In this episode of AMP we talk with the Senior Engineer for EMC Insurance, Chris Murphy. Chris’ life journey, like so many, was impacted by the events of 9/11. After college he found a home for his engineering skills in a very unlikely place… insurance.  In our conversation Chris shares with us some stories from is 14+ years of experience in the field and shares some practical ways to make an immediate impact on risk exposure in a manufacturing facility.

Chris graduated with honors from Iowa State University with a BS in Industrial Engineering. He has over 15 certification designations and volunteers for both the American Society of Safety Engineers and the Iowa CPCU Society Chapter. Some of his day to day activities include maintaining effective relationships with large accounts and agents through continued loss control services. Completing traditional loss control underwriting surveys for property and casualty risks. Developing loss control tools and services available to policyholders through company website and providing safety training programs on general industry and construction topics.

EMC Insurance Companies is among the top 50 insurance organizations in the country based on net written premium, and we have more than 2,100 employees. The company was organized in 1911 to write workers’ compensation protection in Iowa. Today, EMC provides property and casualty insurance products and services throughout the United States and writes reinsurance contracts worldwide.

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In this episode of AMP we explore the future of manufacturing, nano technology, challenges in education, being “anti-fragile”, how to motivate your workers, and how to embrace failure. We cover a ton of ground in this episode so strap in, it’s a wild ride. My guest is a longtime friend and extremely accomplished individual, Albert Marasco.

Albert is the founder of Summit Products and in addition to being a brilliant engineer he holds many patents and trade secrets for the products they create at Summit. Albert took an operation from the basement of his parent’s house to the thriving manufacturing business that it is today.

Summit Products designs and manufactures all types of custom products for clients in a diverse set of industries. Welding, bending, laser cutting, and painting are just a few of the daily activities happening on their manufacturing floor.
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In the inaugural episode of AMP we kick things off BIG with a conversation with Aaron Johnson, Vice President of Marketing and Customer Strategy for Accumold. Accumold is one of the worlds leading micro manufacturers and Aaron travels the globe helping customers in many industries. Aaron shares his thoughts on some mind-blowing technology that he encountered on a recent trip to Munich, Germany for the Wearable Technologies Conference as well as some fantastic advice about taking your company international. You don’t want to miss this episode!

Aaron JohnsonAaron is an experienced communicator with a unique background in technology, design and marketing communications. His previous work in radio and as an award winning video producer have all fed into his approach to communication and marketing.

Accumold® is a high-tech manufacturer of precision micro, small and lead frame injection molded plastic components. Utilizing processes developed from our Micro-Mold® technology, we design, build and produce unique molds and parts efficiently for markets that include Micro Electronics, Automotive, Fiber Optics, Medical, and Military Applications. Continue reading “Episode 1: Micro Manufacturing, Wearables, and Going International” »