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Guest Spotlight

Bob Graff, Yaskawa America 

As senior sales manager of STEM Education & Workforce Development Bob Graff, Yaskawa Americaat Yaskawa America, Bob Graff is in charge of the education and training programming and partnerships that take place at Yaskawa Motoman in Miamisburg, Ohio. Yaskawa produces robotic automation for industry and robotic applications, including arc welding, clean room, coating, material cutting, materials handling, and spot welding.Recently, they have become well-known for their collaborative robot, or co-bot, line.

Before Yaskawa, Bob served over 18 years in the education technology industry as an account manager at HMH, a global K-12 learning company, as well as similar roles at Gateway, Primex Education Solutions, and Apple Computer, among others.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in history at the University of Cincinnati.

Key topics: robotics and automation, workforce implications, future skills needed in manufacturing

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Manufacturing Tomorrow is a podcast series brought to you by the Ohio Manufacturing Institute at The Ohio State University. Featuring the perspectives of manufacturing leaders, we focus on the advanced manufacturing innovations, solutions and partnerships that exist in our region now and that will propel industry in the future.

Our guests include the unsung heroes of advanced manufacturing, from company C-suite executives and engineers to industry-facing academics, supportive government agencies and regional economic development organizations. Interviews cover the latest topics on products, processes – and groundbreaking relationships –the best manufacturers engage in to infuse entrepreneurialism in their daily operations.

Our mission is threefold: to provide a voice to small and large manufacturers, educate the public on the value of manufacturing innovation to the U.S. economy, and showcase how Ohio’s technology resource support providers (e.g., higher education, technical centers, and MEPs) boost advanced manufacturing solutions. We ask guest speakers about what catalysts are needed to collaborate on new products and processes, how to reduce academic-industry barriers, and the types of technical resources that can truly bolster manufacturing productivity. 

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