Engineers will discuss how they are taking advantage of some of the latest trends in design, as well as share insights on some of the most important issues in manufacturing at the second annual Supply Chain Link Expo (SCLE) October 16 and 17, 2002.
Similar in concept to a traditional trade show, the SCLE is a virtual trade show, produced by Reed Business Information Inc. and sponsored by PTC, that will run on its own website, www.supplychainlinkexpo.com.
Design News and several other Reed magazines will host technical pavilions at the event. Among activities at the pavilions: virtual exhibits from vendors in every segment of manufacturing and supply-chain operations, and a list of technical conferences and keynote speakers.
Leading off the technical events at the Design News pavilion will be Doug Field, vice president of engineering at Segway, Inc. and leader of the design project that resulted in development of the Segway human transporter. The Segway has received wide media coverage since its introduction earlier this year and is widely touted as a prime example of creative problem solving. Field will discuss how companies can foster creativity in engineering.
Also sharing his insights will be noted automotive analyst David Cole, head of the Center for Automotive Research, who will discuss automotive engineering's toughest design challenges. Cole has just returned from hosting his annual strategy workshop for automotive executives, and is certain to include vital information from that event.
Also on tap at the Design News pavilion are two panel discussions where engineers will wap war stories. One, "How to manage product development," will center on the concept of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). Engineers from a variety of industries will talk about how they have implemented that concept at their companies.
The second panel discussion will cover design with micropro-cessors and digital signal processors. "How to design with embedded systems" will feature engineers who have added intelligence to a variety of products by incorporating those and other devices.
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