HOUSTEX 2013 Highlights New Technologies in Manufacturing

More than 200 exhibitors are loading millions of pounds of the latest production machinery and specialized technologies at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston for next week’s HOUSTEX 2013. Held February 26-28, this year’s show, presented by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), is expected to have the largest selection of machinery ever displayed at this biennial manufacturing showcase.

Held in the center of what Forbes declared the best region in the U.S. for manufacturing, HOUSTEX allows manufacturers to compare the latest technologies, discuss industry trends and find solutions they can immediately use in their business.

“HOUSTEX is where manufacturers explore new materials and processes, and walk away with a solid understanding of where they are going next,” said Cathy Kowalewicz, HOUSTEX event manager. “We expect to see the highest level of collaboration as attendees and exhibitors work together to discover new and creative ways to solve manufacturing challenges.”

The event features more than 72,000 square feet of new interactive technology, keynote presentations and free technical education on the show floor.

Keynote Presentations:

Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. Karen Lindner, founder, Karico Performance Solutions, asks, “How can we make manufacturing sexy?” by looking at what manufacturers must do to raise the awareness of opportunities in manufacturing.

Thursday, Feb. 28 at 11 a.m. Raymond Floyd, former senior vice president of Suncor Energy, addresses “Creating a culture of rapid improvement,” explaining employee engagement efforts needed to ensure employees companywide are working toward a common goal.

Student Activities: Creative student designs ranging from NASA astronaut restraint systems, esophagus medical device, and robots for the new millennium.

Participating schools include:

  • Foster High School
  • Clear Creek High School
  • St. Agnes Academy
  • Strake Jesuit College
  • University of Houston College of Technology

Attendees can register for exclusive, special-access manufacturing tours inside Toshiba’s hybrid vehicle facility or Thrustmaster’s Houston production and testing facility. Both tours conclude with a walk through ARC Specialties’ R&D lab with an inside look at the company’s automated systems and robotic cells. These tours are scheduled for Monday, Feb. 25, and are available for an additional charge.

For more information or to register, visit: www.HOUSTEXonline.com

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