is being utilized.  For most there is an opportunity to optimize and through solutions like 3Forge that reality is hitting the plant floor.  Grab a notebook and sit back as Robert connects the dots between people and data in this powerful idea episode.Enjoy and keep asking why! Guest: Robert Cooke - CTO and Founder at 3ForgeIndustry War Story Submission: Send us a DM!FacebookInstagramHost: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsPodcast Editor: Andi Thrower
221. Hero: Christopher Roche - Chief Executive Officer at Catalyst Consulting
Aug 29 2022
221. Hero: Christopher Roche - Chief Executive Officer at Catalyst Consulting
Chris Roche forged an amazing path that started with his love of soccer.  Starting back in his elementary days in England he always found himself pursuing an entrepreneurial journey. Since coming to the US he has taken on some incredible challenges and currently is the CEO of Catalyst Consulting. His knowledge of marketing and demand generation put him at the forefront of helping SaaS and B2B companies connect better with their customers.  Marketing is a long-run game and he emphasizes the importance of how investments today are critical for impact in the future. His advice for those wanting to enter the world of marketing is spot on.  Too often others are waiting to get everything "perfect" before taking action. He advocates for making something happen now and adjust based off what you learn.  In regards to learning and mentorship his take on both topics is full of wisdom. One-step ahead - find someone one step ahead, learn, apply and keep moving forward.This hero conversation had it all and there was so much that can be applied to any career to grow.  Chris gave us a peak behind the curtain during the lightning round including his favorite movie - hey if you can dodge a wrench you can dodge a ball!We highly encourage others to connect with Chris and check out the great things he and the team at Catalyst Consulting are doing.  Enjoy learning from this hero and remember to keep asking why!Guest: Christopher Roche - Chief Executive Officer at Catalyst ConsultingIndustry War Story Submission: Send us a DM!FacebookInstagramHost: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsPodcast Editor: Andi Thrower
219. Hero: Joe Sullivan - Thinker & Founder @ Gorilla 76
Aug 15 2022
219. Hero: Joe Sullivan - Thinker & Founder @ Gorilla 76
Joe Sullivan is making a huge impact on the world of manufacturing and it was an honor to have him share his amazing story.  He unpacks how his love of marketing led him down several paths that ultimately opened the door to the industrial manufacturing sector.  He is helping manufactures amplify their voice and combat the lies that manufacturing is dark, dirty and dangerous.  He and his amazing team at Gorilla 76 are pouring light onto the new and exciting world of smart manufacturing that so many are simply not aware of.  Joe founded The Manufacturing Executive Podcast in 2020 and each week brings tons of wisdom and insight from the brightest minds in industry. He speaks to the impact the show makes on their business and how it has led to numerous opportunities.We got a peek behind the curtain at who Joe is away from the office including spending time with his amazing family. There are a few fun facts he shares including his love for ping pong and his favorite podcasts!This was a great conversation full of insight and if you are considering a career in marketing or manufacturing our hero Joe Sullivan is someone to follow as he is leading the way and making a significant impact! Remember to keep asking why! Guest: Joe Sullivan - Thinker & Founder @ Gorilla 76Joe's Recourses:Gorilla 76 Industrial Marketing Learning CenterThe Manufacturing Executive PodcastThey Ask You Answer New Sales Simplified Industry War Story Submission: Send us a DM!FacebookInstagramHost: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsPodcast Editor: Andi Thrower
218. Idea: Interviewing for Success!
Aug 8 2022
218. Idea: Interviewing for Success!
Close your eyes and picture your dream career.  What are you doing?  Where are you finding joy?  While that exercise is fun the reality is that to land that dream job you will need to sharpen your skills around interviewing.  In this powerful conversation Vic Parangelo unpacks ten areas that everyone can take, learn and apply that are guaranteed to help you in the next interview.  Vic unpacks in detail the following areas:Desire - why do you want this? Resume - it is not to be taken lightlyResearch - homework starts before the interviewSales 101 - no matter the role you are always selling "Yourself"Bi-Directional Negotiation - mastering 2 way conversationComfortable Confidence - balancing the line between confident and cockyControl the Meeting - remember the power of asking questionsDefense Strategy - slow down and recognize what you do not understandChecklist - define the process and follow throughClose - the classic line Always Be Closing is true in interviews as wellVic also uncovers red flags that we all should be aware of and the power of soft skills.  He even reviews how the landscape has changed for remote workers and the best way to show up for success in a virtual interview. This is an episode that you will need a notepad to keep up.  If you are preparing for an interview or if you know someone who is there is a ton of value in the tips shared.  Huge thank you to Vic for sharing his secret sauce to interviewing for success!Remember to keep asking why! Guest: Vic Parangelo - Regional Manager at ProSoft TechnologyIndustry War Story Submission: Send us a DM!FacebookInstagramHost: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsPodcast Editor: Andi Thrower
216. Idea: Understanding Friction in the Customer Experience
Jul 25 2022
216. Idea: Understanding Friction in the Customer Experience
The customer experience impacts us all.  When you enter a store the journey begins. Everything from how you find the items you are looking for to the actual purchasing process, every step makes an impression on how you evaluate a business.  This reins true in the industrial manufacturing sector as well as the markets are more competitive than ever so any opportunity to remove friction should be capitalized.Paula Courtney knows the importance of a fluid customer experience and shares a ton of wisdom and insight on how to make a true impact.  She shares when customers make a decision to walk away versus when they will stick around even if the experience isn't perfect.A few of the areas that Paula unpacks that provide valuable insight are:Exposure of weaknesses Investments that move the needleSoliciting the right feedbackUnderstanding behavioral analytics The golden rule - follow the money!!At the end of the day the more you can arm your customers with information and foresight on what challenges you might have as a supplier. The better your customers will be and in that process you will build trust like no other.Grab something to take notes with as Paula is an absolute expert in the customer experience and she will shine a light on many areas we all need to understand better as we strive to provide superior customer experiences! Take action and remember to keep asking why! Guest: Paula Courtney - CEO & President at The Verde GroupWebsiteVerde Group BlogTwitterIndustry War Story Submission: Send us a DM!FacebookInstagramHost: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsPodcast Editor: Andi Thrower
215. Hero: Alicia Wilson - Deputy General Manager - Operations at Summerville CPW
Jul 18 2022
215. Hero: Alicia Wilson - Deputy General Manager - Operations at Summerville CPW
Alicia Wilson is leading the way at Summerville CPW and after walking through their amazing case study we had to unpack her journey as a nice cherry on top. She shares with us many of the steps she has taken in her career and even how a Clemson girl can stand strong surrounded by a world of Gamecocks!  This was the first time we were able to connect with someone in the water/wastewater industry and Alicia shares wonderful insight into many of the challenges they are facing.  From governmental regulations to public health they must be on top of their game everyday and she embraces that challenge head on. She shares how her site is a living biological system.  It is her teams goal to keep the system healthy and operating at the highest levels.  This means always analyzing the current status and adjusting to meet the changing demands.  As Alicia describes a career in this industry can be extremely fulfilling as you are serving your community daily and there are numerous opportunities to grow professionally. Alicia has an amazing family and you can hear her light up when she starts talking about her daughters and husband.  She was born and raised in South Carolina and her roots are firmly planted in the community that she serves with pride daily.  You will quickly hear why Alicia Wilson is our hero!We want to thank the wonderful staff at Summerville CPW for their hospitality and it was a treat to be able to meet and learn from so many amazing people.  These types of conversations are critical to growing and learning together.  So sit back, take notes, apply what you learn and remember to keep asking why! Guest: Alicia Wilson - Deputy General Manager - Operations at Summerville CPWIndustry War Story Submission: Send us a DM!FacebookInstagramHost: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsPodcast Editor: Andi Thrower
214. Idea: Modernization Case Study Part III - Frankenstein Moment - It's Alive!
Jul 11 2022
214. Idea: Modernization Case Study Part III - Frankenstein Moment - It's Alive!
This is the incredible conclusion to Micah Miley and Mike Rathbun's amazing modernization case study.  It began by them working together to get their ducks in a row.  Then it moved into actual project management which basically meant they were dialed in with each other at all times (this is how trust and friendship is built).  In this episode they review the moment we have all been waiting for - delivery and commissioning!!  This part of the story had many twists and turns (LITERALLY) and you can feel the pressure build as they recap how the equipment made it to the site.  Everything came together to the moment where the rubber meets the road.  In those tense times the results of planning, engineering and good old fashioned teamwork come to light.Listen for yourself as you hear how this project had an "IT'S ALIVE" moment!  This was such a powerful testimony and really shows how the EECO team is committed to serving others. As EECO Asks Why says we are all about people and ideas over products.  Stories like this are what makes that not just a saying but a reality.  Many thanks go to Micah and the team at Summerville CPW for opening up their facility and sharing their story.  Come back next week to hear an amazing hero journey from one of the primary leaders at Summerville and listen as she unpacks her incredible story.Share this case study with others and remember to keep asking why!  Guests:Micah Miley - Engineer at Summerville CPWMike Rathbun - Power & Control Solution Architecture Manager at EECOIndustry War Story Submission: Send us a DM!FacebookInstagramHost: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsPodcast Editor: Andi Thrower
213. Idea: Modernization Case Study Part II - Project Management means bring on the Tums!
Jul 5 2022
213. Idea: Modernization Case Study Part II - Project Management means bring on the Tums!
For those that have walked a modernization project from cradle to grave you know success lies in the details and planning.  Showing up on gameday doesn't work for a NFL team and neither does success in a project of any size.  In part two of this powerful story Micah Miley and Mike Rathbun unpack how they were able to work together to ensure the project would have a successful outcome.They explore areas such as how communication flowed between all parties in the heat of planning.  There was a special bond that formed due to the constant communication and you will hear the power of partnerships that are grounded with trust.  As with most things in life there were plenty of hurdles and obstacles.  Micah and Mike openly review how they managed adversity together and through exquisite communication, complete honesty and a few bottles of Tums they were able to navigate the project management phase of this journey together.There is a ton to learn from this case study and the transparency they share is what makes conversations like this golden.  If you are struggling right now with project management grab a notepad as this team shares it all and there are a ton of tips that could serve you well as you aim for success in the future.Come back next week for the incredible conclusion of this Case Study of Modernization! Guests:Micah Miley - Engineer at Summerville CPWMike Rathbun - Power & Control Solution Architecture Manager at EECOIndustry War Story Submission: Send us a DM!FacebookInstagramHost: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsPodcast Editor: Andi Thrower
209. Hero: Tanuj Thapliyal - CEO at Spot AI
Jun 6 2022
209. Hero: Tanuj Thapliyal - CEO at Spot AI
At the core of who Tanuj Thapliyal is a desire to help people.  That has driven him to great lengths and ultimately founding Spot AI.  Tanuj put in the work to learn the skills needed to serve others so much so that he completed a double masters program at Stanford.  Having a passion for entrepreneurship he has great advice for those wanting to pursue their own path.Some of his advice included finding those that are a few steps ahead of where you are to help push you to achieve what you never knew possible.  He correlates being an entrepreneur to playing a game of croquet versus golf.  In his view it is not so much about the long drives that make a difference in business as much as it is the little steps you take every day to get better. Tanuj is helping industrials all over realize the power they have at their fingertips in utilizing video technology to enable better business decisions and improve processes.  He has a great practice where he tracks what brings him energy and what takes it away.  From reviewing those results he tries to lean in on the items that help him grow and also brings fulfillment to his journey.  That is a cool tip many can learn and start implementing today.  From sausage McMuffin's to video enabled AI this conversation has it all.  You'll quickly hear why Tanuj is our hero and we highly encourage others to connect with him and the team at Spot AI for support in turning video into decisions on the plant floor.Guest: Tanuj Thapliyal - CEO at Spot AIIndustry War Story Submission: Send us a DM!FacebookInstagramHost: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsPodcast Editor: Andi Thrower
207. Heroes: Advocates for Vocations - Amber Wilborne & Jody Woolwine
May 23 2022
207. Heroes: Advocates for Vocations - Amber Wilborne & Jody Woolwine
The next generation of industrial leaders are sitting in a classroom right now.  They are being taught many different subjects that will help them grow but too many never get the chance to learn about some of the exciting opportunities that exist in industry.  Amber Wilborne and Jody Woolwine are vocation advocates that have a passion for evangelizing to bring awareness to the many paths that exist on an industrial journey.In this conversation they share their personal experiences that were each unique but which both led to serving in industry and making huge impacts.  They hit many of the topics head on that can start changing the game including:Evolution of Vocational Industrial Clubs of America - where it was and where it is nowPerception of trades - why celebrating a trade school should be at the same level as a traditional 4-year institutionPower of apprenticeships and co-op's How parents can support and expose their children to vocation opportunities Student loan crisis and how vocation programs combat head onThe passion you'll hear from Amber and Jody is incredible.  If you think they have a great chemistry together you can blame that on genetics.  Being brother and sister they love to have fun together and they even had a good time looking back during a unique lightning round!It is important for the industrial leaders of today to lean in and start learning how to be an advocate for the next generation.  As more and more businesses decide to on-shore the opportunities will be expansive and the need great.  There are amazing opportunities to earn a significant income and make a huge impact on the world around you once vocations are learned.  It's our job to make sure those opportunities get the proper spotlight and this conversation hits that on the head.  We are proud to call Amber and Jody our heroes and we highly encourage others to learn from their experiences and start helping those behind us see the paths they never new existed in the ever evolving industrial world. Guests: Amber Wilborne - Co-Owner at TW ControlsJody Woolwine - Leader at MersenAugmented Reality DemoIndustry War Story Submission: Send us a DM!FacebookInstagramHost: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsPodcast Editor: Andi Thrower
206. Idea: Culture by Design – How to build a High Performing Culture
May 16 2022
206. Idea: Culture by Design – How to build a High Performing Culture
Do not leave culture to chance because it influences everything!  David Friedman literally wrote the book on how to design company cultures that make an impact and he shares some of the insights he's learned over the years that are sure to help you move forward.  David leaves no ground uncovered and reviews areas such as:How culture can drift and what to do to correct itWhat a "culture plan" is and why most organizations miss this Eight step framework for creating a winning cultureThe incredible power of ritualsHow to create fundamentals (behaviors) that you'll actually have buy in withImplementation and putting culture into practiceDavid is an award winning Vistage speaker and has poured his heart into the topic of culture.  It can be what separates the best from the rest and is now more critical than ever when it comes to attracting and keeping talent.  As industry evolves the importance of company culture keeps rising as a key differentiator and conversations like this are sure to set you on a path of success.  So will you design your culture or are you letting the environment around you define it for you?We highly encourage others to connect with David and the team at CultureWise as they are the industry leaders in helping businesses take control and begin acting with intent to build a culture by design! Guest: David J. Friedman - Founder/CEO at CultureWiseDavid's Resources: WebsiteCulture By Design - BookIndustry War Story Submission: Send us a DM!FacebookInstagramHost: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsPodcast Editor: Andi Thrower