Twin Cities 2005 APEX Exposition and Conference Returns to Minnesota Convention Center on May 3

Apr 29, 2005, 01:00 ET from Society of Manufacturing Engineers

    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
     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 ,
 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), , the American Machine Tool Distributors'
 Association (AMTDA), , and (AMT) the  Association for
 Manufacturing Technology, .

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