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July 2019

Maker-to-Manufacturing (M2M) Workshop Series–Leading an Employer of Choice Organization

Are you a startup or established small manufacturer making or commercializing new or existing products? On July 24th, Catalyst Connection, the leading economic development organization advancing the performance of manufacturing companies in southwestern Pennsylvania, invites you to a workshop for small manufacturers on organizational culture. The workshop will be hosted at J&J Truck Bodies, located in Somerset, PA. Catalyst Connection will present our experience and results with helping regional manufacturers improve organizational culture, morale and employee engagement through its people…

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July 24 @ 8:30 am - 10:30 am EDT
J&J Truck Bodies 10558 Somerset Pike
Somerset, Pennsylvania 15501
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No Cost

August 2019

SWPA Advanced Robotics Working Group

The next meeting of the SWPA Advanced Robotics Working Group will be held on August 1 from 1-4 pm at Catalyst Connection. Our discussions to date have primarily centered on stationary robotic systems, but that is not the whole story when it comes to robotics in manufacturing – during this meeting we will expand our discussion to include autonomous mobile robots through a presentation by Siemens Energy on their AMR project. We’re looking forward to the discussion!  The current agenda outline…

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August 1 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Catalyst Connection 2000 Technology Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15219 United States
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Industry 4.0 Teacher Academy

Industry 4.0 (sometimes called the 4th Industrial Revolution) is rapidly transforming every industry sector in Southwestern Pennsylvania and beyond.  Manufacturing in particular is seeing the dramatic impact of these emerging technologies. The Industry 4.0 Teacher Academy is being piloted to engage local teachers in the conversation about these emerging technologies over the course of four days (August 12-15).  The focus of the Academy will be on three of these emerging technologies:  additive manufacturing (3-D printing), robotics/automation, and internet of things. The Academy will…

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August 12 @ 8:30 am - August 15 @ 3:00 pm EDT
Westmoreland County Community College Advanced Technology Center 1001 Technology Drive, Suite 1009
Mt. Pleasant, PA 15666-1767 United States
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Principles of Lean Manufacturing – Washington, PA

The Lean Manufacturing Training continues to be a key component for companies seeking a culture of continuous improvement. This introductory course provides participants with the foundational knowledge of Lean Manufacturing tools and concepts. The Lean Manufacturing Training combines both a classroom setting with hands-on simulation, which gives the participants the opportunity to see the benefits of the lean concepts. The simulation portion of the training will begin by "manufacturing" products in a simulated factory. The results of the first simulation round will…

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August 13 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT
Washington, PA To be determined
Washington, PA 15301 United States
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$395

Practical Problem Solving Training – Washington, PA

Course Overview Many companies seek to improve their business using various continuous improvement methodologies including Lean principles. The proven method for deploying these concepts is to tie them into an overall strategy of business improvement. This leads to the highest rate of return on investment over the long term along with ensuring sustainability of a continuous improvement culture. As part of this overall strategy of continuous improvement is the use of the tool: Practical Problem Solving. Course Objective What makes…

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August 20 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm EDT
Washington, PA To be determined
Washington, PA 15301 United States
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$300

Lean Leadership-Sustaining Continuous Improvement

Have you ever tried to improve your processes or procedures to meet the demands of today’s customers and business environment, only to see the gains slowly fade away due to atrophy? The leadership and culture of the organization is the main reason for sustaining successes - not knowing how to be a leader and a coach is the reason we experience failures. This course explains how to recognize the gaps in our leadership abilities and shows you the difference between…

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August 21 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm EDT
Catalyst Connection 2000 Technology Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15219 United States
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$210

Lean Office

Almost every manufacturing process has an engineer focused on improvements. Very few office processes have received that kind of attention. 25% to 60% of costs in a typical manufacturer come from back office processes- 80% in some industries. Most office people have not even heard of many Lean trainings. Lean Office is taking the principle of Lean Manufacturing and applying them to an office environment to identify and eliminate non-value added activities to increase throughput and reduce cycle. Course Objective…

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August 29 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm EDT
Catalyst Connection 2000 Technology Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15219 United States
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$395

September 2019

Interpersonal Skills

Catalyst Connection has partnered with Developmental Dimensions International (DDI) to offer this powerful six-part program. This program develops the skills individual contributors need to take their performance to the next level for today’s ever changing business climate. Benefits Participants will gain the skills and tools required to: Effectively communicate with other team members Develop their own and other’s planning efforts through a practical process Recognize and understand the warning signs of conflict and how to navigate these situations Understand and…

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September 3 @ 8:00 am - October 8 @ 12:00 pm EDT
Washington, PA To be determined
Washington, PA 15301 United States
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$2290

Achieving Customer Success Training

Great Defining Moments Drive Great Customer Experiences Course Objective Companies live or die based on how well they serve their customers. The best thrive and grow. The others stagnate or die. Period. And truth be told, if your customer service efforts are in tune with the current state of the market, they’re not working. In fact, they are most likely having a negative impact on your business. U.S. brands alone lose $41B every year due to poor customer service. Acquiring…

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September 25 @ 8:30 am - October 30 @ 12:00 pm EDT
Catalyst Connection 2000 Technology Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15219 United States
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$995

October 2019

Digital Bridge Industry 4.0 Conference

Mark Your Calendars! Catalyst Connection will be hosting Digital Bridge 2019, Pittsburgh’s Industry 4.0 Conference at the DoubleTree Hilton Pittsburgh-Cranberry on Thursday, October 31st! This annual event is an opportunity for manufacturers to come together and learn about Industry 4.0 – the marriage of physical and digital technologies. Attendees of Digital Bridge 2018 learned how to leverage existing & emerging technologies to reduce costs, increase value to customers, attract & retain talent, and remain competitive in today’s market. Catalyst Connection is now accepting…

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October 31 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm EDT
DoubleTree by Hilton 910 Sheraton Drive
Mars, PA 16046 United States
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$100
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