Technical Tours

​​Technical tours are a highlight of AIHce EXP programming, offering attendees the opportunity to go “behind the scenes” to look at OEHS issues in the daily operation of a facility or program. These tours are led by an industrial hygienist or other safety professional. Tours are considered part of the education program, and CM points are awarded in the same manner as if a registrant were attending a session. We offer a limited number of tours during AIHce EXP, which defines the facilities selected as those featuring “best practice” OEHS standards. 

All technical tours, unless otherwise noted are $60 (advance rate when purchased by 3/17/2019) and $75 (after 3/17/2019).


TT-01: Andersen Corporation

Andersen Corporation

Monday, May 20
8:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Description: Headquartered in Bayport, Minnesota, Andersen Corporation is the largest window and door manufacturer in North America. Andersen was founded in 1903 by Danish immigrant Hans Andersen and his family in Hudson, Wisconsin, where logs arrived via the St. Croix River. Today, Andersen Corporation is an international enterprise employing more than 12,000+ people at more than 20 locations. The plant tour will begin with an overview of production activities and the site safety program followed by a two-hour guided walking tour though the 65+ acres manufacturing facility. Participants will observe a variety of different technologies from old school milling equipment to the new 100 Series manufacturing area. 

Capacity: 50

Security Requirements: Weapons are not permitted on Andersen property. Cameras and the taking of photos or videos is not permitted while on property.

Additional Requirements: The tour will include some stair climbing and significant walking. Safety glasses are required and will be provided. Factory appropriate footwear is required: feet completely covered with no heel. No sandals, high heels, or ballet flats. Athletic shoes are highly recommended.

Schedule (anticipated):

  • Depart MCC: 8:15 a.m.
  • Arrive Tour Site: 9:00 a.m.
  • Tour: 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Depart Tour Site: 11:30 a.m.
  • Arrive MCC: 12: 15 p.m.

Fee: $60 (advance rate) or $75 (after 3/17/2019)


TT-02: St. Croix Sensory, Inc. - Sensory Evaluati​on Center

St. Croix Sensory, Inc.

Monday, May 20
12:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Description: St. Croix Sensory is an industry-leading sensory evaluation laboratory located in historic Stillwater, Minnesota of the beautiful St. Croix River Valley. Since 1980, St. Croix Sensory’s laboratory has specialized in sensory testing of environmental samples, commercial goods and materials, and food and beverage products. Our engineers have assisted SH&E professionals to resolve demanding environmental and IAQ odor complaints. St. Croix Sensory also manufactures and markets state-of-the-art odor sampling and measurement equipment, including the AC’SCENT Laboratory Olfactometer and Nasal Ranger® Field Olfactometer. St. Croix Sensory is ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited and routinely follows ASTM International, CEN, and ISO standards of practice for sensory evaluation. Odor testing assists our clients in SH&E assessments, product development, performance testing, and consumer market research. We are proud to partner with large and small local and international companies in industries such as coatings, fine chemicals, medical, home care, pet care, and personal care. Visit for a tour of our 8,000 sq. ft. facility and participate in hands-on sensory experiences including odor threshold testing on olfactometers, chamber testing of malodor reduction, examples of material assessments, and quality evaluation of local craft beer.

Capacity: 30

Security Requirements: N/A

Additional Requirements: Participants should be scent free on the day of the visit.

Schedule (anticipated):

  • Depart MCC: 12:15 p.m.
  • Arrive Tour Site: 1:00 p.m.
  • Tour: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Depart Tour Site: 4:00 p.m.
  • Arrive MCC: 4: 45 p.m.

Fee: $60 (advance rate) or $75 (after 3/17/2019)

 

TT-03: Orfield Laboratori​es, Inc.

Orfield Laboratori​es, Inc.

Monday, May 20
1:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Description: Orfield Laboratories, Inc. is a multi-disciplinary laboratory serving North American and international clients. Providing services in acoustics, vibration, vision, lighting, architecture, and market research, Orfield is the only multi-sensory architectural or product lab in the U.S., unrivaled in the extensive use of objective and subjective methods, offering design, research, and testing services and solutions for corporate and architectural clients since 1971. Also, for the past 15 years, we’ve had a specialty in perceptual and cognitive disability-based design standards, the only multi-disciplinary standards worldwide. We recently completed a Dementia Campus and an Autism Clinic, the first of each in the world, based on the science behind each diagnosis.

Capacity: 30

Security Requirements: No guns allowed. No other requirements.

Additional Requirements: None. All on one level. No exposures to hazard. Like an office environment.

Schedule (anticipated):

  • Depart MCC: 1:45 p.m.
  • Arrive Tour Site: 2:00 p.m.
  • Tour: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Depart Tour Site: 4:00 p.m.
  • Arrive MCC: 4:15 p.m.

Fee: $120 (advance rate) or $135 (after 3/17/2019)


TT-04: 3M Innovation Center, Customer A​brasives Methods Center, and Personal Safety Division

3M Innovation Center

Tuesday, May 21
7:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Description: Join us for a exclusive tour of 3M Center. First, enjoy a once in a lifetime experience at the 3M Innovation Center, where you will immerse yourself in the world of innovation featuring a range of technologies underlying the thousands of products developed by 3M Company. From the rubber sole on Neil Armstrong's shoes to components of the most advanced electronics and medical devices, 3M's technology supports the company's vision of advancing every company, enhancing every home, improving every life. Next we will visit 3M's Customer Abrasives Methods Center, a unique laboratory where engineers help customers solve surface modification challenges and improve processes. Then we will visit 3M's Personal Safety Division to see both the Respiratory Fit Testing Lab and the Eye and Face Impact Test Lab. 3M makes a full line of PPE and safety products, and these labs are where important design testing is performed.

Capacity: 30

Security Requirements: Attendees will be required to submit citizenship information to AIHA in advance of this tour for credentialling purposes

Additional Requirements: Closed toed shoes are required. Protective eyewear is required in lab areas and will be provided. Hearing protection will be available if needed. 

Schedule (anticipated):

  • Depart MCC: 7:15 a.m.
  • Arrive Tour Site: 8:00 a.m.
  • Tour: 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Tour Stop 1: 3M Innovation Center
  • Tour Stop 2: 3M Customer Abrasives Methods Center
  • Tour Stop 3: 3M Personal Safety Division
  • Depart Tour Site: 11:30 a.m.
  • Arrive MCC: 12:00 p.m.

Fee: $60 (advance rate) or $75 (after 3/17/2019)


TT-05: TSI Incorpora​ted

TSI Incorpora​ted

Tuesday, May 21
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Description: For more than half a century, TSI has investigated, identified, and provided performance measurement solutions. This includes some of the most accurate precision measurement instruments in the industry. Particle and aerosol research requires instruments with accurate, consistent, and reliable results. TSI has partnered with research institutions worldwide to develop the most efficient performance measurement tools. This tour will review the history of TSI, the technologies, and development of products such as quantitative fit testers for respirators and instruments for exposure and dust monitoring, indoor air quality assessment, and ventilation measurements. Attendees will learn about TSI’s Advanced Product Group, where new product opportunities are explored through rapid prototyping and field testing. Attendees will also tour the facility, exploring TSI Production and Service Departments, to see processes and equipment used to manufacture and service TSI instruments.

Capacity: 40

Security Requirements: Attendees will be required to submit citizenship information to AIHA in advance of this tour for credentialling. For non-U.S. citizens, proof of citizenship and an additional Technology Clearance Request Form will be required for a background check. Neither TSI nor AIHA guarantees that all non-U.S. citizens will be approved for this tour. 

Additional Requirements: N/A

Schedule (anticipated):

  • Depart MCC: 9:00 a.m.
  • Arrive Tour Site: 9:30 a.m.
  • Tour: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Depart Tour Site: 12:30 p.m.
  • Arrive MCC: 1:00 p.m.

Fee: $60 (advance rate) or $75 (after 3/17/2019)

 

TT-06: City of Minnea​polis, Department of Public Works, Division of Water Treatment and Distribution Services

Minnesota Water Treatment

Tuesday, May 21
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Description: This tour is of the 120-year old Fridley, Minnesota facility with historic brick architecture that performs drinking water treatment and distribution for a large metropolitan area. The tour will walk through the mixing, settling, softening, recarbonation, and filtration areas where Mississippi River water is treated to produce safe drinking water for about a half million Minneapolis residents. Reservoir and distribution areas will also be part of the tour. Join us to see how the home state of the source of the Mississippi River uses the river as a source of drinking water for the city hosting AIHce EXP 2019.

Capacity: 30

Security Requirements: Photo ID required.

Additional Requirements: N/A

Schedule (anticipated):

  • Depart MCC: 1:00 p.m.
  • Arrive Tour Site: 1:30 p.m.
  • Tour: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Depart Tour Site: 3:00 p.m.
  • Arrive MCC: 3:30 p.m.

Fee: $60 (advance rate) or $75 (after 3/17/2019)

 

TT-07: Consolidated P​recision Products

Consolidated P​recision Products

Tuesday, May 21
12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Description: Consolidated Precision Products produces high precision, geometrically complex, aluminum and magnesium castings for the aerospace industry. The Bloomington, Minnesota facility is over 62 years old and combines traditional foundry methods with current technology. This tour will address core making, sand handling, metals melting and alloying, and casting production and processing from raw materials through finished product. Health and safety issues include fire prevention and suppression for flammable metal (magnesium), new silica and beryllium regulations, combustible dust, noise, and material handling. In addition to Foundry operations, there is a Pattern/Machine Shop where core boxes and fixtures are produced for the Foundry.

Capacity: 40

Security Requirements: This tour is restricted to U.S. “persons,” citizens, or permanent residents. A valid government-issued photo ID is required, and attendees must sign in at the front desk and watch a safety video.

Additional Requirements: Non-prescription glasses or over-the-glass goggles with gaskets are required and will be provided. Hearing protection will be provided. 

Schedule (anticipated):

  • Depart MCC: 12:30 p.m.
  • Arrive Tour Site: 1:00 p.m.
  • Tour: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Depart Tour Site: 3:00 p.m.
  • Arrive MCC: 3:30 p.m.

Fee: $60 (advance rate) or $75 (after 3/17/2019)


TT-08: University of Minnesota St. Pa​ul Campus - Bell Museum and Raptor Center

Bell Museum and Raptor Center

Wednesday, May 22
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Description: The tour will review both the Bell Museum of Natural History and the Raptor Center on the St. Paul Campus. Both tours will cover the background health and safety aspects of each facility. The raptor center performs surgery on injured raptors with both ergonomic concerns and unique anesthetic scavenging considerations. The Bell Museum of Natural History constructs dioramas with preserved specimens. Health and safety aspects of the children's touch and see area will also be discussed.

Capacity: 30

Security Requirements: None

Additional Requirements: None

Schedule (anticipated):

  • Depart MCC: 1:00 p.m.
  • Arrive Tour Site: 1:30 p.m.
  • Tour Stop 1: 1:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. (Bell Museum of Natural History)
  • Pick Up Tour Stop 1: 3:15 p.m.
  • Arrive Tour Stop 2: 3:30 p.m. (Gabbert Raptor Center
  • Depart Tour Site: 4:30 p.m.
  • Arrive MCC: 5:00 p.m.

Fee: $85 (advance rate) or $100 (after 3/17/2019)​

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