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March 14, 2011 - AeroDef Manufacturing Exposition and Conference, held in Anaheim, CA from April 5-7, will focus on digital thread concept, where supply chain partners with different skill sets, systems, and processes work together with OEMs to optimize aerospace/defense manufacturing integration. Sessions and panels will cover digital data capture/transfer, digital systems for advanced manufacturing, advanced tooling and modeling concepts, advanced composite manufacturing, and composite machining.

AeroDef Sessions to Show How OEMs, Suppliers are Creating 'Digital Thread'

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Press release date: March 9, 2011

Anaheim - The concept of a digital thread - several supply chain partners with different skill sets, systems and processes, working together with OEMs to integrate aerospace and defense manufacturing to a greater degree than has ever been accomplished in the past - will be the focus of more than 15 sessions at the AeroDef Manufacturing Exposition and Conference, April 5-7, in Anaheim, Calif.

"Accomplishing a 'Digital Thread' requires the manufacturing technologists to come on board at the same time the engineering designers are considering the configuration," Paul Oldroyd, technical fellow, Bell Helicopter, and a member of the AeroDef Executive Committee, explains. "It's a different development model for the industry, but one of the most important. It's the future of where aerospace manufacturing technology's going."

Sessions and panels covering the subject at AeroDef include:

Digital Data Capture & Transfer

"Tribal Knowledge Management for Aerospace and Defense Manufacturing" Athulan Vijayaraghavan, CTO, System(I know him and looked it up) Insights, Inc.

"Computation Manufacturing Alliance: The Realization of the Digital Thread" Roger Richardson, Member, Computational Manufacturing Alliance

"Legacy 500: New Era of Digital Factory" Gustavo Guimaraes, Legacy 500 Sr. Manager, Manufacturing Engineering, Embraer

Digital Systems for Advanced Manufacturing

"Integrating VLJ Mechanical 3D CAD Data into a 3D Visual Enterprise Server" George Earle, VP Enterprise Consulting and Services, Right Hemisphere Inc.

"Application of Laser Projection and Indoor GPS in the F-35 Finishes Process" Daniel Lopez, Applications Engineer, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

"Optical Projection for Aerospace Assembly Instructions" Meredith Hopps, Applications Engineer, Lockheed Martin

Digital Factory

"Automating Processes to Enable and Manage Growth" Ben Sommerville, COO, Phoenix Logistics

"High Temperature Laser Sintered Components" Tim Shinbara, Jr., Manufacturing Engineer, Northrop Grumman Corp.

"Manufacturing Aerospace Execution Systems at Rolls-Royce Aerospace" Michael James, FCMA, Dip.MS, Group Managing Director, ATS International BV

Advanced Tooling & Modeling Concepts

"Model Based Definition (MBD)" Mark Lindsay, Manufacturing Analyst, Northrop Grumman Corporation

"Digital Tooling" Patrick Luisi, Manager Advanced Measurement Systems, Northrop Grumman Corporation

"Programming and Simulating Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) CNC Machines: How Difficult Could It Be?" Jim Huddy, National Sales Manager, CGTech

Advanced Composite Manufacturing

"3-D Woven Preform Joints and Co-bond Processes and Tooling" Stephen Parsons, PE, Lockheed Martin Felllow, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company

"Cured Laminate Compensation for Composite Part Thickness Control" Mike Hestness, Applications Engineer, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company

Composite Machining

"Precision Manufacturing" Ed Lugo, Manufacturing Technology Applications, Mgr., Northrop Grumman Corporation

A full schedule of other sessions at AeroDef can be found at aerodefevent/sessions.

Register to attend AeroDef Manufacturing Exposition and Conference, April 5-7 in Anaheim.

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About SME: The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is the premier source for manufacturing knowledge, education and networking. Through its many programs, events, magazines, publications and online training division, Tooling U, SME connects manufacturing practitioners to each other, to the latest technologies and to the most up-to-date manufacturing processes. SME has members around the world and is supported by a network of chapters and technical communities. A 501(c)3 organization, SME is a leader in manufacturing workforce development issues, working with industry, academic and government partners to support the current and future skilled workforce.

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