A new event, Mfg4—Manufacturing 4 the Future, is designed to promote cross-industry problem solving among manufacturers from the aerospace, defense, medical and energy industries. According to organizer the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), this concept can help manufacturers discover unexpected solutions. For example, an aerospace engineer might learn somethign from how a green energy company applies advanced turbine technology.
Scheduled for May 8-10 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, the event is designed to focus more on integrated and interactive activities rather than only technology and product demonstrations. At the heart of the event is the Insight Intersection, an area where small groups of professionals can meet to exchange information. Other highlights include a technical conference program with daily keynote and breakout sessions for each industry, as well as highlights of emerging technologies such as additive manufacturing and nanotechnology.
Mfg4 will alternate years with Eastec, which has been hosted at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachussetts since 1988. It will return there May 14-16, 2013.