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The manufacturing industry has suffered from a lack of skilled workers for many years. This challenge is particularly pronounced in the machine tool industry, where the machines and controls have become increasingly sophisticated and complex.

We created Athena to help solve that problem.

With the advent of voice-enabled devices and their ease of use, we have leveraged that technology to make it easier for an inexperienced worker to become productive to the shop owner very quickly. Athena can also provide critical and time-sensitive guidance and data to seasoned veterans.

On the builder side, machine tool OEMs have lost sales simply because the shop owner has no one capable of operating the machine. Athena immediately solves that problem, helping builders sell more machines—even in situations where skilled labor is a need.


After a successful proof of concept in the winter of 2017-2018, we formed iTSpeeX LLC in the spring of 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. We originally outsourced Athena’s speech development (both speech to text and text to speech) but later in 2018, we switched to a Microsoft Windows speech engine. We now have a technical development team of 10 led by our Vice President of Technical Development, as well as three other members of the leadership team.

Athena has generated significant interest from most machine tool builders through visits and demonstrations at major tradeshows, including IMTS, JIMTOF and EMO. Our first adopter is Makino, and Athena is included in the rollout of their latest EDMs and mills.

The Athena software is available through machine tool builders and independent distributors on a subscription basis. If you have any questions about us or about how Athena works, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Contact us anytime


Stephen Kappers

Jerry Rex
Chief Revenue Officer

Harry Brandicourt
Director – Strategic Partnerships and Growth

Jay Requarth
Vice President – Technical Development

Ashley Schrier
Operations Specialist

Kyle Steinfort
Lead Developer

Adam Clary
Senior Developer

Jody Sowald
Software Engineer

Amy Warren
Senior Technical Writer

Chrissy St. John
UX/UI Designer

Isaiah Ianniello
Lead Quality Assurance

Josh Loop
Quality Assurance


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