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UW-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center is here for you. Join us for informational training and workshops. We're working to help you succeed and grow.


Additional workshops are being planned. Please visit our previous workshop topics below and stop back for more information.

Webinars brought to you as part of the NIST Manufacturing USA National Emergency Assistance Program grant to support organizations through pandemic and COVID response.

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A full refund, less a $30 processing fee, will be granted upon written notification received 5 or more business days prior to the event.  No refunds will be granted after this time.  Substitutions may be made prior to the start of the program.


Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. For arrangements please notify UW-Stout Professional Education Programs and Services,

Previous Workshops:

Psychologically Healthy Workplace 
August 26, 2020  |  9AM  |  ONLINE

No Fee Registration

"Leaders, managers and supervisors have significant and important roles to play in minimizing risk and mitigating these hazards by creating Psychologically Healthy Workplaces, not only for compliance with the ANSI 45003 Standard but it is the right thing to do for employees in today's workforce."

                                                     - Dr. Jeanette Black, University of Wisconsin-Stout

Evidence shows that psychological risk and organizational stress has increased significantly with the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This has been widely demonstrated across a range of industry sectors. The impact of psychosocial risks may include increased costs due to:

  • absence
  • exposure
  • turnover
  • reduced productivity
  • profitability

This may result in higher workers' compensation costs, health insurance premiums, and disability costs.

Content and materials for this program developed by facilitator, Dr. Jeanette Black. Copyright (c) 2020. All rights reserved.


Cybersecurity Series 
August, 2020  |  9AM  |  ONLINE

$50/session or $200/all 5 sessions

You protect your physical and human assets (buildings, machines, materials, employee wellness & safety), but how well do these assets work without access to information? How much would you pay if you lost this data? Do you have a plan for this security?  Join us for a series of topics covering the importance of your data security.

August 13 - Sorry, Gone Phishing! Simple email test of your company

August 18 - The S&M of Social Media: Security and privacy on Facebook and LinkedIn

August 20 - Got You! Dark web scan and FREE awareness tools

September 1 - Password: admin!RUKIDDING2020? Authentication tips and tricks

September 3 - Measure What You Treasure: KISS metrics for executives: firewalls, logs, updates and audits


How to Maintain a Safe (and Legal) Work Environment During COVID 
August 18, 2020  |  9AM  |  ONLINE

No Fee Registration

Many Wisconsin manufacturers are re-opening worksites and ramping-up operations. Yet returning to "normal" presents significant legal and practical challenges. Your COVID-19 response team needs to be prepared to confront important issues concerning employee health and safety.

In this 1-hour presentation, Godfrey & Kahn will cover everything you need to know to operate your facility safely, including:

  • Mask mandates
  • Employee COVID testing
  • What to do when an employee tests positive
  • And more...

Presented by Scott LeBlanc of Godfrey & Kahn Law

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Protecting Your Most Valuable Assets
August 13, 2020  |  ONLINE

Your employees are your most valuable assets and providing a safe environment is critical in today's work environment. Preview and learn more about some great social distancing products and equipment for every day safety at your facility.

Presented by Chip Paulsen of Rhino Tool House


Driving Business Success Through Data, Analytics and Business Intelligence
July 30, 2020  |  ONLINE

Manufacturers have great opportunities to make data-driven decisions to gain competitive advantage. This session presents tools and insights to enhance your company's growth and profitability through analytics. Don't struggle to find when and how you should use data. Learn more about the value of data, how to develop a plan to to collect and utilize it in your facility.

Presented by Shawn Helwig of Total View Analytics


Robotic Process Automation (RPA) Software
June 30, 2020  |  ONLINE

Has remote work or lack of daily critical office staff made you notice that your data processes are quite repetitious or time intensive? RPA technology can automate front and back office processes to help you think differently about processing orders and information throughout your operations.

Streamlining Processes?
WhiteLight Group will talk with us about costs, implementation, application and case studies for small manufacturers

The best way to understand RPA software is to see the types of problems it solves.


The State of Manufacturing in Wisconsin

June 16, 2020  |  Joe Mahon, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

June 18, 2020  |  John Koskinen, Wisconsin Department of Revenue

June 25, 2020  |  Mitchell Rupp, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

These are FREE live online events. Each will begin at 9am, lasting approximately 1-hour.

Can you see the possibilities?

As Wisconsin reopens, what will the future hold for your organization? The UW-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center invites you to take a closer look at Wisconsin manufacturing and what your possibilities might be. Learn more about what's happening in your region with regard to workforce and the economy from the federal to your local level.


Training Within Industry (TWI) + KATA Simulation 
February 6, 2020  |  9am-3pm


University of Wisconsin-Stout
Memorial Student Center 
Menomonie, WI 54751 

Developing the skills to thrive in today's constantly changing marketplaces. Learn to train and retain the people you have.

The 1-day simulation aims to teach and practice Improvement KATA, Coaching KATA, and how they interact with the TWI programs. You will be trained in the use of it and how you can use the method in your organization to create an improvement culture consisting of competence, common language and a short learning cycle. This ensures continued positive development in your Lean work. You will also get insight into what is required to organize you for a possible KATA launch.

Develop basic stability of your processes and improvement habits that both live and thrive in dynamic environments. TWI and Kata will boost your operational strategy.

TWI is about


Toyota KATA is about

  • Consistent training through standardized work           


  • Developing new habits and allowing people to think differently about problems and goals
  • Establish and maintain standardized work


  • A way of working, and of working together
  • Solve problems efficiently and effectively


  • Making teams and organization more effective and successful
  • Create a safe work environment


  • Developing a culture of continuous learning and improvement through deliberate practice

Toyota KATA & TWI Simulation

Participate in this globally recognized simulation that illustrates the interaction between the TWI and KATA programs in a realistic, fun and playful way.

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Meet the Instructor, Mike Braml

With more than 30 years of manufacturing and service industry experience in manufacturing management and continuous improvement efforts, Mike has a history of success helping diverse enterprises gain competitive advantage and position themselves for robust futures.

Mike’s broad continuous improvement experience includes Lean, Six Sigma, and TOC Implementations. Mike is certified in Production and Inventory Management through APICS, he is a senior member in the Society of Industrial Engineers. He was Certified by NIST MEP as Lean Instructor for Lean 101, Value Stream Mapping, 5S, Setup Reduction, Plant Layout, Kaizen Events, Cell Design, Kanban Systems, and Standard Work with extensive experience implementing Lean for many small and medium sized companies.

Mike is now a TWI Institute Master Trainer for the JI, JR, JM, JS and PS programs and specializes in developing the:

  • 3 Training Within Industry (TWI) front-line leadership skills of Leading, Instructing and Improving.
  • Improvement and Coaching Kata patterns outlined in “Toyota Kata” (Mike Rother).