Automation Ladies

Automation Ladies

The only podcast, we know of, where girls talk industrial automation!

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June 13, 2024 61 mins

In this season 3 finale, the Automation Ladies have a chat with Founder and CEO of Valoy Automation, Vanessa Loiola.

They discuss and emphasize the importance of training and troubleshooting skills for operators to reduce downtime and improve efficiency, proper programming and maintenance, and intuitive coding.

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In this week's episode, Nikki and Ali chat with Technical Sales Executive at Inductive Automation, Phil Seboa.

They discuss the importance of IT and OT, his journey from electrician  into the IT-centric world of automation, the impact of Ignition software, and some tips for content creation.

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In a previous Linkedin Live, Nikki and Ali recap the AHTD Spring Meeting with founder of QuoteBeam, Roman Piszcz. 

They discuss the importance of the Association for High Technology Distribution (AHTD) and encourage others in the industry to join. They also touch on the need for dynamic websites that provide relevant content and build credibility, the challenges of recruitment and retention,  and the role of AI in customer...

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In Automation Ladies fashion we had some technical difficulties during this episode, but the Ladies and Hassana Abubakar, a SCADA engineer at Mainstream Energy Solutions Limited, had a great time.

Hassana presented an amazing slideshow to show all the projects her and her team have accomplished  and will achieve.  They discuss hydropower plants, work in Nigeria, and the resilience of people.

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In this Linkedin Live, Nikki along with a pop up from Ali, interview Preston Hadley, President and Founder of Envision Automation & Controls. 

Preston starts with his introduction to automation with working in a family business, and continues into the challenges and benefits of going to networking events and the authenticity of marketing.

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In this special episode, Nikki and Ali speak with Ed Garstkiewicz (Business Development Manager) and Goda Inokaityte (Product Manager) at HARTING.

They talk about the challenges of selecting and designing connectors, the benefits of using connectors in machinery and automation systems, and the innovations in connector technology, including modular connectors and single-pair Ethernet.

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In this previous Linkedin Live episode, Nikki catches up with Andy Stump (Director of Business Development at Rockwell Automation), and Vitória Régia Oliveira (Lead in Maintenance, Facilities, and Project Engineering at Magna International).

They discuss the current state of smart manufacturing, the challenges of integrating technology, and the importance of cybersecurity.

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Nikki and Ali had the chance to speak to Dale Parker, Design Engineering Manager at Keystone Gas Services.

Dale talks about his interest in getting UL 508A certification, sharing knowledge and mentoring the next generation of automation, as well as, some new exciting updates about Keystone's future.

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In this previous , Nikki and Ali talk to Jason Bean, founder of M-Path Consulting and IIoT Market Specialist at Pepperl+Fuchs Group.

Jason discusses working in various industries, his own experience with being neurodivergent, and the stigma behind individuals who fall under that.

Learn more about Harnessing Neurodiversity for Organizational Excellence at https://www.manufacturingpath.com/


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In this pre-recorded episode, all the Automation Ladies chat with Vitória Régia Oliveira, Lead in Maintenance, Facilities, and Project Engineering at Magna International.

The ladies get the chance to discuss creating women in automation groups, overcoming challenges as a black woman in the industry, and the process of moving abroad for career opportunities. 

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This week Nikki and Ali speak with Sarah Sonnier, Data Scientist and Jessica Williams, Controls Engineer at BBP. 

They discuss the challenges of integrating IT and OT,  AI's usefulness in tasks like programming (with some human intervention), and the story of the dynamic duo's origins.

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In this episode, Nikki  interviews Yamini Vattipalli, Director of Operations at Easy Automation Systems. 

Yamini shares her journey from being an image processing engineer to her current role. They discuss the challenges and importance of vision applications, the transition to system integration, and the role of AI in machine vision. 

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Nikki and Ali G sat live with Linda Freeman, an Industry Manager and longtime employee at Rockwell Automation.

They look at the importance of functional safety and cybersecurity skills in the industry,  the need for continuous learning, and using traditional gender roles to one's advantage.

Check out the original live episode here.

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This week, Nikki gets a one on one interview with Startup Mentor, Dyci Sfregola. Nikki and Dyci discuss mentorship, starting her own venture, supply chain management, and  her brand new book.

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Co-Hosts are Alicia Gilpin Director of Engineering at Process and Controls Engineering LLC, and Nikki Gonzales Head of Partnerships at Quotebeam

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In this LinkedIn Live, Nikki and Ali G (and a little bit of Courtney) speak with student PCE employee Kortni Pendon.

Kortni began her journey into automation thanks to her dad and time in the Navy. She discusses her military experience and the soft skills she developed, the importance of playing into your strengths and working on your weaknesses, as well as, how being a mom has helped her in the technical world. 

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February 22, 2024 75 mins

This week Nikki speaks with Chioma Aso, Founder of STEAMDivas Inc. and longtime engineer.

The importance of art and creativity in engineering isn't the only conversation they have. Nikki and Chioma both open up about imposter syndrome, emotions, and finding yourself within the workspace.

Interested in Chioma's book? Check it out here.


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This week, Ali G and Courtney get the chance to talk to Festo Product Manager, Daniella Gonzalez.

They cover topics like gender imbalances in the field, problem-solving with customers, Daniella' work with training and workforce development at Festo, and which Harry Potter house they all are.


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Nikki, Ali G, and guest host Courtney catch up live with Morgan Wilson, Partner Success Manager at SVT Robotics.

Last time Ali G and Courtney spoke to Morgan live about her experiences at SVT Robotics and her outreach with customers. They talk SVT's work with diverse technologies and custom systems, potential application of certain automation, and the evolving landscape that is automation.   

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February 1, 2024 52 mins

While Nikki is away, Ali G takes on her own solo interview with guest Krystle Ponce, Senior Data Analyst at TREW.

Krystle started her journey into automation as an aviation electrician in the Navy. She talks about her journey from the sea to the land, the importance of learning through mistakes, and the importance of confidence in the work place.

Interested in the TED talk mentioned? Take a look here.

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Starting the Linkedin Lives up for the 2024 season, Nikki, Ali G, and guest host Courtney talk with robotics and AI expert, Juan Aparicio Ojea.

Juan is the co-founder of a start up and spent many years working with robotics. They discuss how AI can be brought more into robotics, the lack in current AI technology when it comes to automating certain jobs, and a look into the future of technology.

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