Travis Hessman

Associate Editor

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

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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.

Articles by Travis Hessman
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The Cool Factor: The High-Tech Pull of Millennial Manufacturers 
To win the next generation of factory workers, manufacturers are going high tech and gadget crazy. And it looks like it's starting to work.
Toyota's manufacturing plants use robots and automation
Technology: Putting IT in its Place  2
Toyota's manufacturing system employs some of the most sophisticated tools in the industry, but they are just one piece of the puzzle.
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Inside 3-D Printing [Slideshow]
"A lot of people ask me if 3-D printing will end up in the house. That is the wrong question. The right question is, in which room will your 3-D printer reside?"
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3-D Printing and the Return of Craftsmanship
3D Systems' chief lays out a plan for the return to localized digital craftsmanship fueled by the power of 3-D printing.
Technology, Toyota and the Lean Ballet [PODCAST]
In the March 2014 edition of the IW Monthly Podcast, Toyota's IT leader, Tim Platt, joins Travis Hessman to talk about the precise, high-tech choreography of the Toyota Production System.
3-D Printing: How Long 'til the Revolution? [SLIDESHOW]
From the hardcore manufacturing perspective, the technologies that are promised to one day 'change the way we make just about everything,' can still seem too siloed and small to change much of anything. But the revolution is coming all the same...
Can Wearable Tech Work in the Factory? 1
Smart accessories are about to enter the industrial field in a big way. But will they be a powerful new tool, or a dangerous distraction?
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Technology: The Problem with 3-D Printed Material 
Old-world strategies in a new-world market are presenting a serious snag in an industry ready to explode.
Innovation: The MIT Way
Five tips for building a successful manufacturing innovation hub, straight from MIT's Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation.
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3-D Printing the C-Suite
Five additive manufacturing disruptions that senior executives need to prepare for.
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Tales of an ERP Implementation: Part Two
Bringing Jelly Belly out of the green screens and into the 21st century took more than just purchasing a new system. It took a hard lesson in change management.
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Innovation: Get Over Yourself 
Chances are, the next big thing isn't going to come from your lab. If you want to stay ahead, you might want to look beyond your own walls and into the untapped talent of the crowd.
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Technology: Saving the World, One Bottle at a Time 
A new generation of manufacturers trying to disrupt the system and change the world is finding a powerful friend in cloud ERP.
Padmasree Warrior, chief technology and strategy officer for Cisco
The Rise of the CTO  1
In the high-tech age of digital manufacturing, technology is king. And that means the old C-suite is in for a shakeup.
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Inside GE's 3-D Innovation Lab [SLIDESHOW]
Recently, the ADC opened its doors to IndustryWeek for an all-access tour of the facility and the machines that are making the future. What we found was a facility far more familiar—and far grittier—than we'd expected. And that might be the best sign that it is fulfilling its mission.

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