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Society of Manufacturing Engineers to Hold Annual Meeting

Published: Monday, May 31, 2004 - 22:00

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers’ annual meeting, "Where Manufacturing Comes Together--to Give You a Competitive Edge," is slated for June 9-13 in Cincinnati.

The meeting provides an arena for manufacturing professionals to share best practices and expertise about new technology, manufacturing innovations, business solutions and to improve their business skills to compete in today’s global manufacturing environment.

Featured at the meeting is a management forum called, "Making it in America: Rising Up to the Global Challenge With Lean Manufacturing." The forum will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 9, and will include executives from Ariens Co., Boeing Co., Carver Pump Co., John Deere Co., Lean Investments LLC and Toyota Motor Manufacturing. Participants will discuss how they reduced their company’s operational costs, improved efficiency, increased productivity, enhanced product quality, compressed product development cycles, and accelerated speed-to-market of new products without having to outsource production overseas to low-wage countries.

The keynote address at the management forum luncheon, "Lean is Not Enough," will be given by Christopher Couch, manager of operations strategy at the corporate strategy division of Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America located in Georgetown, Kentucky. The forum will conclude with a tour of the Toyota Motor Manufacturing facility in Georgetown.

Plant Expedition tours of Mazak, TechSolve, and Cincinnati Lamb are also scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 10. The Mazak National Technology Center will offer a review of the foundations of lean in high-volume production, the Cincinnati Operations of Cincinnati Lamb will present product demos and product presentations, and the tour of TechSolve will present a high-tech briefing on advanced/emerging machining technologies covering the Smart Machines initiative which SME, TechSolve and others are supporting, including high-speed machining and dry/near-dry-machining developments.

The annual awards reception and banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. on June 11, and will honor the accomplishments of manufacturing leaders. SME will give special recognition and present seven 2004 International Honor Award winners. The SME Education Foundation will present its Family Scholarship and the Philip Marsilius Director’s Scholarships to young people pursuing degrees in engineering.

For more information or to register for the 2004 SME Annual Meeting, click here.


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