AEM launches free podcast to explore disruptive equipment industry topics

Updated Feb 21, 2018


A Trimble drone on a job site is an example of a disruptive trend. Such trends are the focus of a series of a free podcasts by AEM.A Trimble drone on a job site is an example of a disruptive trend. Such trends are the focus of a series of a free podcasts by AEM.

Whether in your vehicle, out for a run or on a job site, now you can keep up on groundbreaking trends in the construction and agriculture equipment industries, thank to a podcast being launched by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM).

The free podcast will explore a different cutting-edge topic every month, with insight from technology pioneers, industry heavyweights and established experts. While the podcasts are produced with AEM members in mind, anyone can access them with this link.

The AEM Thinking Forward Podcast is available for listeners and subscribers on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, TuneIn and other popular podcasting apps.

Episodes also will be posted on the AEM Website at, and links to new episodes will be included in the Industry Advisor e-newsletter.

“Podcasts are increasingly an important part of the way many people get their information,” says Nicole Hallada, AEM’s vice president of marketing and communications.

“Our Thinking Forward initiative is in its second year of equipping attendees to succeed in a changing marketplace, so it just makes sense to build on that success by pushing into this new medium.”

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The podcast is launching with three episodes. New editions will be available on each month. Topics include 3D printing, automation, precision agriculture, Internet of Things, big data analysis, drones, future technology and other disruptive forces in the equipment manufacturing sphere, AEM says.

The first episode features an interview with Dr. Lonnie Love from the Oak Ridge National Lab, who led the effort to build the world’s first additive manufactured excavator, Project AME, which debuted at CONEXPO-CON/AGG & IFPE 2017.

Dr. Love discusses how 3D printing technology is changing business models throughout the manufacturing sector.

Episode 2 focuses on several potentially disruptive trends emerging in the heavy equipment manufacturing industry—drones, automation, predictive maintenance and the service-oriented business model.

SkySpecs CEO Danny Ellis explains how his company uses these trends, including automated drones, to inspect infrastructure.

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With a growing suite of precision agriculture tools available, Episode 3 features AGCO’s Eric Lescourret discussing how equipment manufacturers can tailor these solutions to their customers’ needs, as well as the broadband infrastructure needed to compete.

AEM’s Curt Blades also discusses how AEM is engaging its members on the topic.


Industry News ‘On the Go’ for Busy Professionals

Dusty Weis, who is AEM strategic communications manager, is the podcast’s host and producer. His guests in the first three episodes of the podcast include Dr. Lonnie Love of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, drone automation pioneer Danny Ellis and Agco Corporation’s precision agriculture advocate Eric Lescourre, AEM says.

“Podcasts are a great way for busy professionals to catch up on industry news that they need to stay competitive,” Weis says. “I’m really excited for the opportunity to take these cool subjects that we present at our regional Thinking Forward summits and on our website, and package them in a format that you can absorb while you’re in the car, out for a run or on the jobsite.”

Mobile users can subscribe to the AEM Thinking Forward Podcast in order to receive updates when new episodes become available. Send podcast inquiries  to [email protected].

AEM is the North American-based international trade group providing innovative business development resources to advance the off-road equipment manufacturing industry in the global marketplace. AEM membership includes more than 950 companies and more than 200 product lines in agriculture and construction-related sectors worldwide.