Travis Hessman

Associate Editor,

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

Call: 216-931-9114

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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.

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.
ERP Goes Postmodern 1
The age of the ERP software monoliths has passed. Today's manufacturers need decentralized, hybrid solutions that combine the benefits of both on-site and cloud-based systems without any of the drawbacks.
anton humer, siemens
Building the Digital Factory
Under Anton Huber's control, Siemens' new Digital Factory division is charged with creating the high-tech backbone that could drive the next era of advanced manufacturing.
Peter Holicki
Teaching an Elephant to Dance: How Dow Chemical Keeps Innovation on Top
Dow’s three-part technology and innovation strategy helps keep the company nimble and quick despite 117 years of growth.
Five Tips to Fight the Talent Drain 
As the skills gap widens, the pressure for employers to retain their top-performing workers is growing intense. Companies need to take action before their best talent slips away.
America's Advanced Industries: New Challenges for a New Manufacturing 1
The Brookings Institution's report measures the enormous economic impact created by the merger of technology with manufacturing. But it also highlights some major workforce issues yet to come.
3-D Printing's Next New Hope 1
By combining 3-D printing and milling in the same build envelope, hybrid machining systems might move us even closer to one-button manufacturing.
Mark Fields, Ford Motor Company
Ford Saves the World
Ford CEO identifies three key technology enablers that will help bring mobility to the world.
mary barra, GM CEO
Mary Barra's Five Tips for Starting a New Job
General Motors CEO offers a little advice for workers ready to make their mark in a new career.
Best of CES 2015
This year's international Consumer Electronics Show was maybe a bit short on new products and breakthrough ideas, but it was packed full of novel applications of the biggest technologies of the day: 3-D printing, robots, drones and amazing self-driving machines.
2015: Predictions for a New Year of Manufacturing 1
2015, according to our sources, likely will be a year in which we’ll see the continued revitalization of U.S. manufacturing, the adoption of new game-changing technologies and increased hiring.
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