Session Descriptions

Manufacturing Advantage Pre-Conference Sessions
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

 

Morning Tour: 10:30 a.m.-Noon (Option 1)

Tour of UW-Stout Fab Lab
Applied Arts Room 132

 

Morning Session:  10:30 a.m.-Noon (Option 2), Memorial Student Center, Maplewood Room

Small Business Banking Roundtable
Mark P. Seyer, AVP Commercial Loans, Peoples Bank of Wisconsin
Larry Jolivette and Margaret Winter, Peoples Bank of Wisconsin
Mike Dieckman, Wisconsin Business Development

Whether your business is a start-up or a thriving manufacturing operation, a custom, multi-faceted approach to banking is necessary to keep cash flow consistent and predictable. Led by an expert staff from Peoples Bank of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Business Development, join our round table discussion to assess what banking and lending tools are available to improve cash availability, create accounting efficiency, reduce exposure to fraud and improve your company’s overall position for success.

Program Outline

Deposit products:

1. Electronic invoicing
2. Wire Transfers
3. Remote Deposit
4. Positive pay- Cash Management
5. Pay Everywhere- Merchant E
6. Credit cards
7. Health Savings Accounts
8. Internet Banking
9. Payroll processing

Loan Products and Services:

1. SBA 504 and 7A
2. Credit Lines
3. Real Estate and Personal property Loans
4. SBA 504 Refinance
5. Business Acquisition
6. Succession planning
7. Business environment

 

Afternoon Tour:  1:30 p.m.-2:45 p.m. (Option 1)

Fryklund Hall Tour
807 3rd Street East

  FH315 Rapid prototyping or 3-D printing lab
  FH215 Controls (PLC) and fluid mechanics lab
  FH116 Vision systems and robotics lab
  FH101 Manufacturing technology lab; manual mills, drills, lathes, Milltronics CNC mills, Mazak CNC lathes, sheet metal forming
  FH104 Computer aided manufacturing lab
  FH112 Metrology lab
  FH109 Powdered metals and ceramics lab
  FH014 Welding lab
  FH011 Metal casting lab


Afternoon Session:  1:30 p.m.-2:45 p.m. (Option 2), Memorial Student Center, Maplewood Room

What’s New in Growth Services?  Exploring MOC offerings designed to grow your manufacturing company
Kirsten Rieth, RTI International, Roger Gehring, UW-Stout MOC, Bob Oliver, UW-Stout MOC

Join us for this overview session to learn more about the MOC’s new assistance offerings to support growth for our manufacturing companies.  Hear about the elements of Technology Scouting, Technology Driven Market Intelligence (TDMI) and Innovation Engineering and how these services can benefit your business.

 

Manufacturing Advantage Conference Breakout Session Descriptions
Wednesday, October 30, 2013

 

Breakout Sessions:  9:45-10:45 a.m.

1A - Preparing Your Employees and Your Business for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Deb Marshall, HR Consultant - Wipfli LLP

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly known as ACA or ObamaCare, is sweeping legislation that is already affecting your business and your employees. It has been law since 2010, but significant questions remain for manufacturers of all sizes especially as regulations and guidance to clarify various provisions of the act continue to be issued. Most major ACA provisions take effect January 1, 2014. Are you prepared? In this session, we will help you: • Sort out the confusion – an overview of the provisions you really need to know about • Prepare your business and your employees for what they will need to do • Understand the significant financial and operational implications of this law • Avoid ‘panic-mode’ This workshop is intended for owners, presidents/CEOs, CFOs, and human resource VPs/directors/managers. Implementation and compliance will require top management’s understanding and involvement in planning and decision making.
Session Location: Memorial Student Center, Northwoods
Handouts

 

1B - Increasing Efficiency Through Process Improvement (Part 1 of 2, must attend both)
Jeff Carr, Sr. Project Manager - UW-Stout MOC
Paul Easterday, Sr. Project Manager - UW-Stout MOC

THIS CLASS IS FULL
Using a dynamic simulated manufacturing environment, you will learn about effective tools that take a team from a traditional manufacturing operation into a world class manufacturing enterprise. This hands-on program explores the principles of lean manufacturing such as standardized work, visual signals, and batch-size reduction and pull systems which provides new tools to improve your business skills.  Learn about the reducing waste streams in manufacturing, decreasing lead times, work-in-process and floor space while improving on time delivery performance, quality and productivity that lowers manufacturing costs and improves the business’s bottom line.
Session Location:  Memorial Student Center, Ballroom C

 

1C - Enhancing the Customer Experience and Increasing Profitability with CRM Technology
Terry Kerscher, Partner - Wipfli LLP
Matt Gelb, Senior Consultant - Wipfli LLP

Need a 360 degree view of your customer? Lacking the right information at the right time? Trouble tracking products/equipment after the sale? Need to gain control of service agreements or warranties? With today’s economic climate and razor-thin margins, equipment manufacturers need to optimize every aspect of the customer life cycle. Lack of accessibility to complete customer, product/equipment, after-the-sale support, and warranty information can make it nearly impossible to optimize the customer experience and maintain profitability. Information is the key to success. The need for a single interface to help you effectively market, sell, produce, deliver, and provide service after the sale is essential. CRM technology can get everyone on the same customer service page to ensure the efficiencies you need now and provide a solid platform as you grow your business. During this session, you will discover how you can move from silos of data, spreadsheets, databases, and random e-mails to having integrated, accessible customer life cycle information across your entire organization. Expected results such as improvements in productivity, reductions in errors, enhanced customer sales and service, and opportunities for stronger performance are addressed.
Session Location: Memorial Student Center, Ballroom B

 

1D - Sustainable Manufacturing Toolkit - Seven Steps to Environmental Excellence
Ted Theyerl, Sr. Project Manager - UW-Stout MOC
Mark McDermid, Manufacturing Specialist, WMEP

This session will review the OECD Sustainable Manufacturing Toolkit, and how to utilize the seven step process to implement sustainable practices in your business to reduce costs, drive growth, increase profits, and improve the environment.  Review of some examples of Wisconsin manufacturers who have realized financial and environmental benefits as a result of implementing sustainable programs, and learn how get started assessing your operations for opportunities to improve your sustainability and realize the resulting benefits.
Session Location: Memorial Student Center, Oakwood
Handouts

 

1E - Tools for Building the Workforce Pipeline
Mark Tyler, President - OEM Fabricators

Is your company struggling to find and hire qualified employees?
Do you think all the good people are already working?
Is your company racing toward a brick wall of retirements?
Do you think Guidance Counselors, Teachers, School Boards, and Parents, don’t get it?
This may be the session for you!
Manufacturing Works / Gold Collar Careers feels your pain.
Find out what they and others are doing about it.
This session will likely challenge some of your beliefs.
It will certainly challenge you to help solve the skills gap and
give you some tools to get started.
Session Location: Memorial Student Center, Maplewood

 

Breakout Sessions:  11:00 a.m. - Noon

2B - Increasing Efficiency Through Process Improvement (Part 2)
Jeff Carr, Sr. Project Manager - UW-Stout MOC
Paul Easterday, Sr. Project Manager - UW-Stout MOC

THIS CLASS IS FULL
Using a dynamic simulated manufacturing environment, you will learn about effective tools that take a team from a traditional manufacturing operation into a world class manufacturing enterprise. This hand on program explores the principles of lean manufacturing such as standardized work, visual signals, and batch-size reduction and pull systems which provides new tools to improve your business skills.  Learn about the reducing waste streams in manufacturing, decreasing lead times, work-in-process and floor space while improving on time delivery performance, quality and productivity that lowers manufacturing costs and improves the business’s bottom line.
Session Location: Memorial Student Center, Ballroom C

 


2D - The World Idea of Ownership and How That World Changed on March 16, 2013
Jon Harkness, Patent Attorney - Geiser Law PLLC

The workshop will start with a brief general review of various types of non-patent intellectual property protection--trade secret, copyright, and trademark. The primary focus of the workshop will be a discussion of both design patents and utility patents. Particular emphasis will be placed on the important changes to American patent law that took effect on March 16, 2013.
Session Location: Memorial Student Center, Ballroom A
Handouts

 

2E - Business Intelligence: You, Your People and Your Business
Dwight Cody, Manager - Wipfli LLP

Business intelligence is all the buzz today. But what is it, and what does it really mean to you, your people, and your business? The concept behind business intelligence is to transform raw data into meaningful and useful information for business purposes and decision making. In even simpler terms: delivering the right information when and where it is needed for improved decision making. It should come as no surprise, but information can take many forms—some beneficial, some not so much. In this presentation, we will focus on two forms: descriptive and operational. Descriptive information seeks to expose new insights about your business, your customers, your products, and your markets by connecting different slices of data that otherwise may not be connected. Operational information involves the monitoring of day-to-day activities with real-time dashboards. Leveraging dashboards begins and ends with a solid understanding of metrics and measurement. Identifying the “right” metrics to measure in your organization is critical to driving the desired behavior and actions to achieve the results expected. During this interactive presentation, you will learn the ins and outs of accessing your data and how to design a framework for managing data and metrics within the context of your business. During this session, we will address: • Descriptive vs. operational information • Metrics and measurement for results • Examples of metrics used by manufacturers • We put all the data IN, how do we get the right data OUT? • Sifting information from ALL THE DATA – A mini-case study example
Session Location: Memorial Student Center, Willow/Walnut

 

Breakout Sessions:  2:00 - 3:15 p.m.

3A - Talent: The Right People, the Right Skills, the Right Time
Beth Mathison, Director/Business Development - Manpower

Teachable Fit Businesses face the ongoing challenge of finding the right people with the right skills at the right time – those who can improve performance, strengthen competitive advantage and drive sustainable growth. Manpower Group’s Annual Talent Shortage Survey consistently reveals that a substantial percentage of U.S. employers are struggling to fill mission-critical positions, despite continued high unemployment. This  workshop will: • Discuss the forces of change that are transforming the world of work, • Examine the factors causing the talent shortage, • Identify specialized solutions for winning today’s race for talent. Then, using a workshop format, the group will focus on one of those solutions: Teachable Fit. At the end of this workshop, attendees will… • Understand how global forces are affecting their ability to get and keep talent. This knowledge will help them develop effective talent attraction and retention programs. • Gain clear understanding of the reasons why employers are struggling to fill key positions. This will allow attendees to develop mitigating strategies to help overcome their HR challenges, • Understand how the Teachable Fit concept can help organizations build the talent they need. • Practice using the Teachable Fit concept to translate existing competencies into required skill sets.
Session Location: Memorial Student Center, Oakwood
Handouts

 

3B - International Markets: Why should I consider taking the leap and how do I get started?
Damian Felton, Director - Wisconsin US Export Assistance Center
Brad Schneider, Representative - WEDC

Over 95% of the world's population lives outside of the United States.  Are you missing out on this phenominal market opportunity?  Join us for this session to learn about the opportunities that await you in foreign countries.   Discover why exports are critical to the continued growth of your business and how it can offset product seasonality, life cycles and other market challenges domestically.  You will be exposed to the resources available to get you started and support programs dedicated to the successful implementation of your future export initiatives.
Session Location: Memorial Student Center, Maplewood
Handouts

 

3C - Innovation Engineering
Bob Oliver, Sr. Project Manger - UW-Stout MOC

Are you looking for a system to inject innovation and growth into your company?  This session will provide an overview of Innovation Engineering and the practical usage of it.  Please bring your Ipad, computer, or data phone to participate.
Session Location: Memorial Student Center, Ballroom B

 

3D - Utilizing Simulation to Achieve Operation Efficiency
David Ding, Associate Professor - University of Wisconsin-Stout
John Dzissah, Associate Professor - University of Wisconsin-Stout
Ted Theyerl, Sr. Program Manager - UW-Stout MOC

THIS CLASS IS FULL
Simulation is a descriptive technique that enables a decision maker to evaluate the behavior of a model under various conditions.
1. Simulation models complex situations 2. Models are simple to use and understand 3. Models can play “what if” experiments 4. Extensive software packages available. Company can apply simulation to evaluate the potential benefits and problems of lean manufacturing implementation which will reduce the risk of the process.
Session Location: Memorial Student Center, Northwoods

 

3E - Supply Chain Optimization
John Remsey, Sr. Manufacturing Specialist - IMEC

The strength of U.S. manufacturers is critical to the health of our global economy, and the effectiveness of their supply chains is at the core of that health and growth. This overview is intended to demonstrate the benefits and the unique approach today’s manufacturers can access through the MEP network in order to create and participate in stronger supply chains that function at advanced levels.
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAM:
• Demonstrate the enemies of supply chain effectiveness including, destabilizing effects of dependence, variation, lack of supply chain visibility and forecast inaccuracy.
• Provide an understanding of MEPs Supply Chain Optimization process. 
Session Location: Memorial Student Center, Cedarwood

 

Breakout Session:  3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

4A - Additive Manufacturing: Exploring Digital Technology in the FabLab
Mike Cropp, Manager - UW-Stout FabLab

This session will provide an overview of additive manufacturing processes, as well as discuss ways to utilize the technology in a manufacturing environment.  We will show many examples, from models/prototypes of a product to manufacturing tools, and have the uPrint in the Fab Lab building a part.
Session Location: UW-Stout FabLab, 132 Applied Arts Building

 

4B - Sustaining Lean: Making it Part of Your Culture
Brad Nassat, Sr. Project Manager - UW-Stout MOC
Bill Amsrud, Sr. Project Manager/Operations Manager - UW-Stout MOC

Join us for this important topic of sustaining Lean practices and cultures in manufacturing. Hear from companies and Lean practitioners that have implemented Lean and get insights into the key factors of successful implementation and sustaining a Lean culture. Each company will give a short summary of their Lean journey and will be available for questions.
Session Location: Memorial Student Center, Northwoods

 

4C - Aligning Employee Performance and Business Results
Dan Burns, Leadership/Management Consultant & Faculty Member

The key to driving organizational results is primarily and foundationally established through the alignment of organizational goals and employee performance. Unfortunately, many organizations do not do what is necessary to define, develop and deploy the necessary connections that create alignment and, as a result, organizational performance may not reach its potential. In this session, we’ll discuss the connection between employee performance and organizational results and specific actions organizational leaders can take to help ensure employee performance drives organizational results.
Session Location: Memorial Student Center, Oakwood

 

4D - The Importance of a Plan: Getting Started in Exporting
Jeff Carr, Sr. Project Manager - UW-Stout MOC
Joni Geroux, Outreach Program Manager - UW-Stout MOC

95% of the world’s population lives outside of the United States.  Are you willing to let your business growth be reliant on 5% of the potential market?  Join us for this session to learn about getting started in exporting or taking your company from reactive to proactive in international markets.  You will learn about the key elements of a plan, important considerations when exporting and how businesses have utilized the ExporTech program to accelerate their planning and research process.
Session Location: Memorial Student Center, Ballroom C

 

4E - How Does a Quality Management System Benefit in My Business?
Paul Easterday, Sr. Project Manager - UW-Stout MOC

Why a quality management system is critical to meeting your customer’s needs and is the cornerstone to securing ISO compliance and certification.
Session Location: Memorial Student Center, Willow/Walnut

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