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August 5, 2008 - Helping manufacturing community sort through options available to support their efforts to remain competitive, SME announced call for nominations for 2009 Innovations That Could Change The Way You Manufacture list. List will showcase new and emerging technologies, currently available to industry, that are making a difference in manufacturing. Innovations for consideration should cause change, bring business and financial benefits, and improve product quality and performance.

SME Seeks New and Emerging Manufacturing Technologies

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Press release date: July 30, 2008

Innovations That Could Change the Way You Manufacture - 2009

DEARBORN, Mich., July 30, 2008 - The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the world's leading professional society serving the manufacturing industry, announced today the call for nominations for the 2009 Innovations That Could Change the Way You Manufacture list. The list will showcase new and emerging technologies, currently available to the industry, that are making a difference in manufacturing. The overall goal is to aide the manufacturing community with sorting through the many options available to support their efforts to remain competitive.

Innovations up for consideration should cause change, bring significant business and financial benefits by minimizing cost and lead time, improve product quality and performance and be robust and adaptable to meet or exceed customer demand and requirements.

"SME members are always looking to the future but they are also very much focused on making things happen today," said Mark C. Tomlinson, SME executive director and general manager. "Other lists focus on technology that is not yet available. We want to change this. The idea behind SME's list is to help our members and the manufacturing community sort through all the 'new' innovations announced each year."

The Innovations That Could Change the Way You Manufacture list is open to technology that directly affects manufacturing. Technologies that made a positive impact on manufacturing and were featured on the 2008 list include Direct Digital Manufacturing, self-assembling nanotechnology and ultra capacitors.

Nominators will be asked to describe the technology area the innovation falls under, what impact it will have on the manufacturing community, the availability of the innovation, and how it works. If selected, nominators can count on media release announcements, a series of articles in Manufacturing Engineering magazine, conference sessions, as well as newsletters, technical papers and Technical Community Forum.

A multi-step process will determine which innovations will make the list. All nominations will be reviewed by representatives of SME's Technical Communities. After they choose the top nominators in their area, the SME Manufacturing Enterprise Council will make the final selections. Technical experts and the nominator should be available during the decision-making process to answer questions and provide any information needed by the committees.

For more information or to submit a nomination, go to

About SME:
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is the world's leading professional society supporting manufacturing education. Through its member programs, publications, expositions and professional development resources, SME promotes an increased awareness of manufacturing engineering and helps keep manufacturing professionals up to date on leading trends and technologies. Headquartered in Michigan, SME influences more than half a million manufacturing practitioners and executives annually. The Society has members in more than 70 countries and is supported by a network of hundreds of technical communities and chapters worldwide.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact SME Public Relations by phone (313) 271-1500, e-mail, or Fax: (313) 425-3403
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