25 October 2011
25 October 2011
SAMPE Tech drew 999 attendees this month, and the SAMPE Exhibit Hall was sold out and required the addition of exhibit space.
Co-located with SME’s Manufacturing with Composites Conference and the ASTM D30 Meeting, SAMPE explain that the event drew material and processing engineers, manufacturing engineers, scientists, technologists and educators for four days of educational programming. They say their conference program was well attended by M&P engineers, manufacturing engineers, scientists, technologists and educators from nearly two dozen countries.
"This year’s success demonstrates not only the strength of the industry, but of SAMPE’s value to the M&P community," said Anthony J. Vizzini, PhD, SAMPE President and Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Western Michigan University. "Nowhere else will you find such a diverse and influential group of professionals whose primary focus is on advanced M&P development and applications."
The conference began with a keynote presentation by Phil Condit titled "Leading in Innovation and Business". Mr. Condit, former CEO of the Boeing Company, oversaw the integration of Rockwell Aerospace and McDonnell Douglas into Boeing to form the world’s largest aerospace company. Wednesday’s keynote presentation on "External Surface Changes Observed on the International Space Station (ISS) through 2010" was given by Dr. Johnny Golden, Boeing Technical Fellow. His talk highlighted the wide variety of environmental effects on external surfaces of the ISS and the challenges they presented.
On the Thursday, SAMPE honoured conference and committee volunteers and award winners during the Awards Luncheon. The event featured a presentation by Mike Harmon, Director of Dell Services Engineering Solutions, on "The Engineering Community in Society."
"This conference featured topics and information that is of significant value to M&P professionals." Todd Hammer, South Central Regional Manager at Stiles Machinery said. "The committee and volunteers worked very hard to develop this program and we’re pleased by the positive feedback we have received this week."
The next SAMPE Tech will take place October 22-25, 2012, at the Charleston Convention Centre in North Charleston, South Carolina.
Ceramicx, Ireland, has completed an 1800 m2 expansion to its production facility, doubling capacity for the manufacture of infrared heating equipment for the composites industry.
Airtech Advanced Materials Group is introducing three new high temperature vacuum bagging materials for thermoplastic moulding processes up to 427°C.
Solvay has inaugurated a new centre in Wrexham, UK, for manufacturing structural adhesives and surfacing films for the aerospace market.