Matt LaWell

Staff Writer,

Staff writer Matt LaWell explores news in manufacturing technology, covering the trends and 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 and equipment manufacturers.

Matt joined IndustryWeek in 2015 after six years at newspapers and magazines in West Virginia, North Carolina and Ohio, a season on the road with his wife writing about America and minor league baseball, and three years running a small business. He received his bachelor's degree in magazine journalism from Ohio University.


SAP co-founder Hasso Plattner.
The Tech Column: SAP Eyes a Future Filled with Machine Learning
SAP co-founder Hasso Plattner discusses some of the German company’s plans for the years to come … The hard numbers of recovering from a cyberattack. … How smart are smart homes? (Maybe don’t answer that.) … Meet the robot that can shoot free throws. … Net neutrality, 2003-2017?
Forecast 3D COO Donovan Weber and his brother Corey Weber, the company's COO.
Adding Additive Under the SoCal Sun
Brothers Corey and Donovan Weber had next to no manufacturing experience when they opened Forecast 3D back in 1994. Now they make parts for most major automotive and aerospace companies, and are leading the way on the latest additive manufacturing technology.
The Tech Column: A Cleveland Postcard from the #mfgTechShow 1
Lessons learned from M&T? Depends who you ask. … Big weeks for AR firms Vuzix and Upskill. … MIT figures out how robots can teach different robots. … GE CEO Immelt dishes on how tech could affect globalization. … Jobs champion Mike Rowe is most definitely not a Luddite. … Want to drive a bulldozer? Now you can.
ABB industrial robots at work in the MRAM room in the new 3DEXPERIENCE Center.
The Tech Column: A Shocking New Way to Teach Skills
Dassault Systèmes partners with Wichita State University to open an advanced manufacturing center that could further develop how colleges teach engineering. … You can share a classroom with NASA engineers. … Robot orders, shipments get a big bump in North America. … Automation M&A trending upward, too. … How do you keep track of quadruplets?
A portion of the cover of the 2017 Verizon Data Breach Investigatoins Report.
The Tech Column: What the DBIR Means for Manufacturers
In conversation with Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report co-author Marc Spitler. ... What happened at Hannover Messe? We have a (probably really incomplete) list of highlights. ... Startups prove net neutrality matters to them with letter to FCC. ... Robots pick up a paintbrush. ... Who rejected TED Talks back in 2006?
The cover of the 2017 Verizon DBIR
Nine Things You Should Probably Know From the 2017 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report 2
The 2017 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report is the 10th annual edition of the deep dive into how and why we are hacked, and it is packed with more hard numbers than at any point in the previous decade.
The vacuum large gripper from Rethink Robotics' ClickSmart series.
The Tech Column: Rethink Grips a Solution
The Massachusetts robot maker expands its offerings to the end of arms now, too. ... Good times for a pair of augmented reality leaders. ... Can you learn a language with a robot?. ... Mark Zuckerberg lobs the latest volley in Facebook’s cold war with Snapchat.
Maciej Kranz, VP of the corporate strategic innovation group at Cisco Systems.
Throwing the Book at IoT 1
In conversation with Maciej Kranz, VP of the corporate strategic innovation group at Cisco and author of the new book Building the Internet of Things.
A suitX exoskeleton.
The Enhanced Manufacturing Worker
The transformation of factories doesn’t involve only new machine tools and IoT. Soon, workers themselves will be fitted with advanced technologies from head to foot.
General Electric CEO and chairman Jeff Immelt.
Even In New Digs, Immelt Paints As Big a Picture As Ever for GE 1
Just blocks from his new office (no longer “palatial” and no longer in Connecticut), General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt goes long on digital disruption, how to operate globally after all these years, and how the Trump Administration could affect manufacturing for years to come.
A counter outside the Johnson Controls plant in Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
2016 IW Best Plants Winner: Johnson Controls’ Magic Ingredient is Leadership
In Monterrey, Mexico, hundreds of Johnson Controls employees build thousands of batteries every day — delivering them on time, in perfect condition, in large thanks to individual ownership and ideal team leadership.
Upskill CEO Brian Ballard.
Upskilling the Tech Workforce with ... Science Fiction? Video Games? Race Cars?
Upskill CEO Brian Ballard has been a tech geek for decades. Lately, though, the workforce interests him just as much (as if the new name of his company isn’t proof enough). Can new tech like wearables help fill the skills gap and the coming worker shortage?
NAM president and CEO Jay Timmons.
NAM CEO Timmons Dives Deeper on 2017 Goals
Talking about trade, immigration, Ronald Reagan and what the National Association of Manufacturers wants to accomplish during Donald Trump’s time in the White House.
NAM president and CEO Jay Timmons speaks at the Detroit Economic Club.
NAM: Time for Manufacturing is Right Now
The state of manufacturing is better than it has been in years, according to NAM president and CEO Jay Timmons, but plenty of work remains, especially in regulatory and tax reform, and infrastructure investment.
The General Electric logo as it will appear on the Boston Celtics jersey.
Coming Soon, to an NBA Court Near You?
When General Electric announced a deal last month to advertise on the fabled jerseys of the Boston Celtics, it got us thinking: What other American manufacturing and tech companies might be good fits for the uncharted territory of NBA jersey sponsorships?
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