Long Beach: AeroDef Manufacturing

AeroDef Manufacturing is the big one for “elevating brand exposure for the Aerospace and Defense industries”.  Attendees were there to hear top industry insiders give their take on big issues concerning the future of aerospace and defense manufacturing.  Panel discussion topics included cybersecurity vulnerabilities in the aerospace and defense manufacturing supply chain, with a focus on current and emerging solutions. Another panel explored the current state and transformational potential of 3D technologies like additive manufacturing, 3D printing, modeling and simulation and design engineering.  The exposition floor was set up in multiple technology zones: composites, metals & advanced materials; contract manufacturing services; digital & additive manufacturing; finishing & coatings: extreme environments and survivability; integrated assembly & robotics; precision machining & tooling; and quality, measurement & inspection.  Hey, you’re looking zoned already…

Long Beach: Southern California Plumbing Heating Cooling Industry – PHCC

PHCC is the Southern California Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors’ Association, and it’s all about Heating, Refrigeration, Air-Conditioning,  Plumbing & HVAC.  This group is dedicated to the advancement and education of the plumbing and HVACR industry for the health, safety, and comfort of society and the protection of the environment.  The association is America’s premier trade group for the p-h-c professional, and has more than 3,500 open and union shop contractor members who manage businesses in residential service and new construction, commercial and industrial markets.  The PHCC National Association had committed to participating in the 2014 Fix A Leak Week campaign, and encouraged PHCC chapters and members to join in that effort.  Around the show, there was advice aplenty:  for instance some contractors had been reporting difficulty soldering the new brass alloys;  the industry advice to installers was to practice with the new materials to gain confidence in specific techniques.  Yeah, we’re tellin’ ya, brasswise, practice makes perfect…

Long Beach: International Salon & Spa Expo – PBA

ISSE is the International Salon & Spa Expo, and it claims pole position as the largest professional shopping and educational beauty event on the West Coast.  Delegates were milling around to see the hottest professional tools and products.  There was a full line-up of professional education sessions in Hair, Nails, Skin & Wellness, including Hands-On Hair, CIDESCO Section USA Skin, and student and early professional classes.  Another big draw was the creative presentations and runway events by beauty icons from across the globe on ISSE’s three stages, and throughout the expo floor.  Then there was the EstheticsAmerica & Wellness pavilion, designed specifically for skin and wellness professionals.  Competition-wise, you could compete in ISSE Long Beach Hairstyling, Major League Barber Hot Hands Barber, and Nailpro Nail contests.  Oh, you didn’t win?  Well, don’t throw an ISSE-fit…!   #ISSELB14

Long Beach: AeroDef

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?

Long Beach: Space Craft Tech Show

May 8-12, 2012. Spacecraft Technology Expo is the first and only exhibition of its kind, bringing together global decision makers, OEMs, supply chain experts, industry executives, suppliers and customers to identify present and future market growth opportunities for the design, manufacture, pre-launch testing and operations of spacecraft, satellites, and space-related technologies.  The proceedings included a spacecraft technology summit, a three-day technical conference program built around the needs and priorities of key industry technology leaders in spacecraft and satellite design, build, and testing.  The exhibition hall hosted satellite systems, launch vehicle and spacecraft design, engineering and testing, and covered all facets of the manufacturing supply chain.  Speakers came in from NASA, MIT, Intelsat… oh, and there was someone called Aldrin, from the United Launch Alliance.  Deep space, stardate 2212…..

Long Beach: CPRS 2012

Mar. 20-23, 2012. CPRS is the California Park and Recreation Society.  It’s there to provide career development, networking and resources, and is the public advocate for California park and recreation professionals.  CPRS is a nonprofit public interest organization with more than 4,000 members who create opportunities for providing recreational experiences to individuals, families and communities, fostering human development, promoting health and wellness, increasing cultural unity, facilitating community problem solving, and protecting natural resources.  86 percent of park and recreation agencies in California claim at least one CPRS member. In addition, over 175 park and recreation agencies are themselves CPRS members.  Tired of walking round all the booths already?  Park it…

Long Beach: CA Travel Adventures Show

Jan. 13-15, 2012. This was the Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show, featuring sponsor destinations as exotic and diverse as Turkey, Guam, South Africa, Taiwan and… Los Angeles!  You want girls in grass skirts? Sure, they got girls in grass skirts.  You want movies on sampans, Easter Island statues, palapa-thatched holiday villages surrounded by sparkling turquoise seas? They got sampans, Easter Island statues, AND palapa-thatched holiday villages surrounded by sparkling turquoise seas.  You want to hear speeches by Ethiopian Airlines, Travel Channel and the Costa Rica Tourism Board?  We can fix all that.  Oh, you want your children to attend?  They have to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  And we do not suggest you dress them in grass skirts….