The Importance of ITPSA to IHEA
Anne Goyer & B.J. Bernard
In August of 2016, IHEA will introduce the first International ThermProcess Summit Americas, an executive summit for the thermal process heating industry in the Americas. Learn about the importance of this event to your company, our association, and the industry.
Using Makerspaces for Manufacturing Training
Columbus Idea Foundry
Makerspaces are truly at the forefront of manufacturing training. Makerspaces are idea centers,
spaces where people can gather to create, invent, and learn. They often have 3D
printers, software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies and tools which
are ideal for training and learning.
The Columbus Idea Foundry is a community workshop, learning center and creative space. They provide training on, and access to, tools and technology from the conventional to the high-tech. Learn how this Makerspace got started and the benefits of utilizing a Makerspace for training and growth for your company.
What's Happening with the Department of Energy?
Michael B. Muller
U.S. Department of Energy
Hear about the DOE's new Process Heating Modeling tool and the benefits of being involved with this project. Also learn ways that IHEA and our member companies can form a partnership with the DOE. Michael is a mechanical engineer and industrial energy expert currently with the Rutgers University Center for Advanced Energy Systems. He works primarily with the U.S. Department of Energy and will also discuss new programs the DOE is working on in the realm of industrial process heating.
What You Need to Know to Grow
Manufacturers want to grow, and growth usually means finding new customers and markets, and then making the strategic decisions to find the new sales. Every strategic decision is an investment decision because growth strategies always cost the company money. Some strategies - like new product development - are more expensive than others, but all strategies cost money. Before adopting a big idea or a specific growth strategy, it is a good idea to evaluate your company and determine how prepared you are to grow and how much growth you can afford. Michael Collins will share his "Diagnosis before Prescription". He will review the fundamental questions to answer before investing money in a growth strategy and also include an audit that can be used by any industrial manufacturer to do a diagnosis. Learn how to determine which strategies are needed and how to offer apprenticeships as a way to bring in young talent to help your company grow.