SME prepares for EASTEC 2008.

Press Release Summary:

Celebrating its 29th year, EASTEC 2008 Advanced Productivity Exposition will take place May 20-22 at the Eastern States Exposition Grounds in West Springfield, MA. Its 2,000 products, including 120 new products, from 600 industry-leading companies will be in 5 technology-focused buildings. A variety of resource centers, as well as the Associated Industries of Massachusetts Plant Manager Roundtable, will take place at the event.

Original Press Release:

SME Gears up to "Accelerate" Manufacturing at Eastec 2008

The East Coast's Largest Annual Manufacturing Event Celebrates 29th Year

DEARBORN, Mich., April 15, 2008 - East Coast manufacturers are gearing up for EASTEC 2008 Advanced Productivity Exposition (APEX). Produced by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the East Coast's largest annual manufacturing event, will take place May 20-22 at the Eastern States Exposition Grounds in West Springfield, Mass. EASTEC is expected to attract more than 14,000 decision makers representing aerospace, defense, medical, consumer products and other manufacturing industries.

Celebrating its 29th year, EASTEC supports the region's numerous small-machine shops - OEMs, suppliers and high-tech manufacturing firms - located throughout New England. The exposition provides manufacturers with access to advancements in lean manufacturing, metalworking, plastics, and advanced materials to help them better serve their customers in the production of jet engines, aerospace, and medical components, military equipment, and other high-value products.

"Manufacturing remains a vital segment of the economy in the northeast region," said Mark C. Tomlinson, executive director and general manager, Society of Manufacturing Engineers. "Whether you're in aerospace, defense, medical or consumer products, EASTEC offers the latest in manufacturing technology and resources, including the latest in lean and green processes."

EASTEC's 2,000 products (including 120 new products) from 600 industry-leading companies are in five technology-focused buildings making it easier for attendees to find specific technologies and companies:

Buildings 1 & 2 - Precision Manufacturing Equipment & Systems
Buildings 3 & 4 - Automation, Supply Chain & Process Improvement
Buildings 3 & 4 - Plant, Energy & Environmental Efficiency
Building 5 - Design, Engineering & Rapid Technologies
Building 5 - Tooling, Workholding & Machining Accessories

Additional features at EASTEC 2008 include FREE sessions and resource centers:

Machining-Tooling-Materials Resource Center (May 20-22 - Building 5) - Sponsored by National Center for Defense Manufacturing & Machining, sessions will cover programming, tool coatings, machine tools, workholding, inspection and other technologies.

Lean & Green Resource Center (May 20-22 - Building 5) - Sponsored by Greater Boston Manufacturing Partnership and Manufacturing Engineering magazine, participants can learn how to successfully incorporate lean and green into their companies.

Medical Manufacturing Resource Center (Tuesday, May 20 - Building 5) - Sponsored by the Regional Technology Corporation, topics will include FDA expertise and other regulations for exporting, telemedicine, smart devices, sourcing, drug delivery systems and nano implantables and regulations.

Alternative Energy Technologies Resource Center (Wednesday, May 21 - Building 5) - Sponsored by Regional Technology Corporation, the RTC will discuss photovoltaics / solar power, wind energy, fuel cells and biofuels and how to support the manufacturing supply chain.

Associated Industries of Massachusetts Plant Manager Roundtable (Wednesday, May 21 - 8:30 a.m. Storrowton Tavern) - EASTEC hosts the May meeting of AIM which provides a keynote speaker and discussion. All Massachusetts plant managers are welcome to attend.

Business Improvement Resource Center (Thursday, May 22 - Building 5) - Sessions include Managing Maintenance as a Business, Why Some Employees Do Not Perform Their Jobs Correctly, and Lean Sales Process Meets Manufacturing.

SME Careers in Technology Student Program (Thursday, May 22) - SME Pioneer Valley Chapter 32, Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, Haas Automation, Solidworks Corporation and the SME Education Foundation invite educators and students to the SME Careers in Technology Student Program where they will have the opportunity to observe advanced manufacturing technologies and to discuss career opportunities in technology
and manufacturing.

Media Registration, Press Badges & Newsroom
Attending media will be provided free access to the entire expo and exhibitor press conferences. The EASTEC Newsroom provides media with a place to pick up news tips, relax and conduct interviews. Expedite your entry into the show by pre-registering for the event.

Press badges may be picked up in the EASTEC Newsroom (located in registration adjacent to Building 5) and will be limited to media with valid credentials. If you are registering onsite, please bring a form of ID and business card, copy of a recent publication, or a copy of a recent article with your byline for verification. (NOTE: Advertising or sales representatives will not be granted press badges.)

Additional Information:
Visit the event Web site at or call the SME Resource Center at (800) 733-4763.

The EASTEC 2008 Advanced Productive Exposition (APEX) is co-sponsored by SME, the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association (AMTDA), and AMT - The Association for Manufacturing Technology. The APEX Series of Events is produced by SME.

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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.


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