Counterfeit Parts, Budget Cuts, Technology Adoption Panel Discussions Previewed in AeroDef Manufacturing Summit and Exposition Podcasts

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OEMs are looking for new ways to integrate the industry's diverse supply chain to find solutions to challenges, including supply chain security, thriving in an era of fiscal austerity, federal manufacturing initiatives and the adoption of additive manufacturing/3D printing.

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SME and and the nation’s largest OEMs are looking for new ways to integrate the industry’s distributed and diverse supply chain to drive innovation and increase productivity.

Panel discussions on issues fundamental to the future of aerospace and defense manufacturing are previewed in new podcasts posted in advance of AeroDef® Manufacturing Summit and Exposition 2014, which takes place February 25–27, 2014, at the Long Beach (Calif.) Convention Center.

SME and the nation’s largest OEMs are looking for new ways to integrate the industry’s distributed and diverse supply chain to drive innovation and increase productivity. The Executive Insights Series addresses these issues through discussions among high-level manufacturing executives from business and government.

  •     Kellie Johnson, president, Ace Clearwater Enterprises, explains the effects of budget uncertainty on suppliers and emerging opportunities stemming from public policy. The panel is “Sequestration: OEM & Supplier Perspectives,” on Tuesday, February 25.
  •     Dickie George, senior advisor for cyber security, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, explains the importance of maintaining the integrity of chips and other parts in the manufacturing process and emerging new solutions. The panel is “Cyber Security and Counterfeit Parts & Materials: An Escalating Global Challenge for Aerospace & Defense Manufacturers,” on Wednesday, February 26.
  •     Al Sanders, president and CEO, Design-Vantage Technologies, LLC, explains the obstacles to adoption of additive manufacturing, often referred to as 3D printing, and the role the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institutes (NAMII) can play. The panel is “3D Modeling in Manufacturing: The Changing Aerospace & Defense Supply Chain and the Digital Innovation Imperative,” on Thursday, February 27.

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About AeroDef Manufacturing
AeroDef Manufacturing is the leading technical conference and exposition for the aerospace and defense manufacturing industry. Produced by SME in partnership with leading industry OEMs, its mission is to foster innovation across the extended enterprise to reduce costs, expedite production times and maintain U.S. competitiveness in the global economy.

About SME
SME connects all those who are passionate about making things that improve our world. As a nonprofit organization, SME has served practitioners, companies, educators, government and communities across the manufacturing spectrum for more than 80 years. Through its strategic areas of events, media, membership, training and development, and the SME Education Foundation, SME is uniquely dedicated to advancing manufacturing by addressing both knowledge and skill needs for industry. At SME, we are making the future. Together.

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