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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 747: Robotics is Part of the Automation Conversation

Mike Babiak, Director of Supply Chain Technology Strategy talks about robotics in general, how it is part of the automation conversation, and ways they can be affordable for supply chain operations.

You can read Mike’s article Why Robotics Are Stuck in Neutral Without the Right Intelligent Human Labor Management Solution, which will be the cover story in the March issue of Manufacturing Outlook by clicking here.

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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.

Tim Grady

Mr. Tim Grady is an Executive Producer and Co-host of Manufacturing Talk Radio. He brings more than 25 years of knowledge as a senior strategist and business advisor to companies of all sizes in more than thirty industries, advising them on revving up revenues, macro and micro marketing, strategic selling, organization optimization, website ergonomics, data mining, and other external or internal factors that can accelerate or impede business operations and net profit.


Mike Babiak

Mike Babiak has extensive work experience in a variety of roles. Mike currently serves as the Director of Supply Chain Tech Strategy at Longbow Advantage, a role they began in 2021. Prior to this, they were a Customer Success Manager at the same company. From 2017 to 2021, they were the Site Leader – Make on Demand at Amazon. From 2014 to 2017, they were the Director of Fulfillment Operations at Quidsi Inc., a subsidiary of Amazon. From 2010 to 2014, they held two roles at Amazon, Operations Manager and Area Manager. From 2006 to 2010, they were the Manager of Government Services at McCollister’s Transportation Systems Inc. From 2002 to 2006, they held several roles in the US Army, including Captain, Assistant Chief of Operations, Captain, Battalion Maintenance Control Officer, Lieutenant, Tank Company Executive Officer, Lieutenant, Battalion Personnel Officer/Human Resource Manager, and Lieutenant, Tank Platoon Leader.

Mike Babiak attended St. Bonaventure University from 1996 to 2000, where they earned a degree in Mathematics with a field of study in Military Science.

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