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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 309: Smart Manufacturing: A Closer Look


In this episode Dr. Keith Belton, Director of the Manufacturing Policy Initiative in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University, discusses the emergence of smart manufacturing. After providing a detailed description of the physical architecture of smart production, Keith addresses a number of concerns, notably the potential negative impact on low-skill workers as well as cyber security vulnerabilities. In the final part of the interview the discussion turns to information governance and technology policy in a global competitive context.


Cliff Waldman

Certified Business Economist and member of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE). Go beyond the mainstream media headlines with Cliff Waldman throughout his series on Manufacturing Talk Radio where he focuses on forces that are catalyzing rapid structural changes in the companies and sectors that comprise the dynamic manufacturing industry.


Keith B. Belton

Keith B. Belton is Director of the Manufacturing Policy Initiative in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University. The Initiative is focused on public policies affecting the US manufacturing sector. Prior to this appointment, Keith held several positions involving public policy analysis and/or government relations, including with the US Office of Management and Budget and the Dow Chemical Company.

His particular areas of expertise include environment, health, and safety policy; regulatory reform; cost-benefit analysis; and chemical manufacturing. In terms of education, Keith holds a B.S. (chemistry) from the University of Maryland, and an M.S. (environmental science), and Ph.D. (public policy) from the George Washington University. He is a member of several professional associations, including the American Chemical Society, the American Economic Association, and the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis.

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