Pashi presents the Means of Production, a podcast about what it really takes to build, maintain, and scale the processes that produce the physical products that power our world. Every episode, we ask a manufacturing expert to walk us through the nuts and bolts of how they do their job. We explore how and why they got into manufacturing, dive deep into the hardest problems they've solved on production lines, and discuss their thoughts on what's broken in manufacturing today and how those things can be fixed.
This podcast is hosted by Siddhit Sanghavi, Pashi's US Operations Lead, and former assembly engineer at Ford Motor Company. If you are part of the manufacturing world and you're interested in being a guest on the Means of Production, get in touch below.
Rich Furness, Data Scientist with the Global Data Insights and Analytics Group at Ford Motor Company, talks about how he and his team pioneered dry machining, the challenges involved in getting teams to adapt to new tools and systems, and why a data revolution in manufacturing would need legacy data systems to be jettisoned.
Prashant Dhillon, Performance Excellence Manager at Frederick National Lab for Cancer Research, talks about applying performance excellence strategies across diverse fields such as manufacturing, construction and healthcare, how we should be looking at changeover management, and how companies can encourage cross-department communication.
Adam Kowalski, Data Scientist for the Advanced Connected Vehicles Group at Ford Motor Company, talks about how he got into a role that deals with the intersection of data analytics and manufacturing, the volume/quality tradeoff in data, and how test stands are the unsung heroes of product quality.
Christine Cardenas, Battery Manufacturing Engineer at Ford Motor Company, talks about building a knowledge base by working hands-on on the plant floor, the intricacies in kitting lines, and navigating relationships with various stakeholders in a manufacturing environment.
Ted Bohl, Program Analyst at Ford Motor Company and US Navy Veteran talks about how his time as a Navy pilot helped him solve engineering problems, what Naval training can bring to the factory floor, and how diversity can empower workplaces.
Joey Screnci, Lead Engineer for Case Machining at Ford Motor Company talks about his love for engines and ATVs, how he led a launch at Ford as a fresh college graduate, and what one pothole can do to machining tool equipment in a truck.
Matt Byrn, Lead Engineer for e-Motor Stator for Powertain Engineering at Ford Motor Company talks about how he went from studying bacteria models in a lab to hypoid gear manufacturing at Ford, his dogged belief in a complex machining solution and how it eventually saved the company a million dollars.
Abhishek Patel, Program Manager for Ryder, talks about how he leaped from manufacturing to supply chain, how employee morale became a key metric in a warehouse efficiency problem, and how AR technology helped create a win-win situation.
Ed Hollingsworth, Manufacturing Engineer for Powertrain Engineering at Ford Motor Company talks about how an affinity for drawing and repairing things at home led him to a manufacturing career, what he learned from Japanese senseis, and material flow design and ergonomics for manual workstations.
Zach Westhoff, Lead Manufacturing Engineer for Powertrain Engineering at Ford Motor Company talks about problem-solving as a life skill, the mysterious formula that is used to design race car tires, his time mentoring New Mexico college racing teams, and his contribution to the F-150 Hybrid truck.
We speak to Kamal Kalsaria, Value Stream Manager at GKN Driveline about his unique approach to “problems”, changeover downtime challenges, and inculcating a culture of asking questions in teams using the 5-Whys method.
We speak to Clara Goldberg, Lead Process Engineer for e-Motors (Rotor), about how her love for puzzles led her to manufacturing, virtually assembling units, and how she tackled the crucial problem of non-cyclic tasks on the factory floor.
Dan O'Lear, Vehicle Operations Manufacturing engineer at Ford Motor Company talks about resource management in launches, the intricacies of dimensional data, communication and software.
We speak to Rumeet Mehta, Global Quality Transformation Leader at Cummins about turbo engines, the incredible multiple life of engines in the re-manufacturing world and maintaining high quality standards across a global network of facilities.
In our inaugural episode, we speak to Parth Shah, PhD, a software engineer and former process engineer at Intel about the incredible processes behind microprocessor manufacturing, his love of all things aerospace, research in plasma technology and how his seemingly disconnected experiences weaved into a crucial breakthrough during the design of a new fab line for the next-gen microprocessors for Intel.