29 March 2004

Tecnomatix Among Sponsors of SME Management Forum, "Digital Manufacturing and MPM: The Missing Link to Innovation", May 26, 2004

DEARBORN, Michigan -- March 25, 2004 -- Digital manufacturing and manufacturing process management (MPM) are redefining the ways large manufacturers collaborate to develop new products using 3-D simulation tools. The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), will present "Digital Manufacturing and Manufacturing Process Management (MPM): The Missing Link to Innovation," on Wednesday, May 26 from 7:30 a.m. – to 5 p.m. at the Automotive Hall of Fame, Dearborn, Mich. The management forum is being produced in partnership with CIMdata, Inc., and sponsored by Delmia Corp., MSI, Tecnomatix Technologies, Ltd., and UGS PLM Solutions. Manufacturing experts and solution providers will present case studies about how digital manufacturing and MPM tools enable product designers to interact more effectively with the factory floor to ensure design for manufacturability and assembly. Digital manufacturing technology is an integral component of product lifecycle management (PLM) because it allows manufacturers to optimize their product design together with the production process plan early in the development cycle. This results in significantly reduced front-end production costs, enhanced quality, streamlined processes, compressed product development times, and accelerated speed to market while enabling manufacturers to breed a culture of innovation within their enterprise. Management Forum Program The Management Forum scheduled speakers include:
  • Al Hufstetler, vice president, Product Management and Digital Manufacturing, UGS PLM Solutions, Southfield, Mich.
  • Michael Carlo, business process leader, Engineering and IT, American Axle & Manufacturing, Detroit, Mich.
  • Jim Toeniskoetter, president & COO, TESCO, Auburn Hills, Mich.
  • Doug Fish, director of Business Development, Tecnomatix Technologies, Northville, Mich.
  • Robert J. Axtman, director of Business Development, DELMIA Corp., Auburn Hills, Mich.
  • Kirk Gutman, information officer, Global Manufacturing & Quality, Information Systems & Services, General Motors Corporation, Detroit, Mich.
  • Ravi Vengadam, PhD., Technical Fellow, Digital Factory, Visteon Corporation, Dearborn, Mich.
  • Ed Miller, president, CIMdata, Ann Arbor, Mich. and Management Forum chair and conference moderator
Ford Rouge Factory Tour The conference concludes with a tour of the Ford Rouge Factory. Conference participants will see first-hand what they learned about digital manufacturing and MPM being applied on the plant floor. This new, state-of-the-art facility is a model for lean manufacturing and the next generation of flexible production systems that can quickly respond to shifts in consumer demands. The plant’s three platforms are capable of producing nine different models, including the F-150 truck, America’s best-selling vehicle. Says Ed Miller, president, CIMdata, Ann Arbor, Mich., "Companies throughout the world are striving to make their businesses more responsive to customer needs, both in speed of response and in their ability to provide innovative products that meet demanding customer expectations. Implementation of digital manufacturing is one of the best opportunities for companies to achieve this goal. As a critical part of overall PLM initiatives, digital manufacturing has already demonstrated tremendous value in many implementations in a wide variety of industries, and is a critical initiative for any company that wants to be successful over the coming years." For more information about the "Digital Manufacturing and Manufacturing Process Management (MPM): The Missing Link to Innovation" Management Forum, visit the SME Web at www.sme.org/DigitalManagmentForum, or call the SME Resource Center at (800) 733-4763. Cost: $295 for SME members and $395 for nonmembers. Event Sponsors SME gratefully acknowledges program sponsors: CIMdata, Inc., Delmia Corp., MSI, Tecnomatix Technologies, and UGS PLM Solutions. About SME The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is the world’s leading professional society supporting manufacturing education. Through its member programs, publications, expositions and professional development resources, SME promotes an increased awareness of manufacturing engineering and helps keep manufacturing professionals up to date on leading trends and technologies. Headquartered in Michigan, SME influences more than half a million manufacturing engineers and executives annually. The Society has members in 70 countries and is supported by a network of hundreds of chapters worldwide.

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