Automation and the Amazon Effect with Craig Salvalaggio

October 14, 2020
The Robot Industry Podcast
The Robot Industry Podcast
Automation and the Amazon Effect with Craig Salvalaggio

In this edition of #TheRobotIndustryPodcast, I interview Craig Salvalaggio from AMT. Craig is a busy man. He is COO of Applied Manufacturing Technologies, an automation systems integrator. Craig is very involved with A3 the Association for Advancing Automation (our distribution partner on this podcast).

Speed to Market is the theme. We also call this operating at the Speed of Amazon. The automation industry doesn't change very much and operating in COVID-19 pandemic has created big challenges for automation integrators, manufacturers, and opportunities to create automation to produce protective PPE.

28 to 32 weeks is the typical delivery for an automation system in our industry. That is just too long for engineers growing up with Amazon's delivery model. The industry is struggling to come up with better and creative ways to deliver automation faster for these elevated expectations.

We talk about training, equipment ownership, collaborative robotics, collaborative technologies and labor related challenges, accelerated deliveries, partners, vendors and the ROI of automation.

We end our conversation talking about talent attraction, robotic and automated palletizing and end of line automation.

If you would like to find out more about AMT their website is and to find Craig, he is on LinkedIn at

Enjoy the podcast,

Jim Beretta

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