How to not get lost at an exhibition hall that features more than 1,000 exhibitors, 300 conference sessions, and 400 expert speakers who are eager to tell you their proven real-world solutions? The answer is obvious--Plan ahead.
Design News gives you a quick roundup of what to expect and what not to miss at the 2005 National Manufacturing Week, to be kicked off on March 7 at the Chicago McCormick Place. Don’t forget to also check out www.manufacturingweek.com, where you can use the Conference Search Engine to look for special events.
The eBay University where attendees can learn how to buy and sell industrial equipment and supplies.
Other must-see are exhibition pavilions such as the follows:
CAD/CAM, sponsored by CADwire.net
Electronics, sponsored by ECN
Materials Handling, sponsored by Plant Engineering & Facilities Management
Sensors, sponsored National Instruments
SolidWorks Partner Pavilion
Also, for the first time, Design News’ overseas editors from China and Japan will attend the four-day event, providing a face-to-face and first-hand opportunity to share their experience in the Asia market as well as their insights on how it’ll further impact U.S. manufacturers and engineers. Stay tuned for how you can pick their brain via the Internet if you cannot attend the National Manufacturing Week.
What if algae borne of fertilizer runoff that pollutes rivers and lakes could be harvested and used as biofuel feedstock? What if the leftovers could be recycled into farm soil nutrients, eliminating at least some of the need for artificial fertilizers in the first place? Western Michigan University researchers have a plan.
Manufacturers of plastic parts recognize the potential of conformal cooling to reduce molding cycle times. Problem is, conformal molds require additive manufacturing (AM), and technologies in that space are still evolving. Costs also can be high, and beyond that, many manufacturing organizations lack the knowledge and expertise needed to apply and incorporate additive technologies into their operations.
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