May 8-10, 2017
Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland
Cleveland, OH USA

Tours

Benchmark your operations and learn best practices from world-class manufacturing facilities. Plant tours include a behind-the-scenes look at each facility's continuous improvement initiatives, use of technology, and workforce best practices. Each offers a guided tour of local manufacturers and provides time for questions and answers at the conclusion of the tour. Tour seats are limited, so register now to secure your opportunity.

Note: Should a new plant tour be announced after you have registered, you will have the ability to change your selection. Transportation to and from the convention center and the plant will be provided. All attendees must utilize this transportation to gain access to the tour.

Plant Tour
 

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ArcelorMittal Facility Tour

Morning Tour - Spaces Limited
8:15 AM: depart convention center
11:00 AM: estimated return time

ArcelorMittal Cleveland, recognized as one of the most productive integrated steelmaking facilities in the world, produces one ton of steel for slightly more than one worker hour. Part of the world's leading steel and mining company, ArcelorMittal's Cleveland facility is the company's third largest in the United States.

Employing approximately 1,900 employees (more than 1,500 represented by United Steelworkers Local 979), ArcelorMittal Cleveland is strategically located on the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio with good access to the Port of Cleveland and Great Lakes shipping, as well as excellent highway and railroad transport. The plant operates two blast furnaces which can feed two steelmaking facilities capable of producing 3.8 million tons of raw steel annually. It consists in large part of the former LTV and Republic Steel plants and has stood on this site since 1913 on the East Side (Corrigan McKinney Steel) and 1914 on the West Side (Otis Steel) of the river.

What you will see and learn:

Guests will take a walking tour of the facility's Hot Dip Galvanizing Line, one of the facility's most modern and world-class operations. The Hot Dip Galvanizing Line has helped ArcelorMittal Cleveland become a global center of excellence in producing advanced high strength steel for the automotive industry. Advanced high strength steels produced at ArcelorMittal Cleveland are helping automakers achieve aggressive fuel-efficiency standards through lightweighting while maintaining vehicle safety.

Dress Code/Safety Requirements:

Please dress for the weather since portions of the tour may be exposed to outdoor conditions. Long sleeve shirts (jackets, hard hats and safety glasses will be provided) and long pants are required (participants can wear short sleeve shirts under their provided jacket). Please wear flat, closed-toe shoes, hiking or works shoes preferred. No tennis shoes or high heels, please. Cameras and video equipment are NOT permitted.


Lincoln Electric Facility Tour

Morning Tour - Tour Full
8:30 AM: depart convention center
11:30 AM: estimated return time

Afternoon Tour - Tour Full
12:30 PM: depart convention center
3:30 PM: estimated return time

Lincoln Electric is a global manufacturer and the market leader of the highest quality welding, cutting and joining products. Their enduring passion for the development and application of their technologies allows them to create complete solutions that make their customers more productive and successful. Lincoln Electric distinguishes themselves through an unwavering commitment to their employees and a relentless drive to maximize shareholder value.

What you will see and learn:

Visitors will see how Piecework, one of the four pillars of Incentive Management is applied to high volume and high mix product families (1); Stamping, punching, laser cutting, welding, epoxy dipping, painting, molding, winding, tooling, machining and PC board manufacturing highlighting LE’s commitment to quality (2); and Observing operational practices that earned the Machine Division recognition as Plant Engineering – Plant of the year in 2014 (3).

Dress Code/Safety Requirements:

Plant tours involve walking moderate distances in a factory setting (up to 1 mile); EMF (localized electric and magnetic fields) are present throughout the Lincoln Electric Company – EMG fields may interfere with some pacemakers. Visitors with a pacemaker should consult their personal physician before taking a tour. Will be made reasonable accommodation with mobility issues, including leg casts, crutches or canes during the tour. Any accommodations must be made in advance pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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MakerGear 3D Printers Production Facility

Morning Tour
8:30 AM: depart convention center
11:00 AM: estimated return time

MakerGear was built from the ground up with no venture capital or external financial support of any kind. Instead of worrying about maximizing profits in order to please shareholders, we can focus on developing the best 3D printing products, top-notch customer service, and user experience possible.

What you will see and learn:

Visitors will get a chance to see how MakerGear leverages a lean manufacturing approach to address 21st century business challenges while also learning how additive manufacturing enables MakerGear and its customers to achieve more rapid, cost-effective product development.

Dress Code/Safety Requirements:

Business Casual


Orlando Baking Company Tour

Morning Tour
8:45 AM: depart convention center
10:50 AM: estimated return

The company produces over 300 varieties of baked goods in a 250,000 square foot manufacturing facility. The products are sold fresh or frozen to customers coast to coast. Our focus is on our product - producing and developing unique high quality products for private labeling, restaurant chains and single owned locations, products sold direct to the consumer in retail outlets and distribution to food service outlets including restaurants, catering companies, universities, sports venues and hospitals.

What you will see and learn:

Participants will be guided through the entire baking process starting at the point where the ingredients are weighed out, mixed together, separated into individual portions as well as the proofing, baking and cooling process. The company uses Red Zone OEE Systems and Tool Box Paperless Distribution.

Dress Code/Safety Requirements:

For Dress Code/Safety Requirements, please click here.


Rockwell Automation - Twinsburg Operations

Morning Tour - Tour Full
8:15 AM: depart convention center
11:40 AM: estimated return time

Afternoon Tour - Tour Full
12:15 PM: depart convention center
3:40 PM: estimated return time

Rockwell Automation, Inc. is an American provider of industrial automation and information products. Their brands include Allen-Bradley and Rockwell Software. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rockwell Automation employs over 22,000 people and has customers in more than 80 countries worldwide. The Fortune 500 company reported $6.35 billion in sales during fiscal 2013.

What you will see and learn:

During the tour, participants will see how Rockwell automation is utilizing the power of The Connected Enterprise and their own products and software solutions to improve productivity, reduce defects, and improve delivery to customers. The tour will take participants through the Electronic Assembly process where printed circuit boards are assembled and tested. You will then tour our Final Production Area where these circuit board assemblies are assembled into finished catalogs for shipment to customers.

Dress Code/Safety Requirements:

Closed toed shoes required. Safety glasses will be provided to wear on the tour.



Sears think[box]

Morning Tour
12:40 PM: depart convention center
2:00 PM: estimated return time

Afternoon Tour
2:40 PM: depart convention center
4:00 PM: estimated return time

Case Western Reserve University's center for innovation and entrepreneurship provides a space for anyone - students, faculty, and alumni and members of the community - to tinker and creatively invent. Located in a 7-story, 50,000 square foot facility, with 3 floors occupied and more under renovation, this $35M project is the largest open-access innovation center at any university in the world.

What you will see and learn:

A general introduction to think[box] will be provided on the tour, as well as the topics pertaining to scale, scope, access, and outcomes of think[box]. The Cleveland Health-Tech Corridor (“HTC”) will also be joining in on the tour to highlight what is happening in the community as they are a leading innovator for health-tech and high-tech companies.

Dress Code/Safety Requirements: N/A


Thogus Products

Morning Tour
8:15 AM: depart convention center
10:45 AM: estimated return time

Afternoon Tour
12:45 PM: depart convention center
3:15 PM: estimated return time

Thogus is the premier custom plastic injection molder in Northeast Ohio. The Thogus family of companies—rapid prototype + manufacturing (rp+m), Radiation Protection Technologies (RPT), and JALEX Medical—offers plastic injection molding, rapid prototyping, lead replacement and biomedical, design engineering, regulatory and quality management consulting for medical devices.

What you will see and learn:

Visitors will see the following: Robotics and automation including a 6-axis robot, sonic welding, Insert-molding/2-shot overmolding and additive manufacturing capabilities including FDM, Objet, DMLS, and Binderjet machines (12 3D printers in total).

Dress Code/Safety Requirements:

Closed toed shoes required. Long-hair must be in a pony-tail while on the production floor.


Vitamix Facility Tour

Morning Tour - Spaces Limited
7:45 AM: depart convention center
12:00 PM: estimated return time

Now in its 4th generation of family leadership, Vitamix is the most highly regarded personal and commercial blender in the world. The company employs over 750 people and sells globally in over 90 countries. Without its lean capabilities, Vitamix would not have been able to absorb the phenomenal growth of 2010-2013 and position itself for long-term continuous improvement.

What you will see and learn:

Attendees will learn about the Vitamix Lean journey, which, like most, has not been a straight line. You will talk with team members, leaders, and operations executives who will share their stories, successes and learning.
Most of the time will be spent touring the primary production facility, stopping to observe and discuss specific aspects of the Vitamix lean system. Highlights will include visual metrics in production and non-production areas and the integration of problem solving and kaizen with those metrics.

Dress Code/Safety Requirements:

Please wear proper shoes (no heels, sandals or other open toe shoes). Bring safety glasses if you have them.
Cameras and video equipment are NOT permitted.