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EASTEC will address alternative and renewable energy.

Press Release Summary:

April 15, 2009 - EASTEC will feature Alternative and Renewable Energy Resource Center, run in partnership with Regional Technology Corporation. According to Kimberly L. Farrugia of SME, seminars will be held on E-Design for Green Products, Opportunities with UMass Wind Energy Center, Positive Impact of Lean and Green on Manufacturing, and Money-Saving Efficiencies for Compressed Air Systems. Resource center will be open 9am-4pm on May 20th, with various companies and organizations presenting.

Original Press Release

EASTEC to Teach Manufacturers to Cut Costs, Increase Profits Through Alternative & Renewable Energy

Press release date: April 13, 2009

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass., April 13, 2009 - For years, manufacturers in the Northeast got chills when the word energy was mentioned. Today, due to the relatively high cost of energy in the region, the Northeast is poised to become the hotbed of alternative and renewable energy technologies and resources. EASTEC, the largest manufacturing event on the East Coast, will introduce the potential of this exciting trend though its Alternative and Renewable Energy Resource Center run in partnership with the Regional Technology Corporation.

"Energy is a white hot market right now with unique funding opportunities," states Ellen Bemben, president of the RTC. "It entails everything from blue recycling baskets to wind turbines, solar products, fuel cells, advanced metals, coatings and plastic materials. The objective of this resource center is to provide a focal point for those considering entering or expanding in these clean technologies."

According to Kimberly L. Farrugia, senior show manager for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), "We will be providing a variety of seminars on subjects such as E-Design for Green Products, Opportunities with the UMass Wind Energy Center, the Positive Impact of Lean and Green on Manufacturing, Money-Saving Efficiencies for Compressed Air Systems and much more. Manufacturers will also get to spend one on one time with these experts to address their individual questions and objectives."

The Alternative and Renewable Energy Resource Center will be open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on May 20. Companies and organizations presenting include the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at UMass Amherst, the School of Engineering's Wind Energy Center at UMass Amherst, Western Massachusetts Electric Company, Callaway Golf Co., MassMEP, Alteris Renewables Inc. and SMC Corp. of America.

EASTEC, the largest manufacturing event on the East Coast, is co-sponsored by SME, the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association and the Association for Manufacturing Technology. The event celebrates its 30th anniversary May 19-21 at the Eastern States Exhibition in West Springfield, Mass., and is expected to draw more than 14,000 attendees and 600 exhibitors. Spread over 160,000 square feet, EASTEC consists of five technology-focused areas: design, engineering and rapid technologies; tooling, workholding and machining accessories; automation and process improvement; plant, energy and environmental efficiency; and precision manufacturing equipment and systems. Attendees can also learn how to maximize their use of technology and learn about leading-edge, cost-effective approaches through four new EASTEC Resource Centers: lean and green, energy, medical and aerospace and defense.

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