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Grinding Conference will showcase latest technologies.

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August 17, 2007 - On Sept 26-38, ISAAT 2007 and SME International Grinding Conference will join forces for precision grinding and abrasives machining technology event. Speakers will give presentations on topics such as machining titanium, process monitoring/measurement, tooling characteristics, grinding special materials, and surface analysis. World leaders from aerospace, research, engineering, semi-conductor, and medical electronics will share best practices in technology and processes.

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ISAAT 2007, SME International Grinding Conference Join Forces

Press release date: August 2, 2007

DEARBORN, Mich., August 2, 2007 - ISAAT 2007 (The International Symposium on Advances in Abrasive Technology) and the SME International Grinding Conference will join forces September 26-28, 2007 at the Hyatt Regency in Dearborn, Michigan to create a signature precision grinding and abrasives machining technology event. The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the International Committee for Abrasive Technology (ICAT) and the Japan Society for Abrasive Technology (JSAT) are partners in this endeavor. The event will be a three-day conference and exhibit program that will showcase the latest technologies in the abrasives industry. Featured speakers will give presentations on many productivity-igniting topics such as machining titanium, process monitoring/measurement, tooling characteristics, grinding special materials, surface analysis, and much more. World leaders from aerospace, research, engineering, semi-conductor, medical electronics and more will gather to share best practices in technology and processes. Event highlights include: Continental Breakfast & Keynote Presentation - Jerry Mraz, founder of Smaltec International, a leader in nano grinding technology, will give a presentation on "Progression of Micro-Grinding and Micro-Tooling." Mr. Mraz, a leader in micro-EDM technology, successfully transformed a distribution company into a technology manufacturing company. Tour of the Ford Motor Company's Rouge Automotive Plant - Once the largest manufacturing center in the world, the historic Rouge plant has been renovated to showcase assembly of F-150 trucks and the latest in environmental science. NIST-ATP Workshop - The National Institute of Standard and Technology's Advanced Technology Program (NIST-ATP) and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) will be jointly conducting a workshop on Intelligent Optimization and Control of Grinding Processes. The workshop covers the technology fundamentals and applications of a Generalized Intelligent Grinding Advisory System (GIGAS) developed to provide an improved approach to the optimization and control of grinding processes. GIGAS integrates analytical models, expert knowledge, experimental data, handbooks and vendor recommendations. The workshop will use case studies for surface, centerless, cylindrical and internal grinding operations in explaining GIGAS. For more information or to register for the event, go to http://www.sme.org/isaat2007 or call 800-733-4763 or 313-425-3000 (outside the U.S.). 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, which celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2007, 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 communications@sme.org, or Fax: (313) 425-3403

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