We thought that this announcement would be a perfect start for our new “Acuity Spotlight” interviews, to help you get to know our amazing team a little bit better. See below for Sarah Dimeo’s interview with Ron. Let us know what you think!
Sarah: Ron, we are so happy to have you back with us! Out of curiosity, why did you decide to come to us full-time, rather than stay where you were?
Ron: First of all, the people at Acuity are great to work with, and the software is top-notch. Working with Acuity gives me the opportunity to work with a wide range of people in all kinds of industries, each with different challenges. I’m technically-minded and people-focused; a problem-solver by nature, so making things easier and better for people is what I love to do.
SD: You say you like to make things easier for our customers. What do you mean by that?
RS: Well, I love to write code. Custom macros or posts, it’s all about making things easy to use and sustainable for the future. I am also a huge proponent of Lean Manufacturing.
SD: Of course! You have done a lot of Lean Consulting in the recent past. What does LEAN mean to you?
RS: I just love this stuff. LEAN is the tool that makes companies of any size more profitable. It’s a growth strategy. Kaizen is not about taking things away. It is purely about empowering your employees to take control of their environment, allowing them to figure out ways to increase throughput and eliminate waste. It’s great stuff. I have facilitated many Kaizen movements in my day.
SD: That is really great, I’m all about continuous improvement. Do you think that CAD/CAM tools can affect Lean?
RS: Absolutely. Having one integrated system like NX from Design to Programming to Inspection cuts so many steps. That, in itself, is Lean. I was introduced to the concepts of Lean Manufacturing back in my days at Pratt Whitney in the 80’s with TQM (Total Quality Management) but I really got a passion for Lean Manufacturing in working with my mentor, Fred Shamburg, President of Leanovations International.
SD: Oh yes, we don’t need to go into the fact that you’ve been in industry for longer than I’ve been alive. Just kidding. But your experience is amazing! You do have a long history with Pratt Whitney and UG, right? When did you start using UG?
RS: Pratt started using UG back at UG7, I think. Back in the early 90’s. We bought it because it was a powerful CAM system back then and I’m proud to say it still is.
SD: Indeed. My last question for you is one I’ve been asking quite a bit lately. When did you know that you were meant to be an engineer?
RS: Good question, I’ve never really thought about it before. I was always mathematically inclined as a kid, taking things apart, etc. But I got my job at Pratt as a fluke, they were hiring when I lived in Connecticut. My brother-in-law and I both applied but I got the job. The rest, as they say, is history.
And so it is… by the way, when Ron isn’t answering support calls or doing training or post work, you will probably find him in his woodshop, or riding one of his Harleys, dirtbikes, or ATV’s. Lucky guy.
Thanks for reading!