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
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
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 .
SOURCE Society of Manufacturing Engineers