Free Technical Seminars
held in THE HUB
presented by BMO Harris Bank
Learn new manufacturing methods to advance your business. Technology is ever changing; it grows, it improves. Take time to sit in on these timely and educational one-hour sessions, presented by knowledgeable professionals in the manufacturing industry. Be educated while networking with your peers, taking full advantage of this opportunity to gain new and valuable resource material to take back to your business.
|Tuesday, October 3, 2017|
|11:00am-12:00pm||3D Printing & The Manufacturing Revolution Presented by Joe Jones, President, Big Systems
Joe is president of a 22 year old company based in Menomonee Falls, WI. Big Systems provides services and consults with a broad range of manufacturing, design and engineering companies across the US.
3D printing is the next revolution in manufacturing. What if you could print functional parts, tools, fixtures and work holding – on demand? What if you could print components that would be dramatically lighter than their machined equivalents? What if you could significantly reduce waste in your manufacturing process? The possibilities of 3D printing are only limited by your imagination. This informative and interactive session will open your eyes to what’s possible – and how your product development and production needs can benefit from it.
|1:00-2:00pm||What Else Is Inside This Box? Open Architecture CNC Presented by Chris Robson, Applications Engineer, Concept Machine Tool Wisconsin
Chris started in this business in 1997 as a CNC machine tool operator and became an applications engineer in 2005. Since then he has pushed the envelope of CNC controllers, machine tools and automation with “out of the box” thinking and innovation.
Ever stop and wonder “what else is my CNC capable of?” Today’s CNC machine tools are becoming more in tune with the world of personal computers than ever before and are capable of many unique and innovative things. This presentation will open your eyes to new possibilities for your shop floor and CNC. Everything from gathering production data to having a simple hand gage communicate with the machine tool. In this discussion we will review some unique examples and discuss how to get started. Are you ready to take your CNC to the next level? This seminar will light the path.
|3:00-4:00pm||Factory Automation: Are You Ready For the Economic Expansion Presented by Ken Dragotta, President/CEO, Systems Engineering & Automation
For over 27 years, Ken Dragotta has been involved in retrofitting and remanufacturing machine tools with new controls. Ken is a graduate of the Milwaukee School of Engineering, holds BSME and MSEM degrees and is a current board member of MSOE.
With an increase in economic activity and a shrinking capable labor force, Factory Automation may be a reasonable solution for your company. From small productivity enhancing solutions to full-blown automation, moving your company forward may require your knowledge of this topic. Whether you are a machine shop or a large corporate integrated products firm, factory automation may be your answer. This presentation will provide information on what is “factory automation”, why should you do it, when should you do it, how do you automate, and what should be automated.
|Wednesday, October 4, 2017|
|11:00am-12:00pm||Additive Manufacturing: The Future Of Product Development & Manufacturing Presented by Tom Rohrbeck, 3D Printing Sales Manager, GSC & Allen Kreemer, Manager, Stratasys Inc
Tom excels at helping customers justify and implement 3D printing systems. With over 25 years of experience in 3D printing and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, he is eager to show you how 3D printing can reduce your existing costs and times to develop and manufacture products. Over the years, Tom has helped hundreds of companies across the country reduce costs and bring products to market faster.
Allen began his career in motorsports, holding a variety of positions including mechanic, machinist, fabricator, crew chief and most recently the rapid prototype group leader at Honda.
Explore how Companies use 3D printing technology to change product development and manufacturing. Discover the unique ways 3D printing is being used on the manufacturing floor and learn how it can be used to create end-use parts, custom fixtures and low-volume tooling.
|1:00-2:00pm||Is Your Shop Ready for 5-Axis Machining? Presented by Mark Schem, Technical Sales Mgr GROB Systems/Premier Machine Tool Midwest
After starting his career as an NC programmer more than a decade ago, Mark moved into applications engineering and technical sales for major machine tool builders. His customers value his hands-on shop floor experience as well as knowledge of best practices in 5-axis machining for manufacturers in aerospace, medical, and tool & die industries.
Because of its clear advantages and proven successes, the increasing adoption of 5-axis machining is a trend that will continue. Mark’s presentation will focus on 8 key factors that will help any shop be prepared for the strategic, financial and process considerations that are a part of successfully adopting 5-axis technology. Supported by application examples and case studies, this presentation will help you answer the question: Is Your Shop Ready for 5-Axis Machining? After the session, participants can request a free whitepaper from the presenter on best practices for 5-axis machining.
|3:00-4:00pm||Controlling The Beast….Don’t Fear Multi-Axis Machine Tools Presented by Mark Quartana, Regional Manager, DP Technology
Mark has been involved in the Machine Tool and Cad Cam industries since 1977 working for various machine tool and Cad/Cam companies. He brings expertise to the industry having been an Applications Engineer and Regional Manager for both industries and can speak to the needs of the end user in these highly technical and advanced markets.
This presentation will review how easily one can take advantage of off-line programming for your multi-task and Swiss machines. By doing so you can use the latest technologies available to program these highly advanced machine tools, with factory certified and error-free nc code freeing up the machine to increase profits, increase accuracy, reduce material movement and energize the shop floor team.
|Thursday, October 5, 2017|
|11:00am-12:00pm||Investing In Interns Presented by Dr. Tim Strait, Internship Coordinator, Wisconsin Fast Forward
Dr. Tim Strait has a Ph.D. in counseling psychology and has been a college educator for over 16 years. In addition to teaching and maintaining an active consulting practice focused on pre-employment psychological testing and assessment, he assisted in management of a biomedical engineering and precision machining company in Wisconsin.
This presentation will examine the impact that interns can have on Wisconsin businesses Dr. Strait will discuss the recently launched by Wisconsin Fast Forward portal for UW System College, technical colleges, and private college students and employers to connect, helping intern candidates find placements in internships and will also help employers find qualified candidates through a job matching format.
|12:30-1:00pm||Building a Workforce Through Partnerships with K-12 Presented by Suzanne Kelley, President/CEO, Waukesha County Business Alliance
As President and CEO of the Waukesha County Business Alliance, Suzanne leads the county’s largest business association with nearly 1,200 member companies. Prior to joining the Alliance, Suzanne enjoyed a 23-year career in government relations for the General Electric Company. Named among the 2013 Women of Influence by the Milwaukee Business Journal, Suzanne is active in a number of community organizations.
In Waukesha County, 75% manufacturers say they struggle to find enough qualified employees and 93% plan to expand their workforce in the next three years. Workforce development is top of mind for most manufacturers and building connections with your local K-12 schools is the best way to build a long-term talent pipeline that will support your business. Attend this session for real-world examples of business/education partnerships that are connecting students and their future employers, including the Alliance’s Schools2Skills program, which has taken 2,500+ high school students to tour area manufacturers, a countywide manufacturing career fair, and more.