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54 SMT007 MAGAZINE I APRIL 2019 Interview by Nolan Johnson I-CONNECT007 I met Craig Reiselt, CEO of Octane Open Concept, on the show floor at IPC APEX EXPO 2019. Octane Open Concept targets the contract manufacturer and is well along in the development process for a pair of software tools designed to optimize assembly and test- ing results tracking on the manufacturing floor. These tools use real-time data collection from an MES or local testers and displays picto- rial representations of failures, interestingly enough. While not necessarily taking advan- tage of all that Industry 4.0 has to offer yet, Octane's products illustrate the type of inno- vative solutions that are possible when merg- ing enterprise-wide data, machine-to-machine communications, and artificial intelligence. In this conversation captured after the show, Craig and I discuss the company and the prod- ucts and opportunities in front of Octane. Nolan Johnson: Can you tell us about your company Octane Open Concept? Craig Reiselt: I am the CEO and founder, and I also have a small part in sales; the rest of the team takes care of all of the technical aspects of the company. Octane Open Concept was an idea that started from a personal need for my other job as a director at a contract manu- facturer. We needed some tools to enhance our productivity, and that's how this came about—strictly to enhance what I was doing at Dynalab. Johnson: Are there a lot of on-the-job chal- lenges? Reiselt: Yes. And as this started to evolve and other people and peers from other companies saw it, they were quickly interested in want- ing to have it for themselves, so I thought, "Why not make retirement come a little closer if that's possible, or a lot further away if we don't succeed—whichever the case may be?" Johnson: You had to take the risk. Reiselt: Absolutely. Octane Open Concept Solution: Innovative Analytics and Floor-control Software Craig Reiselt

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