Manufacturing Conference/Expo explores transformational tech.

Press Release Summary:

AeroDef Manufacturing Conference + Exposition will take place April 20–23, with exhibits running from April 21–22, in Dallas, Tx. "Flexible Manufacturing for Aerospace & How to Capitalize for It" panel (April 21) addresses how to meet cyclical demands from commercial/defense customers. On April 22, "Inside the AeroDef Boardroom" panel explores how digital tapestry in manufacturing can be used to more efficiently identify customer needs, reduce costs, and improve product/service quality.

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SME's AeroDef Manufacturing Conference + Exposition Explores Transformational Technologies

Registration for the exposition, speakers and panels free until April 22

(DEARBORN, Mich.) – Increased global demand for commercial and business aircraft, and stricter production requirements from government customers, has contributed to a new sense of urgency throughout the aerospace and defense manufacturing enterprise to lower production cycle times and system lifetime costs.

AeroDef Manufacturing Conference + Exposition, April 20-23 (exhibits April 21-22) at the Hilton Anatole, Dallas, convenes the industry to tackle these challenges. Two panel discussions will explore strategies for flexible manufacturing (scaling capacity to create efficiencies at times of high and low demand) and achieving the vision of a digital tapestry (digitizing the manufacturing process to create a seamless environment from design to production to sustainability).

“Flexible Manufacturing for Aerospace & How to Capitalize for It,” which takes place on Tuesday, April 21, addresses how the factory of the future can meet the cyclical demands from commercial and defense customers. Panelists include John D. Russell, DSc, technical director, Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies Division, Air Force Research Laboratory; James K. Sutter, PhD, senior scientist, Materials & Structures Division, NASA Glenn Research Center; and Andrew R. Mallow, director, Technology Strategy Integration, Boeing Defense, Space & Security.

“Inside the AeroDef Boardroom” taking place on Wednesday, April 22, explores how the concept of a digitally integrated digital tapestry in manufacturing can be used to more efficiently identify customer needs, reduce costs, and improve the quality of products and services. Panelists include Dean L. Bartles, PhD, FSME, executive director, Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute, UI LABS; Leslie J. Cohen, PhD, senior vice president, New Business Development & Strategic Technology, HITCO Carbon Composites; Dennis O. Little, vice president, Production, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co.; and Mark A. Pasquale, vice president, Engineering & Technology, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co.

Registration for the exposition, which includes panel discussions, keynote speakers and Additive Manufacturing and Advanced Materials Resource Centers, is free if you register in advance.

For more information about attending, exhibiting or presenting, visit or call 800.733.3976. For the most up-to-date details, follow @AeroDefMfg on Twitter or join the LinkedIn AeroDef discussion group.

About AeroDef Manufacturing

AeroDef Manufacturing – Collaboration for the Future of Aerospace, is the leading technical conference and exposition for the aerospace and defense manufacturing industry. Produced by SME in partnership with industry OEMs, its mission is to foster innovation across the extended enterprise to reduce costs, expedite production times and maintain U.S. competitiveness in the global economy.

About SME

SME connects all those who are passionate about making things that improve our world. As a nonprofit organization, SME has served practitioners, companies, educators, government and communities across the manufacturing spectrum for more than 80 years. Through its strategic areas of events, media, membership, training and development, and the SME Education Foundation, SME is uniquely dedicated to the advancement of manufacturing by addressing both knowledge and skills needed for the industry.  Follow @sme_mfg on Twitter and

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