Session Descriptions

Wednesday, November 4 - See Program Schedule for session times and location

Registration Opens at 7:30 a.m.


Innovation Management System Workshop (8:00 a.m-3:30 p.m.)
You may choose to participate in the full day Innovation Management System Workshop.


UW-Stout Technology Lab Tours (2:00-3:30 p.m.)
Explore what's happing at UW-Stout and learn about new technologies to understand how companies like yours are utilizing it in their business. Tours will leave from the conference registration area (Skylight Lounge on the second floor of the Memorial Student Center). 
Two tours will be available:
Tour A) Packaging, Plastics, and Fab Lab
Tour B) Computer Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering.


Technology Expo (2:00-5:30 p.m.)

Expo presenters include:
Forest Products Laboratory
National Institute of Standards and Technology
3D Systems

Tours of Area Manufacturers (3:30-5:30 p.m.)
Join in a tour of local manufacturers - space is limited, sign up through the registration process.
Two tours will be available:

Tour A)  Silver Spring Gardens, Eau Claire, WI

Guidelines for Visitors to the Silver Spring Production Facility

Thank you for your interest in touring Silver Spring Foods. In order to protect our visitors, our employees and our products, we ask that tour groups and visitors entering the production facility adhere to the following guidelines:

• All visitors will be required to wear the following safety gear, which will be provided by Silver Spring Foods:
o Hairnet (and beard restraint, if necessary)
o Safety glasses
o Lab coat
o Ear plugs
• No jewelry is allowed, except for a plain wedding band.
• No food, chewing gum, cough drops or tobacco are allowed.
• Photography is prohibited unless specific permission has been granted.
• No personal bags or purses may be carried in the production facility.  We recommend you do not bring these to the tour, but store them on the bus or in your locked vehicle
• No open-toed shoes or sandals are allowed.
• Long pants are required – no skirts, shorts or Capri pants are allowed.
• All visitors will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement before touring the production facility.
• While on the tour, attendees should be aware of forklift traffic in the plant, and ensure they keep a good distance from moving forklifts, listen for the sounding of the horns and to make eye contact with forklift drivers. 
• Tour Groups should enter the facility at door E20, on the Northwest side of the building, where you will be greeted by a company representative.
If you have any questions regarding these guidelines, please contact Silver Spring Foods at 715-832-9770.

Tour B)  Nolato Contour, Baldwin, WI


Manufacturing Works Annual Showcase and Reception (5:30-8:00 p.m.)
Join us for dinner and an evening program hosted by the Manufacturing Works organization supporting manufacturing careers and networking.

Thursday, November 5 - See Program Schedule for times and locations

Registration, networking, breakfast & technology showcase (7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.)

Welcome from UW-Stout Chancellor, Bob Meyer (8:30 a.m.)

Morning Keynote Speaker, John Koskinen, Former Chief Economist -WI Dept. of Revenue (8:40-9:15 a.m.)

Morning Technology Presentations and Breakout Sessions (9:30-10:30 a.m. & 10:45-11:45 a.m.)
You may choose to hear snapshot presentations on technology opportunities including what they are, how they can apply to you and how you can gain access to them or participate in sessions focused on innovation and technology.

9:30-10:30am Topics:
Robotics Technology Presentations
Identifying Your Customers' Needs
Utilizing Automation for Better Quality Assurance
Justifying New Technology: What's My ROI?
Current and Future Trends in Additive Manufacturing
How to Work with Federal Labs

10:45-11:45am Topics:
3-D Printing/Additive Manufacturing Technology Presentations
      & Automation Technology Presentations
Collaboration Technology: Tools for Co-Engineering
Creative Problem Solving
Research Techniques for Technology Solutions

Afternoon Keynote Speaker: Robert Tucker, Founder- The Innovation Resource (1:00-2:00 p.m.)

Afternoon Technology Presentations, Breakout Session (2:15-3:15 p.m.) 
You may choose to hear snapshot presentations on technology opportunities including what they are, how they can apply to you and how you can gain access to them or participate in sessions focused on innovation and technology.

2:15-3:15pm Topics:
Additive Manufacturing Panel Discussion
Robotics Panel Discussion: What Robotics Did for Me?
Connecting with a Greater Audience through Social and Mobile Technologies
Identifying Technologies for Greater Sustainability


3:15pm Conference concludes