Ron Wilson's passion for Gamma, X-Ray, and Vision-Based technology along with his integrity for our products are just a few of the driving forces that have kept his career innovative and flourishing for nearly two decades.
What is your exact title?
I am a Senior Applications Engineer, and I work with all our vision technology along with full container inspection devices based on gamma, and x-ray technology.
How long have you been with Filtec?
The first time I worked with Filtec was from 1988-2005, then again in 2010-2017, and finally, I came back at the beginning of this year.
Can you give an overview of the duties, functions, and responsibilities of your job?
Some of my duties include evaluating applications and determining whether they are standard or require customization; as well as evaluating whether the application can perform properly for the customer. I also work a lot with our customers and beta machines directly in the field. Some of my responsibilities include the research and development of new products, such as our Thermal glue inspection system releasing on Wednesday, June 2.
What projects have you worked on that have been particularly interesting?
Some of the most interesting projects I have worked on recently has been our thermal glue inspection; but outside of that working on our heated glue signature, laser date code on the casing, date code reading or date presence, and laser-based inspection.
What skills are the most important for a person in your position?
Skills that I believe are most important for a person in this position to possess are being very technical, mechanically inclined, and detail-oriented. It also is important to be able to confidently interact with our customers in the field, quickly observe and troubleshoot issues while also understanding the dynamics of how the line works.
What are some of the skills you developed early on in your career?
Early on in my career, I had to develop skills such as customer interaction, being able to teach and discuss information with others, working with an interpreter while I was teaching overseas, and the operations and dynamics of the machines I was working with.
What are the current issues and trends going on in the field that people should be aware of?
One of the trends that I see in the industry is the shift towards aluminum while PET is slowly declining. Aluminum is the only fully recyclable product that can be formed back into aluminum and companies are realizing that so more and more products are being packaged in aluminum.
Where do you see your industry going in the future?
Going forward I believe the inspection industry will continue to be prompted by the customers because they are the ones that come up with the need for new and innovative inspection. I believe the industry will also move to heavier use of VISION technology as the main form of inspection.
What are some hobbies and activities you like to do in your free time?
I am currently restoring a 1970 Camaro that I have been working on for the past three years. So far, the engine is fully built, and I am just waiting to get it painted. I also enjoy 3D printing and have made car parts using my 3D printer.
Is there a quote that motivates you?
“You don’t ever sell the customer something they don’t need, sell them what they need to get their job done and what will be most reliable to them, that’s how you build repeat customers.”