Possible Tools

Explore the possibilities in the NWMOC toolbox below:

Energy Management

Assistance with identifying energy saving opportunities, and connecting businesses to resources and financial incentives to help fund and implement cost saving energy efficiency projects. Learn about equipment, tools and strategies to help your company manage rising energy costs and control energy demand and reduce operating costs while protecting the environment.

Enterprise Business Transformation

Through the use of assessment and benchmarking tools, MOC will assist you and your leadership team in analyzing your current business conditions and developing goals for the future. Along with MOC staff, you and your team will create a clear, shared direction for the organization and a detailed plan to get there.


This program was designed specifically for manufacturers that need innovative ways to grow, and see international sales as part of the answer. The program provides executive leaders with a systematic approach for entering or expanding in global markets. 

Lean Manufacturing

MOC helps you through a lean transformation by identifying the opportunities, designing the solution, implementing the solution and staying involved.

  • Lean Overview - Learn how to reduce costs, achieve work standardization, decrease changeover time, improve safety, reduce storage costs, reduce machine downtime and boost employee morale as well as work environment.
  • Lean Office - A set of guidelines to improve office function by eliminating bottlenecks and waste.
  • 5S Workplace Organization - A series of activities designed to improve workplace organization and standardization: sort, set in order, shine, standardize, sustain.
  • Cellular Flow Manufacturing - A process to link manual and machine operations into the most efficient combination of resources to maximize value-added content while minimizing waste.
  • Pull Systems / Kanbans - A system to control the flow of resources in a production process by replacing only what has been consumed. Helps eliminate waste in handling, storing, and delivering your product to the consumer.
  • Setup / Changeover Reduction - A process to aid the ability to change from one product to another in order to meet customer demands for high-quality, low-cost products, delivered quickly and without the expense of excess inventory.
  • Total Productive Maintenance - A process designed to maximize the productivity of your equipment for its entire life.
  • Value Stream Mapping - A tool to map the flow of products that enables companies to streamline work processes, cutting lead times and reducing operating costs.

Market Intelligence

MOC's Market Intelligence service is ideal for manufacturers with a unique capability, service or technology who want to apply their core skills (assets) in different product or market segments. It's not finding sales leads. Market Intelligence helps you firmly understand what you're really good at, and where else or who else could use your skills. 

Profit Risk Assessment (PRA)

This process provides a fresh look at your operation framed around the common practices of high-performing companies. MOC will help you identify your strengths and opportunities for improvement. Key items for action will emerge.

Plant Layout

MOC staff have the expertise to assist you in designing an optimized workflow in existing buildings or new construction. By developing a thorough understanding of where product moves within your system, and by designing in-process inventory positions and workflow strategies, space can be optimized and costs reduced. The goal is to maximize thru-put speed, reduce material handling costs, and save space. 

Post-Training Survey

MOC utilizes the expertise of UW-Stout student/faculty teams to conduct professional, scientific, unbiased employee surveys for a variety of purposes. We often incorporate these surveys to facilitate feedback on progress of change initiatives, implementation of employee empowerment processes, development of performance measurement systems, and other topics. Some are simple surveys, but most involve confidential interviews with employees as well. The key to survey success is the use of proven processes; pre-qualified, science-based questions; and the student/faculty teams' ability to convey clear, actionable results.

Root Cause Analysis (A3 Problem Solving)

The A3 process is a proven system for analyzing problems and developing effective solutions. It is a practical, step-by-step method to see past the easily visible symptoms and clearly identify the deep, root-cause problems. A strong set of root cause analysis tools and an action planning follow-up system help to ensure success. Companies use this as both a tactical problem solving tool and as an overall way of thinking to more effectively manage many of their daily challenges.

Strategic Planning

MOC staff will help you and your management team analyze your current business conditions and develop goals for the future. Along with MOC staff, you and your team will create a clear, shared direction for the organization, including a detailed, documented plan with action steps on how to get there.

Technology Scouting

Technology Scouting services by MOC help manufacturers identify and adopt current, advanced technologies to make manufacturing operations more competitive.