DEARBORN, Mich., April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) returns to the Upper Midwest with its Twin Cities 2005 APEX Exposition and Conference being held at the Minnesota Convention Center May 3- 5, 2005. Minnesota's largest machine tool and advanced manufacturing exposition brings 170 exhibitors displaying tooling, work-holding, small parts, machinery, equipment and large accessories offering opportunities to consider when updating equipment and services. SME is partnering with SME's Education Foundation, Alexandria Technical College (ATC), the Minnesota State College and University System (MnSCU) and the Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association (MPMA) to include demonstrations on the show floor including machinery, robotics, speaking presentations, informative entertainment and robotic competitions. A video wall, a dynamic feature provided by the Center for Advanced Manufacturing Automation and Motion Control at Alexandria Technical College allows attendees to view robotics and other automated components in operation at an off-site plant. These initiatives highlight some of the major efforts being made to engage, educate, equip and train Minnesota's manufacturing workforce and offer solutions created to address competency gaps identified by local industry. Student competitions are another popular aspect of the Twin Cities event. Midwest students will compete in robotic battles with demolition robots in a 40' x 40' Battle Arena they have engineered and built themselves. BATTLEBOTS IQ is part of a national effort to attract students to the many facets of manufacturing, engineering, science and technology, including research and development, precision machining and robotics. MicroManufacturing 2005 Technical Conference and Tabletop Exhibits: May 4-5, 2005 The challenge of creating micro features on micro parts or on macro parts will be addressed in conference sessions bringing together industry leaders to discuss advancements in both micro machining and micro molding. Featured industry speakers include: Donna Bibber, vice president Miniature Tool, Bruce Cerepak, CMfgE, director of Manufacturing and Quality, Accellent Cardiology, Jun Ni, PhD, S.M. Wu Manufacturing Research Center, University of Michigan, Rhett Meyer, PhD, vice president, Powerix Technologies, and Susan Sackman, model shop group leader, Guidant Corporation. SME Emerging Technology Forum: Wednesday, May 4, 2005 "Molecular Nanotechnology and Manufacturing: The Enabling Tools and Applications" Molecular nanotechnology promises to usher in the next Industrial Revolution and replace our entire manufacturing base with a new, radically precise, less expensive, and more flexible way to making parts. This one-day SME Emerging Technology Forum includes leaders from business, government and academia who are looking for information on the pace of innovation, development, and commercialization of the tools, instruments, and systems required for nano-scale manufacturing. * 8:15 a.m. - 9 a.m. Keynote: Innovation and Miniaturization," presented by Daniel F. Untereker, PhD, vice president, research & technology, Medtronic Inc. * 9:20 a.m. - 10 a.m. Session Keynote: "New Frontiers for Nanomanufacturing," presented by Mihail C. Roco, PhD, senior advisor of nanotechnology, National Science Foundation and chair, subcommittee on Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology (NSET), and U.S. National Science and Technology Council * 1 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. Session Keynote: "How Will We Manufacture at the Nanoscale?" presented by Thomas N. Theis, PhD, director of Physical Sciences, IBM Research Division at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center, IBM Corporation Additional Information: For more information about Twin Cities APEX 2005 exposition and conference, visit the Twin Cities Web site at http://www.sme.org/twincities , or call the SME Resource Center at (800) 733-4763, or (outside the U.S. and Canada) at (313) 425-4500, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, ET, or Fax to (313) 425-3401. Show Sponsors: Twin Cities 2005 is co-sponsored by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), http://www.sme.org , the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association (AMTDA), http://www.amtda.org , and (AMT) the Association for Manufacturing Technology, http://www.mfgtech.org .
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