Aerospace and Defense OEMs Join with SME To Create AeroDef Manufacturing, New Expo, Educational Conference

Executive Committee Includes Boeing, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics,Bell Helicopter, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, NCDMM

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) announced the appointment of seven executive committee members for the AeroDef Manufacturing Exposition and Conference, to be held Tuesday–Thursday, April 5-7, 2011 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.

With pressure mounting for manufacturers and suppliers to innovate and drive technology development throughout the supply chain, major aerospace and defense OEMs are working with SME to create a vertically integrated event that will focus on helping manufacturing professionals keep current with new technologies and advanced manufacturing processes.

AeroDef Manufacturing will be the most comprehensive exposition and technical conference devoted to the aerospace and defense manufacturing industry in the world.

The expo will include demonstrations of innovative, enabling technologies and advanced, integrated systems for manufacturing in the military and commercial aerospace, defense and space industries. Educational sessions will have a heavy emphasis on what the industry needs to know to move forward in advancing U.S. aerospace and defense manufacturing.

“Our government customers are looking for radical changes in the way business is done, so we’ll be sending our manufacturing technology group,” said Bill Saathoff, Director, Production Engineering & Technology, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. “I look forward to AeroDef to tell the industry what we really need.”

“Having the major aerospace defense companies involved in the planning process will take this event to the next level,” says Jim Calas, Sector Director, Manufacturing Engineering Operations, Northrop Grumman Aerospace. Systems

Organized by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, AeroDef Manufacturing will offer the most comprehensive exposition and technical conference for aerospace, defense and space executives ever staged, offering insights into the evolution of manufacturing and the technologies that are driving future development. The expo will include the following technology zones:

  • Advanced Materials
  • Digital Manufacturing
  • Electronics
  • Finishing & Coatings
  • Integrated Assembly
  • Precision Manufacturing
  • Quality, Measurement & Inspection
  • Supplier Strategies

“The country’s leading OEMs are working with SME to make AeroDef Manufacturing the place for industry executives to get up to date and collaborate on the future of aerospace and defense manufacturing in the U.S.,” said Dave Morton, AeroDef show manager. “SME and the executive committee will stress the importance of technology and innovation to the future of the industry in the AeroDef education sessions, panel speakers and keynote addresses.”

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