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  • SME Announcement
    Announcement From SME
    Dear SME Members, For more than 86 years, SME has been at the forefront of helping its members, the manufacturing industry and manufacturing professionals meet the challenges that come from impactful changes in the industry. You, our members, remain vital to our goal of furthering an inspired, educated, and prosperous manufacturing community. I ... more
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    SME STUDENT MEMBERS: APPLY FOR NEW METALWORKING SCHOLARSHIP FROM TRAVERS TOOL CO.
    ATTN: SME Student Members! Travers Tool is proud to announce its first-ever Metalworking Student Scholarship. In conjunction with its partners, Travers Tool will award $1,250 in tools to a student enrolled in metalworking or welding program at vocational, technical school, community college or university.  To be eligible, participants must ... more
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    Key Trends In Digital Manufacturing Revealed
    A recent Trends in Digital Manufacturing survey, jointly conducted by SME, a manufacturing association promoting advanced manufacturing technologies, and Plataine, a leading provider of Industrial IoT and AI-based manufacturing optimization solutions, has revealed key insights on plans for factory digitization. This unique IIoT survey, ... more
  • Carol Tower
    5 Things For June
    News items you may have missed!   Engineers Make Parts Out of the Sugar Used in Throat Lozenges Who knew that the cough drop could hold the future of tissue engineering and cancer research? ... more
  • Dave Davidson
    Centrifugal Iso-Finishing For The Precision Contract Machining And Manufacturing Operation. [Video]
    by Dave Davidson, Deburring/Finishing Technologist | 509.230.6821 |  dryfinish@gmail.com  | https://about.me/dave.davidson  Listen to Katie MacKay (Executive Vice President at MacKay Manufacturing in Spokane, WA) describe how they have reduced hand-deburring and polishing for over 50 different parts from steel, stainless steel, ... more
  • SME Chapter 2 Golf Outing Fundraiser
    Swing For Education
    I wanted to bring our members of the Grand Rapids Chapter up to date on our golf outing for scholarships.  The winning team was Paul Plotkowski from Grand Valley State University, Second was the Jeff Howlett group from DGF Services and Third was the Lions of Wyoming.  The Closest  to the PIn was J. Sluiter, Long Drive was Ken Traxinger and Longest Put was ... more
  • 2018 Science + Innovation Awards
    Nominations Needed for 2018 Science + Innovation Awards
    Manufacturing USA is helping to honor the next generation of innovative leaders through partnering with the Creators of the Teen Choice awards in an all-new, first-of-its-kind "Science Innovation Awards Presented by Manufacturing USA." SME needs your help in nominating those rising stars positively impacting their communities through what ... more
  • TU-SME and UL Agreement
    UL And Tooling U-SME Finalize Partnership On Additive Manufacturing Professional Certification Programs
    (CLEVELAND, June 14, 2018)  —  Tooling U-SME , a leading provider of manufacturing training solutions, and UL, a global safety science company, have finalized an agreement to align training and certification to create a single source for professional additive manufacturing certification. The organizations signed a Letter of Intent in December ... more
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    It's Graduation Time...Is Your Student Engagement On Track?
    As of April 30, 2018, there were 451,000 manufacturing job openings — or 7.4 percent of total private job openings of 6,117,000. As we head into summer and look toward fall, we wanted to take a moment to offer a few important reminders and suggestions on student engagement, particularly as students will be instrumental in filling the manufacturing ... more
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    Another Happy Student Graduates!
    As we've shared previously, SME's postsecondary members are graduating college and sporting new tassels to proudly display their SME membership affiliation. Below is a recent submission from Elvis Bonilla, a new recent East Carolina University graduate.  Please join us in congratulating Elvis Bonilla!  Hello fellow members,  I would like to ... more
  • Tabitha Lundblad
    Congratulations Tabitha Lundblad!
    We're happy to announce that Tabitha Lundblad recently graduated from the Indiana Institute of Technology — where SME student chapter S354 is located — with a bachelor's degree in industrial and manufacturing engineering. She graduated summa cum laude, Alpha Chi Honor Society and proudly sported her SME chord! Great job Tabitha!      more
  • Carol Tower
    5 Things For May
    News items you may have missed!   The Marine Corps is relying on 3D printing for new parts as it scrambles to prepare for winter warfare The Marine Corps has, in recent months, started to shift its focus away from operations in the Middle East and begun to emphasize preparing to operate in extreme cold — like that found in northern Europe and northeast Asia ... more
  • S430 Student Chapter Members
    Establishment Of The University Of Technology, Jamaica SME Student Chapter S430
    SME's Member Council on the 4th of November 2017 by unanimous decision approved the application to open the UTECH JA SME Student Chapter S430 with the Greater Charleston SME Chapter 430, South Carolina USA as the sponsoring chapter. This is the third international chapter and the second English Speaking chapter Student established in the Caribbean ... more
  • Platinum Seal
    Please Join Me In Congratulating Nashville Chapter, C043 As They Celebrate Their Platinum Level Of Accomplishment
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    Student Members Proudly Display Their SME Tassels
    Students across the country are now proudly wearing their SME tassels during their college graduations, signifying they are student members of SME! Would you like your own tassel for graduation? Contact membership@sme.org , and we'll be happy to send one to you! more
  • Mark Price
    Platinum Chapter Recognition
    Each year, our SME chapters provide validation for their local chapters operations and various levels of engagement.  The forms, as required by SME Governance, indicate the new slate of elected chapter officers, a financial status update and a completed Chapter Program and Assessment Guide (CPAG) as an annual review of these four categories: ... more
  • Carol Tower
    5 Things For April: News Items You May Have Missed!
      8 Technological Innovations That Are Shaping the Future of the Industrial World   The technology breakthroughs in the field of robotics, data science, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, and nanotechnology are enabling businesses to gather and analyze data and use cost-effective and faster processes, enhancing their bottom ... more
  • Adam Cook
    Happy Iotday!
    Happy Iotday 2018! Today marks the recognition of one of the most promising technologies in the Industry 4.0 space - the Internet of Things . What makes it so important? The Internet of Things (IoT) or, in our specific industry, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is one of the base-level technologies which connects the physical world with the ... more
  • Wanda Falk
    Student Chapters
    The Grand Rapids Chapter 38 is continuing to contact students during the Robotics competitions and promoting the benefits of a high school student membership. If you are an SME member and mentoring students this year, we would like you to continue encouraging SME membership and providing us your contact information. We want to engage the ... more
  • Member and Industry Relations Manager
    Monday Morning Membership Minute - March 26, 2018
    Happy Monday morning SME Members! The madness of March and the underdog stories that happen during basketball got me thinking and I hope you can help:  if you had an underdog story where you used SME to assist you in your work and it worked to your advantage, can you comment on this blog and share that story?  What process change, connection, information, ... more
  • Jeannine Kunz
    Capitol Hill Testimony: Advancing Apprenticeships For Small Business
    On Tuesday, the House Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce heard from a panel of witnesses on apprenticeship initiatives, specifically the Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship Program. Representing Tooling U-SME was its vice president, Jeannine Kunz, who, along with along with three other ardent ... more
  • FIRST Robotics
    GVSU Competition For First Robotics
    We are excited to participate and promote the students and their mentors at the GVSU First Competition this weekend. Bring your family and enjoy the competition at the Grand Valley field house in Allendale. Competition begins at 9:30 on Friday and 9:30 on Saturday, March 23 and March 24. The challenge this year is exciting and fast passed. more
  • Resume Review
    College Students Resume Review - SME Guidance
    Hey College Students! It’s time to Sharpen-up Your Resume!  Register for the SME Online Resume Review and Career Guidance Fair , Wednesday, April 4, 2018, from 1-3pm EDT . Connect live in one-on-one chats with professionals from the field who will provide you feedback on your resume and help you move forward with your career goals. Simple Registration ... more
  • Member and Industry Relations Manager
    Membership Team Minute - March 19, 2018
    Hello, SME Members: I hope you enjoy St. Patrick's Day! Spring is near and soon March Madness will be over and baseball will be starting up. SME is a great network for you to connect with other like-minded individuals working in manufacturing. As an example, a student member from Robert Morris University connected with me a few months before graduation ... more
  • Ralton Emory
    Membership Team Minute - March 12, 2018
    Good Monday Morning SME Members. Thank you for continuing to support manufacturing through membership with SME. As spring break time arrives, remind students as well as remembering yourself, that manufacturing enhances leisure lifestyles. Someone has to design, test, build, and transport items that sometimes we don't' think about as ... more
  • Mfg Career Handout
    A Visual Guide To Manufacturing’s Opportunities And Impact
    Ever wonder about the opportunities that come with a manufacturing career? Our new guide highlights the benefits of a manufacturing career and its impact in America.  VIEW THE ONLINE VERSION DOWNLOAD PDF   more
  • Member and Industry Relations Manager
    Membership Team Minute - March 5th, 2018
    Good morning SME Members!  Thank you for joining SME as you make your difference in manufacturing. Here are a few highlights of things going on that could benefit you: 1.  SME is hosting a SME Online Resume Review and Career Guidance Fair on April 4, 2018.  You can register at https://app.brazenconnect.com/a/sme/e/XB8Nn.   If you are aware of anyone ... more
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    SME Chapter 038 Grand Rapids, Michigan Is Looking For Co-op Opportunities With Your Company
    We have been contacted by a member whose son is currently attending Michigan Tech and is in need of an internship or co-op for the summer of 2018 in the West Michigan area. His previous experience has been with Dematic, Feyen-Zylstra and Bemis in Oshkosh, WI. If your company is looking for help this summer, please let us know and we will forward the resume ... more
  • Dianna Helka
    SME Members: Help Influence The Direction Of U.S. Advanced Manufacturing
    SME members, Weigh in with your perspectives and experiences — and influence the direction of American advanced manufacturing! The National Science and Technology Council, Subcommittee on Advanced Manufacturing is developing a National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing to improve coordination and provide guidance for Federal ... more
  • Ralton Emory
    Monday Membership Minute - February 26, 2018
    Good Monday morning SME Members! As always, please let me start with some gratitude to you for joining us as members.  We greatly appreciate you and your efforts within SME. Couple of great things for your attention: 1.  Remember our Online Resume Review and Career Guidance program coming up.  You can register here:  ... more
  • Member and Industry Relations Manager
    Membership Team Monday Minute - February 19th, 2018
    Happy President's Day if you are in the United States and a happy Monday to all!  It's going to be a great week. I would like to draw your attention to a few things that are happening around SME membership: 1. Our first SME Resume Review event is scheduled for April 4th.  While the event is geared toward students, it is open to anyone.  If you are a student and ... more
  • FABTECH 2018 Call for Speakers
    FABTECH 2018 ATLANTA Call For Speakers Is Live!
    FABTECH 2018 ATLANTA Call for Speakers Is Live !   SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT TODAY! Deadline April 6, 2018  Be a part of FABTECH 2018 by sharing your knowledge on technological advancements and creative concepts for FABTECH attendees.  If you have insights and ideas to share, submit your abstract today for consideration at the FABTECH 2018 Education ... more
  • SME Notable Women in Mfg
    SME Leaders Named As Crain’s Notable Women In Manufacturing
    SME is proud to announce that three of the organization’s leaders are among 36 women named to “Crain’s Detroit Business” 2018 list of Notable Women in Manufacturing. SME’s 2017 President Sandra Bouckley, Vice President of SME’s Events & Industry Strategy Debbie Holton and Vice President of Tooling U-SME Jeannine Kunz were selected for their ... more
  • Ralton Emory
    Membership Team Monday Minute - February 12th
    As I always like to do, I want to start by expressing my gratitude for you, the SME Member, and say THANK YOU for joining SME and engaging with us as we connect people and manufacturing technologies. Also, speaking of "expressions of gratitude", please remember that Wednesday is Valentine's Day.  You can't say that we didn't remind you. There are some ... more
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    February SME SPEAKS-Guest Editorial: Creating An Engaged And Sustainable SME
    Hope you enjoy reading my guest editorial article just published at Manufacturing Engineering SME SPEAKS: Creating An Engaged and Sustainable SME LinkedIn Access more
  • Howard Hale
    Scholarship Awards
    Nashville SME43 will be awarding 5 each $1,500 awards each year to promote manufacturing. Go to sme43.com  to find out about our chapter and acquire an application. more
  • Ralton Emory
    Membership Team Monday Minute - February 5th, 2018
    Happy post-big game Monday.  I am sure that Philadelphia Chapter 15 members are celebrating this morning. We have a couple of things to highlight for your today: 1.  SME Members receive complimentary registration to the new Smart Manufacturing Experience and discounts on workshops and conferences.  For more information on this event and ... more
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    SME Chapter 038 Scholarships
    Our Chapter was able to grant 5 scholarships in 2017 and we would like to continue with this great tradition.  The deadline for applying is March 31, 2018.  You can contact an officer for Chapter 038 to get an application. more
  • Ralton Emory
    Membership Team Monday Minute - January 29, 2018
    Happy Monday SME Members! First, I personally want to say THANK YOU for being a member of SME and working hard to improve the state of manufacturing in this country and around the world. Due to your efforts in recruiting new members, SME is beginning the year with a growth of membership numbers.  Two areas to highlight:  our high school student membership ... more
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    Looking To Learn About Manufacturing High Heels
    Hello everyone! I am an entrepreneur looking to revolutionize womens shoes and I have a vision for a platform; however, I don't know much about the current construct and I am looking to connect with those who do to see if my vision is possible. Any advice/guidance is appreciated.  more
  • Member and Industry Relations Manager
    Membership Team Monday Minute
    Happy Mid-January SME Members. I hope 2018 has been productive so far and that you are making the exclusive connections and gaining the exclusive access from your SME Membership. Couple of news items of note: - Chapter Leaders:  Check out the attachment for the 2018 Chapter Calendar.  This calender has been created by the Chapter Enhancement ... more
  • Edye Buchanan
    SME Membership Matters
    I have been a member of SME for 30 years! What happened to that young mother who started back to college to pursue a degree in CAD? Her son has grown, she’s had a fulfilling career and she is still involved in SME. But let me go back to why I have been a member for 30 years. I joined SME because I was going back to school in my late 20s and knew that to succeed in ... more
  • Ralton Emory
    Membership Team Monday Minute
    Good morning SME Members! Happy Martin Luther King Day! Couple of notes: - SME offers high school membership free to those 13 years - through high school to help them understand how manufacturing and technology enhances our world.  High school members can find out more and join here:  http://www.sme.org/highschool-membership/ - I have attached a ... more
  • Webb Telescope
    Webb Telescope
    This is one of my favorite projects.  The Webb telescope will be able to "see" the way galaxies formed after the big bang.  This is a very exciting advancement in human capabilities.  Also, the construction of the telescope reflector framework is made from carbon fiber and cyanate ester resin composites that minimize the effect of thermal expansion.  ... more
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    Learning To Use Connect
    Greetings!  I think I qualify as an old school member of SME.   That may be why I struggle with Connect.  I like the idea of posting a question and getting feedback from SME members.  I would like to learn more about the ways that chapters, communities and SME HQ uses (or plan to use) Connect.  I welcome your feedback This is the first time I have entered a blog ... more
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    FABTECH 2017 Chicago ILC Workshop
    AWF100: Laser Welding for Today's Fabricator Workshop Tuesday, November 07, 2017: 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM Description This workshop is full of experts covering the latest advancements on laser welding. Topics include: design consideration, industrial laser welding, laser sources for fiber, disk and diode, system overview, hybrid laser welding and ... more
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    Beta Interest Groups Are Now Forming
    SME is currently forming the following interest groups.  Monitoring & Maintaining the Digital Factory Simulation-Driven Engineering Collision-Free Factory Automation Safety & Productivity If you are interested in participating in one or more of these interest groups, please  click here  to complete and submit the form. more

Draft Posts

  • Celebration and Recognition to Mr. Ron Mac Iver - 58 years of SME Membership (Draft)
    SME would like to extend its congratulations to Ron Mac Iver, who is celebrating 58 years of SME membership! Ron has been an active SME member since he joined a student chapter at Santa Monica City College in April 1960. He was one of the founding members of the new student chapter and served as its first secretary for two years. This new chapter was ... more

Most Recent Comments

Wanda,
I'd like to know if I can post content for the student chapters? I'd like to be able to understand what they are doing over the summer and what "events" we can include them in to help with the "connections" goal of SME.

Thanks,
Robert
 
Outstanding news, certifications are a critical part of our members professional development!
I want to recognize the SME University of Houston Student Chapter, S079.  In speaking with the two officers this morning, it was indeed exciting to learn of their accomplishments, community and industry engagement.   And FUN!  This is truly an example of student chapter development, involvement and participation.  Thank you to Armando and Dhaval fo...
It is great to see Pirate Nation wearing SME tassels.   Arrgh!
I am a mentor for Robotics Team 5316 and also submitted the SME Membership to the local High School counselors.