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NPE 2006 SME Conference Focuses On Productivity & Lean For Plastics Manufacturing

Press release date: Apr 12, 2006

DEARBORN, Mich., April 12, 2006 - The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) announced today that its "Productivity & Lean Integration for Plastics Manufacturing" conference will be held at NPE 2006 (National Plastics Exposition) June 20-21 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois.

In today's global marketplace, technology and productivity tools applied to the plastics molding and manufacturing process have become increasingly important for companies to remain competitive and maximize profitability. Eight conference sessions will focus on the latest developments in injection mold technology, mold design and moldmaking, rapid technology, lean manufacturing, and product lifecycle management for the plastics enterprise. Developed for plastics executive and manufacturing management, engineering, and moldmaking management, the conference will provide practical knowledge to support effective technology selection and application.

Featured topics include product design analysis, injection mold process monitoring and control, hot runner technology, overmolding/multi-material molding, RIM, in-mold coating, faster mold building through the use of standardized components, direct digital manufacturing, silicone tooling for low volume runs from urethane castings, driving continuous improvement through real-time information, scientific injection molding, extreme molding applications, automated process setup, lean manufacturing management overview, lean manufacturing for the mold shop, standardized work in the lean environment, and the perfect product launch.

A new educational partner for NPE, SME was invited by the NPE Education Committee to provide an executive/manufacturing management complement to the educational programming at NPE provided by other associations. "SME's organization brings to the table knowledge on subjects ranging from increasing profits through better productivity to lean manufacturing for plastic processors and manufacturers. The SME experts you can hear at NPE will help your business grow by combining business savvy, common sense and technical expertise," said Barbara Arnold-Feret, Conference Advisory Committee member and co-chair of SME's Plastics, Composites & Coatings Community.

About NPE: Held every three years and sponsored by The Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI), NPE is the largest trade event dedicated to the plastics industry. NPE 2006 will take place at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois June 19-23, 2006.

For further information on "Productivity & Lean Integration for Plastics Manufacturing," including conference agenda and speaker line-up, visit; for details on lodging, the NPE Show, or to register for the conference, visit

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 engineers and executives annually. The Society has members in 70 countries and is supported by a network of hundreds of chapters worldwide. Visit

Contact: Alex Yovanovich SME Public Relations (313) 425-3155 Email: