Manufacturers to Discover Latest Technologies at HOUSTEX

With the manufacturing sector leading the country’s economic recovery, it is imperative for manufacturers to stay on top of the latest technologies and processes. With more than 13,000 manufacturing and engineering companies in the greater Houston region, it is likely many area manufacturers will be attending the biennial HOUSTEX Manufacturing Expo at the George R. Brown Convention Center, April 18-20.

HOUSTEX, produced by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), has showcased advanced machine, tools, cutting-edge production systems and pioneering innovations since 1976. It attracts manufacturing professionals in the oil and gas, aerospace, general manufacturing and emerging industries. The expo offers attendees information and technologies to cut costs, work lean, achieve world-class quality and boost customer satisfaction.

“Everything is changing in manufacturing,” said Dave Morton, of SME and the HOUSTEX show manager. “Everybody needs to know what’s new, how they can improve their operations and where things are going in the industry. HOUSTEX is the place for that.”

The keynote presentation Leveraging Real-time Data for Peak Asset Performance and Energy Efficiency by David Lee, PhD, a founding director of the National Science Foundation, will emphasize that planning for asset maintenance saves manufacturers significant time and resources compared to the loss of both when things fail unexpectedly.

Additional discoveries can be made at the Show Floor Technology Insight Sessions, free with the $25 admission fee. A few of the more than 20 topics include Making 3D Printing Successful for You; Design, Manufacturing & Software Solutions; Closing the Gap between CAD and CAM; and Continuous Flow Manufacturing.

“The goals of HOUSTEX are to showcase the advanced industry technology and to support the industry through connections to new technology, people and processes,” says Rodney Grover, SME’s oil and gas industry developer and member and industry relations manager.

Grover adds that this event is a good place for skilled manufacturing professionals to network and make job connections. “With a nearly 5 percent increase in manufacturing jobs expected in the Houston area over the next year, manufacturers will be in need of qualified employees. If you are a skilled worker, such as a welder, machinist, fabricator or quality engineer, you likely have the skills needed to fill the job vacancies in the oil and gas industry.”

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