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EASTEC® Lean and Green Resource Center Offers Manufacturers a Competitive Advantage

Monday, April 27, 2009

WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA — EASTEC, the largest manufacturing event on the East Coast, will provide attendees with the tips, tactics and one-on-one expertise they need to become more competitive at a three-day Lean and Green Resource Center. Sponsored by the Greater Boston Manufacturing Partnership (GBMP) and Manufacturing Engineering magazine, the Lean and Green Resource Center will feature ongoing seminars on topics such as Efficient Machining; Leveraging the Shingo Model; Using Kaizen Principles to Reduce Environment, Health, Safety (EHS) Risks; “Green” Laser Stripping and much more.

“Many companies trying to compete in this tough economy are finding that lean principles are extremely beneficial to their bottom line,” notes Chris Martin, vice president of the GBMP. “This is an opportunity for attendees to see first-hand how lean and green principles can be applied successfully in any shop regardless of size or product mix. More than 20 different seminars will be offered and will include real examples of how these lean and green tools can benefit attendees.”

“Our 2009 attendees’ survey indicated that continuous improvement is one of the highest areas of interest,” adds Kimberly L. Farrugia, senior show manager, for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the co-sponsor of EASTEC. “Attendees also know that future success hinges on understanding the changing environmental regulations and early adoption of green technologies. The Lean and Green Resource Center will provide the best educational opportunity of the year on this subject matter.”

Companies and organizations participating in EASTEC’s 2009 Lean and Green Resource Center include: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; O/E; Connecticut Center for Advanced Technologies Inc.; National Center for Aerospace Leadership; GBMP; EnerNOC Inc.; Fuss & O’Neill Manufacturing Solutions; Unist Inc.; R&D Organizer Inc.; Jean Cunningham Consulting; Environmental Resources Associates Inc.; Cold Jet, LLC; Vibco Inc.; Procter & Gamble; Dawson MacDonald Inc.; Deburring Solutions and NEQC.

EASTEC is co-sponsored by SME, the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association and the Association for Manufacturing Technology. The event celebrates its 30th anniversary May 19-21 at Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Mass., and is expected to draw more than 14,000 attendees and 600 exhibitors. Spread over 160,000 square feet, EASTEC consists of five technology-focused areas: design, engineering and rapid technologies; tooling, workholding and machining accessories; automation and process improvement; plant, energy and environmental efficiency; and precision manufacturing equipment and systems. Attendees can also learn how to maximize their use of technology and learn about leading-edge, cost-effective approaches through four new EASTEC Resource Centers: Lean and Green, Energy, Medical, and Aerospace and Defense.

About SME
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is the premier source for manufacturing knowledge, education and networking. Through its many programs, events and activities, SME connects manufacturing practitioners to each other, to the latest technology and the most up-to-date processes spanning all manufacturing industries and disciplines, plus the key areas of aerospace and defense, medical device, motor vehicles, including motorsports, and oil and gas. A 501(c)3 organization, SME has members in more than 70 countries and is supported by a network of technical communities and chapters worldwide.

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