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Parts and components fail for a number of reasons, including flaws in design, manufacturing defects, and normal wear. Determining the root cause of failure can pose a challenge for manufacturers, often requiring extensive testing and collection of data. Industrial CT scanning is a radiographic testing method that can inspect the internal features of parts in 3D, offering many advantages over other methods for conducting failure investigations. Third party inspection labs assist manufacturers by providing consistent and unbiased data for failed parts. The insight they gain helps them quickly develop corrective actions, saving costs associated with recalls ...
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SME Members, Please assist Khalid Iskandarani, an Eastern Michigan University PhD candidate, with his research study on innovation and its antecedents in the manufacturing industry. The purpose of this research study is to assess the impact of transformational leadership, personality and organizational climate on individual innovativeness at work. This research is unfunded. Participation in this study involves completing an online survey. It should take between 15 to 20 minutes to complete. CLICK HERE to complete survey
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SME 038 Scholarships

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SME's Grand Rapids Chapter 38 scholarship is dedicated to the education of future manufacturing professionals in west Michigan who are either (1) graduating from high school or (2) a current college/university student. The scholarship provides students ­­­in the west Michigan area with a cash award ranging from $250 to $1,000 to pursue their education in fields related to manufacturing.  Instructions Applicants should be students currently admitted to or enrolled in a manufacturing related discipline at Grand Valley State University, Ferris State University, or Grand Rapids Community College. Applications must be submitted by April 1, 2017. Please complete ...
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S326: Chapter of the Month

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University of Michigan-Dearborn S326 Named Chapter of the Month Over the last two years, SME's University of Michigan-Dearborn S326 student chapter has been revitalizing itself. From 2015-17, the number of student members has grown from 17 to 45. To enhance its offerings to students, the student chapter has been consistently organizing knowledge-sharing sessions with guest speakers from industry, hosting seminars by industry professionals and academia, and holding Industrial tours to increase the manufacturing knowledge of the students. With the support of UM-Dearborn faculty, particularly their faculty advisor, Elsayed A. Orady, PhD, the student chapter ...
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From the Desk of...Ron Gill March 2017 The highest achievement of my professional career has been my acceptance into a technical fellowship for a major aerospace company. My involvement and achievement within SME positively differentiated me from other applicants. In this month's From the Desk of..., please see my suggestions on why you should help recognize other SME members for their career/manufacturing achievements, as well as the steps to do so. Click here to view the newsle
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Proactive inspection during pre-production helps manufacturers qualify a new part or assembly before going into mass production. The aim of pre-production inspection is to ensure quality parts free of defects and that manufacturing processes are operating as intended. Pre-production inspection gives manufacturers peace of mind and saves them the high costs of putting a faulty part into production. Third party inspection labs can assist part manufacturers fulfill stringent pre-production inspection requirements. Using advanced imaging technologies, they can assess fit and function and perform dimensional analyses by providing timely and unbiased data. To read ...
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To continue to cultivate and encourage more awareness around STEM and careers in manufacturing, on March 24, 2017, SME's Ventura County Chapter 27 recognized seven Ventura County Science Fair students (grades 6-12) with its SME Award for Excellence in Engineering, Design or Manufacturing. The students received certificates and cash awards for their creative designs, like "Prolonging the Battery Life of Quadcopters," "Amphibious Cart" and "How Does Having a Prosthetic Affect Daily Life." Approximately 900 Ventura County students presented more than 750 projects at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. With categories from animal sciences to physics, the science ...
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2017 ASEE/SME Competition for Student Makers Tuesday June 27, 2017, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. | ASEE Annual Meeting, Columbus, Ohio The ASEE Manufacturing Division and SME are pleased to sponsor a student competition at the 2017 ASEE Annual Conference being held on June 25-28 in Columbus, Ohio. Student teams that present at the Make It! session are automatically considered for this competition. Judges from industry and academia will select outstanding entries in the categories of innovation, commercial potential and Humanitarian Service. In addition, the ASEE Manufacturing Division will recognize the best technical paper submission with a Best Paper ...
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In her new blog post, "Identifying Training ROI in Four Steps," Tooling U-SME Vice President Jeannine Kunz shares her insights into how world-class companies know an investment in human capital is critical for achieving and sustaining a competitive advantage. Less savvy companies relegate training and development to a minor expense line in the annual budget. Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME For the benefit of the industry, and our nation, which relies on a strong manufacturing sector for prosperity, this must change. Training and development needs to be treated like other investments presented to top management, with value substantiated. ...
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During its HOUSTEX event (Feb. 28-March 2, 2017), SME held an Innovation Tour, which was designed to highlight the importance of manufacturing and draw attention to the rewarding, high-skilled careers available in the industry. Approximately 60 high school students from the Houston area participated, including Barbara Jordan High School for Careers; Energy Institute High School; Sam Houston Math, Science and Technology Center; Nimitz High School; and Ball High School. Fifteen University of Houston S079 and Texas A&M University S099 student members/ambassadors were on hand to provide leadership and camaraderie for the high school students. The college students ...
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The SME Member Council is currently seeking volunteers to participate on its Communications Task Group. The group will work closely with the Member Council to discuss: The best way to disseminate information to SME members (i.e., SME Member NewsFlash, SME Daily Executive Briefing, SME Connect, etc.). Evaluate the various online platforms members can engage and interact on (i.e., SME Connect vs. LinkedIn, etc.). Help determine what information needs to be communicated to members from each of the Member Councils committees and/or task groups (i.e., Chapter Enhancement Committee, Corporate Task Group, etc.). Participants will be asked to join ...
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Argonne National Laboratory invents reusable sponge that soaks up oil. http://www.anl.gov/articles/argonne-invents-reusable-sponge-soaks-oil-could-revolutionize-oil-spill-and-diesel-cleanup A great invention
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We at the SME Education Foundation are very proud to announce a new partnership with NASA HUNCH. This opportunity will allow our PRIME students to create actual NASA flight hardware for aboard the International Space Station. We will also be collaborating to grow PRIME into the existing HUNCH newtork of 65 schools. Combining our efforts to impact students across a network of over 100 schools. See the entire press release here. http://www.sme.org/2017-New-Partnership-Expands-Advanced-Manufacturing-Opportunities-for-High-School-Students/ Feel free to reach out to me with questions... Josh
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Hello everyone! In case you missed the email, please take a moment to check out my February From the Desk of message on SME chapters and the value they offer. You can view the newsletter here . Th
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Manufacturers across the United States are facing a workforce nearing retirement, but lack the younger workers to fill those roles. SME has developed a strategy to empower youth by connecting them to SME at a much younger age group, at the high school level. SME members and staff are passionate promoters for the variety of careers and technologies available to youth today. At Westside Christian Academy, Dr Ken Hall and his students learned just what SME and manufacturing have in common and the resources available for this next generation. The senior class has ten students and two of those students are going onto study engineering in college. Congratulations! ...
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Numerous industries require critical production part inspection for low volume, high value parts. From performance racing to aerospace to medical industries, these sectors require parts for must run applications. In these situations, parts cannot afford to fail as they are either inaccessible for repair or vital for correct operations or both. Advanced imaging inspection is highly beneficial for production part inspection, especially for conducting failure analysis and dimensional validation. These inspection technologies provide definitive, traceable data that can expedite efficient production while maintaining quality control. To read more, visit https://jgarantmc.com/blog/ndt/offline-production-part-inspection/ ...
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What will the future hold for NDT inspection services? With Industry 4.0 ushering in the widespread digitization of manufacturing, NDT laboratories are facing greater demand for advanced inspection methods and definitive results. Maintaining tight quality control in industry is essential for manufacturers to stand behind their product and avoid recalls that can ruin well-established companies. Reactive and Proactive NDT Non-destructive testing can be done at any stage of a products lifecycle. Currently, NDT for parts is mostly utilized as a reactive solution to identify part failures after they occur. For example, NDT x-ray of automotive assemblies can ...
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Hi, Would helping SME validate/update content from its Design for Manufacturability (DFM, Tool and Manufacturing Engineers Handbook ) volume be of interest to you or your team? Volunteers with expertise in the subject area are needed to review/augment pieces of content this year. Your contribution to the body of knowledge could be as small as reviewing/validating a section (a few pages), or as large as updating an entire chapter (several pages). The plan is to publish sections digitally, as quickly as they become ready. Here are the topics (existing in Word/PDF): Introduction to Design for Manufacturability Concurrent Engineering Management Involvement ...
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Dear members, Join the Society of Women Engineers Sonora Region for their FY17 Region Conference! The conference will be held February 9-12, 2017 at the Hilton Irvine/ Orange County Airport. Attendees can register at https://swebee17.eventbrite.com by February 5, 2017. The conference will include: Inspiring keynote speakers, featuring Jessica Rannow - SWE President Gwynne Shotwell - President & COO of SpaceX Frances Arnold - Dickinson Professor at Cal Tech & the first woman ever to win the Millennium Technology Prize 6 full breakout tracks! Check out the http://sweregionb.org/region-conference/breakout-session-speakers Career ...
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http://www.icidm2017.polimi.it/ International Conference on Innovative Design and Manufacturing ( ICIDM ) is a premium conference in design, manufacturing, and innovation. It was created in 2011 by merging two leading conferences: ICMA and ISDM. The series of International Conferences on Manufacturing Automation ( ICMA ) have a long history starting from 1992 at University of Hong Kong. The International Symposium on Digital Manufacturing ( ISDM ) was established by Wuhan University of Technology in 2006. Now, the International Conference on Innovative Design and Manufacturing (ICIDM) aims at providing a forum to share knowledge and new ideas between researchers ...
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