Travis Hessman

Associate Editor,

Focus: Manufacturing Technology & High-Tech Industries: Computer, Electronics, etc.

Call: 216-931-9114

Follow on Twitter: @TmHessmanNED

Associate editor examines trends in manufacturing technology, covering developments in automation, robotics, digital tools and emerging technologies. He also reports on the best practices of the most successful high tech companies, including computer, electronics and industrial machinery / equipment manufacturers.

Travis returned to IndustryWeek in 2012 after working as an intern for the publication back in 2001 and later as a contributing writer.

Travis received his bachelor’s degree in English from Kent State University and his master’s in creative writing from the Northeast Ohio MFA consortium via Kent State.

CES 2017: Our Day One Recap
Our editor is in Las Vegas for the 50th Consumer Electronics Show. Here are the highlights and game changers he discovered on the first day.
A Brave New World of Warehouse Robots 1
A new breed of AGVs are taking automated material handling off the track and onto the plant floor.
Taking the Consumer Route: The Silly Start to Serious Innovation
As the first large-scale, practical application of augmented reality, maybe Pokémon GO isn’t that silly after all. Maybe it’s just a silly harbinger of the next big manufacturing revolution. Or maybe not.
Putting R&D at the Forefront of Safety
By custom engineering every delivery, NuStar Inc. helps move the unmovable while keeping workers safe and productive.
Data is Dumb
The excitement behind the Big Data Revolution was short-lived. Data, we all found, is stupid. It’s meaningless.
Five New Technologies Set for IMTS 2016 Debuts
The International Machine Tool Show is the launch platform for hundreds of new technologies for precision manufacturing concepts, designs that aim to fulfill the design complexity and process efficiency that forward-looking machine shops seek — and expect from the industry’s most anticipated event.
2016 New Equipment Digest Innovation Award Winners
After tallying thousands of votes and comments gathered from three months of voting, we are proud to announce 11 clear winners to the inaugural NED Innovation Awards, covering range of technologies and equipment that does our magazine proud.
Brilliant: How GE is Leading Manufacturing's Digital Revolution 1
The once distant and isolated worlds of OT and IT -- of physical production and the software that drives it -- has been on a steady, inevitable collision course for over a decade. Today, GE is helping them finally merge.
Steering Toward Safety in a World of Self-Driving Robots
In a factory, people already are trained to be safe. Self-driving robots just need to be worked into that knowledge base.
2015 IW Best Plants Winner: Lean Thinking in Action at ATS Corp.
In two years, Applied Technical Services has undergone a complete, top-to-bottom lean makeover, transforming chaos into profit.
General Motors' Approach to Worker Safety 1
GM looks past metrics for sentinel events to help eliminate risks before accidents happen.
3-D Printing on the Factory Floor: Big Promises and Big Challenges
Additive manufacturing's move to production promises big changes across the industry, but it has some significant hurtles to cross first.
Phones, Phishing and Practical CyberSecurity: Lessons from 2015 Data Breach Investigation Report
Verizon's 2015 DBIR sheds new light on the nature and cost of cyber-attacks and identifies a few things every manufacturer can do to prevent most threats.
Are You Ready for the Next Industrial Revolution?
Google's Renee Niemi highlights three technologies manufacturers need to keep up with the digital revolution.
Makers Meet Manufacturing 1
Large-scale manufacturers are turning away from the old models of R&D to harness the power and energy of the maker movement.
Manufacturing Leader of the Week
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