Offerings + Workshops

Our workshop schedule for 2018 is designed to show you how innovation can help move your manufacturing business forward. It will provide you insight into the latest technology trends, how you can apply them to your business, and prepare you to translate that investment into long-term impact – all for no cost to you. At the end the program, you will have a strong foundation from which to better operate, compete and grow.

The best way to predict the future is to create it.”
peter drucker

Shift Workshop Descriptions

Manufacturing Revolution

Innovation in manufacturing is happening at a pace we haven't seen in decades. This workshop will focus on the factors and technologies driving the Manufacturing Revolution and how small- and medium-size manufacturers can leverage technology and innovation for a unique and sustained competitive advantage.

Introduction to Advanced Manufacturing

This workshop will be a high-level overview of the different technologies that should matter to you today, including: Internet of Things, Robotics, Additive Manufacturing, Materials Characterization, and Advanced Materials. By the end of this workshop, attendees will have a high-level understanding of advanced manufacturing technologies and the value they can bring to their organization.

Strategic Planning

This workshop will be focused on helping manufacturers think through how they want to grow and evolve in the short-, medium-, and long term. This course will use interactive tools to help attendees think through how to focus organizational priorities, particularly considering technological, competitive, and market pressures, and how to identify what needs to happen to implement priorities and position organizations for growth. This course will also have a focus on capital planning and financial projections. Attendees will work both in their team and learn from the other organizations attending.

Leadership Training

This workshop will incorporate scenario based role-playing exercises and address leadership pain points that emerge as CEOs switch from focusing on technical development to being organizational leaders. It will cover topics such as how to effectively network, how to build effective teams, and how to develop leaders within your organization.

Ideation 101

This workshop is designed for attendees to explore idea generation including what tools they can use to improve innovative thinking for new product development, process improvement, and business optimization. At the end of this workshop organizations will have an initial list of ideas, an ideation toolkit and a better understanding of how to drive ideation in their organization and what they can do to make it part of their company culture.

Robotics 101

Robotics 101 will introduce robotics and help apply and justify robotics and flexible automation for industry uses. Topics may include types of robots, robotic applications, safety, advancement in technologies, and current technology trends.

Change Management

This workshop will be focused on how to plan for, communicate, and implement change in organizations. Attendees will cover how to generate organizational support and momentum for change, and highlight strategies for managing the continuous implementation of change.

Maximizing Organizational Efficiency

Maximizing Organizational Efficiency is a broad survey workshop reviewing the basic methodologies of Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing and Value Stream Mapping. This workshop is ideal for senior leadership team members who seek to increase speed, throughput, capacity, and profit.

Additive Manufacturing 101

This workshop will review a series of case studies where Additive Manufacturing has been used effectively by industry. Ideally, this will help attendees understand the advantages and potential restrictions of investing in additive manufacturing. At the end of this course, attendees should have a basic understanding of additive manufacturing and its opportunities for their organization.

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