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Agile Solutions for Industry Challenges (ASIC)


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Presentation of Prof. Doug Dunham at the Regional Materials and Manufacturing Network (RM2N) Spring 2016 Symposium.

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Agile Solutions for Industry Challenges (ASIC)

  1. 1. Agile Solutions for Industrial Challenges (ASIC) Purpose: Provide industry, efficient access to RM2N resources (equipment and expertise)
  2. 2. Easy Access: Can be accessed through any of the participating universities or a universal access point. How it works: • Industry contacts ASIC with an issue. • Issue is triaged to determine scope of services required to solve the problem. • If issue needs resources located elsewhere the call or email goes to the campus reps for distribution. • ASIC keeps track of the inquiry and responds back to the company with next step options (instrument access, fee for service, consulting, capstone project, research project, etc.) and projected costs (if applicable). • If industry wants to pursue options, project is passed on to university providing services Agile Solutions for Industrial Challenges (ASIC)
  3. 3. Services that can be accessed through ASIC: Equipment access Routine services Individual consultant Group of consultants Small research projects Capstone projects Major research projects Tiered Service Model Level 1: Email out to each campus contact. Campus contacts distribute out to the local campus (not cost) Level 2: Setup a teleconference with experts within the system (cost) Level 3: Formal or informal research/sponsored program arrangement (cost) Agile Solutions for Industrial Challenges (ASIC)
  4. 4. Examples: • Local manufacturer needed failure analysis done on a part One contact, one report, intended to be seamless for industry • Company outside of Wisconsin looking for elemental analysis to feedback into their process development • Company looking for alternative material for use with their product characterization, comparison, innovation Essential Components: Fast response to initial inquiry (most the same day), efficient triage (often a process), access to resource beyond one campus, timely completion of project, as seamless as possible for industry. Agile Solutions for Industrial Challenges (ASIC)
  5. 5. Types of Services • What is a typical time frame for industry projects? • Are most industry projects likely to be small analysis type projects or longer research based projects? • Do companies tend to have projects on the shelf that would be enabled by this service? Value • Is the concept of ASIC of value to industry? • Would industry pay for this type of service in some manner? • What might be a helpful tiered services/cost structure? Barriers • Are multiple entry points helpful or not? • How does industry currently avail itself to these types of services and is this better? • Are there barriers to industry accessing this type of service? • Are there barriers to faculty participating in these types of projects? Are there other ideas of how the RMMN can directly help industry that might be better? Agile Solutions for Industrial Challenges (ASIC) Topics for small group discussions
  6. 6. Susann Ely (UW-Madison (608) 890-3134 Dane Morgan (UW-Madison) (608) 265-5879 Jon McCarthy (UW-Madison) (608) 890-3134 Tom Kuech (UW-Madison) (608) 263-2922 Marlann Patterson (UW-Stout) (715) 232-2626 Palash Banerjee (UW-Stevens Point) (715) 346-4187 Doug Dunham (UW-Eau Claire) (715) 836-5312 Gokul Gopalakrishnan (UW-Platteville) (608) 342-7339 Seth King (UW-La Crosse) (608) 785-8671 Jennifer Mihalick (UW-Oshkosh) (920) 424-7095 Anne Courtier (UW-Whitewater) (262) 472-7161 Ben Church (UW-Milwaukee) (414) 229-2825 For more information about ASIC contact: Doug Dunham,, 715-836-5312 or any of the campus contacts: