Robot club advice from a retired technology venture capitalist

Friday’s guest speaker at the TC Tinkers 4-H Robot Club was Bob Michaluk, a retired venture capitalist. Bob seems to be just an ordinary guy, easy to talk to. There is very little about him that would suggest that he used to...

10/26/2010


The 4-H Store helps raise funds for the TC Tinkers 4-H Robot Club.Friday’s guest speaker at the TC Tinkers 4-H Robot Club was Bob Michaluk, a retired venture capitalist.

Bob seems to be just an ordinary guy, easy to talk to. There is very little about him that would suggest that he used to deal in millions of dollars bringing entrepreneurs and money together to create startup technology companies. He was here Friday 10/15/2010 at the TC Tinkers Technical Library and Laboratory to interview some of the Members and Volunteers while sharing some of his stories about entrepreneurship and startup technology companies. He was also assessing the clubs “credibility.” By “credibility,” he did not doubt that the TC Tinkers is a 4-H club, but instead meant it as a measure of how attractive the club appears to potential donors. Image might be another word for it. 

I agree whole-heartedly with him that the TC Tinkers need to improve the Technical Library and Laboratory’s appearance, how to accomplish that is the question.  He returned Saturday 10/16/2010 with his hunting dog, Bella, to drop off his assessment of the TC Tinkers 4-H Robot Club and his two year plan. Part of that plan is for us to set up some of the exhibits we have sitting around here to show visitors the range of things that we do here.  Looking at each of the items on Bob’s checklist, they all would be fun things for both the youth Members and the adult Volunteers to do.

You will be able to follow the clubs progress here in this blog as we change how we work. You will get to see here which items are successful and which are not. Along the way, you may find many of the suggestions he has for the TC Tinkers could be used where you work.

The first part of the plan is a three month restart of the TC Tinkers 4-H Robot Club in which new Members, new Volunteers and returning ones will be recruited for the 2010-2011 fiscal year.

Did you see the last two posts about the autonomous robot?

- John Deere’s Robot Gator – Part 1 - revolutionary change; and

- Military transportation robot Part 2: Who drives? Who's the best gamer?

GO ROBOTS !

Paul F. Grayson - Chief Engineer, AMERICAN INDUSTRIAL MAGIC, LLC

"Small engine and machinery repair"

TC TINKERS 4-H ROBOT CLUB "Science, Engineering, and Technology"

390 4-Mile Rd. S., Traverse City, MI 49685

(231) 883-4463 Cell

pgrayson(at)aimagic.org

AIM: http://aimagic.org

TC Tinkers 4-H Robot Club:

http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/TC_TINKERS_4-H_Robot_Club/

groups.yahoo.com/group/TC_TINKERS_4-H_Robot_Club/join



No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
2017 Lubrication Guide; Software tools; Microgrids and energy strategies; Use robots effectively
Prescriptive maintenance; Hannover Messe 2017 recap; Reduce welding errors
Safety standards and electrical test instruments; Product of the Year winners; Easy and safe electrical design
Infrastructure for natural gas expansion; Artificial lift methods; Disruptive technology and fugitive gas emissions
Mobility as the means to offshore innovation; Preventing another Deepwater Horizon; ROVs as subsea robots; SCADA and the radio spectrum
Future of oil and gas projects; Reservoir models; The importance of SCADA to oil and gas
Diagnostic functions for system safety; Specifying industrial enclosures; Effective decision support for a crisis
Transformers; Electrical system design; Selecting and sizing transformers; Grounded and ungrounded system design, Paralleling generator systems
Natural gas for tomorrow's fleets; Colleges and universities moving to CHP; Power and steam and frozen foods

Annual Salary Survey

Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
The maintenance journey has been a long, slow trek for most manufacturers and has gone from preventive maintenance to predictive maintenance.
Featured articles highlight technologies that enable the Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT-related products and strategies to get data more easily to the user.
This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years.
Maintenance Manager; California Oils Corp.
Associate, Electrical Engineering; Wood Harbinger
Control Systems Engineer; Robert Bosch Corp.
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
click me