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The Smart Manufacturing Experience will provide hands-on, live technology demonstrations, active learning labs, collaborative technical workshops, and tours of best-in-class SMART factories. It will highlight transformative technologies such as additive manufacturing/3D printing, automation, advanced materials, precision machining, precision measurement/3D scanning, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and digital manufacturing and designed to provide easy, efficient solutions for applying those technologies to improve manufacturing speed and performance. "Advanced technologies are revolutionizing the manufacturing landscape," said SME Chief Executive Officer Jeff Krause. "Our goal is to offer an interactive learning space for attendees to try new applications and talk to people who are actually using this technology right now to the benefit of their customer and their bottom line." To learn more about the Smart Manufacturing Experience, view full conference and exhibit details or register, visit www.smartmanufacturingexperience.com. 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. Learn more at sme.org, follow @SME_MFG on Twitter or facebook.com/SMEmfg. About AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology AMT represents U.S.-based builders and distributors of manufacturing technology – the advanced machinery, devices, and digital equipment that U.S. manufacturing relies on to be productive, innovative, and competitive. Located in McLean, VA, near the nation's capital, AMT acts as the industry's voice to speed the pace of innovation, increase global competitiveness and develop manufacturing's advanced workforce of tomorrow. With extensive expertise in industry data and intelligence, as well as a full complement of international business operations, AMT offers its members an unparalleled level of support. AMT also produces IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, the premier manufacturing technology event in North America. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/smart-manufacturing-experience-2018-sme-and-amt-announce-boston-manufacturing-event-300459235.html


"The benefits of convergence are enough to make you want to pick up a guitar," said Editor in Chief Brett Brune. "And that's exactly what Contributing Editor Karen Queen did in our cover story for May. Now, we want readers to belt out the Beatles-inspired lyrics Karen wrote — and win some valuable prizes from SME." As the latest issue of Smart Manufacturing came together, staff devised a fun and creative way to point out just how big the opportunities are in manufacturing when these two camps — OT and IT — get on the same page, said Dave O'Neil, vice president, Advanced Manufacturing Media at SME. "In this issue, we quote more than a dozen people who understand how beneficial it is for OT and IT to work together," he added. "They illustrate how OT and IT can and should work together to eventually save billions of dollars around the world." The details and lyrics for the talent contest can be found at SME.org/talent. The contest begins today. Participants will be asked to record themselves singing the lyrics developed and enter through the online submission. View the full cover story here. The Advanced Manufacturing Media team will select one winning "band" in July. Up to four winners from the one winning band will each receive: $100 Amazon gift card, 10 online Tooling U-SME classes and a one-year SME membership. About Advanced Manufacturing Media  SME's Advanced Manufacturing Media is a leading source for news and in-depth technical information about advanced manufacturing in North America. It serves an audience of more than 100,000 manufacturing professionals who subscribe to the monthly magazine, iTunes app, e-newsletters and other publications. Coverage is focused on some of the world's most critical industries: aerospace and defense, motorized vehicles, medical and energy, whether that's oil and gas, nuclear, electric, solar or wind. Learn more at advancedmanufacturing.org, follow @MfgEngNews on Twitter or facebook.com/AdvancedManufacturingMedia. Subscribe to Smart Manufacturing magazine at www.SME.org/smart. 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, governments 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 skill needs for the industry. Follow @SME_MFG on Twitter or facebook.com/SMEmfg. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/smart-manufacturing-magazine-sponsors-talent-contest-to-inspire-culture-convergence-between-ot-and-it-300454138.html


News Article | May 9, 2017
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This year, the community has recognized Dieter Schwarze, PhD, of SLM Solutions GmbH with the 2017 Industry Achievement Award because of his significant and continued impact on additive manufacturing through development of processes and technology applied in industry. In 1989, Schwarze began his research and development work on additive manufacturing and its commercialization. He is one of the primary inventors of selective laser melting. Schwarze holds several patents and previously studied physics at the University of Paderborn. "Dr. Schwarze has been instrumental in the development and expansion of global additive manufacturing," said Mihaela Vlasea, PhD, assistant professor in the Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering Department at the University of Waterloo and an advisor to SME's Additive Manufacturing Community. "The impact of his research, development and application of groundbreaking technologies just cannot be overstated. We're proud to recognize him with this award." This award is named after the late Dick Aubin, a founding member of the former Rapid Prototyping Association of SME and a pioneer in the international intelligent manufacturing systems effort. This year's award-winning paper, "Liquid Metal 3D Printing: A Magnetohydrodynamic Approach," truly embodies the award spirit of innovation and potential impact in the additive manufacturing field. The paper describes a method where metal is influenced by heat and magnetic fields to essentially generate drop-on-demand, molten-metal printing using MagnetoJet technology based on Magnetohydrodynamics. Present at RAPID + TCT to accept the Dick Aubin Distinguished Paper Award were authors Swati Chandran Thirumangalath, Scott Vader and Zachary Vader of Vader Systems. Since 2008, SME's Direct Digital Manufacturing Tech Group has held an annual student competition for high school and college students, challenging them to showcase their technical and commercial talents using additive manufacturing to add value to a particular design. In that time, students have submitted some inventive and innovative designs for inspector drones, door handles, crutch handgrips, knee braces and even a prosthetic leg for dogs. Sponsored by Fujifilm Service, The 2017 Digital Manufacturing Challenge was won by the team from Virginia Tech: Jacob Fallon, Camden Chatham, Andrew Cohen and Eric Gilmer; and their faculty advisor Christopher Williams, PhD. The Virginia Tech team created a Customized Golf Grip to facilitate proper swings and allow players to practice without a professional's supervision. The grips are custom fit using clay, which is scanned to create a 3D-CAD model. Using additive manufacturing, the CAD model is directly manufactured into a set of grips. RAPID + TCT concludes May 11. To learn more about the event, please visit rapid3devent.com. About RAPID + TCT For over 25 years, RAPID has defined the crucial role of additive manufacturing and empowered the establishment of an industry that continues to conceive, test, improve and manufacture new products at a faster, more cost-efficient pace. The two industry leaders in 3D technology events, SME and The TCT Group, are teaming up to produce the annual RAPID + TCT event starting in 2017. For users and suppliers alike, the event will be the premier destination for those who provide technology and for those who need to understand, explore and adopt 3D printing, additive manufacturing, 3D scanning, CAD/CAE, metrology and inspection technologies. For more information, please visit rapid3devent.com. 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 or facebook.com/SMEmfg. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/sme-recognizes-additive-manufacturing-vision-ability-and-leadership-300454203.html


The present invention relates to suspensions of hexanitrohexaazaisowurtzitane crystals in a liquid phase (said liquid phase is composed, to at least 85% by weight, of a nonsolvent for hexanitrohexaazaisowurtzitane, said nonsolvent consisting of at least one nonflammable hydrofluoroether, and includes from 0 to less than 15% by weight of an organic solvent for hexanitrohexaazaisowurtzitane, more volatile than said nonsolvent, chosen from the group consisting of esters, nitriles, ketones and their mixtures), the production of said suspensions and their use to manufacture pyrotechnic objects. The use of said at least one hydrofluoroether as nonsolvent is particularly appropriate.


Starcevich J.,SME
Mining Engineering | Year: 2016

The work to create this access/recovery shaft was a monumental effort requiring precise coordination from the best in all disciplines and utilization of the most state-of-the-art foundation drilling equipment. There were many obstacles to overcome, as is the case in most emergency jobs, which required problem-solving "on the fly" to accomplish this monumental task within the extremely limited time available. A broad range of geotechnical construction techniques were required for the construction of the TBM recovery shaft on the SR 99 tunnel. Difficult ground conditions along with a condensed work schedule contributed to the complexity of the work. Moreover, a highly "dynamic" underground environment created by TBM operation and maintenance, site preparation work and maintenance, and dewatering, added unforeseen challenges. State-of-the-art specialty foundation equipment was mobilized, which worked concurrently with Leffer casing rotators and oscillators, and Liebherr duty cycle dig cranes. Other applications included various jet grouting and dewatering scopes completed both at grade and from within the shaft excavation. This work tested the capabilities of existing equipment, pushing them to (and beyond) their previous benchmarks, and in doing so has defined new limits for secant shaft construction. At the current time, repairs to "Bertha" are complete, she has been reassembled within the recovery shaft, and has advanced a few feet, to allow for evaluation of her recent repairs and ensure no further repairs are required. The present schedule calls for her to re-commence mining operations within the coming days and potentially complete the 2.4 km drive by January 2017. n John.


Kunz J.,SME
Manufacturing Engineering | Year: 2015

The article examines the importance of a healthy workforce in an organization. Model companies are outperforming others in large part because they manage and train differently. It is important to consider the dramatic existing and pending talent shortages. The skills gap is a major challenge for many manufacturers, due to limited employee pipeline, a retiring workforce, reshoring and the changing pace of technology. A structured training program using best practices based around competency models like Tooling U-SME's Competency Framework, blended learning which combines theory and application, and a data-driven approach to measuring, tracking and assessing learning can fill existing gaps and prepare the workforce for the future while meeting business objectives.


Patent
Sme | Date: 2010-03-26

The invention relates to a pyrotechnic gas generator (10) for a car airbag (12), the generator including a pyrotechnic charge and a pyrotechnic initiator (28) situated in a combustion chamber (14) and suitable for being actuated by a first detection system (30) for detecting an imminent collision state and/or by a second detection system (32) for detecting an actual collision state. The pyrotechnic gas generator of the invention further includes a gas flow passage (16, 18) between said combustion chamber (14) and said airbag (12), and at least one valve (34) suitable for being moved from a first position in which it defines a first flow section to a second position in which it defines a second flow section greater than said first flow section, or vice versa. In particular, the valve (34) is arranged in such a manner as to define a greater flow section when the pyrotechnic initiator (28) is actuated by the first detection system (30).


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Patent
Sme | Date: 2010-09-10

The subject of the present invention is a pyrotechnic gas-generating product, the composition of which comprises: guanidine nitrate, basic copper nitrate, and potassium perchlorate. Characteristically, said potassium perchlorate represents between 8% and 20% of the total weight of said pyrotechnic product and said composition additionally contains at least one oxide, chosen from metal oxides, metalloid oxides and mixtures thereof; said at least one oxide having a melting point below the combustion temperature of said pyrotechnic product and said at least one oxide representing between 1% and 5% of the total weight of said pyrotechnic product. Said at least one oxide improves the combustion, at low pressure, of said pyrotechnic product.


News Article | December 7, 2016
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FORT WORTH, Texas, Dec. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- SME's AeroDef Manufacturing event will bring together the leading companies and executives from aerospace and defense manufacturing to explore current technologies and coming trends March 6 to 9 at the Fort Worth Convention...

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