Session Descriptions

September 28th

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

Learn social media avenues and what they can do for your organization.

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.

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

A panel discussion focusing on best practices for training within your organization.

Stout Lab Tours:

Fab Lab
Clean-room Nano Sciences: Physics and Chemistry

Chippewa Valley Technical College Mobile Manufacturing Lab

Industry Tour: Anderson Windows, Menomonie Plant

Virtual Training Systems

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.

Keynote Speaker, Jim McIntyre, Greenheck Group

Link of Leadership: Evolving Technology and Manufacturing Sector

September 29th 

Keynote Speaker, Erik Nieves, PlusOne Robotics

Future in robotics and changes in technology

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

Industrial Internet of Things (Connected Enterprise),  Rockwell Automation

The Landscape of Additive Manufacturing, Scott Spring, 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. 

Keynote Speaker, Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin, Rebecca Kleefisch

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

Collaborative Robotics,  Erik Nieves, PlusOne Robotics

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. 

Automation Integrators,

Panel discussion format for strategies and experiences

Digital Smart Manufacturing/ Mass Customization & Technology,

RMM Solutions

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.