As a state with a legacy of leadership in manufacturing technology advancement, Wisconsin continues to attract attention globally as a hub of innovation. As the pace of adopting new approaches and understanding new trends continues to accelerate, companies will need to keep up if they aim to achieve the operational excellence that is critical for future growth and competitiveness.
For manufacturers seeking to embrace this transformation, Wisconsin offers the necessary resources and support. Prime examples include the Transformational Productivity Initiative, the Connected Systems Institute and the Wisconsin Supplier Network.
What is the Transformational Productivity Initiative?
The Transformational Productivity Initiative (TPI), a program of the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership, offers a set of tools and delivery systems to help manufacturers assess and prioritize actions to increase their productivity via basic process improvements and management best practices as well as the integration of automation and digital technologies. In short, TPI helps manufacturers do more with existing resources, through technological advancements as well as eliminating waste and maximizing efficiencies. TPI connects manufacturers to experts and to one another so they can adopt the best practices of the industry. Participants in TPI’s pilot round reported a 38 percent increase in labor productivity, 14 percent increase in total factor productivity and 1.6 percent increase in profit margin.
What is the Connected Systems Institute?
To help smart manufacturing reach its fullest potential and help Wisconsin manufacturers understand the value of integrating their operations and processes into a connected enterprise, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee launched the Connected Systems Institute (CSI) as a multidisciplinary collaboration with Rockwell Automation, Microsoft, WEDC and other industry leaders. The institute combines the efforts of industry and academia to make discoveries that lead to greater productivity. With physical space that includes testing facilities for companies to perform simulations and emulation of end-to-end systems, CSI is a place where companies can come to test new concepts, solve problems and share ideas.
What is the Wisconsin Supplier Network?
The Wisconsin Supplier Network is an online directory of Wisconsin manufacturers designed to connect buyers with suppliers. In addition to helping buyers find what they’re looking for and helping suppliers land new business, this database helps make the case for Wisconsin’s manufacturing strength by demonstrating the breadth and depth of the sector. With upcoming enhancements designed to connect original equipment manufacturers to suppliers and improve searchability by key attributes, the platform will help expand new market opportunities inside and outside the state. Wisconsin-based manufacturers and suppliers are invited to visit the website and create a profile that lists their capabilities.