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

Lincoln Electric Facility Tour

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

Afternoon Tour
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.

For further dress code requirements and safety guidelines, click here


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


Rockwell Automation - Twinsburg Operations

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

Afternoon Tour
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.