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Manufacturing Talk Radio is a weekly Talk Radio Podcast broadcast to manufacturers of all sizes across the globe. Show host, Lew Weiss, and co-host, Tim Grady, present breaking manufacturing news and tackle business trends and economic forecasts in manufacturing for small, medium and large manufacturers across the globe.


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Episode 709: Make Your Manufacturing Operations Smarter

Manufacturing Talk Radio welcomes Ara Surenian from Plex, the Smart Manufacturing Platform that connects your people, systems, machines, and supply chains. Lew and Ara discuss Plex’s products which include Enterprise Resource Planning, Manufacturing Execution System, Supply Chain Planning, Production Monitoring and more. Find out how to run your manufacturing operations more efficiently on this episode of Manufacturing Talk Radio.


Lewis Weiss

Mr. Lewis Weiss is Host of Manufacturing Talk Radio and President of All Metals & Forge Group, the principal sponsor of the show. He has 60 years in the metals industry as a manufacturer of open die forgings and seamless rolled rings, running a business that sells forged products globally to OEMs, major manufacturers, mid-size first- and second-tier suppliers, and small metalworking companies. Lewis Weiss puts his experience in manufacturing to good use as an expert consultant on various TV and radio programs nationwide.


Ara Surenian

Ara Surenian is an entrepreneur and engineer with over 30 years of experience in engineering, opera­tions management, and software development with an emphasis on supply chain planning and lean manu­facturing.

Ara designed and developed the DemandCaster Supply Chain Planning and Forecasting Platform in 2007which he sold In August o/2016 to Plex Systems, a leader in Manufacturing ERP in the cloud. With the acquisition, Ara now occupies the role of Senior Director, Product Management of Plex Systems De­mandCaster Advanced Supply Chain Planning product.

Ara’s professional experience includes Founder and President of Cadent Resources, Inc., an operations consulting and technology firm he founded in 2004. Prior to Cadent, he held the role of senior operations consultant at Jacquard Associates, a boutique turn-around consulting firm. He was plant manager at Universal Superabrasives, Inc, a leading manufacturer of diamond and CBN grinding tools where he was instrumental in their turn-around effort. Ara also worked as a product engineer at Raytheon’s Missile Systems Division where he was a project manager developing new electronic packaging technologies.

Ara is a seasoned and storied presenter at professional associations, executive roundtables, and semi­nars. He is a member of AP JCS, The Association for Operations Management and the Institute of Busi­ness Forecasting. Ara has an MBA with a specialization in Strategic and Entrepreneurial Management from the University of Illinois, and Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering/ram Northeastern University in Boston.

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