April 10-12, 2013. Electronics New England delivered insights and guidance on biomedical regulations, design engineering, new biomaterial innovations, and product development for the medical device industry, among other things. The organizers made sure that visitors could do a number of things, like hear about the latest advances in power management and new generation material for implantable devices; hear from the latest innovators in MEMS and wireless technology and how they can drive more successful consumer-driven design concepts; gain practical advice on how to improve product design & development through human factors and understand the new FDA requirements; streamline processes and gain best practices in project management in design and development processes; participate in a discussion on new FDA proposals, the impending tax and updates in 510(K) changes; and get guidance on the drug device combination regulatory landscape and interactions of combination products. Now, what happens if I throw this switch…?
April 17-18, 2013. MCEE stands for Mecanex/Climatex/Éxpolectriq/Éclairage, which shows that in Canada they care about climate, electricity and lighting. This claims to be Canada’s largest plumbing, HVACR, hydronic, electrical and lighting expo. Things you could see at the show included Air Conditioning, Electricity, Fire Alarms snd Security, Fire Protection, Heating (including Hydronic Heating), Instrumentation and Controls, Kitchens & Bathrooms, Lighting, Plumbing, Refrigeration, Security Systems, Software, Telecommunications, Tools, Ventilation, Water Treatment, Wires and Cables. There were energy- and water- efficient products on show, and new technologies set to change the way the industry does business. Hundreds of new products were on display – many being launched at MCEE itself. Visitors were there to see products manufactured in Quebec, the rest of Canada, the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia. What’s French for “electrifying”…?
April 9-11, 2013. ICE in this case stands for the International Converting Exhibition, a congregation of buyers and decision-makers from companies who convert and process flexible web based materials. According to Paper Film Foil Converter, which covers the industry, “The innovation of gearless technology has transformed converting machinery. Converter customers distribute their products worldwide and their suppliers – regardless of their geographic location – must be qualitatively and cost-effectively competitive”. Because technology is now globally available, the rise of emerging economies poses a greater competitive threat than in years past. Where US converters stand today is in a struggle to maintain their customer base while remaining profitable and innovative. Their competitors are no longer located across the city, the next state, or even the next country but can be on other continents. The challenge is how they address globalization, and their ability to remain innovative and competitive. Converted yet?
April 2-5, 2013. WQA Aquatech USA was billed as the “water opportunity show”. WQA Aquatech represents every segment in the increasingly complex and dynamic water treatment and supply market. This comprehensive water quality forum provided the latest information, tools, resources, and strategies, with emphasis on custom water applications from drinking, process, and wastewater, and featuring technologies such as RO, membranes, media, and everything in between. Other supporting elements included pumps, tanks, valves, pipes, tubing, and other key products and services. Those attending included Water Treatment Dealers, Engineers (application/process, design, project, specifying), Distributors, Resellers, End Users, Assemblers, Plumbers and Regulatory bodies. Why the general atmosphere of enthusiasm? It must be something in the water…
March 26-28, 2013. CTWI’s full title? The Coiled Tubing and Well Intervention Conference and Exhibition 2013, brought to you by ICOTA, the International Coiled Tubing Association, a not-for-profit, member-funded organization with the primary objective of improving communication and promotion of technical awareness within the well intervention industry. Membership comprises individuals from all sectors of the coiled tubing industry, including service users, service providers, tubing and equipment manufacturers. The event featured a diverse range of presentations that covered innovative solutions, practices, and performance improvements across all sectors of the industry. This claims to be the global E&P industry’s foremost venue for the latest intervention technologies, with a peer-selected technical program. Attendees were typically design and drilling engineers, completion engineers, production engineers, R&D professionals, operations managers, executives and consultants. All were “Well Coiled” to strike, you might say…
March 17-21, 2013. It’s about corrosion. NACE International is the leader in the corrosion control community, and is recognized worldwide as the premier authority for corrosion solutions. NACE International’s Conference and Exposition, CORROSION 2013, brought together more than 6,000 leaders from industry, government and academia who convened to discuss the latest technologies and issues, and make decisions on the most effective means of corrosion prevention. 375 exhibitors displayed the latest corrosion control technologies, along with 6,000 attendees from 69 countries. Over 71% of attendees apparently recommend or specify the purchase of products and services. So the 370 Exhibitors on the vast 80,000 sq. ft. show floor were kept pretty busy. There was much discussion about the latest technology and research being developed in the corrosion field. If it’s corrosive, these guys have their eye on it…
March 19-21, 2013. AeroDef Manufacturing Expo is co-located with Composites Manufacturing. It claims to be the leading exposition and technical conference for the aerospace and defense manufacturing industries. Produced by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in partnership with industry OEMs, the mission is to foster innovation across a broad span of enterprise to reduce costs, expedite production times and maintain manufacturing competitiveness in the global economy. Keynote speakers and panelists come from an elevated level of government and business, all there to share their vision of the potential of technology, collaboration and public policy to transform aerospace manufacturing and field concepts that attendees could experience on the exposition floor and at in-depth conference sessions. The event pulled together high-concept, integrated solutions and well-grounded applications. Grounded? Who’s grounded?