Task Force Tips Plant Tour

March 31-April 1, 2020 | Valparaiso, IN
Theme: How a Culture of Innovation Drives Business Success

Join the Manufacturing Leadership Council at the Task Force Tips factory in Valparaiso, IN for an opportunity to tour the facility and learn about how innovation and culture have been key driving forces for a highly integrated manufacturer of firefighting equipment. Additionally, you will have an opportunity to see how Task Force Tips has leveraged some of the latest technology, such as additive manufacturing, collaborative robots, CAM Software, a highly customized in-house anodizing line, 5-axis machining centers, and data analytics and combined it with a culture open to change and challenge.

This Task Force Tips facility is an excellent representation of a highly integrated manufacturer that is dedicated to designing, manufacturing, assembling and testing critical firefighting equipment that is used every day around the world to save lives and protect property.

TFT CNC Shop Floor:  TFT has over 40 CNC machines on site including 12 5-axis machining centers, wire EDM and a high pressure waterjet.

Anodizing: TFT leverages a high degree of process integration with their own in-house anodizing line. TFT also performs in-house plastic injection molding, rubber injection molding, powder coating, laser engraving and label making to help quickly deliver highly customizable products to their customers.

TFT Automation: TFT is increasing the use of collaborative Universal Robots in some of their more automated machining centers. They are also using additive manufacturing processes in their tool room to equip these cobots with custom ends.

ASRS: TFT is a high mix low volume manufacturer that builds to order almost 8000 unique finished good SKUs and supports the in-house assembly department by inventorying over 10,000 unique parts in their numerous automated storage and retrieval systems.

Walk Away With Actionable Insights

Attend this plant tour, which will be followed by a panel and executive roundtable discussion on innovation in manufacturing, and walk away with actionable insights including:

How vertical integration aids in product development and shortened lead times in a high mix, low volume product line


How data can be collected, analyzed and displayed to inform the front line workforce


How CAD CAM software applications such as Esprit can drastically reduce the time between design and manufacture


How 5-axis machining centers paired with cobots can produce custom products with very little lead time


Space is limited for this tour! Register today to secure your spot.

Agenda

March 31, 2020

6:00pm Networking Dinner

April 1, 2020

Schedule coming soon! When booking travel, please plan for the event to end around 4:00pm/5:00pm.

 

Hosted By:

 Stewart McMillan, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, TFT

Stewart McMillan
Chairman/Chief Executive Officer
Task Force Tips
Manufacturing Leadership Council Member

 

 

 

 

Airports

International Airport:
Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW / KMDW) 1 hour & 20-minute drive
Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD / KORD) 1 hour & 30-minute drive

Local Airport:
Porter County Municipal (VPZ / KVPZ) Airport Valparaiso, IN

Where to Stay

Hotel:
In the process of booking a group hotel block. We will provide you with the hotel and reservation information upon completion.

 

Questions?

If you have any questions about this or another upcoming Plant Tour & Executive Roundtable. Please complete the form below or email Alyssa Dixon at ADixon@nam.org.

The Manufacturing Leadership Council’s Executive Plant Tour and Roundtable events are made possible by the members for members and guests. Council members participate as part of their annual membership, and non-members may attend for a fee.