Take a Technical Tour at WE18!

Register now for WE18, the Society of Women Engineers' Annual Conference, October 18-20, 2018, and sign up for one of these fascinating technical tours.
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Go on a technical tour and get an inside look at one of the leading engineering and technology firms in the Minneapolis area during WE18, the Society of Women Engineers' Annual Conference, October 18-28, 2018. Register now for WE18, and sign up for one of these fascinating technical tours.

Cummins Inc. Plant Tour
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 – 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Departs from Minneapolis Convention Center Shuttle Bay (near Ballroom, main level)
Price: $49.00; Limit: 35
This one of a kind experience will include a viewing of product line assemblies, product familiarization followed by a tour of the Acoustical Testing Center - Largest engine-testing facility of its kind in the world. Also view the hemispherical anechoic (no echo) chamber, which eliminates external noise interference or input. Additionally, tour participants will be able to start up and run the Generator set. This is a do-not-miss experience!
Closed-Toe shoes are mandatory. Cummins will provide the following to the group: Safety Steel Toe Cap, Safety Vest, Safety Glasses

Boston Scientific Maple Grove Facility
Wednesday, October 17, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. (subject to change)
Departs from Minneapolis Convention Center Shuttle Bay (near Ballroom, main level)
Price: $49.00 Limit: 40
Boston Scientific transforms lives through innovative medical solutions that improve the health of patients around the world. Come visit us at our Maple Grove campus where you will get a chance to hear from leaders and employees about our unique culture of innovation and our award-winning spirit. You will get to tour our campus, visiting labs and our production facility, where our employees bring our products to life every day.
No open-toe shoes/sandals.

Cargill Research and Development- Diverse Careers along the Agricultural Supply Chain
Wednesday, October 17, 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Departs from Minneapolis Convention Center Shuttle Bay (near Ballroom, main level)
Price: $49.00 Limit: 40
Cargill is one of the largest privately held corporations in the world with the mission of nourishing lives. For employees, that means producing food ingredients and other products, managing risk and finding sustainable solutions to challenges facing our world. Cargill employs a diverse staff of STEM talent ranging from PhD Biotechnologists to Data Scientists, Food Scientists and Engineers. We are offering a tour of the recently opened Minneapolis Research and Development Center to showcase the diversity of technology that Cargill touches. There will be a general building tour provided by Cargill engineers and scientists to showcase the facilities and lab capabilities, as well as three stations focused on highlighting different product categories and technologies: personal care, food sensory and fermentation/biotechnology.

Emerson Global Headquarters
Thursday, October 18, 2018 – 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Departs from Minneapolis Convention Center Shuttle Bay (near Ballroom, main level)
Price: $49.00 Limit: 40
Join this exclusive tour of the new Emerson global headquarters for Rosemount products in Shakopee, MN. See Emerson quality processes first-hand. You will learn how we drive quality and innovation by collaborating between manufacturing locations, implementing rigorous quality processes and working together across engineering, marketing, design, production and supply chain employees. The visit includes a tour of the manufacturing floor, a first look at Emerson’s newest Interactive Plant Environment class facility, a stop in the Customer Solutions Center, and a reception where you will be able to interact with Emerson executives and engineers responsible for Rosemount products.

  • Walk through the manufacturing floor where quality manufacturing processes sync up to produce world-clad products in over 200,00 sq. ft. of manufacturing space.
  • Engage with technical experts and engineers who will show you our total assembly and testing processes.
  • Learn how millions of transmitter assemblies are configured and calibrated to customer specifications.
  • See where temperature, level, flow, pressure, wireless and analytical devices are assembled.
  • Experience 10 years of wireless instrumentation success, primary productions and final assembly.

Interactive Plant Environment (IPE)

  • View the largest of two North American hands-on facilities where users can work on live Rosemount products in a safe, real-world environment
  • See how technicians can enhance their skills, work freely and find solutions, in a simulated and safe environment
  • Experience how learners will gain experience with Emerson equipment used on the job
    Customer Solutions Center
  • Visit the new Customer Solution Center, where customers collaborate with Emerson to find innovative solutions to their toughest challenges and discover how to increase reliability, optimize production, improve safety and minimize emissions
  • Experience the collaboration wall, an innovative way to solve problems faster
  • Understand how Emerson collaborates globally with customers, global manufacturing facilities and engineers, while connecting with sites from anywhere in the world

After the tour, we will have a short lunch at a local brewery to see the devices that you saw manufactured installed and in use.

Target Corporation
Thursday, October 18, 2018; 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Departs from Minneapolis Convention Center Shuttle Bay (near Ballroom, main level)
Price: $49.00 Limit: 40

Stratasys, Inc.
Thursday, October 18, 2018 – 9:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Departs from Minneapolis Convention Center Shuttle Bay (near Ballroom, main level)
Price; $49.00 Limit: 40
This tour starts with a viewing of the customer experience room, where you will learn about the company, the products they make, and where they are going as a company. This will be followed by a tour of the facility. Note that snacks will be provided on site. Must be ITAR approved. No photos allowed.

Eaton Hydraulics Tour
Thursday, October 18, 2018 – 9:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
Departs from Minneapolis Convention Center Shuttle Bay (near Ballroom, main level)
Price: $49.00 Limit: 40

  • Participate in hands on demonstration of a full-size truck and crane to see different hydraulic modes of operation in action. The advanced mobile valve on this vehicle uses independent metering and embedded electronics to simplify the hydraulic system architecture. The vehicle also demonstrates a variety of the newest and most advanced electronic control products.
  • Take part in a synchronized motion demonstration. This demonstration shows how two cylinders can be synchronized via hydraulic valves and position feedback to accurately press a logo onto a bottle opener.
  • See an embedded electronic demonstration that commands a video camera via a remote handset and displays the video feedback. There will be a demonstration of how software can be written to run this demo.
  • Tour Eaton’s noise and vibrations chamber to learn more about the importance of creating quieter products.
  • Learn how Eaton is using 3D printing capability to improve manufacturing processes.
  • Witness a virtual reality forklift demo.

Medtronic Medical Device Manufacturing in a Lean Environment
Thursday, October 18, 2018 – 12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Departs from Minneapolis Convention Center Shuttle Bay (near Ballroom, main level)
Price: $49.00 Limit: 40
Learn about the components that enable cardiac rhythm and neuromodulation therapies such as pacemakers, internal cardiac defibrillators and neurostimulators. During the overview, you will hear about our over 40 years history of taking the energy components that fuel these live saving and improving devices from research thru development to production. You will also learn about our journey of continuous improvement including transitions to Cell Operating Systems (COS).
Tour Rules/Restrictions: No employees of direct competitors to Medtronic PLC will be allowed in the tour, and no photography is allowed inside of the building. A list of participants names and companies is requested at least 48hrs in advance such that name badges can be prepared ahead of time. Participants will need to show a government issued picture ID, such as a driver’s license, when entering our reception area. This will be a walking tour, viewing our processes from manufacturing room windows.

3M
Thursday, October 18, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (subject to change)
Departs from Minneapolis Convention Center Shuttle Bay (near Ballroom, main level)
Price: $49.00 Limit: 40
Join us for a once in a lifetime experience at the 3M Innovation Center and you'll never look at the word "innovation" in the same way again. Immerse yourself in an exclusive world of innovation featuring a range of technologies underlying the thousands of products developed by 3M Company. From the rubber sole on Neil Armstrong's shoes, to components of the most advanced electronics and medical devices, 3M's technology supports the company's vision of advancing every company, enhancing every home, improving every life.

The 3M Innovation Center, located at the company's global headquarters in Saint Paul, Minnesota, is one of many Global Technical Centers located in more than 30 countries worldwide. Designed to showcase the breadth and depth of the rich and diverse technologies, processes and products 3M has created, these centers bring to life the spirit of 3M Innovation. At the very heart of the Innovation Center is the World of 3M Innovation. Through dynamic displays and interactive, hands-on demonstrations, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with 3M and enter a world where anything is possible – you will see previously unknown technologies and fascinating, practical real-life applications. A team of highly trained, informative hosts from a variety of 3M technical and professional backgrounds will guide you on the journey of discovery. Color, sound, design.

Register now for WE18!