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Canadian Manufacturing Week to feature new streamlined format

Toronto, ON -- Canadian Manufacturing Week (CMW) 2010, to take place Oct. 5-7, 2010, will have a new format, n...

Toronto, ON — Canadian Manufacturing Week (CMW) 2010, to take place Oct. 5-7, 2010, will have a new format, new location and an improved program.

“In the face of what’s being called the new industrial revolution, the manufacturing sector is being asked to rebrand, to look for innovative ways to decrease costs while producing high quality products,” said Mark Tomlinson, executive director and general manager of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), organizer of the event. “Canadian Manufacturing Week 2010 is responding with a more streamlined format that will make it easier for visitors to find the answers they need.”

The event will take place at the Toronto Congress Centre, North Hall, 650 Dixon Road, Mississauga, ON, located near the Pearson International Airport.

New to this year’s event is a three-zoned format intended to more clearly and conveniently group the latest manufacturing technologies and solutions into specific areas:

Weld Expo Canada will focus on forming, fabricating and finishing. This zone will highlight everything required for sheet metal operations, from laser, arc and robotic welding to stamping, waterjet cutting and pressworking, to coating equipment, electroplating and automated finishing.

An Advanced Manufacturing Zone will zero in on the factory of the future with a focus on automation and assembly, design engineering and software, additive manufacturing, reverse engineering and electronics manufacturing. Technologies on display will include robotics, sensors, machine vision, virtual reality, simulation and three-dimensional imaging.

A Physical Asset Management Zone will be where manufacturers can learn about running an efficient operation. In addition to green solutions for fluid and waste management or air quality control, it will feature products for asset tracking and management, plant engineering and maintenance, as well as lean manufacturing.

According to Tomlinson, more than half of CMW visitors are high-level manufacturing professionals, accompanied by buying teams with significant equipment budgets. He points to a survey conducted by SME in February 2010, polling 552 Canadian manufacturers, that shows 70% of respondents see their businesses increasing in the next 12 to 18 months. More than 14% of respondents say they are likely to spend $1 million or more on manufacturing equipment in the next year to year-and-a-half, with almost 23% vciting budgets in excess of $250,000.

At CMW 2010, they will be able to make hands-on evaluations and comparisons of the technology and solutions they need to compete in a global market, Tomlinsonsaid.

Technologies and solutions will be showcased at the event for many industries, including aerospace, automotive, construction, defence, electronics, fabricated metal/stampings, government, industrial machinery/equipment, medical devices/pharmaceuticals, transportation, steel manufacturing, and utilities/energy.

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