Recorded Webinars

The following PennTAP webinars have been recorded and are available to view on demand. Selecting a webinar will open it in a new window using Adobe Connect.

The Entrepreneurship Ecosystem at Penn State

Date Recorded: Oct 19, 2017

Are you a student at Penn State who has toyed with the idea of starting a business, but you are not sure where to start or how to seek assistance? Penn State has a flourishing entrepreneurship ecosystem at most campuses that is waiting to engage with you! PennTAP will host this webinar intended to explain how you can “plug-in” to this network of assistance, resources, and tools to help you avoid mistakes, and get to success quicker. No matter where you are in the idea, product development, or establishment of a business, we can help steer you to the next steps and resources you need.

Engineering Design and Prototyping Resources Available at Penn State

Date Recorded: Jun 22, 2017

PennTAP is available to help organizations scope and administer projects within Penn State's College of Engineering outreach assistance programs. This webinar will cover the details of numerous programs available to the public, and will help generate ideas and calls to action for future projects. The Penn State Learning Factory (that uses Penn State undergraduate senior engineering students) and the Integrated Design Solutions (that uses Penn State engineering faculty and graduate students) programs will be highlighted. If your firm is a startup or an organization of any size involved in new product development and commercialization, or new process design, this webinar is for you.

Developing an Energy Baseline for Complex Facilities

Date Recorded: May 18, 2017

This PennTAP webinar reviewed the steps for developing and analyzing the energy baseline at industrial facilities and large commercial buildings. PennTAP reviewed how to identify major energy use inputs, the tools required for the project, and how to accurately account for variables. A well-developed energy baseline will allow for the identification of suitable energy efficiency projects and the incorporation of corporate energy footprint into longer-term decision making.

E3 Overview: Economy-Energy-Environment, Success Stories from Pennsylvania Manufacturers

Date Recorded: Mar 16, 2017

The E3: Economy, Energy, and Environment assessments provide manufacturers with customized, hands-on analyses of production processes to reduce energy consumption, prevent pollution, increase productivity, and drive innovation to thrive n today's green economy. E3 is helping communities and manufacturers reduce pollution and energy use while increasing profits and creating new job opportunities.

Pollution Prevention and Lean Manufacturing — Focus on Food Manufacturing

Date Recorded: Jan 19, 2017

PennTAP will review the common pollution prevention measures available within the food processing industry. PennTAP uses a mix of traditional pollution prevention tools and lean manufacturing techniques to maximize savings for Pennsylvania companies. The areas of focus will include food waste, packaging waste, solid waste, water, and energy.

Websites — Competitive, Search Engine Friendly, and Social Media Content

Date Recorded: Dec 15, 2016

Managing competitive online marketing is all about choosing the right options providing the best return on investment for your organization. Join PennTAP Advanced IT as we take you through the anatomy a good business website, how search engines work, and social media marketing tools. We will help you understand the best practices in online marketing for small and medium-sized organizations, and basic search engine optimization (SEO).

Information Technology Security and the Manufacturer

Date Recorded: Oct 5, 2016

Managing security is all about protecting the bottom line. Join PennTAP Advanced IT as we take you through assessing your most important assets - people, data, software, hardware and more. We will help you understand what the important security aspects are that manufacturers need to be aware of and basic protection of these important assets. This Webinar presents the fundamentals of what to protect and how to easily begin safeguarding them.

Save Money Through Pollution Prevention/Energy Efficiency (P2/E2)

Date Recorded: Jun 16, 2016

PennTAP will discuss opportunities to save money through pollution prevention/energy efficiency (P2/E2) assessments. In addition to lighting and building envelope topics, PennTAP will cover how examining your air compressors, pumps, motors, boilers, heating/ventilation/AC (HVAC), water, and waste-streams can lead to cost savings. If you are interested in alternative energy such as solar, biomass, and combined heat and power (CHP), these topics will be included as well. PennTAP will outline the benefits of reducing energy and waste costs while increasing profitability.

Solid Waste Remanufacturing Exclusion: What is it and how can it help your company?

Date Recorded: Apr 21, 2016

The revisions of the rule are designed to encourage the reclamation of higher-value waste solvents. PennTAP will explain the rule and the definition of the solid waste for certain solvents transferred from one manufacturer to another. PennTAP uses traditional pollution prevention techniques to maximize savings for Pennsylvania companies.

Food Industry Pollution Prevention and Lean Manufacturing

Date Recorded: Feb 18, 2016

PennTAP will review the common pollution prevention measures available within the food processing industry. PennTAP uses a mix of traditional pollution prevention tools and lean manufacturing techniques to maximize savings. The areas of focus will include food waste, packaging waste, solid waste, water, and energy.

Saving Money Through Clean Power and Energy Efficiency

Date Recorded: Dec 17, 2015

Combining energy efficiency projects with clean power is an effective way to reduce the cost of energy and the site’s environmental impact. PennTAP will review methods to maximize energy efficiency, in order to minimize the equipment and installation costs for clean power. PennTAP will also review funding opportunities for clean power, to further reduce the cost.

Pollution Prevention and Energy Efficiency Review

Date Recorded: Oct 15, 2015

PennTAP will review the process for completing a Pollution Prevention and Energy Efficiency review at a facility and outline the benefits for your company. PennTAP’s aim is for each company to save money through the reduction in energy, the reduction in the purchase cost for raw materials, and the reduction of costs for waste management. Assessments are covered by a grant from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and are provided at no cost to you.

Overview of the Economy-Energy-Environment (E3) Process

Date Recorded: Sep 11, 2015

Join this PennTAP webinar to understand how manufacturers benefit from E3, learn what E3 is, and how E3 is moving forward. A recent quote from Joe Chavez, Director of Operations, Southern Folger, San Antonio, Texas. “To be competitive in this industry-especially with the economy like it is-keeping utility costs low is important. The utility savings have been huge.”

Penn State's Integrated Design Solutions (IDS) Program – Helping companies move “from Idea to Prototype”

Date Recorded: Jun 11, 2015

The Penn State College of Engineering’s Integrated Design Solutions program (IDS) is a network of Penn State resources that can help accelerate industry ideas from concept to market. The IDS model uses Innovation, Education and Collaboration to effect project results that can help move companies through the typical “valley of death” regarding ideas that need additional design, proof-of-concept, and prototype development support. Log on to hear Dr. Bilen discuss how a Penn State Engineering student /faculty team can help bring technical and process improvement assistance to your challenging design projects.

Invent Penn State: Let's turn great discoveries into a great economy, together

Date Recorded: May 20, 2015

Invent Penn State is a Commonwealth-wide initiative to spur economic development, job creation, and student success. Launched in 2015 by Penn State President Dr. Eric Barron, Invent Penn State is a coordinated effort to create a University environment that welcomes and encourages entrepreneurship. Invent Penn State leverages Penn State’s research, knowledge, and entrepreneurial spirit in collaboration among industry, entrepreneurs, and academia to develop products and services that will benefit Pennsylvanians and humankind. Listen to Dr. James Delattre, Assistant V.P. of Research and Industrial Partnerships, give an overview of the initiatives that are in place and planned for the future.

3D Printing with Metallic Materials: What's Hype and What's Real?

Date Recorded: May 6, 2015

Interest in 3D printing continues to increase even though the technology for additive manufacturing is decades old. The ability to 3D print engineered components using metallic materials is driving much of this interest, as it provides the capability to produce novel and intricate geometries never before possible, integrate multi-piece assemblies into single parts, and lightweight structural components. The opportunities that this is creating in fields ranging from aerospace and energy to medical and oil and gas is unprecedented, but there are real obstacles that must be overcome. The potential for warping, cracking, and distortion necessitate a careful understanding of the underlying physics occurring during 3D metal printing. Making metal parts with 3D printing is as much about producing a finished part as it is about making a material given the impact that powder properties and processing parameters can have on the microstructure and resulting material properties. In this webinar, I will provide an overview of 3D printing technologies for making engineered components out of metallic materials, discuss some of the open questions companies are facing, and share some of the cutting edge work that we are doing in Penn State’s Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition (CIMP-3D), DARPA’s Additive Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (