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Taking part in the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) recent Leadership Summit, the SME Education Foundation has announced a partnership with NC3, Snap-on Inc., and the L.S. Starrett Company to provide custom training in precision measurement for schools in the SME PRIME Schools network.

SME PRIME Schools work with industry to tailor technological and manufacturing curricula offerings available to high school students to prepare them for manufacturing career pathways. The network of schools reaches 50,000 students in 46 schools across the country.

The new partnership will make available to participating schools the equipment and tools, curriculum, and teacher training necessary for certification in precision measurement and quality control, as well as student credentials.

“This important partnership will create opportunity for schools, teachers, and especially students through important training and hands on experiences in precision measurement – a skill so necessary for manufacturers,” said Roger Tadajewski, executive director of NC3. “We’re pleased to partner with Snap-On and Starrett to make this opportunity available to the SME Education Foundation PRIME Schools network.” Ira E. Friedman, education manager of Precision Tools for the L. S. Starrett Company, noted that “Precision measurement is the cornerstone of quality in the vast array of products and services many people rely upon each day.”

Schools in the SME PRIME Schools network will launch the program this fall. In partnership with manufacturing companies and partners, SME PRIME School teachers from Grand Haven (MI), Central Columbia (PA), Wadsworth (OH), Anna (OH), Romeo (MI) and Worcester Technical High School (MA) schools are already taking part in in the training and certification process.

“Our goal with the SME PRIME Schools initiative is to prepare a qualified, competent, manufacturing workforce that contributes to sustainable communities that attract and retain manufacturers and provides bright young students a future in advanced manufacturing,” said Josh Cramer, interim executive director and director of K-12 programs for the SME Education Foundation. “Working with great partners allows us to make those opportunities available.”

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Hands-on access to today’s most advanced technologies isn’t the only thing attendees of the SOUTH-TEC manufacturing show, produced by SME and AMT, will have at their fingertips. Representatives from Deloitte Services, GE Power, the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte are just a handful of the experts who will be sharing lessons, insights and future predictions over three days of keynotes and panels.

Running October 24-26, at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, South Carolina, SOUTH-TEC provides manufacturers in the South the chance to see and touch the latest technologies while learning about the issues and opportunities facing the industry. Each day will open with a keynote speech, with panel discussions held throughout the first two days. As the show progresses, a variety of free educational sessions will take place in the event’s main theater.

“Manufacturing is a dynamic and rapidly changing industry critical to South Carolina and neighboring states,” said Cathy Kowalewicz, SOUTH-TEC show manager at SME. “We’ve focused on bringing in a variety of experts, participating in more than 20 educational sessions, who can provide manufacturers with actionable insights and lessons to improve their operations.”

Deloitte Services’ Patricia Buckley, managing director of Economic Policy and Analysis, will open the show on Tuesday with a keynote exploring economic trends impacting manufacturers in Southeastern U.S.

Wednesday’s keynote by Scott Geller, CEO, PartWorks, tackles all things 3D – from laser scanning to 3D printing to 3D CAD technologies – and how they can benefit manufacturers today.

Julia Crews, former head of training and development for Panasonic Automotive, will take the stage on Thursday to discuss women in manufacturing and how to empower women leaders while bridging the gender gap.

Panel topics on Tuesday and Wednesday include: Smart Manufacturing: The Next Industrial Revolution, Workforce Development: Champions of Tomorrow, and the Future of Manufacturing.

Thursday, 10 August 2017 14:43

SME Announces 2017 Class of Fellows

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Starting in 1986, SME has honored key and notable contributors to the technical and educational progress and advancement of manufacturing by elevating them to the SME College of Fellows.

SME Fellows are professionals from industry, research and academia with more than 20 years of experience in manufacturing who are recognized by their peers and the manufacturing community for their impact on the manufacturing profession.

The 2017 honorees join this distinguished group who have made significant contributions to manufacturing, including aerospace engineering, manufacturing operations, material science, automotive manufacturing, and industrial analytics and system informatics.

From the earliest stages of research and innovation through production application and implementation, SME Fellows are at the creative forefront of manufacturing. In addition, through teaching, leadership and guidance, they have helped many students and young professionals in their own pursuits of advanced manufacturing degrees and careers in manufacturing. 

“It’s important to note the achievements and innovation marking the entire and extended careers of these professionals,” said 2017 SME President Sandra Bouckley, FSME. “We’re honored and proud to include them as SME Fellows in recognition of the decades of service and contribution offered by each of them.”

2017 Class of SME Fellows:

The 2017 SME Fellows will be recognized during SME’s Fall Awards & Installation Banquet November 4th in Chicago. As part of their recognition, the 2017 Fellows receive lifetime, dues-free membership and can utilize the credentials “FSME” (“Fellow of SME”) after their names.

Nominations for the 2018 Class of SME Fellows are due by December 1st. Nominees must be members of SME.

SME’s Advanced Manufacturing Media has introduced 30 of the brightest young minds in manufacturing, engineering and research in its fifth-annual "30 Under 30" section in the July Manufacturing Engineering magazine. 30 Under 30 celebrates young men and women, nominated by educators, managers and enterprise owners from around the U.S., for their exceptional accomplishments – notably and remarkably achieved by each before the age of 30.

Many of the group are already exploring new advanced technologies and expanding boundaries in the manufacturing industry at Boeing, Facebook, General Dynamics, Stratasys, Lockheed Martin, Hitachi and other leading companies. Others are entrepreneurs or have assumed leadership roles in family enterprises. Still other 30 Under 30 honorees are educators, researchers and academic leaders.

“We’re so pleased to share the inspiring stories of these brilliant, energetic, creative young professionals,” said Dave O’Neil, vice president, Advanced Manufacturing Media at SME. “With their talent and ability, these impressive people are the future and promise of American manufacturing.”

The 30 individuals recognized in 2017 are:

  • Sandra Chen, 26, Facebook, Menlo Park, California
  • Erin Winick, 22, Sci Chic, Gainesville, Florida

Profiles of the individual honorees are included in the July issue of Manufacturing Engineering magazine.

Advanced Manufacturing Media is the media division of SME, an organization dedicated to advancing and educating the manufacturing industry.

Shape Corp., a global tier-one automotive and industrial component supplier, is the latest manufacturer to join the growing list of companies partnering with the SME Education Foundation to expand its exemplary manufacturing education program for high school students. The Foundation, Shape Corp. and Grand Haven Area Public Schools will collaborate through SME’s Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education (PRIME®) initiative, to develop and launch an advanced manufacturing education program at Grand Haven High School in Grand Haven, Michigan, beginning in the 2018 academic year.

Shape Corp. is dedicated to producing a talented future workforce, often participating in career-building events and industry activities to increase awareness of the opportunities within manufacturing. On an annual basis, Shape supports and hosts local West Michigan teams from the Future Prep’d program, which engages students in solving real business problems. Shape regularly participates in career exploration events, including Boomerang, MiCareerQuest and others. Students often tour Shape’s facilities, gaining an introduction to processes, products and the varying types of work that are needed for the business to succeed.

“Shape has a long history of engagement with students, and we have partnered with numerous organizations to attract these young people to potential career opportunities in manufacturing,” said Mark White, president, Shape Corp. “We are very excited about partnering with the SME Education Foundation and look forward to growing a great manufacturing education program in Grand Haven.”

PRIME builds a collaborative network of students, educators and industry professionals to provide high school students with advanced manufacturing career pathways, while driving their interest and awareness in manufacturing. This national program provides students with practical experience, knowledge and skills using state-of-the-art technology and equipment, while allowing companies to influence the career direction of youth through mentoring, internships and job shadowing.

“The SME Education Foundation has partnered with some of the best companies in the manufacturing industry, and we are proud to add Shape Corp. to this distinguished list,” said Brian Glowiak, vice president, SME Education Foundation. “We also look forward to working with the skilled and enthusiastic educators at Grand Haven High School who will foster their students in becoming future manufacturing engineers and technologists.”

With more than 2,000 students and 125 staff members, Grand Haven High School is home to a wide variety of courses and includes curriculum designed to meet and adapt to the needs of 21st century education. The school’s academic emphasis focuses on preparing students for college as well as the increasingly competitive and technologically advanced workplace, laying the foundation for a great partnership with the SME Education Foundation and its PRIME initiative.

“We are very impressed with the SME Education Foundation’s work and its accomplishments through the PRIME initiative,” said Andrew Ingall, superintendent, Grand Haven Area Public Schools. “Our students will benefit greatly from engagement with Shape Corp. as well as the plethora of opportunities offered through PRIME.”

Alliances with local manufacturing associations play a major role in connecting business and education within the manufacturing community. The Shape Corp. and Grand Haven Area Public Schools collaboration is a result of the SME Education Foundation’s partnership with the Michigan Manufacturers Association, which began in 2016 to help boost Michigan’s already strong manufacturing presence and provide much-needed support to an industry seeking a large influx of new talent.

“We are very proud to be part of the partnership with Shape Corp., the SME Education Foundation and Grand Haven Area Public Schools,” said Mike Johnston, vice president, government affairs, Michigan Manufacturers Association. “The vision of Shape Corp. and the Grand Haven school leaders to work together to harmonize their missions to provide both career opportunities for students and provide talent to grow local companies should be commended.  We hope this will serve as a model for communities to cooperate all over the state.”

SME’s Manufacturing Engineering magazine announced the appointment of Alan Rooks as editor in chief. Rooks has been with the magazine as a senior editor for the past year and replaces Jim Sawyer, who has been with SME and its media group for more than nine years, most recently as the magazine’s editor in chief.

“Alan has a wide range of experience in metalworking, particularly related to tooling and workholding coverage, which has served the magazine well since he joined,” said Dave O’Neil, vice president of Advanced Manufacturing Media, publisher of Manufacturing Engineering. “He has been a great addition to our media group, and I’m confident in his leadership and editorial expertise to take on this role as editor in chief.”

Rooks joined SME and Manufacturing Engineering as senior editor in August 2016. He has been a business journalist for the past 36 years. From 2006 to 2015, Rooks served as editorial director for “Cutting Tool Engineering” and “MICROmanufacturing” magazines. Earlier in his career, he covered the paper industry and the food industry, holding various editorial positions. Rooks has a bachelor’s degree in English and history from Allegheny College, where he graduated cum laude with honors in both majors.

Sawyer, who retired, joined Manufacturing Engineering magazine in 2008, became executive editor in 2014 and editor in chief in August 2016.

“We wish Jim well as he enters retirement. He was a valued member of the SME family and media group for nearly a decade,” O’Neil said. “Jim will continue to contribute to the team, including as a host of our growing podcasts and webinar platforms.”

The SME Education Foundation received a $300,000 grant from Arconic Foundation, the independently endowed philanthropic arm of Arconic Inc., to expand its PRIME (Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education) initiative. The SME Education Foundation established PRIME in 2011 to build a collaborative network of students, educators and industry professionals to inspire and prepare students for careers in manufacturing. As part of a growing partnership between the organizations, the investment will help expand two high school manufacturing education programs in Michigan and Pennsylvania. Students will gain practical experience and skills using state-of-the-art technology and equipment.

This new commitment builds on an investment of more than $1 million that the Arconic Foundation is contributing toward PRIME to train the next-generation advanced manufacturing workforce in local communities where Arconic operates. One example is its support of the Four Cities Compact, a career-tech planning consortium comprised of four east Ohio high schools — Barberton, Wadsworth, Copley and Norton — near the company’s operations in Barberton, Ohio. Over 1,000 students at these PRIME sites are benefitting from tailored training curriculum, state-of-the-art equipment, industry-recognized certifications and mentoring opportunities with Arconic employees.

“We are expanding our support of PRIME because of the success we are seeing with the advanced manufacturing programs in the Four Cities Compact,” said Ryan Kish, senior program manager, Arconic Foundation. “We are committed to working with partners, such as the SME Education Foundation, to give students a more complete view of the spectrum of STEM careers available and equip them with the training they need to pursue a rewarding manufacturing career.”

The Arconic Foundation has been a dedicated supporter of PRIME since the program’s inception. As a partner in several regions around the country — including southern California and Virginia — the Foundation is focused on growing the pipeline of advanced manufacturing talent in the communities around Arconic facilities. With this expansion, Arconic Foundation will fund the implementation of PRIME near Arconic plants in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, and Whitehall, Michigan. Like the 12,000 students currently enrolled in the PRIME network, students at the new schools will gain practical experience and skills using state-of-the-art technology and equipment. Through PRIME, teachers at those locations will receive robust, industry-relevant professional development and classrooms will be outfitted with new equipment, ensuring that these students will be able to pursue career pathways to become engineers and skilled technologists.

“Arconic Foundation has been a key supporter through funding as well as employee engagement with PRIME students,” said Brian Glowiak, vice president, SME Education Foundation. “This new commitment is a testament to the success of the PRIME program in preparing high school students for rewarding careers in manufacturing.”

Arconic Foundation’s new investment was announced at the RAPID + TCT 2017 conference, which several teachers representing PRIME schools in Ohio are attending as part of their professional development experience.

SME, a nonprofit association that serves the manufacturing industry, has a long history of working on manufacturing solutions with the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), a part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. In the mid-2000s, many MEP centers and SME organizations collaborated on integrating their respective strengths, expertise and offerings to provide small-to-mid-size manufacturers with comprehensive lean training and certification programs.

More than 10 years later, this collaboration continues and is now expanding well beyond lean solutions.

To further address the growing training needs of manufacturers, the MEP has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) of workforce educational partnership with Tooling U-SME — the learning and development division of SME and leading provider of manufacturing training solutions — further building a skilled manufacturing workforce in the U.S. The new partnership resulting from this MOU will help expand the resources MEP centers offer their clients and give greater flexibility in training solutions to develop their local industry’s workforce.

Nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will be available in the U.S. by 2025; however, a shortage of skilled workers is expected to result in two million of these jobs going unfilled, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Efforts to close this skills gap are increasing and partnerships like the MEP and Tooling U-SME will accelerate the progress of the workforce to become ready for jobs that involve advanced technologies.

“We have a responsibility to empower the manufacturing industry with the tools they need to succeed, and by furthering our partnership with the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, we’re able to make great progress in staving off the shortage of workers with the right skills,” said Jeannine Kunz, vice president of Tooling U-SME.

The MEP national network comprises 51 centers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Each center is a partnership between the federal government and a variety of public or private entities — including state, university and nonprofit organizations — all dedicated to helping small and medium-sized manufacturers create and retain jobs, increase profits and raise productivity.

“Collaborating with Tooling U-SME will increase our ability to help more manufacturers reach their productivity and economic goals, while ensuring the growth of the industry,” said Carroll Thomas, MEP director. “Being able to connect our centers and their clients with industry-driven workforce training from Tooling U-SME is a win-win for our centers and their manufacturing clients.”

The SME Education Foundation has announced the election of Kathy Burnham as the organization’s new president and Susan Shimoyama as new vice-president/secretary. Both bring a level of manufacturing expertise that will reinforce the Foundation’s commitment to advance STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education in the U.S.

“We look forward to the significant contributions Kathy and Susan will make to the SME Education Foundation Board of Directors,” said Jeff Krause, CEO of SME. “Both have a wealth of knowledge and experience in the manufacturing sector that will help the Foundation further fulfill its vision and mission to assist in the educational development of the next-generation manufacturing workforce.”

Burnham is a senior vice president at PadillaCRT, a Minneapolis marketing and communications agency. As leader of Padilla's manufacturing practice, Burnham directs strategic planning, conducts research and manages integrated campaigns that help companies build their brands and reputations. She is a founding member of the Minnesota Manufacturers’ Coalition and serves on the boards of the Performance Excellence Network and Top Tool Company.

Shimoyama is vice president of global sales and marketing operations for Rockwell Automation (Milwaukee). Her leadership at Rockwell has resulted in a transformation of the company’s global market-to-quote processes. Her credentials include global product management, commercial marketing, channel management, market development and business operations.

Peter Mackie continues his position of treasurer/chair of finance for the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Mackie is first vice president – investments fundamental choice portfolio manager at Wells Fargo Advisors LLC.

Directors for 2017 include:

  • Ashok Agrawal - PE, Managing Director, Professional Development, American Society for Engineering Education
  • Ray Betz - Director, R&D Site Partners, Arconic
  • Elizabeth Kautzmann - Midwest Regional Sales Manager, Ophir-Spiricon LLC
  • Gwendolyn Malone - Senior Manager/GM Technical Fellow, General Motors
  • Karla Middlebrooks - Contributing Partner, Excellence in Action
  • John Miller - Vice President of Strategy, Siemens PLM Software
  • Irving Pressley McPhail - EdD, President and CEO, National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Inc.
  • Pamela Ruschau - Esq., Attorney, Leydig, Voit & Mayer Ltd.
  • Ted Peachee - Executive Vice President (retired), Emerson
  • Brian Ruestow - LSME, Operations Manager, F.W. Roberts Manufacturing Co. Inc.
  • Mike Schmidt - Director, Education and Community Development, Ford Motor Co. Fund.

SME, in connection with its RAPID + TCT 3D technology event, worked with FARO Technologies Inc, Direct Dimensions Inc, and the NextManufacturing Center at Carnegie Mellon University, to take the first-ever 3D scan of the Roberto Clemente Bridge. This scan will be used to create 3D-printed miniature replicas of the bridge, to be used as puzzle pieces at the RAPID + TCT event May 9-11, 2017 in Pittsburgh, PA.

“RAPID + TCT 2017 showcases the latest growth and advancements in the additive manufacturing and 3D printing industry,” said Maria Conrado, SME event manager, RAPID + TCT. “The manufacturing industry is important to Pittsburgh, and it is exciting that we are using additive technology to reproduce 3D models of a special landmark in this city.”

FARO Technologies Inc. conducted the complete scan of the bridge resulting in a 3D point cloud. Direct Dimensions will be converting the raw laser scan data into a 3D CAD model of the bridge. This digital model will then be in the proper format needed to make the 3D-printed physical models, which will be featured at the RAPID + TCT event in May.

“3D scanning technologies allow physical objects to be captured and transformed into 3D digital models with incredible detail,” said Michelle Edwards, applications engineering manager, FARO Technologies. “Scanning something as recognizable as the Roberto Clemente Bridge can spark many conversations. People have never seen this bridge as a 3D point cloud. Once they see that, they begin to question their own processes. That's how innovation happens.”

Sandra DeVincent Wolf, executive director of the NextManufacturing Center at Carnegie Mellon University, participated in the event and noted that it symbolizes both the region’s deep history in manufacturing and its current position as a hub for 3D printing and other advanced manufacturing technologies.

Tooling U-SME has established a work-based learning model to help more manufacturers and educators build successful apprenticeship programs tailored to meet specific job needs at their companies. The Apprenticeship Acceleration Framework defines specific knowledge and skill requirements that align with common apprenticeship job functions. This level of detail allows apprentices to show competence in these roles through a more accelerated process.

By using this model apprentices will not only complete educational hours, but they will also demonstrate specific skills to complete on-the-job requirements, which is in contrast to just counting the training hours worked that lead to journeyman status. The displaying of skills promotes a more efficient and effective apprenticeship program.

The Apprenticeship Acceleration Framework model was created out of a growing desire to increase the number of apprenticeship programs in America. By the end of 2015, there were nearly 448,000 registered apprentices in the U.S.; more than 13,500 of these individuals were active in manufacturing apprenticeship programs, and over 52,500 graduated from the U.S. apprenticeship system. After President Obama announced plans to double the number of U.S. apprentices to 750,000, the U.S. Department of Labor subsequently awarded $175 million to 46 grantees, through its American Apprenticeship Initiative, to develop innovative, high-quality registered apprenticeship programs. The primary purpose is to train and hire more than 34,000 new apprentices in industries as diverse as healthcare, IT and advanced manufacturing over the next five years.

“Traditionally, apprenticeship programs have been constructed through the completion of educational hours combined with on-the-job training hours. Unfortunately, the system has always lacked an industry-wide standard, leaving companies with the task of doing the heavy lifting to carry out the program design, implementation and management,” says John Hindman, director of learning and performance improvement, Tooling U-SME. “With the dwindling number of skilled workers, and an effort to rebuild apprenticeship programs across the country, we have been presented with an opportunity to modernize the apprenticeship model.”

There are currently more than 600,000 manufacturing jobs unfilled, and companies are scrambling to find workers with the right skills to perform essential job functions. By establishing apprenticeship programs based on industry-wide standards, American employers that sponsor apprenticeship programs can more quickly build a pipeline of skilled workers, boost retention, reduce recruiting costs and improve productivity.

Tooling U-SME’s model ties traditional apprenticeship initiatives with training programs that identify specific knowledge and skills required throughout the duration of an individual’s apprenticeship. The competencies are stackable and customizable, so manufacturing companies and educators can take the models and adapt them to requirements that will align with their business needs and processes.

“With these models, Tooling U-SME creates a more standardized method of validating an apprentice’s skills over time,” says Hindman. “Some of the initial models developed include CNC operators, maintenance technicians and additive manufacturing technicians; these models will provide a roadmap for the successful development of apprentices within every organization.”

“The roadmap aligns to the Department of Labor’s requirements for related training instruction hours and on-the-job training objectives,” adds Hindman.

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SME and SkillsUSA, two organizations dedicated to finding solutions for the U.S. skills gap, have announced a high school membership partnership to inspire and engage students and educators, to ultimately fill the manufacturing workforce pipeline.

This partnership between SME and SkillsUSA will immediately establish a pilot program to 100 SkillsUSA chapters, offering SME membership to all affiliated educators and students. With successful completion of this pilot in the fall of 2016, SME and SkillsUSA hope to provide this opportunity to all 17,000+ SkillsUSA chapters. SME’s high school membership provides various activities to educate students on career opportunities in manufacturing, including a mentorship program, scholarship opportunities, competitions and local SME chapter events.

“SME high school members – students and educators alike – receive hands-on and virtual access to resources and information related to manufacturing,” said Jeff Krause, SME chief executive officer. “SME and SkillsUSA have worked together on various initiatives over many years, including most recently launching the Additive Manufacturing Contest of SkillsUSA. This is yet another way that we can combine forces and empower the next generation to make a difference in their lives.”

There are currently more than 600,000 jobs available in manufacturing, with the expectation that number could grow to two million by 2025 because of an aging workforce and new technologies that create more jobs.

“SkillsUSA and SME are driven by similar missions – we are both dedicated to providing skills gap solutions and filling talent pipelines,” said Timothy Lawrence, executive director of SkillsUSA. “By partnering, we can truly make an impact on the manufacturing industry by engaging educators and students, to drive interest in career options and high-tech possibilities.”

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Digitization of manufacturing impacts every aspect of your operations and supply chain. Attend this one-day event and hear from the experts how smart manufacturing technologies connect design, planning, production and distribution to drive process improvements, reduce operational costs and increase efficiencies.

May 24, 2016
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

461 Burroughs St.
Detroit, MI 48202

Why Attend?

  • Learn how industrial IoT optimizes resources throughout the enterprise and reduces production costs
  • Learn how big data and analytics change the way manufacturers work
  • Hear from experts how IIoT strategies and technologies will deliver enterprise transformation and value


Event Agenda

8:30 am-8:40 am
Welcome & Introductions
John Fleming, Retired, Ford Motor Company

8:45 am-9:30 am
It's all about the "&" - Brilliant Factory at GE
Robert Borchelt, Ph.D. CIO - Advanced Manufacturing Deployment, General Electric
Bart Weihl, Executive - Global Operations, Advanced Manufacturing Initiatives Group, General Electric

9:35 am-10:05 am
Manufacturing in the Digital World
Fred Thomas, Industry Director, Automotive/Industrial Equipment, Dassault Systemes, DELMIA

10:10 am-10:40 am
Using the Cloud to Deliver Manufacturing Knowledge Provides Wide-spread Access to Expert Recommendations
Chuck Mathews, Managing Director & Cloud Evangelist, MachiningCloud, Inc.

10:45 am-11:15 am
Transforming the Launch Process for New Products
Doug Macdonald, Product Marketing Director, Aras Corporation
Isaiah Kincaid, Computer & Electronics Engineer, Carlisle Brake and Friction

11:20 am-11:50 am
Future Factories: A Tidal Wave of Change is Coming
David Brousell, Global VP, Research & Editorial Director, Frost & Sullivan/Manufacturing Leadership Council

11:50 am-12:50 pm

1:00 pm-1:45 pm
KEYNOTE: Taking Big Data and Analytics to the Next Level to Drive Innovation
Paul Ballew, Chief Data & Analytics Officer, Ford Motor Company

1:50 pm-2:20 pm
Answering the Digital Call – Small Steps, Big Difference
Tom Elswick, Siemens Digital Factory USA, Siemens Industry, Inc.

2:25 pm-2:40 pm
Afternoon Break

2:45 pm-3:15 pm
Smart Manufacturing: Workforce Development Strategic Roadmap
Dennis Thompson, President & Managing Partner, Equus Partners LLC
Gail Norris, Director of Technical Learning Services, Siemens Industry
Jeannine Kunz, Director, Tooling U-SME

3:20 pm-3:50 pm
Achieving Manufacturing Excellence, Implementing a multi-plant MES solution for the UK’s largest automaker
Ramesh Subramanian, MES Practice Head, TATA Technologies

3:55 pm-4:40 pm
Panel Discussion: Smart Manufacturing: Setting a Strategy for Success
Robert Borchelt, Ph.D. CIO - Advanced Manufacturing Deployment, General Electric
Rachel Lecrone, Director, Manufacturing IT Systems & Industrial Controls, Cummins Inc.
Al Salour, R&D Engineer, The Boeing Company
Bart Weihl, Executive - Global Operations, Advanced Manufacturing Initiatives Group, General    Electric

4:45 pm-5:00 pm
Closing Remarks
John Fleming, Retired, Ford Motor Company

Event Executive Advisors

  • John Fleming, Retired, Ford Motor Company
  • Dr. Michael Grieves, Executive Director, Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Innovative Design, Florida Institute of Technology
  • Jay Lee, Professor, University of Cincinnati
  • Dennis Thompson, President & Managing Partner, Equus Partners LLC

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The first issue of SME’s Smart Manufacturing magazine, now available online and in print, honors the leading thinkers, makers and doers in manufacturing who are helping to make the Fourth Industrial Revolution, often referred to as Industry 4.0, a reality.

Smart Manufacturing is published by Advanced Manufacturing Media, which is part of SME, an organization that promotes advanced manufacturing technology and develops a skilled workforce. The first issue can be downloaded for free at

“The first issue of Smart Manufacturing is really a celebration of many of those in manufacturing who have had the foresight to develop and adopt cutting-edge digital technologies and drive manufacturing into a new era of competitiveness,” said Sarah A. Webster, editor in chief of Advanced Manufacturing Media. “These leaders are helping to make U.S. manufacturing more competitive every day.”

The mission of the new quarterly magazine, which supplements Advanced Manufacturing Media’s monthly Manufacturing Engineering magazine, is to educate manufacturing professionals about the digital changes and opportunities already underway in manufacturing by telling the stories of shops and factories making investments in these new technologies.

“In our first issue, we introduce 30 visionaries focused on running efficient, lean, safe, responsive and sometimes shared shops and factories,” said Brett Brune, editor of Smart Manufacturing magazine. “We also provide a primer on how the cyber and physical worlds are being merged to improve quality, customization, safety and costs. And we provide a space for executives to talk about innovations, such as the ‘data lake,’ that can propel smart manufacturing forward. Our goal is to deliver the intelligence industry executives, engineers and other entrepreneurs need to learn and thrive as they apply Internet of Things and other technological gains to manufacturing.”

Profiled in the first issue of the magazine are these 30 leaders who are merging the cyber and physical worlds in manufacturing:

  • Bryce Barnes - Senior Manager, Machine and Robot Segment, Cisco IoT
  • Dean Bartles - Chief Manufacturing Officer, UI Labs, and Executive Director, DMDII
  • Carl Bass - President and Chief Executive Officer, Autodesk
  • Stephan Biller - Chief Manufacturing Scientist, GE
  • Sujeet Chand - Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Rockwell Automation
  • Jim Davis - Vice Provost, IT & Chief Academic Technology Officer, UCLA; Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition
  • Thomas F. Edgar - Chairman, Chemical Engineering, University of Texas, Austin, and Co-founder, Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition
  • Dave Edstrom - Chief Technology Officer, Memex
  • Franz Gruber - Chief Executive Officer, Forcam
  • Karen Kerr - Senior Managing Director, Advanced Manufacturing, GE Ventures
  • Scott Hibbard - Vice President of Technology, Bosch Rexroth
  • Jeff Immelt - Chief Executive Officer, GE
  • Jay Lee - Professor, Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, University of Cincinnati; Founding Director, National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center on Intelligent Maintenance Systems
  • Dennis O. Little - Vice President of Production, Lockheed Martin Space Systems
  • David McPhail - President & Chief Executive Officer, Memex
  • Greg Morris - Additive Technologies Leader, GE Aviation
  • Joel Neidig - Engineer & Lead IT Developer, ITAMCO
  • Keith Nosbusch - Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Rockwell Automation
  • Brian Papke - President, Mazak
  • Drura Parrish - Founder & Chief Executive Officer, MakeTime
  • David A. Patterson - Professor, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences, University of California, Berkeley
  • Jason Prater - Vice President of Development, Plex Systems
  • Denise Swink - Chief Executive Officer, Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition
  • William Sobel - Chief Strategy Officer, System Insights
  • Pete Tecos - Executive Vice President, 5ME
  • Florian Weigmann - Managing Director, AXOOM
  • Jim Wetzel - Technical Director, General Mills; Board Chairman, Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition
  • Dave Wickelhaus - Managing Systems Engineer, TechSolve
  • Deborah L. Wince-Smith - President & Chief Executive Officer, Council on Competitiveness
  • Detlef Zuehlke - Professor of Industrial Automation, Technical University of Kaiserslautern; Director of Human-Machine Interaction, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence; Chief Executive Officer, SmartFactoryKL

This May, more than 4,500 manufacturing professionals will connect with peers, education opportunities and innovative technologies presented by over 400 companies from around the world at SME’s Montreal Manufacturing Technology Show.

MMTS 2016 takes place May 16 to 18, at Place Bonaventure, and offers a single gateway to breakthroughs and developments in machine tools, tooling, metalworking and advanced manufacturing, including additive manufacturing, automation and robotics, and design and software solutions.

This three-day event is a unique opportunity for Quebec manufacturers to discover the latest high-tech innovations, network with industry leaders and peers, watch live machinery demonstrations and purchase cutting-edge equipment and solutions, many of which are being introduced to the Quebec market for the first time.

“MMTS is about equipping Quebec’s manufacturing professionals with the information, products, technologies and networks they need to thrive here and in the global marketplace,” said Julie Pike, event manager of MMTS for SME. Exhibitors will provide solutions to attendees spanning over 20 industries, including aerospace, commercial and industrial machinery, automotive and transportation, mining, energy, medical and information communication technology.

In addition to renowned exhibitors like Elliott Matsuura, Machineries BV, Megatel, Mazak, and Haas Automation, MMTS 2016 offers three days of education and networking with industry leaders in machining and tooling, metalworking, additive manufacturing/3D printing, advanced manufacturing, automation and robotics, and workforce development.

Attendees will be able to attend a keynote presenation by Éric Tétrault, President of Quebec Manufacturers and Exporters (QME), who will speak to his vision for boosting Quebec’s economic growth.

The technical education schedule also includes a special presentation by Deloitte on the Internet of Things and virtual reality, digital engineering simulations by MAYA, and other sessions from Rolls-Royce Canada, Germany’s KUKA Robotics, and Concordia University, among many others.

SMEs Small and medium-sized manufacturers (companies with less than 50 employees) represent 90% of the province’s 21,860 manufacturing establishments. MMTS gives these engines of Quebec’s economy direct access to the resources they need to keep growing. The show’s second day is dedicated to local smaller, specialized manufacturers (“job shops”) to make it easier for them to source solutions and network with colleagues and potential customers.

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Tuesday, 12 April 2016 14:42

MFG4 2016 - Q&A with Ned Kaminski

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SME recently talked to Ned Kaminski, Principal Engineer at the General Dynamics, Electric Boat Corporation, to discuss defense manufacturing.

Q. What would you say the biggest challenge is affecting defense manufacturing today?

Like you’ll hear across various sectors of manufacturing, finding and hiring a new generation of workforce is a huge challenge. We have experienced people retiring from the field and it’s very difficult to find new employees to replace the retirees. Most people want to leave high school, go right to college and then have a six-figure job. And they wind up with a mountain of college debt with no job. The industry must change this mind set.

Q. How is Electric Boat addressing this challenge?

One example is that Electric Boat (EB) has partnered with New England Institute of Technology to establish a workforce development program. We provide them with guidance on the new technology, including welding and robotics equipment. The school even offers robotics courses that have been used to train the next robotic operators at EB. Some EB engineers also participate as judges in student robotics competitions. These are just a few ways we’re trying to get out into the community.

Q. Technology is always a hot topic in manufacturing. Is it difficult to utilize all technologies in a cost-effective way?

It’s very difficult to use new technologies for our customer. As an example, EB just recently productionized a robotic welding system at our Quonset Point facility. It took us 2-3 years to fully develop the system and get it qualified so that we can actually produce submarine welds.

One of the ways Electric Boat can develop and use new technologies is through funding from the Department of Defense. Quite a while ago, the Department of Defense said, “Hey, there’s technology out there that we could be using to reduce the cost of our defense items but it’s not ready yet for us to put into production.” So they developed, under the Office of Naval Research, the Navy Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) Program. Under ManTech, if companies can come up with ideas and prove their ideas are capable of advancing and developing into a program, the DoD will provide funding for up to two years for that program. The company must demonstrate the program’s ability to generate a return on investment (ROI) for the DoD programs. The funds enable EB to look at new technologies and develop them to the point where they are ready to be approved and productionized. We can then incorporate that new technology into how we build nuclear submarines.

Q. How do you see Smart Manufacturing playing a role in the future for Electric Boat?

Electric Boat is very actively pursuing what we call “mobile computing.” We are driving toward mobile computing-type data so that instead of giving the mechanics on the floor a pile of paper, they can access the information from some type of mobile computing device.

Q. Will “mobile computing” play a role in replacing the Ohio-class submarines?

Mobile computing hasn’t been implemented yet. We are moving towards it, especially with the Ohio replacement program. The Virginia-class submarine was designed with Electric Boat’s Computer Aided Design (CAD) system called CATIA (computer aided three-dimensional interactive application). It was developed by IBM and the French Aerospace Industry.

For the Ohio replacement program we are transitioning to a new CAD system made by Siemens called Siemens NX. As we transition into this new system, we are exploring ways to visualize and use that data via mobile computing devices in the future. To solidify the requirements for the future, we are going through prototyping to determine how to take the “technical” data from their CAD system and transfer it through our Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) system resulting in “build authority” information for the shop floor. This early on prototyping will result in the digital work packages of the future. We envision the shop floor personnel will be provided with an electronic portal back to the design technical data via mobile computing. Electric Boat is working towards a mobile computing future.

Q. Another hot topic we hear about is 3D printing, or additive manufacturing. Are applications at Electric Boat related to prototyping or additive manufacturing?

Right now, before Electric Boat can use additive manufacturing for actual submarine parts, the process has to be further matured and approved by the Naval Sea Systems Command. Right now we’re using additive manufacturing, but we’re using it for non-ship parts only. We’re moving forward with additive manufacturing in the non-metals area of manufacturing and anticipate making real submarine parts through additive manufacturing. We’ve started to look at it for metals, but at this point, we aren’t able to use additive manufacturing for actual submarine part manufacturing.

Q. Can you tell me about Electric Boat and your past work with the U.S. Navy?

Electric Boat’s relationship with the U.S. Navy goes back very far. The two premier providers of nuclear submarines to the Navy have mainly been Electric Boat and Newport News Ship Building. Back in the Trident and 688-class submarine days, there was a competitive bidding process between Electric Boat and Newport News with the Navy. The company with the lowest cost provider normally won the contracts. Electric Boat was the only provider of the Trident (Ohio) submarines. The 688 class contract was split between the two companies.

Q. How is Electric Boat currently working with the U.S. Navy?

When the Navy started to transition towards the Virginia-class submarines, it was determined that a teaming agreement would be the best way to go. Electric Boat is currently in a teaming agreement with Newport News. By doing that, the Navy assigned different parts to be built by both companies. At the end of the day, we have to help each other be successful, because if one fails we both fail. Electric Boat delivers the even numbered hulls and Newport News delivers the odd number hulls. They always build the bow section and the stern section. Electric Boat builds everything in between.

About Ned Kaminski:

Ned Kaminski is a featured keynote speaker at this year’s Mfg4 event in Hartford, Connecticut on Thursday, May 5, from 9:00 – 10:15 a.m. His presentation will provide an insight into the General Dynamics Electric Boat Corporation (GDEB), the complex products it produces, and enabling technologies being implemented. He has worked in the Shipbuilding Industry more than 40 years; joining Electric Boat in 1981. He has progressed through the Engineering Community obtaining the level of Principal Engineer. Under the Navy’s ManTech program, Kaminski has lead technology insertion projects that include robotic welding, smart welding machines, and development of new software that will produce weld sequence plans for major assemblies. Kaminski is currently leading a project that will provide a step change in Steel Processing by installing state of the industry cutting and marking machines at Quonset Point.

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Friday, 26 February 2016 10:09

MFG4 2016

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Mfg4, a tradeshow and conference dedicated to showcasing aerospace, defense and medical device manufacturing, returns to the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Connecticut, from May 3-5, 2016. Mfg4, produced by SME, provides opportunities for companies and attendees to learn business strategies and about products that work well in their own and other industries, as well as to discover how that translates to meet specific company challenges.

“These three vitals areas of manufacturing — aerospace, defense and medical device manufacturing — are all challenged by similar issues,” said Paul Faughnan, Manufacturing Engineering Manager, Pratt & Whitney. “From long project lifecycles, stringent government regulations, mission-critical quality control and a subsequent need for cutting-edge technology, these topics—and solutions—will be discussed at length throughout the course of Mfg4.”

In addition to an exhibit floor showcasing a diverse range of companies, products and services, Mfg4 also has a series of keynote presentations, new product announcements and educational sessions planned.

Keynote presentations

Tuesday, May 3, 9 a.m.

Stephan Biller, Chief Scientist, Manufacturing and Research, GE Global Research
Topic: GE’s 21st Century Brilliant Factories

Wednesday, May 4, 9 a.m.
Daniel Lawrynowicz, Senior Director, Advanced Technologies, Research and Development Business Unit, Reconstructive Division, Stryker Orthopaedics
Topic: Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing for Orthopaedic Devices

Thursday, May 5, 9 a.m.

Ned Kaminski, Principal Engineer, Electric Boat
Topic: Enabling Manufacturing Technology: Past, Present and Future Vision for Electric Boat

Ideas and information

“There’s an immense exchange of ideas at Mfg4,” said Kim Farrugia of SME, event manager for Mfg4. “Nearly every hour on the show floor, professional presentations provide insights and solutions for each featured industry, as well as forecasts from industry leaders.”

Mfg4’s Information Interchange Sessions run throughout the course of the event and will feature industry experts who will address a wide range of topics including additive manufacturing techniques, automation, designing for the DMLS process, laser processing technologies and manufacturing intelligence on the factory floor.

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Wednesday, 24 February 2016 13:41

SME Announces Smart Manufacturing Seminar Series

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As the factory of the future and the Internet of Things continue to be the future of manufacturing, SME will provide detail, education and thought leadership on these industry-changing technologies and approaches. On March 16, SME will kick off its Smart Manufacturing Seminar Series with a session titled “Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing: Transition to Production” at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit.

“Smart manufacturing is going to change how everything is made,” said Jeff Krause, chief executive officer of SME. “It is essential for manufacturing companies and professionals to have a better understanding of what this means for them – from advanced manufacturing technologies to the tools, processes and practices used in development and production.”

The agenda for “Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing: Transition to Production” features key leaders and experts from various additive manufacturing and 3D printing companies and organizations, including America Makes, Materialise USA, Direct Dimensions, Met-L-Flo and the U.S. Army. Attendees will hear how experts in additive manufacturing have transitioned from prototype modeling to full production quality, as well as discuss materials, processes and 3D scanning. Regional additive manufacturing companies will also be on-site displaying and sharing knowledge of their newest technologies. View the full agenda here.

In addition to additive manufacturing, upcoming one- and two-day sessions will cover digital manufacturing, lightweighting, composites and advanced materials. The sessions will take place in metropolitan markets including Detroit, Chicago and Salt Lake City.

To further focus on the topic of smart manufacturing, SME’s media group, Advanced Manufacturing Media, will launch Smart Manufacturing magazine in May of 2016.

Smart Manufacturing Seminar Series schedule:

Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing: Transition to Production - March 16, Detroit
Hear how experts in additive manufacturing facilitated their transition from prototype to full production volumes. Materials, processes and 3D scanning will all be discussed.

Smart Manufacturing: The Digital Transformation
- May 24, Detroit
Discover how smart manufacturing technologies connect design, planning, production and distribution to drive process improvements, reduce operational costs and increase efficiencies.

Advanced Composites Manufacturing for Aerospace - June 7 and 8, Salt Lake City
Learn from leaders in industry, government and academia and explore emerging ways to leverage advances in manufacturing processes and systems as well as business best practices to speed innovation and better compete in the global marketplace.

Additive Manufacturing - Oct. 4 and 5, Detroit
Hear how experts in additive manufacturing facilitated their transition from prototype to full production volumes. Materials, processes and 3D scanning will all be discussed. This seminar will be preceded by a half-day tutorial on Oct. 4.

Smart Manufacturing: The Digital Transformation - Nov. 9, Chicago
Discover how smart manufacturing technologies connect design, planning, production and distribution to drive process improvements, reduce operational costs and increase efficiencies.

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Christopher Wojcik has been introduced as the director of Membership at SME, an organization serving the manufacturing industry by promoting advanced manufacturing technology and developing a skilled workforce. Wojcik will assume management of SME’s Membership group operations as well as strategic direction, planning, implementation and measurement of membership programs. He will join SME on January 13th.

“Membership is the foundation of SME as our members are the leaders and thinkers in the manufacturing industry, and our student members are the next generation of makers,” said Jeffrey Krause, SME chief executive officer. “I am excited to welcome Christopher and his expertise in the membership space to help us serve our members and move manufacturing forward.”

SME members are a collection of manufacturing professionals, researchers and educators, as well as high school and postsecondary (technical/trade, community college and university) students. Members connect through local chapters and in a variety of programs, including technical webinars and committees, as well as other activities at the local and national level. All of SME’s current board of directors are SME members. Learn more about SME Membership at SME Connect.

Wojcik joins SME from the American Society of Interior Designers where he served as vice president of Membership and Industry Development. He also held Membership leadership positions at The American Medical Student Association and the Society of General Internal Medicine.

“I look forward to leading the membership activities and ensuring SME remains the cornerstone of the manufacturing profession. The organization has a great history of service through professional networking, education and fostering innovation,” said Wojcik. “SME and our members are poised to continue transforming the manufacturing profession in a unique way, given our expertise in training and dedication to the future of the industry.”

SME’s growth strategy for Membership ranges from new high school student membership to bolstering programs for college and trade school students, as well as manufacturing practitioners through all aspects of their careers. Much of these efforts will focus on building membership programs for companies and organizations to support their employees.

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The digital revolution that has disrupted and simplified a variety of industries – from music and books to shopping, travel and banking – is about to transform the way virtually everything is made. A new magazine, Smart Manufacturing, will launch in the spring of 2016 to help educate manufacturing professionals about the new and emerging technologies used to make things in this digitally connected new era, known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0.

The magazine will be published by Advanced Manufacturing Media, a division of SME – a nonprofit organization serving the manufacturing industry by promoting advanced manufacturing technology and developing a skilled workforce.

To be published quarterly in print and digitally, Smart Manufacturing will circulate to at least 80,000 qualified manufacturing professionals across a full range of industries affected by the budding Industry 4.0 revolution. Its content will focus on digital manufacturing, software, controls and automation, advanced materials, emerging processes – such as 3D printing – and the integration of new technologies.

“We are excited to lead the Industry 4.0 conversation with Smart Manufacturing, and help guide manufacturers of all sizes through this period of change,” said Dave O'Neil, director  of Advanced Manufacturing Media.

“A new level of digitally enhanced manufacturing technology is coming to the floors of machine shops and factories across North America, and we expect it to transform manufacturing just as it has other industries," added Sarah A. Webster, editor in chief of Advanced Manufacturing Media. "We at SME believe this new revolution in making can help secure U.S. leadership in global manufacturing.”

The first industrial revolution, at the end of the 18th century, transformed manufacturing with water and steam power, as well as machine tools. The second, at the end of the 19th century, led to mass production, enabled by electricity and the division of labor, increasingly on a production line. The third revolution, in the early 1970s, was enabled by programmable electronic controls and IT to further automate production. Now, the Internet-enabled digital revolution is beginning to transform manufacturing again.

Advanced Manufacturing Media will continue to publish Manufacturing Engineering magazine, which is in its 40th year and is a successful magazine serving 90,000 qualified manufacturing professionals in the aerospace, defense, motorized vehicle, medical and energy industries.

A launch event for the new magazine will be held during SME’s MFG4 – Manufacturing 4 the Future – event, which runs from May 3-5, 2016, in Hartford, CT.

A preview of Smart Manufacturing magazine is published inside the December issue of Manufacturing Engineering. Readers can see the preview and subscribe to the new publication at

SME’s AeroDef Manufacturing with Composites Manufacturing will bring together the leading companies and executives from aerospace and defense manufacturing to highlight the latest technology options and trends February 8-10, 2016 at the Long Beach Convention Center. This annual technical conference and exhibition not only offers a hands-on look at solutions for aerospace and defense, but also provides opportunities to discuss industry advances and real-world applications.

“Manufacturing is key to the prosperity of our country, with aerospace and defense manufacturing underpinning the security of the nation,” said AeroDef panelist Dean Bartles, executive director of the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute. “The caliber of experts, technical sessions, and show floor representation assembled by SME at AeroDef offers the industry a service and return that cannot be found anywhere else.”

Industry leaders from Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, The Boeing Company, Bell Helicopter, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics and NASA help develop the content and features of the event as part of the executive committee.

“SME believes that the aerospace and defense market is essential, which is why we bring together the experts in the field, to serve that community,” said Dave Morton, event manager of AeroDef for SME. “From high level strategic direction in our keynotes and panels, to hands-on practical applications on the show floor, we strive to provide a forum for gaining knowledge and experiencing the latest advancements in the industry.”

Keynote Speakers

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 8 a.m.

“The Design, Development and Delivery of the James Webb Space Telescope”

Scott Willoughby, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 12:45 p.m.

“A View of Automation and Innovation from the Corner Office”

Dan Korte, LMI Aerospace

Panel discussions

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 8:50 a.m.

“Data Analytics for Manufacturing”

Dean Bartles, Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute, UI Labs

Roland Dutton, Air Force Research Laboratory

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 8:50 a.m.

“The Future of Structural Materials: 20 Year Horizon”

John Barnes, ALCOA

Mick Maher, DARPA

Todd Steyer, Boeing Research & Technology

Richard Vaia, Air Force Research Laboratory

New Show Floor Feature in 2016

The Aerofied Preferred Supplier Pavilion allows attendees to network with prequalified contract suppliers and decision makers from aerospace and defense companies. It gives attendees and exhibitors a chance to directly engage with large and medium-sized manufacturers who are looking to make both short- and long-term investments.

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SME, a professional organization serving the manufacturing industry by promoting advanced manufacturing technology and preparing and developing the manufacturing workforce, has elected six international directors to serve as the governing body of the organization. The directors will begin their terms in January 2016.

“Their diverse manufacturing and engineering backgrounds, as well as their long-time membership in this organization, meld to provide rare talent, experience and ability,” said Wayne Frost, 2015 SME president. “They’re committed to SME being the leader in support of our industry and its workforce through education, engagement and advocacy.”

2016 SME International Directors:

  • Sandra Bouckley, GKN Driveline Americas
  • Mark Michalski, MKS Instruments
  • Robert Nesbitt, AbbVie
  • Ralph Resnick, National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining; America Makes
  • Jim Schlusemann, Prosperia International
  • Susan Smyth, General Motors

SME members have also elected four new Member Council representatives. The council works to recognize and meet the needs of members and counsel SME leadership on effective membership recruitment, retention and engagement.

“Our Member Council is dedicated to service — both to the SME organization and to its members — to strengthen that relationship,” said Thomas Bridge, 2015 SME Member Council chair. “We want to bring engagement and experience to our members, and we need their energy and expertise to do so. We welcome our new representatives.”

2016 SME Member Council Representatives:

  • Maite Mauri, SME Seattle Chair
  • Dean Phillips, LINK Systems
  • Brock Strunk, Epic Aircraft LLC
  • David Wells, North Dakota State University

SME leadership, members and staff will install a new president and board of directors in November.

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Wednesday, 14 October 2015 13:05

The Manufacturing Playground at SOUTH-TEC 2015

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High school and postsecondary students and educators will have the opportunity to experience manufacturing hands-on during the upcoming SOUTH-TEC manufacturing event, taking place October 27-29 at the Charlotte Convention Center. The event hosts more than 400 industry-leading companies and addresses trends and issues important to the southeast region to improve production processes, technologies and capabilities. Day three will feature SME’s Bright Minds program that includes a “Manufacturing Playground,” industry keynote speakers, young professional Career Pathway chats and an exclusive tour of participating exhibitors on the show floor.

Bright Minds is a program developed by SME to reinforce the value of manufacturing education, providing hands-on learning experiences for high school and postsecondary students with support from educators, industry and SME members.

“Education is critical to the growth of U.S. manufacturing,” said Cathy Kowalewicz, SOUTH-TEC event manager at SME. “We’ve incorporated some unique education and mentoring programs into SOUTH-TEC so that students gain a true sense of what a career in manufacturing requires and provides, as well as the chance to connect with industry professionals that may assist them in career choices.”

Students attending SOUTH-TEC can engage with educators from technical and community colleges from Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, as well as professionals from companies including program partners Mastercam and Stratasys, about manufacturing career paths, and valuable curriculum and skills that would be beneficial in their career goals. Keynote speakers, presentations and panels focused on workforce development include:

  • Cultivating Growth in Manufacturing; Brian Summers, vice president, Mastercam
  • Additive Manufacturing – Building Careers of the Future; Sig Behrens, general manager of education, Stratasys
  • Career Pathways; Brian Flores, senior manager for branding education, Sandvik Coromant USA

The Manufacturing Playground at SOUTH-TEC gives students and educators the opportunity to learn and observe how diverse technologies can be used collaboratively to create a promising final product. Both a CNC Lathe and a 3D printer will be in operation producing precision parts for a motorcycle to be built live on the event floor.

“Stratasys is proud to be a sponsor of Bright Minds for the fifth year now. This program provides young students the opportunity to learn about 3D printing and its many capabilities,” said Terry Hoppe, director of Applications Engineering, Stratasys. “We see a tremendous opportunity to bridge the gap between education and industry though the various additive manufacturing applications these students will learn.”

Through the Bright Minds Passport Tour, students and educators will have the opportunity to experience new, innovative technology like advanced robotics and animation.

“Workforce development is such a huge part of ensuring our industry will continue to grow and evolve, especially in this region. Programs like this help shape and mold the skills and knowledge of tomorrow’s workforce,” said Dick Motley, Southeastern U.S. regional director, FANUC.

SOUTH-TEC is free for students, educators and SME members.

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Thursday, 03 September 2015 14:03

NASA and SME Collaborate at WESTEC 2015

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The National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) will be featured at the SME Technology Interchange at WESTEC 2015, September 15-17 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The SME Technology Interchange is part of an ongoing collaboration between NASA and SME to advance technology use in the manufacturing industry for regional economic development.

Business leaders and technology experts from NASA will be at WESTEC 2015 with select technologies to share their expertise, identify new resources and forge partnerships with companies of all sizes. The SME Technology Interchange aims to drive economic growth by showcasing technology and process innovation, and connecting manufacturers with new solutions and expertise available from NASA.

“The SME Technology Interchange is a great way for NASA to engage with the manufacturing community to foster and grow new business and technology opportunities,” said Robert J. Shaw, PhD, director, Ventures and Partnerships, NASA. “The WESTEC event provides us with an opportunity to be involved with a broad and diverse set of manufacturers and allows us to uncover collaboration opportunities in the region and industry.”

WESTEC attendees will have an opportunity to see mature technologies developed by NASA including additive manufacturing, communication and guidance systems, advanced materials and nanotechnology. NASA experts and business leaders will be available to discuss industry applications and best practices in production, as well as development and co-development opportunities.

“NASA has a long history as a technology innovator and the SME Technology Interchange is a great opportunity to bring their leadership in research and innovation to the manufacturing community,” said Lauralyn McDaniel, industry manager, SME. “Attendees will be provided with a unique opportunity to explore these technologies and build an avenue for growth.”

The SME Technology Interchange will be hosted on the WESTEC 2015 exhibition floor, Sept. 15-17 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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SME has released details about the Medical Manufacturing Innovations (MMI) Series, which will spotlight companies and information at WESTEC 2015. Southern California is recognized as having the highest level of medical device and biomedical manufacturing development in the world, and this year’s event will reflect that through education sessions and an exclusive keynote.

In his keynote, sponsored by Autodesk, Gerardo de la Concha, vice president of Mexico operations at Medtronic, will share insight from his company’s experience spearheading a skunkworks project to reverse engineer and develop a medical device using Nitinol, a metal alloy of nickel and titanium with the unique properties of shape memory and super elasticity. These properties allowed the Medtronic team to take a new approach to development and create unique devices.

Originally created in the aerospace and defense sector, skunkworks projects are becoming more prominent for companies that are looking for ways to accelerate innovation.

“Medtronic’s skunkworks project was a truly creative and collaborative opportunity for our team, and a significant learning experience,” said de la Concha. “By sharing some of the lessons we learned, we hope to help other companies understand the issues and challenges they may face as more of them look to this process for future innovation.”

Medical manufacturing is expanding into new areas every day, due to the support and involvement of groups like the National Institute of Health and SME, world-class research centers, and biotech hubs dedicated to research, development and innovation. Leading indicators point toward continued accelerated growth in medical production, correlating with population changes and an increase in personalized medicine.

In addition to the keynote, WESTEC will provide opportunities for attendees to network with and learn from leading companies in the areas of implantable devices, prosthetics, orthopedic implants, dental devices, additive manufacturing/3D printing, and more.

“We have seen tremendous growth in medical manufacturing in recent years, and there is a great deal of progress and innovation coming from the companies involved in this sector,” said Lauralyn McDaniel, industry manager, medical at SME. “As the industry has evolved, especially in the western region, we recognize how important it is to provide attendees with a range of opportunities and tools that they can use to innovate and grow.”

Through WESTEC’s MMI Series, attendees will have access to a wide range of critical technologies and resources to support the next generation of quality-of-life and life-saving products.

WESTEC attracts between 12,000 and 15,000 industry professionals and provides attendees networking opportunities, complimentary education sessions, keynotes, and interactive manufacturing technology exhibits. The event features representatives from growing industries, like aerospace, medical, energy, and transportation, as well as large Fortune 500 OEMs and smaller companies that provide the engineering, design, and manufactured components supporting the industry.

The event will take place September 15-17 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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An SME-designed Additive Manufacturing Contest was a key component of the 51st annual Skills USA National Leadership and Skills Conference, held this summer in Louisville, Kentucky. 6,000 students from across the nation who had already won state-level contests competed and gained enhanced trade, technical and leadership skills during the SkillsUSA Conference.

Providing students with insights into additive manufacturing and hands-on experience using today’s latest 3D printing technology and software, the competition marked the first time an additive manufacturing experience was included in the national event.

SME created the additive manufacturing contest to attract students to the new, exciting, emerging technologies and tools involved. These technologies are already very relevant to industry and companies are looking for a workforce with additive manufacturing/3D printing experience and ability.

In the national competition, student teams were first asked to use three-dimensional CAD software to design a car model meeting contest specifications, including 3D print time, size and material usage. Car models were then printed in ABS material on a Stratasys 3D printer.

Teams were tested on their knowledge of 3D printing with a written exam and participated in a one-hour Quick Challenge: designing an iPhone case for a celebrity client.

Additive manufacturing/3D printing has become a critical component for STEM-related programs and curricula in the education system.

Pam Hurt, workforce development industry manager at SME, suggests educators use 3D printing as a tool to help students visualize their ideas. “It gives the student the ability to design a part, see the printed part, and if they aren’t happy with their results, make the necessary improvements and try again,” she said.

The demand for additive manufacturing engineers and technicians has increased well beyond the supply of qualified entry-level applicants. “SME is working with industry and educators to make sure we’re all working toward the same end-goal: an educated and motivated student,” said Hurt.

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WESTEC, the premier West Coast manufacturing event, recently announced its programming for the 2015 event, which includes a keynote on the power of manufacturing in Hollywood. Jason Lopes of Legacy Effects will discuss how manufacturing – specifically additive manufacturing/3D printing – is changing the face of special effects in the film industry.

Lopes is a lead systems engineer at Legacy Effects, home to some of Hollywood’s most talented effects professionals and makeup artists. For his keynote, Lopes will talk about “3D Printing for Hollywood” and how it is impacting some of the industry’s biggest effects for movies like Avengers Age of Ultron, Jurassic World, Terminator Genesys, Iron Man 3, Hunger Games, Pacific Rim, Twilight: Breaking Dawn,and others.

“From its inception, the film industry has made innovation a priority, using new technologies and advancements to produce higher-quality results,” said Lopes. “My talk will highlight how the intersection of manufacturing and entertainment has impacted modern-day effects’ teams and helped them do their job better and more efficiently.”

The Hollywood keynote is just one of many education sessions and networking opportunities exclusive to attendees at WESTEC 2015, which is held every two years. All of these activities will take place over the course of the three-day event, to be held September 15-17 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Additional event content will focus issues and advancements in manufacturing as a whole, as well as key sectors of the industry, including aerospace, medical, and the military.

WESTEC attracts between 12,000 and 15,000 industry representatives and provides attendees networking opportunities, complimentary education sessions, keynotes, and interactive manufacturing technology exhibits. The event features representatives from growing industries, like aerospace, medical, energy, and transportation, as well as large Fortune 500 OEMs and smaller companies that provide the engineering, design, and manufactured components fueling the industry.

“As manufacturing continues to grow and evolve, WESTEC is committed to offering our attendees information about innovations happening within all aspects of the industry,” said Janine Saperson, event manager at SME. “We see WESTEC as a platform for providing diverse content and insight to the people that will be driving the industry in the future.”

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All eyes in manufacturing will be on Detroit June 2-4 as SME’s THE BIG M Manufacturing Convergence brings together industry executives, managers, engineers, product designers and students to Cobo Center to discover and shape what’s next. As more than half of manufacturing leaders are planning to invest in advanced manufacturing technologies in the next two years1, THE BIG M will provide them the opportunity to share best practices and experience the technologies that are transforming the industry, as well as highlight real-world examples for students to experience the myriad careers available in manufacturing.

“There are few platforms in the world that bring together the depth and breadth of manufacturing brands, decision makers, industry sectors and technologies as THE BIG M,” said Christine Longroy, event manager for SME’s THE BIG M. “Our attendees have a combined purchasing power of $5 billion, as well as a need to advance their future manufacturing strategies. THE BIG M provides a forum to bring all of the stakeholders together to shed light on topics that impact their businesses, increase U.S. competitiveness and ensure the success of the industry moving forward now and for the next-generation workforce.”

THE BIG M will feature a variety of new and popular workshops, keynotes, exhibits and other interactive activities, including:

  • Build Workshop — Led by Joe Justice, creator of eXtreme Manufacturing, and sponsored by Kelly Engineering Resources, participants will team up to assemble a running car in one day over the course of four, 60-minute “sprints.” The exercise will take place June 2 and will introduce participants to Scrum, a manufacturing method designed to add energy, focus, clarity and transparency to project planning and implementation.
  • Conference Keynotes — Talks from Autodesk, ExxonMobil, Google, The Institute for Applied Creativity and Vocademy: The Makerspace will offer insights into how these leaders are advancing the industry through innovation, investment in talent and the application of high-tech manufacturing design and production solutions.
  • Exhibits — Interactive product displays, demonstrations and technologies from across the manufacturing enterprise provide opportunities to connect with with more than 175 exhibitors — including AAM, Capture 3D, GE, SpaceClaim and the University of Michigan — on the show floor.
  • Factories — Find automation tools and resources in the on-site Siemens Digital Factory and learn how connecting equipment, factories, workers and products will increase capacity and efficiencies while reducing costs.The Autodesk® MSV Innovation Factory showcases how to use modeling, simulation and visualization (MSV) to reduce engineering time, increase productivity and innovate the way things are made.
  • Exchange — Engage with industry experts and displayed parts in THE BIG M’s on-site resource centers for additive manufacturing/3D printing and advanced materials and lightweighting. Attend special presentations on manufacturing in “the cloud,” energy management and the impact 3D printing has on manufacturing processes.
  • Big Idea Boulevard — Located on the exhibit floor, stop by and be a part of The Next Big Thing conversation. Technology fosters innovation and sharing ideas drives strategic growth.
  • Student Summit — Students and educators will also be able to explore new technologies on the exhibit floor, meet industry experts, network with potential employers and participate in hands-on activities such as a wind-turbine design challenge featuring 3D-printed materials and daily workshops where they can build an underwater remote-operated vehicle (ROV).

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WESTEC, produced by SME, returns to Los Angeles to showcase the leading companies, new technologies and issues that will impact the industry now and in the future. The event, which will take place September 15-17 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, provides companies and individuals with the chance to connect with industry leaders, address challenges, explore solutions and develop business opportunities.

California is recognized as the nation’s top manufacturing sector, with nearly 39,000 manufacturing businesses and 1.2 million workers. The industry is responsible for the equivalent of nearly 25 percent of California’s overall economic output, according to a 2012 Census Bureau Report. This would rank its economy as the globe’s seventh largest if the state were a nation. This is in the midst of regional challenges that include stringent environmental and workplace regulations, utility rates, tax structure and other issues.

“We know the power and impact manufacturing has on the regional economy, as well as its overall vitality,” said Janine Saperson, WESTEC event manager at SME. “WESTEC exhibitors and attendees are guiding our industry’s evolution so we can prepare for the future, address the needs of the region, and ensure Southern California remains an industry leader on a national and global scale.”

WESTEC has built a reputation as the West Coast’s leading technological showcase for the manufacturing industry for nearly 50 years. The event provides attendees with networking opportunities, complimentary education sessions, keynotes and interactive exhibits. Many of the industry’s top equipment manufacturers will unveil new products and technological breakthroughs at WESTEC including software, cutting tools, 3D printers, and multitasking machines.

The event attracts between 12,000 and 15,000 industry representatives to the South Hall of the LA Convention Center. Many attendees are interested in how the sector and related technology are changing and what they can do to improve their company’s competitiveness in the industry.

“As we see the impacts the West Coast has on manufacturing and the economy, it’s vital that we continue to work together as an industry to find innovations and solutions for growing the sector,” said Jeff Krause, executive director and CEO of SME. “We know the leading companies and stakeholders in California hold the key to increasing opportunities in the region, creating new jobs and attracting manufacturing in a way that ensures we remain a leader for the rest of the country.”

According to the Economic Policy Institute, the manufacturing sector has a large footprint in the U.S. economy. In 2013, it employed 12 million workers, which is equivalent to 8.8 percent of total U.S. employment. A focus of WESTEC is on driving the development and discussion of innovation and technology that will continue to support and grow the industry.

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With a growing number of manufacturers increasing local production or returning to Canada to take advantage of homegrown manufacturing efficiencies, the ‘Made in Canada’ trend is on the rise. That’s the message of organizers of the country’s largest manufacturing event, the Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show (CMTS), in announcing that exhibit space for the Fall event is already 85 per cent sold, a further positive sign for the industry. Expected to draw 10,000 professionals, CMTS is poised to unveil Canada’s largest display of industry equipment and technology – including efficiencies such as lean manufacturing and automation – that are geared towards helping Canadian manufacturers maintain a competitive advantage and prepare for growth.

Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show (CMTS) 2015
September 28 – October 1, 2015
The International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga

Canada’s largest and most respected manufacturing event, presenting the largest display of manufacturing equipment and technology to about 10,000 manufacturing professionals from across the country and around the world. With a theme of “Manufacture the Future,” CMTS 2015 will include the latest advancements in machine tool, tooling, metal forming and fabricating, automation, 3D printing/additive manufacturing, design engineering and plant management segments.

CMTS 2015 features a hands-on learning environment through a combination of New Technology Zones, RAPID Canada’s 3D Printing Pavilion, live technology demonstrations, top speakers, interactive panel discussions and conference sessions, multiple networking hubs and access to more than three million pounds of manufacturing equipment, more than 700 suppliers and revolutionary technologies.

Manufacturing representatives from all areas of the industry will be in attendance, including automotive, aerospace, medical, energy, government, agriculture, food processing, construction, electronics, computers, commercial, industrial, oil and gas, and more.

The event is presented by SME, a nonprofit organization that has served practitioners, companies, educators, government and communities across the manufacturing spectrum for more than 80 years. Through its strategic areas of events, media, membership, training and development, and the SME Education Foundation, SME is dedicated to advancing manufacturing by addressing both knowledge and skill needs for the industry.

Strategic event partners include Canadian Machine Tools Distributors’ Association, Canadian Tooling and Machining Association, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, Automotive Parts Manufacturer’s Association (APMA), Scott’s Directories and Annex Publishing and Printing.

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Wednesday, 22 April 2015 13:42

SME’s RAPID 2015

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SME’s 2015 RAPID Conference & Exposition, the largest in the event’s history, will be held next month in Long Beach, California. RAPID, which is celebrating its 25-year anniversary, is known worldwide as the preeminent event for 3D printing, scanning and additive manufacturing. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with more than 195 exhibitors and explore the future of the industry through interactive experiences and keynotes from industry leaders.

“RAPID 2015 gives established businesses and startups alike the opportunity to collaborate and further the growth of 3D printing and additive manufacturing technology,” said Debbie Holton, director of events and industry strategy at SME. “Manufacturers attend RAPID because they know they’ll find the latest innovative solutions they need to compete successfully. Those that don’t attend will miss out on witnessing the newest 3D technologies and finding their next competitive advantage.”

The RAPID show floor is designed to optimize interaction among exhibitors and attendees. RAPID 2015 will feature several new interactive experiences showcasing the latest advancements in the industry. Highlights include:

  • Hovercraft Races – Attendees will have a chance to race 3D-printed hovercrafts and win a remote-controlled hovercraft of their own.
  • Innovation Auditions – Qualified innovators will have five minutes to capture the attention of a panel of investors and industry experts and share why their idea could make a difference. The panel will provide feedback after the auditions and select one outstanding innovation that will be announced at the Wednesday keynote presentation.

In addition, popular show floor features from RAPID 2014 will return in 2015, including:

  • 3D Playground – An opportunity to witness 3D technologies in a hands-on lab designed by SME and industry partners. Attendees will see state-of-the-art bioprinting capabilities, learn about software solutions to simplify design challenges, engage with 3D printing-enabled STEM educational tools and much more.
  • Contemporary Art Gallery – See creative approaches to art creation and production via a showcase of artwork made possible with additive manufacturing, 3D printing, 3D imaging and digital sculpture technologies.

“In its 25th year, RAPID has been at the forefront of the manufacturing industry from the start. As the industry continues to grow and change, the RAPID event continues to showcase the business advantages of additive manufacturing,” said Holton.

RAPID 2015’s show floor provides attendees with the one place in the world where all of the industry’s experts and enthusiasts connect under one roof. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with 3D manufacturing leaders like Materialise, Stratasys and 3D Systems, as well as innovative newcomers to the industry.

The 2015 RAPID Conference & Exposition is being held at the Long Beach Convention Center. The exhibition floor opens on Tuesday, May 19, and closes on Thursday, May 21. Conference and exposition registration, exhibitor registration, and media registration are now open.

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SME announced Brian Glowiak as the new director for the SME Education Foundation. Glowiak will be responsible for overall day-to-day leadership and strategic direction of the Foundation.  The SME Education Foundation prepares and supports the next generation of manufacturing professionals through scholarships, grants and student programs, including the Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education.

“Brian brings a wealth of nonprofit and charitable giving experience to SME and the SME Education Foundation,” said Jeffrey Krause, SME chief executive officer. “His extensive experience working within a foundation and his connections to the nonprofit industry position him to be an asset to SME and our efforts to support today and tomorrow’s manufacturing workforce.”

Glowiak joins SME from the FCA Foundation (formerly The Chrysler Foundation), where he served as vice president, as well as the director of Civic Relations and Community Engagement for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. He has a bachelor’s degree in management from Oakland University and a Juris Doctor from the Detroit College of Law.

“This is a great opportunity and I am excited to join the SME Education Foundation and to help lead its innovative efforts to develop a skilled future workforce,” said Glowiak. “Manufacturing is essential to the global economy and the SME Education Foundation plays an integral role in ensuring there is a pipeline of skilled and passionate workers."

The SME Education Foundation is committed to inspiring, preparing and supporting the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technologists in the advancement of manufacturing education. Created by SME in 1979, the SME Education Foundation has provided more than $33 million since 1980 in grants, scholarships and awards through its partnerships with corporations, organizations, foundations and individual donors.

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With manufacturing a driving force of economic growth in the Northeast, as well as the United States, more than 12,000 business owners, engineers, designers, production managers and purchasing executives will gather May 12-14, 2015 at EASTEC, the East Coast’s premier manufacturing event.  Produced by SME, the biennial event takes place at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Mass. and features more than 650 exhibitors and three days of complimentary educational sessions.

In its 34th year, the event showcases the latest manufacturing technologies from additive manufacturing/3D printing to waterjet cutting, and provides access to industry experts sharing insights on how to foster innovation, increase productivity and improve profits. This year, attendees will also get to see over 300 new products being highlighted at the show.

“Since 1790 when the first cotton mill was founded in Rhode Island, New England has been a leader in our country’s quest to capitalize on American innovation and passion for making things,” said Kimberly Farrugia, senior event manager for SME.  “EASTEC is committed to keeping New England manufacturers competitive by bringing the human ingenuity needed and manufacturing brilliance demanded together in a face-to-face environment.”

U.S. manufacturing growth is holding near the strongest pace in three years, according to the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) Foundation Business Outlook, which found that manufacturing growth is expected to outpace the growth of the overall economy for at least the next three years.

Manufacturing is a critical contributor to the economy in the Northeast, and momentum is gathering in the region. For instance, manufacturing accounts for more than 565,200 jobs in Pennsylvania, and 164,200 jobs in Connecticut, just over 10 percent of that state’s nonfarm total employment.  Furthermore, with more than 7,000 manufacturers with nearly 250,000 employees, Massachusetts is also committed to advanced manufacturing through various partnerships to create jobs, promote innovation and grow throughout the state.

At EASTEC, attendees will have the opportunity to connect with resources, research and purchase the latest technologies and discover ways to improve productivity and increase profits. Meanwhile, the complimentary educational sessions will address trending topics such as automation innovations and Lean creativity, along with other major advancements in manufacturing.

New features in 2015 will include keynote presentations from Carl Palme, Applications Product Manager, Rethink Robotics, and Jason Prater, Vice President of Development, Plex Systems, that will help with problem solving complex issues that U.S. manufacturers face today. EASTEC also will highlight the Bright Minds Program, designed to educate the next generation workforce on the advancements in manufacturing that make it an exciting and rewarding career path. Winners of the Bright Minds Dream It! Do It! Student Challenge will be recognized at a special event during EASTEC.

EASTEC is recommended for professionals in industries such as aerospace, defense, medical, automotive, commercial machinery, electronics, fabricating and plastics. The event is nearly sold out and therefore SME encourages companies to reserve exhibit space before it’s too late.

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Aerospace and defense manufacturers are facing new challenges at a time when demand for aircraft is surging. These include stricter requirements in aerospace manufacturing performance, reduced weight of the aircraft, fuel consumption, environmental impact and other factors that are creating a need for innovation at all levels of the extended manufacturing enterprise.

AeroDef Manufacturing Conference + Exposition, April 20-23 (exhibits April 21-22) at the Hilton Anatole, Dallas, convenes the industry to discuss solutions for issues encountered throughout an aircraft’s manufacturing lifecycle. The conference offers 20 technical sessions and 69 presentations from engineers, product designers and managers at industry-leading companies such as ATK Aerospace Structures, Bell Helicopter, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Dassault Systemes, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Sandvik Coromant and the Advanced Composites Group.

“AeroDef is the place for collaboration, where you can come to find integration solutions from the smartest people in the profession,” said Conference Advisor Todd Szallay, who is manager, manufacturing technology, at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. “Not only does AeroDef offer practical advice on manufacturing technologies, it also opens your eyes to what is possible in aerospace manufacturing.”

The conference tracks are Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing; Composites & Advanced Materials; Contract Manufacturing Services; Cybersecurity; Integrated Assembly & Robotics; Precision Machining & Tooling; and Quality, Measurement & Inspection.

In addition to the technical conference, AeroDef 2015 features keynote speakers and panel discussions on the most promising technologies, including flexible manufacturing; an exposition floor arranged by seven technology zones; additive manufacturing/advanced materials resource center; and tours of regional aerospace manufacturers.

Registration for the exposition – which includes access to the exhibit floor, keynote speakers and panels, – is free of charge if you register in advance. Visit the conference section of the website for information on conference tracks and pricing.

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Friday, 20 February 2015 14:48

SME Announces Return of THE BIG M to Detroit

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SME is pleased to announce the return of its successful manufacturing event, THE BIG M. This annual conference and expo returns to Detroit, June 2-4, 2015, at Cobo Center. The lineup of features and conference sessions will continue to focus on the emerging technologies, processes and advanced solutions that are shaping the future of manufacturing.

THE BIG M is an opportunity for manufacturers from across the country and the Great Lakes region to network and experience the technologies that are transforming manufacturing, all under one roof.

“THE BIG M is a premier forum to showcase how manufacturing is being reinvented,” said Christine Longroy, event manager of THE BIG M. “Here, manufacturers will demonstrate and review the latest advances in technology and find the solutions that will enable them to manufacture for the future.”

M | Build Workshop

Joe Justice, creator of eXtreme Manufacturing, will host a special feature of THE BIG M: the M | Build Workshop. Over the course of four, 60-minute “sprints,” participants will self-organize into cross-functional teams and assemble a car within one day. The exercise will introduce participants to Scrum, a manufacturing method designed to add energy, focus, clarity and transparency to project planning and implementation.

"You'll learn about and gets hands-on with the benchmarked, fastest tools and processes for new product development and manufacturing,” said Justice. “Attend THE BIG M agile car build and blow away your market with un-impeded new product development and manufacturing, in small and large volumes."

There are four sprints as part of the car build including, Chassis Time, Wheels Up, Full Steer Ahead and Hot Rod – the final sprint that pulls the car completely together.

“Not only will participants of the workshop help build a car on-site, but they will gain the experience of being part of a high-performing agile team,” said Longroy. “This build is just one of many interactive programs at THE BIG M that will allow attendees to experience innovation and the latest technology hands-on, in real time.”

THE BIG M, By the Numbers

In 2014, THE BIG M convened 14 co-located events and had 6,269 total attendees at Cobo Center. More than 2,500 participated in THE BIG M to explore leading emerging manufacturing technologies — including advanced materials, rapid/additive manufacturing, automated manufacturing, research and development, and tooling — as well as Detroit’s role in manufacturing’s renaissance throughout the country.

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The next decade is expected to bring a potential shortfall of machinists, welders, industrial-machinery mechanics and industrial engineers; and SME’s HOUSTEX 2015 is taking action to tackle worker shortages. HOUSTEX, which takes place from Feb. 24 to 26 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, will host a Student Summit for Houston-area high schools on the event’s final day, Feb. 26, to highlight manufacturing career opportunities and showcase the high-tech workforce needs.

Presented by the SME Education Foundation, in partnership with members from SME’s Houston Chapter 29, the Student Summit will provide students access to new innovations in manufacturing technology and the opportunity to engage with industry experts. The Summit will highlight the transformation manufacturing is going through and show students the exciting and challenging jobs available today.

“The Student Summit is an excellent platform for the next-generation workforce to meet the region’s many manufacturing companies that are actively looking to engage the students of today to prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow,” said Pam Hurt, senior manager, SME Education Foundation. “There are so many career opportunities in manufacturing right now, with a vital need to fill hundreds of thousands of jobs in the coming years. These students will be able to network with industry experts who can help them take their STEM education and put it into practice with rewarding careers in manufacturing.”

Manufacturing is especially important for the region. According to the Greater Houston Partnership, Houston has been ranked number one nationally for eight consecutive years in industrial employment and manufacturing currently employs more than a quarter million people in the region.

Students will also have the opportunity to tour the show floor to see, listen and touch all that HOUSTEX has to offer. Students and HOUSTEX attendees will be surrounded by 105,000 square-feet of new technologies, major manufacturers and more than 90 new product introductions.

The Student Summit will conclude with students competing in a virtual wind turbine challenge. They will be able to pick their wind turbine’s blade length, height, angle and number of blades, watch as it is 3D printed and test its revolutions per minute (RPM). The winning students will receive a wind turbine test stand for their school valued at over $600.

Houston area high schools and local manufacturers that would like to learn more about this educational opportunity or get involved in the HOUSTEX 2015 Student Summit can contact SME’s Moria Menke.

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The 2015 RAPID Conference & Exposition, produced by SME, will showcase three keynote presentations focused on emerging 3D printing and scanning technologies within the aerospace, medical and overall additive manufacturing industries. Aaron Kemmer, chief executive officer and co-founder of Made In Space, will kick things off on Tuesday, May 19 as he addresses the latest in aerospace manufacturing and how his company is evolving in-space travel with its Zero-G 3D Printer, which recently became the first 3D printer deployed on the International Space Station.

“By creating additive manufacturing tools and technologies for in-space use, the aerospace industry can expand on learning new ways to accelerate space development,” said Kemmer. “At RAPID 2015, I’m excited to present how we’ve advanced our initial vision for the aerospace industry, what we hope to achieve in the coming years and generally connect with likeminded individuals who are all working toward the same goals.”

Joining Kemmer as keynote presenters are William Warren, PhD, who helped initiate the field of bioprinting as a program manager at DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), and industry influencer Terry Wohlers, principal consultant and president, Wohlers Associates Inc.

“The current state of additive manufacturing, and the potential for future applications, continues to gain interest and momentum from the general public and across many industrial sectors,” said Wohlers. “RAPID is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015, which provides all of us with an opportunity to step back and reflect on where our industry has been and what advances we should expect in the coming years.”

In addition to the keynote presentations, registration is now open for SME’s 2015 RAPID Conference & Exposition. Register for the conference by January 31st, and receive last year’s conference pricing for a savings of more than 10 percent. Keynote presentations are complimentary for all conference and exposition attendees.

SME’s 2015 RAPID Conference & Exposition will be held at Long Beach Convention Center, in Long Beach, California. The conference kicks off with workshops and presentations on Monday, May 18 and ends on Thursday, May 21. The Space Tech Expo & Conference will also be held at the  Long Beach Convention Center on May 19-21, 2015.

For 25 years, the RAPID Conference & Exposition, produced by SME, has defined the crucial role of additive manufacturing and empowered the establishment of an industry that continues to conceive, test, improve and manufacture new products at a faster, more cost-efficient pace. As the leader and authority figure in additive manufacturing, RAPID attracts buyers, sellers and end-users of design, prototyping, tooling and direct digital technologies to a world-class event for discovery, innovation and networking.

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The SME Education Foundation is accepting scholarship applications for the 2015-16 academic year. The wide variety of scholarships offered provide financial support to students pursuing careers in manufacturing, manufacturing technology or closely related fields of study. The deadline to submit an application is Febuary 1, 2015.

“For more than 30 years the SME Education Foundation has worked with partners and organizations to develop and fund its various scholarship programs that have had a strong impact on thousands of students and manufacturing professionals,” said Brian Ruestow, president of the SME Education Foundation. “The scholarships provide dedicated and deserving students with the extra funding needed to complete their studies and successfully transition from academia into the workforce.”

The SME Education Foundation Family Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors or undergraduate students related to SME members. To be eligible for this scholarship, the family member applying must pursue a degree in manufacturing engineering, manufacturing engineering technology or a closely related engineering field of study at an accredited college or university in the U.S. or Canada. This endowed scholarship can award up to $70,000 to the winning student.

The SME Education Foundation also offers more than 50 scholarships for graduating high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing careers in engineering, manufacturing or a closely related field of study.

Students applying for these scholarships can learn about previous winners who have shared their personal success stories. Interested students can apply for the scholarships online.

The SME Education Foundation is committed to inspiring, preparing and supporting the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technologists in the advancement of manufacturing education. Created by SME in 1979, the SME Education Foundation has provided more than $33 million since 1980 in grants, scholarships and awards through its partnerships with corporations, organizations, foundations and individual donors.

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SME is proud to bring HOUSTEX, a manufacturing tradeshow, to the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston on Febuary 24-26, 2015. Texas has become one of the nation’s top manufacturing hubs, and HOUSTEX 2015 is expected to be one of the largest Southwest events for showcasing the latest technologies for use in the oil and gas, motorized vehicles, and aerospace and defense industries.

“With more than 200 exhibiting companies on the show floor this year, attendees will have a great opportunity to evaluate, network and create new cost saving connections,” said Cathy Kowalewicz, HOUSTEX event manager at SME. “This year’s HOUSTEX show will be the largest in its history, and is an optimal way to see, touch and experience the latest products and technological innovations in advanced manufacturing today.”

HOUSTEX 2015 will host a special presentation on the global economy’s energy outlook for the manufacturing sector, tactical and strategic additive manufacturing presentations, specially featured technologies and more than 90 new product introductions.

The event will feature the Outlook for Energy special presentation given by Lynne D. Taschner, energy advisor for ExxonMobil’s Corporate Strategic Planning Research laboratory. This presentation will focus on the critical role that energy plays for economic growth and development in today’s global economy. Energy demand is expected to grow by 35 percent from 2010 to 2040 globally, even with a diversification of energy sources. In her presentation, Taschner will focus on changes in global demand and how that demand will be met with various energy sources, such as natural gas, which has been predicted to be the fastest growing source of energy in the future.

The Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing presentations will be will be given by renowned additive manufacturing expert, Todd Grimm, president of T.A. Grimm & Associates. This three-day series will spotlight morning sessions with a focus on tactical information with a specific look at how additive manufacturing is being used in the oil and gas industry. The afternoon sessions, held on Tuesday and Wednesday, will focus on strategic information aimed at helping manufacturers and attendees map out their technological needs and services to optimize their manufacturing capabilities.

This year’s HOUSTEX event will include a variety of featured technologies and new product introductions. A full list of these technologies and new product introductions can be found on the HOUSTEX website.

HOUSTEX, produced by SME, is dedicated to displaying the customized technologies and processes that help manufacturers become more efficient and innovative. Featuring hundreds of exhibitors, the show floor will feature the latest products and services designed to help manufacturers meet the demand for better quality, tighter tolerances and lower cost in several key industries. The Heart of Manufacturing is this year’s theme, showcasing the importance of Texas as one of the largest manufacturing markets in the country and a key contributor to the critical oil and gas industry.

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SME, an organization dedicated to supporting and educating the manufacturing industry through workforce development, training, events, media and membership, is pleased to announce its new executive director and chief executive officer, Jeffrey M. Krause. The SME Board of Directors named Krause to the position, which is effective December 15, 2014.

“We are thrilled to announce that Jeff will be joining SME to lead the business and drive the organization’s mission to inspire, prepare and support our stakeholders in the advancement of manufacturing,” said SME’s Interim CEO and 2015 President Wayne F. Frost. “Krause’s strong background positions him to support SME in its goals of advancing manufacturing and attracting future generations.”

Krause joins SME from Intraco, where he has served as vice president of operations since 2010. In this role, Krause was responsible for enhancing business processes for sustainable and profitable growth. Prior to that, he held various manufacturing, sales and strategy roles at Delphi and General Motors, including a role as the GM Foundation vice chairman.

“I am privileged to have this opportunity to lead SME at a time when manufacturing is strong, innovative and driving the global economy,” said Krause. “SME has supported the manufacturing industry, including companies, students and professionals, for more than 80 years. To join this organization at a time when manufacturing is vital and growing is truly an honor.”

In his new role, Krause will be responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organization, while also leading day-to-day operations and working closely with customers and stakeholders. He will have general management of all aspects of SME, with oversight of its strategic business units, Tooling U-SME, Advanced Manufacturing Media, the SME Education Foundation, SME’s Events and Membership. Combined, these business units support both the current and future generations of the manufacturing workforce, while providing key resources, training and networking opportunities.

Krause holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial administration from Kettering University and a master’s degree in business administration from the Harvard Business School.

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SME’s annual Design for Direct Digital Manufacturing Competition is calling for high school and college student designers to submit custom designs featuring additive manufacturing.

The competition is sponsored by the Direct Digital Manufacturing Tech Group, which is part of SME's Rapid Technologies & Additive Manufacturing Community. The community and its associated tech groups focus on the technologies and processes that help conceive, test, improve and manufacture new products to bring them to market faster and more cost-effectively.

“This annual competition provides an exciting venue for students to showcase their creativity and the unique benefits of additive manufacturing for real-world applications,” said Peter Ried, secretary of SME’s Direct Digital Manufacturing Tech Group. “As a result, attendees will get a glimpse at how additive is sparking the imagination of the next-generation workforce and helping advance the technology for all.”

Aligning with this year’s theme, Structures Rule, the competition’s focus is on structurally optimized objects or devices made from additive manufacturing. Structural optimization is the process of maximizing efficiency, while reducing design cost and time in additive manufacturing. Winners from each academic level, and from each category, will be formally recognized at SME’s 25th annual RAPID Conference & Exposition in Long Beach, California, from May 18-21, 2015.

The competition will consist of the following three categories:

  • A mobility device for air and space or for land and sea
  • A healthcare device
  • An architectural mockup

A first-prize winner will be selected from one university and from one high school student’s submission. These winners will receive a complimentary conference pass to RAPID 2015, a $300 stipend for RAPID, a one-year SME student membership and other SME-branded awards.

All submissions must be received by April 20, 2015.

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Michael Maher of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will deliver a keynote speech on the potential of flexible manufacturing for aerospace at the 2015 AeroDef Manufacturing Conference + Exposition.

The concept of flexible manufacturing is gaining interest among aerospace manufacturers who are seeking ways to maximize capacity when demand is low, as it is now in the defense sector, and drive down production costs when demand is high, as it is now in the commercial sector.

DARPA, the research arm of the Department of Defense, is credited for development of many technology breakthroughs, including the Internet and global positioning satellite (GPS) technology. Maher is in the Defense Sciences Office where he is exploring lightweight, multifunctional material systems. Maher’s presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with industry experts on the topic.

AeroDef is developed in partnership with the largest original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), including Bell Helicopter, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and SME, an organization dedicated to supporting manufacturing through training, events, media and membership.

Registration is now open for AeroDef 2015, which will be held April 20-23 at the Hilton Anatole, Dallas, with exhibits open April 21-22. The new location was selected for its proximity to the thousands of aerospace and defense companies throughout the Southwest. Given the surge in demand for aircraft, AeroDef is increasingly important for those making capital investments for their enterprise.

“Anyone with an interest in aerospace will have something to gain from attending AeroDef, whether they’re looking for new knowledge and technologies to increase production and delivery times, or to meet the people who influence the industry’s future,” according to George N. Bullen, president/CEO, Smart Blades Inc.

The OEMs support AeroDef as a way to collaborate with suppliers across the extended manufacturing enterprise and to find integrated solutions necessary for long-term competitiveness. The exhibits, speakers, panel discussions and technical conference will focus on issues and technologies critical to the industry, including the digital tapestry in manufacturing, additive manufacturing and the use of advanced materials in aircraft.

The exposition floor is arranged by technology zones:

  • Composites, metals and advanced materials.
  • Contract manufacturing services.
  • Precision machining and tooling.
  • Finishing and coatings.
  • Quality, measurement and inspection.
  • Integrated assembly and robotics.
  • Digital and additive manufacturing/3D printing.

Technical conference tracks are:

  • Composites manufacturing and advanced materials.
  • Additive manufacturing/3D printing.
  • Integrated assembly and robotics.
  • Precision machining and tooling.

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For almost a quarter of a century, the RAPID Conference & Exposition, produced by SME, has defined the crucial role of additive manufacturing and empowered the establishment of an industry that continues to conceive, test, improve and manufacture new products at a faster, more cost-efficient pace. RAPID 2015 will mark the 25th anniversary for the conference and exposition, and it will be held May 18-21, 2015, in Long Beach, California, at the Long Beach Convention Center.

“Within our industry, RAPID has been viewed as the leading conference on all things 3D printing and additive manufacturing for more than two decades,” said Maria Conrado, RAPID event manager. “As our industry continues to gain momentum and exposure from the mainstream media and general public alike, we anticipate RAPID 2015 will continue to grow and bring industry thought leaders and newcomers together to better this manufacturing technology.”

Last year, RAPID 2014 was the largest event in RAPID’s history, with more than 150 exhibiting companies, over 100 conference presentations and 3,400 attendees present. Additionally, 53 percent of RAPID 2014 attendees had little or no experience with additive manufacturing technologies prior to their attendance, a clear sign of the industry’s growth and potential.

Nowhere else in North America is there an opportunity to see all major manufacturers, all leading technologies and have the opportunity to evaluate and compare them side by side. Major brands and startup companies utilize RAPID as a launching ground for the newest innovations and industry-changing technologies in additive manufacturing, as well as an opportunity to secure face-to-face time with a multitude of experts within the community. Seventeen industries will be represented at RAPID 2015, promoting cross-industry collaboration between aerospace, medical, consumer goods, automotive and more.

With public interest in 3D printing technologies at an all-time high, there’s no better time to share innovative research, case studies or applications with an audience focused on additive manufacturing. RAPID 2015 is currently accepting conference abstracts and research posters for consideration, with a submission deadline of Nov. 15, 2014. Submissions for current and still-to-be-created art for RAPID 2015’s gallery and puzzle designs will also be accepted through Dec. 1, 2014.

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SME, an organization dedicated to advancing manufacturing, is seeking industry professionals with subject-matter expertise to speak at 2015 AeroDef Manufacturing with Composites Manufacturing, a groundbreaking event and manufacturing conference solely devoted to commercial and defense aerospace manufacturing. The event will be held April 20-23 at the Hilton Anatole, Dallas, with exhibits open April 21-22.

The leading aerospace original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), including The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon, have supported AeroDef since 2011 as a way to collaborate with suppliers across the extended manufacturing enterprise and to find integrated solutions necessary for long-term competitiveness. Given the surge in aircraft demand from U.S. and overseas customers, as well as high requirements from defense customers, high-level attendees will come to AeroDef seeking information, technologies and applications that can shorten manufacturing production and delivery cycles.

Composites Manufacturing joins AeroDef in 2015 due to the overwhelming industry demand for materials of lighter weights, increased strengths, and greater heat and corrosion resistance.

Presentations should address educational tracks listed below that correspond to the technologies represented on the show floor.

  • Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing: Computer-integrated technologies that design, manufacture, test and simulate together with rapid and additive technologies.
  • Composites Manufacturing & Advanced Materials: High-performance materials and the manufacturing processes that make them possible for commercial and military aircraft.
  • Integrated Assembly & Robotics: Advanced techniques for manufacturing and assembly that enable commercial aerospace and defense suppliers to meet stringent cost targets, quality requirements and time constraints for increased production.
  • Precision Machining & Tooling: Manufacturing of high-tolerance parts using advanced materials that feature complex surfaces, thin walls and challenging part geometries.
  • Contract Manufacturing Services: The full spectrum of services for supplier partnering.
  • Finishing & Coatings: Extreme Environments &  Survivability: Aerospace and defense coatings technology that can increase stealth endurance, quality and performance in a high-stress environment.
  • Quality, Measurement & Inspection: Advanced inspections, quality control, validation methods and equipment for mission-critical operations.

The deadline for submitting the presentation abstracts is Oct. 13, 2014. Members of the AeroDef Conference Committee will review all submissions. They include senior manufacturing executives at Aerojet Rocketdyne, Lockheed Martin, The Boeing Co., Northrop Grumman, GE Aviation and ATK Aerospace, among others.

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SME, an organization that supports the manufacturing industry with resources, training and content, announced changes within its media group, intended to expand its services and provide much-needed content and news to its audiences.

Previously known as Manufacturing Engineering Media, SME’s media group has been renamed Advanced Manufacturing Media; this was done to reflect its growing portfolio of media products to serve the high-tech manufacturing community for the aerospace and defense, motorized vehicles, medical and energy industries.

“While the name change is partly a reflection of where manufacturing is headed, it also represents the broad manufacturing content SME has been providing for decades to its audience of manufacturing professionals,” said Advanced Manufacturing Media Editor in Chief Sarah Webster.

In January, SME’s media group will also launch a new e-newsletter, Advanced Manufacturing Now, which consolidates four other SME e-newsletters – Lean, AeroDef, Quality and Energy – into a single digital product. This new e-newsletter, to be delivered at least four times a month, will expand its coverage to include topics such as manufacturing software, advanced materials, automation, lasers and additive manufacturing, also commonly known as 3D printing.

In all, Advanced Manufacturing Media now produces:

  • Manufacturing Engineering magazine: This publication, which reaches a qualified circulation of more than 90,000 professionals, is available in print and for free online and through an iTunes app. The magazine covers a wide spectrum of topics, from metalworking to 3D printing.
  • Annual Industry Yearbooks: These address aerospace and defense, motorized vehicles, energy and medical industries.
  • Technical Papers: More than 18,000 individual papers of manufacturing knowledge.
  • Custom Publications: Advanced Manufacturing Media’s technical editors and writers help sponsors develop and manage their content for an array of final products, such as e-Notifiers, videos and special publications.
  • Webinars: Solutions-oriented webcasts hosted by the editors of Manufacturing Engineering magazine help educate manufacturing professionals on critical and emerging manufacturing topics.
  • Website: The dynamic and fast-growing website is dedicated to leadership in advanced manufacturing content, with news, features, videos, blogs and more.

The changes to SME media come as Manufacturing Engineering magazine prepares to celebrate its 40th anniversary under its current name in 2015. The magazine’s history dates back to 1935, when SME first published it as Tool Engineer. In the 1960s, the magazine was called Tool and Manufacturing Engineer. In the 1970s, it became Manufacturing Engineering and Management. Since 1975, the magazine has been known as Manufacturing Engineering.

SME’s Advanced Manufacturing Media is a leading source for news and in-depth technical information about advanced manufacturing in North America. It serves an audience of more than 100,000 manufacturing professionals who subscribe to its monthly magazine, iTunes app, industry yearbooks, e-newsletters and other media products. Coverage is focused on some of the world's most critical industries: aerospace and defense, motorized vehicles, medical and energy, whether that's oil and gas, nuclear, electric, solar or wind.

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SME's Advanced Manufacturing Expo (AMExpo), featuring RAPID Canada Conference & Exposition and Medical Manufacturing Innovations, has already confirmed more than 6,000 square feet in exhibitor space featuring Canadian companies representing many of the major players in the 3D printing/scanning, advanced and medical manufacturing world. With more than seven weeks left until the event kicks off, the high caliber of exhibitors is indicative of the growing popularity in additive manufacturing technologies.

"The factory of the future will be transformational - 3D printers, automation, advanced materials, simulation of machines and processes, even controlling an entire factory from your smart phone," said Debbie Holton, director of events and industry strategy at SME. "The speed of change continues to increase and manufacturers need to see these advanced technologies in person and learn from the experts."

A report by industry consulting firm Wohlers Associates forecasts that by 2017, the sale of 3D printing products and services will approach $6 billion worldwide. Some are calling 3D printing technologies the Third Industrial Revolution and the future of advanced manufacturing technologies.

The two-day conference, produced by SME and co-located with the inaugural RAPID Canada and Medical Manufacturing Innovations (MMI) at the International Centre, will be held September 23 and 24. These co-located events cater to a range of industries including: aerospace, automotive, energy, materials manufacturing, information technology, medical manufacturing, pharmaceutical and biotechnology. A single registration includes access to all three events.

AMExpo's Opening Keynote Speaker Jason Lopes, lead systems engineer for Legacy Effects, will discuss how 3D printing/scanning have enabled the creation of some of Hollywood's most amazing special effects, including work on the movies "Avatar," "Iron Man 3," "The Bourne Legacy," "Pacific Rim" and "The Hunger Games." 3D printing in Hollywood has transformed the special effects department from a post-production component of filmmaking to something that informs the filmmaking process.

Targeted at both industry professionals as well as those looking to enter the 3D printing market, AMExpo's conference sessions offer speakers from COM DEV International, National Research Council, Creaform, the University of Waterloo and Renishaw. The sessions will be delivering high-productivity solutions to enhance manufacturing performance, efficiency and quality.

Manufacturing professionals can discover hot technologies up close for a tangible one-on-one experience with suppliers and contract manufacturers. The entire event will host more than 50 booths showcasing the latest products and services in manufacturing.

The AMExpo show floor will be offering activities, including:

Innovation Tech Zone featuring Technology Spotlights - This will be an interactive resource center that will showcase additive and medical manufacturing technologies and applications. It will be a hands-on demonstration discovery center on the show floor where industry professionals will serve as guides to take you through the process flow. The spotlights will feature specific products that have integrated advanced manufacturing, additive manufacturing or medical manufacturing technology. Participants include:

  • SME's Medical/Additive Resource Center
  • Technology Spotlights - Legacy Effects presents 3D-printed busts from the movies "Avatar" and "Iron Man."
  • Bioprinter presented by the University of Toronto
  • Queen's University Space Team - Lunar Rover project
  • Makerbot Interactive - An education and demonstration on prosumer printing. Printing of popular pop-culture items on the show floor for the audience to take away
  • Personal Illusions - Demonstration of 3D-printed jewelry
  • Ontario Centre of Excellence "Discovery Zone" - Partners in Manufacturing, the OCE will be bringing technologies to demonstrate firsthand how it is benefitting and advancing the manufacturing sector in Ontario

The 2014 Advanced Manufacturing Expo is being held at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. The exhibit floor opens on September 23 at 10:00 a.m. and concludes September 24 at 4:00 p.m. Exhibitor and general attendance registration is now open.

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The SME Education Foundation, which is committed to supporting the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technologists, recently awarded scholarships to 250 students in the U.S. and Canada. These awards included $105,000 for the annual SME Education Foundation Family and Director’s Scholarships and $556,000 in other scholarships.

“We received a record amount of applications this year and are pleased to be able to provide financial support to these students who are pursuing careers in advanced manufacturing,” said Pamela Hurt, senior manager, SME Education Foundation. “Scholarship programs like this are essential to providing ongoing support and resources to these students so they are able to pursue an education and drive the future of manufacturing.”

The SME Education Foundation Family Scholarships are awarded to relatives of SME members; these students are pursuing degrees in manufacturing engineering or closely related fields. The Foundation awarded three students the scholarships this year.

  • Zachary Loeb received a $70,000 four-year scholarship and plans to attend the Florida Institute of Technology to pursue a degree in engineering.

  • Twin brothers Andrew and Jonathan Peuchen both received $10,000, one-year scholarships and plan to attend LeTourneau University to pursue degrees in mechanical engineering.

Additionally, the Foundation awarded three Francis J. Sehn Director’s Scholarships. These were given to students who are full-time undergraduate students enrolled in a manufacturing or related field. This scholarship is supported through personal gifts made by both members of SME and the SME Education Foundation Board of Directors, Foundation Emeriti and SME past presidents. Each Director’s Scholarship is $5,000. The winners of the Francis J. Sehn Director’s Scholarships were:

  • Heather Goka, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

  • Jay Fleishchman, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Evan Ratliff, The Ohio State University

The remaining 244 scholarships ranged from $1,000 to $8,000 and were awarded based on various criteria including; state of residence, SME Chapter participation and involvement in extra-curricular activities. Key scholarship programs include the Joseph P. Novek Outstanding Student Leader Award, the E. Wayne Kay Scholarship and Future Leaders of Manufacturing Scholarship. In total, the SME Education Foundation awarded $661,000 for the 2014/2015 academic year.

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Validating the rising interest in additive manufacturing and 3D printing, the 2014 RAPID Conference & Exposition will have the largest exhibit floor in its 24-year history, and will offer a record number of presentations. The industry’s longest-standing event has added four additional topic areas to the previous nine; 20 new presentations for a total of 95 and new, hands-on demos and activities.

“There has been a huge boom in interest in 3D printing over the course of the last year, especially from a consumer and new business perspective,” said Maria Conrado, event manager at SME, the producers of the event. “At RAPID 2014, we’re going to connect industry experts and early adopters with new, fresh-thinking partners to impact and grow the future of our industry.”

A significant focus at this year’s conference is on the innovation and growth of additive manufacturing as it pertains to the medical and dental industries. The medical and dental speaking track will focus on the growth in use and scope throughout both industries, such as prototyping, bio-modeling/anatomical modeling and direct production of implantable metal implants or scaffolds for tissue engineering.

“3D printing plays a critical role in the medical industry: it is used for surgical planning and is now being used to manufacture medical devices including 3D-printed airway splints that have been implanted to save infants’ lives,” said Dr. Glenn E. Green, associate professor of pediatric otolaryngology at the University of Michigan. “At RAPID 2014, we’re going to further explorer current 3D-printed tools and future possibilities that will allow us to better all of our lives.”

Over the course of two and a half days, 13 topic areas will be available to conference attendees, including the following new sessions:

  • Economic and Business Considerations – Engage in strategies for evaluating what is right for your application.
  • Automated Post Finishing of Parts – Learn how automated post finishing of additive manufacturing parts will lower costs and allow users to further explore into mainstream manufacturing production numbers and applications.
  • Product Design and Machine Design Considerations Using Additive Manufacturing – Hear from the designers that are incorporating new design techniques that are blowing away old “subtraction” thinking.
  • Materials for Additive Manufacturing Applications – Examine case studies and research and development activities that continue to advance the applications of additive manufacturing and 3D printing.

These new sessions join standard RAPID sessions such as 3D Scanning/Imaging, Additive Manufacturing R&D, Applications for Transportation, Casting, Direct Write Printed Materials and Electronics, Equipping the Additive Manufacturing Workforce, Final Part Production and Innovative Applications.

Additionally, the RAPID show floor is designed to optimize interactions among attendees and exhibitors, and this year it will be offering new demos and activities.

The RAPID 2014 Conference & Exposition is co-located with THE BIG M and the International Manufacturing Research Conference.

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SME is pleased to announce the addition of Kevin Ayers as industry manager of additive manufacturing and 3D printing. In this newly created role, Ayers will develop and manage all SME activities associated with additive manufacturing.

“Around the world, additive manufacturing is changing the way companies design and manufacture products,” said Debbie Holton, SME managing director of industry strategy and events. “With the addition of Kevin to SME, we’ll be able to even better serve the additive manufacturing and 3D printing industry, as he brings a wealth of knowledge and will be able to identify even more opportunities where SME can lend its expertise and resources.”

Ayers joins SME after 30 years with the FBI in its manufacturing lab, and has been an active member and volunteer leader with SME’s Rapid Technologies & Additive Manufacturing Community, as well as SME’s RAPID event. He will also serve on the Governance Board of America Makes and is active in the Additive Manufacturing Users Group.

Additive manufacturing is not a new area for SME; for nearly 25 years, SME’s RAPID event has been the authority on 3D printing. The event was developed by SME members who wanted an annual forum to learn and share additive manufacturing knowledge and best practices, and buy and sell related equipment and services. These members built a community of like-minded professional with whom they have grown their skills, developed their network and advanced their businesses.

In addition, to validate the knowledge of those working in additive manufacturing, SME, in cooperation with the Milwaukee School of Engineering and America Makes, have strategically defined the additive manufacturing body of knowledge with a review course and exam. This serves as the basis for the Additive Manufacturing Certificate Program, which is offered at several SME events, including RAPID. The 2014 RAPID event is slated for June 9 to 12 in Detroit.

SME connects all those who are passionate about making things that improve our world. As a nonprofit organization, SME has served practitioners, companies, educators, government and communities across the manufacturing spectrum for more than 80 years. Through its strategic areas of events, media, membership, training and development, and the SME Education Foundation, SME is uniquely dedicated to advancing manufacturing by addressing both knowledge and skill needs for industry.

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THE BIG M Conference

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With the spotlight on manufacturing recently and a push to grow and train the workforce, this is an exciting and critical time for the industry to understand the latest technologies and work together to drive success and innovation. THE BIG M Event is positioned to highlight and educate on key manufacturing topics through exhibits, conference sessions featuring industry experts, company tours and demonstrations. Produced by SME, THE BIG M is slated for June 9 to 12 at Detroit’s Cobo Center.

“THE BIG M is more than an event,” said Debbie Holton, SME managing director of industry strategy and events. “This is an unprecedented gathering of stakeholders that will drive a movement toward building a strong future for manufacturing.”

“THE BIG M communicates a strong message to the marketplace about innovation and technology. It is designed to convene manufacturers around the industry’s most vital concerns and leverage the power of collaboration and knowledge to address those issues,” Holton added.

This event will bring together all things advanced manufacturing, covering innovation, digital factory, cybersecurity, new technology, talent, 3D printing, globalization, modeling, simulation and sustainability. This can’t be done solely through exhibits and panel discussions so THE BIG M will have dynamic experiences covering these core manufacturing topics.

THE BIG M Conference sessions feature manufacturing’s heavy hitters including GE, Siemens, Dow, Dell, Ford Motor Company and Steelcase.

Some conference sessions include:

  • Innovation: The path to a profitable future in Manufacturing
  • New strategies for Advanced manufacturing: Preparing for the future
  • eXtreme Manufacturing
  • Critical Talent Strategies for Shaping Our Future

Central to the exhibits is the M|Exchange; this feature provides attendees prime opportunities to engage industry experts in conversations. Crucial topics include design and innovation, new strategies for advanced manufacturing and cybersecurity. Sessions will occur daily during The Big M Event.

THE BIG M Exhibits will bring the latest ideas, innovations and technologies from across the manufacturing industry. Interactive displays and presentations guarantee that attendees will see, touch and experience what’s next for manufacturing. THE BIG M exhibitors include Maverick Technologies, Honeywell Process Solutions, Materialise, Rave Computer, Hexagon Metrology, GE, and Autodesk.

Innovation Factories will be featured in the exhibit space and are live manufacturing operations and presentations. From design to manufacturing to sustainability, exhibit attendees can see how key technologies work together to change the manufacturing landscape and increase manufacturing competitiveness.

Innovation factories slated for THE BIG M:

  • Modeling, simulation and visualization
  • Cybersecurity
  • Additive manufacturing/3D Printing
  • Advanced materials & Lightweighting

At THE BIG M, manufacturing will be brought to life with tours of local manufacturing operations. Designed to showcase a variety of technologies and processes, these tours will allow participants to see how leading manufacturers are shaping the future first-hand.

Tours will include GM’s Chevy Volt facility, Total Door Systems, Schuler, Pratt & Miller and Comau’s Robotics R&D Center. Tours are planned for Monday, June 9 and registration is required.

THE BIG M initiative is years in the making—designed to convene manufacturers around industry’s most vital issues and leverage the power of industry leaders to collaborate and address them. This event demonstrates that manufacturing professionals and companies can shape the future by creating a strong path forward together, connecting people with technology and expertise, affirming the importance of manufacturing, speaking in a unified voice to policy makers, and proving that manufacturing is a knowledge industry where creativity is sought and valued.

Highlights will include Innovation Factories featuring live presentations of the latest technologies; exhibit floor “tech talks”; and Q&A sessions with industry experts who will provide the knowledge and insight manufacturers need most. Featured technologies include smart manufacturing, modeling and simulation, digital manufacturing, advanced materials and lightweighting, cybersecurity and more. THE BIG M is the umbrella pulling together several co-located events including: SME’s RAPID Conference & Exposition, the NAMR- North American Research Conference, the ISA Cybersecurity Conference and the MMTC Proud to Manufacture in Michigan Conference.

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