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Ex-Apple, Tesla Executive Urges ‘Disruptive’ Thinking

Senior Editor Bill Koenig

3/5/2015

A former executive of Apple Inc. and Tesla Motors Inc., in a motivational speech, urged manufacturers to engage in “disruptive” thinking.“What can you give them (customers) that others won’t or can’t?” George Blankenship, the former executive, said at the MFG Meeting in Orlando. “What can you do that would be unexpected?” Full Article

Analyst: Manufacturing ‘Great Business to Be In’



Senior Editor Bill Koenig

3/5/2015

Manufacturing has good prospects for 2015 as the US economy expands, an analyst at the MFG Meeting.Manufacturing “is a great business to be in, continues to be a great business to be in,” Eli Lustgarten, senior vice president of Longbow Securities, said during a 2015 economic forecast presentation at the gathering in Orlando, FL. Full Article

AERODEF 2015: Meeting the Challenge of Composites



George N. Bullen, President and CEO, Smart Blades Inc.

3/5/2015

Carbon fiber composites “grew up” in the airline world for replacement of metal parts. Today, they are reaching maturity as an integral part of aerospace manufacturing. But the growing pains continue, according to George N. Bullen, FSME, CPIM, who has spent his career working in space and space technologies and is now president/CEO of Smart Blades, Inc. Full Article

Collaboration and the Cloud: News from ABB Automation and Power World 2015



Senior Editor Michael C. Anderson

3/4/2015

ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer announced today that ABB (Zurich, Switzerland) will partner with mobile telecommunications manufacturer Ericsson (Kista, Sweden) to release a cloud data center management platform. The announcement was part of Spiesshofer’s keynote address to the ABB Automation and Power World event in Houston, TX, which runs through March 5. Full Article

SME, DEMAT Partner on EUROMOLD to Strengthen Additive Manufacturing Industry



Press Release - SME

3/4/2015

SME, the U.S. leader in additive manufacturing and 3D printing expertise and events, has announced that it will partner with DEMAT, to support the additive manufacturing elements of EUROMOLD. The SME/DEMAT strategic relationship will further strengthen EUROMOLD’s position as the world’s leading exhibition on additive manufacturing and 3D printing. Full Article

NAMRC Research Event Upcoming June 8-12



Senior Editor Ellen Kehoe

2/26/2015

Session schedules and activity details are taking final form for the North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC), the flagship annual event of SME’s North American Manufacturing Research Institution (NAMRI/SME). NAMRC and the Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference (MSEC) of ASME’s Manufacturing Engineering Div. are hosted together June 8-12, 2015, at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. . Full Article

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