Session Descriptions

2016 Manufacturing Advantage Session Descriptions

Wednesday, September 28th

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

  • KATA - Sustaining Continuous Improvement, Jeff Uitenbroek

KATA, behavioral patterns of improvement and learning, "sustaining lean" - Many improvement initiatives do not reach the success of a Toyota.  Kaizen, Lean and Six Sigma improvements are not sustained, often quality problems are dubbed “operator error” and the organizations' cultures have not fully embraced active continuous improvement behaviors.  One element of Toyota success is:  in addition to the well documented improvement tools and techniques, Toyota uses KATA, behavioral patterns of improvement and learning.  These time tested patterns, recently identified and reduced to practice by Mike Rother, engage and enhance the problem solving capabilities of an organization that are so often untapped, unused, and unappreciated.
  • ISO 9001:2015 Standard, David Ding, University of Wisconsin- Stout

Summary of Change and Organization Implementation Strategy: This session will give an overview of changes in the ISO 9001:2015 Standard as well as the suggested strategic plan to implement the new standard. 


  • Engaging Social Media in Your Enterprise, Kevin Tharp, University of Wisconsin- Stout

Tool up your social media with knowledge of impacts and proven strategies. Here you will obtain an appreciation of various social media platforms with examples and tips to optimize your organization’s communication objectives.


12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

  • Millennials in the Workplace: A Changing Work Culture, Bryan Barts, University of Wisconsin- Stout  

Stout career services offers insight on engaging and on-boarding young professionals.
  • Supplier Score Card and your Organization, Tom Bugni

The Greenheck Group, one of Wisconsin’s premier OEM’s, provides an overview of their supplier score card system. Learn what OEMs are typically looking for in a supplier, the metrics, and the methods used. Practical examples will be used to illustrate the score card process and its benefit to both organizations in improving the overall supply chain effectiveness.

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

  • Trainer Best Practices for Small-to-Medium-Sized Enterprises, Jenna Drengler and Mike Brami

Take away proven industry training methods from 3 different perspectives. In this panel discussion format, you will get an understanding of what the different methods are, how they are facilitated, and what impacts they have to an organization.

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Stout Lab Tours:

  • Fab Lab
  • Packaging
  • Plastics
  • Engineering
  • Clean-room Nano Sciences: Physics and Chemistry
  • Chippewa Valley Technical College Mobile Manufacturing Lab

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

  • Industry Tour: Anderson Windows, Menomonie Plant

25 slots -improvements and technology effects to Anderson Windows

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

  • Virtual Training Systems

In this joint session, participants will gain an appreciation for UW-Stout’s B.S. Degree in Game Design and Development – Computer Science and for Lab Midwest’s comprehensive line of virtual training systems. First, Gaming Design’s program director will provide an overview of the degree, student capabilities, and examples of gaming applications with benefits for industry. Second, Lab Midwest will provide an overview of virtual training systems available to industry.  Virtual simulations for wet spray painting and welding simulations will be illustrated in greater detail.

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

  • Automation Trends and Career Choices,  Michael Cook

  • U S Forest Service Nano Cellulose Projects and Products, Adam Senalik

This presentation will feature current research and development on nano cellulose and fiber. Discussing products and licensing opportunities. 
  • Student-Driven Plastics Research, Wei Zheng, University of Wisconsin- Stout 

Showcasing the work of UW-Stout students with: 3-D printing, injection molding, extrusion blown films, and various testing methods that evaluates biodegradable polymer.  This exhibits student work, data and analysis for common Industry problems. The presentation will show how the processing and structure design affect the properties of the products. A take away could include materials that could be commercialized.
  • Nanoscale Materials and Manufacturing Challenges, Marlann Patterson

The latest work in manufacturing clusters for magnetic separation applications in medicine and environmental cleanup.

5:20 PM - 6:20 PM 

  • Keynote Speaker, Jim McIntyre, Greenheck Group

Link of Leadership: Evolving Technology and Manufacturing Sector


6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

  • Social Reception

This is a unique opportunity for industry leaders to network with showcase exhibitors and UW-Stout faculty, staff, and students in an open, educational atmosphere. Student project work and posters from Engineering, Technology, Gaming Design, Industrial Design and other disciplines related to industry will be displayed in the Technical Showcase area.  Discuss emerging workforce technology needs and potential capstone projects with UW-Stout faculty representatives.  Watch or try a demonstration to learn more about the solutions our exhibitors can provide.


Thursday, September 29th 

9:35 AM

  • Keynote Speaker, Erik Nieves, PlusOne Robotics

Future in robotics and changes in technology

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

  • Creating Capacity with Lean Tools,  Brad Nasset, University of Wisconsin-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center

Many improvement actions focus on reducing waste, reducing lead times, and reducing system variability, but do not specifically address strategies for creating capacity. We would like to show you a purposeful, focused process that looks at five key areas that can uncover opportunities for productivity increases; from improving operating strategies, to investigating in new equipment, technology and automation.

  • Industrial Internet of Things (Connected Enterprise),  Rockwell Automation

  • The Landscape of Additive Manufacturing, Scott Springer, University of Wisconsin- Stout

Learn about the current technology landscape in additive manufacturing (3D printing): polymers, elastomers, metals, powders, and more. Session content will focus on what technologies are currently available, what technologies are emerging, and which technologies provide commercially viable solutions for small to mid-sized manufacturers. Gain valuable insight into how to prepare for this disruptive technology. 

12:00 PM

  • Keynote Speaker, Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin, Rebecca Kleefisch

Wisconsin's "State of the State" in manufacturing with the changes in workforce and technology


1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

  • Collaborative Robotics,  Erik Nieves, PlusOne Robotics and Richard Maxwell, FANUC America Corporation

Get a deeper look into the manufacturing applications and automation potential of Collaborative Robotics from leading industry experts. Collaborative robotic applications such as: pick and place, welding, and other innovative applications will be explored in detail. Real world examples and demonstrations may be used to facilitate visualization of applications.
  • Cyber Security Small-to-Medium-Sized Enterprises, Pat Toth, National Institute for Standards and Technology

A one hour talk on low cost, high impact cyber security solutions S/M Manufacturers can implement immediately.
  • Equipment Provider Profile, MasterGraphics, Graphics/Systems, and Innovative Additive System Users, present Additive Manufacturing Provider Panel 

Learn what types of 3-D printing systems are available from two leading Wisconsin providers who cover the majority of commercialized additive manufacturing technologies. Session content will start with a brief overview of the systems available, some typical installed and operational costs, and examples of unique applications from the providers. The system users will then illustrate how they have used 3-D printed components beyond typical prototyping, examples include 3-D printed tooling, fixturing, and small run production parts. Time will be provided for questions and answers. 

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

  • Automation Integrators, Terry Brei

A panel of integration providers and users will provide an in-depth exploration into the automation process. Automation system integrators will highlight their organization and overview what to expect in the automation contracting process with typical ROI justifications. Case studies from users will provide results driven examples to help those considering automation solutions to know what to do, what to avoid, and how to capitalize on the trends in advanced automation technology!

  • Digital Smart Manufacturing/ Mass Customization & Technology, Dave Depke and Arthur Corallo

In this presentation, discover the software technology driving the integration of factory data and enterprise business systems into a seamless connected enterprise. Drive growth and profitability in a rapidly evolving, interconnected, mobile marketplace by breaking down your legacy information systems, integrating your factory floor and business system, and connecting into your supply chain. Your customers are increasingly mobile and expecting rapid response from you. Are you ready?

  • Industrial Design 3-D Printing Applications, Jennifer Astwood  

The industrial design concept generation process and how to utilizes 3-D printing to create life-like prototypes of innovative designs. Session content covers applications using 3-D printing with polymers, elastomers, porcelains, and powders. Different types of post finishing and post processing will be demonstrated using various UW-Stout generated samples.