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SME Speaks: Revolutionary Knowledge Edge

Jeannine Kunz








 By Jeannine Kunz
Tooling U-SME

From high school technology classes and engineering professors to manufacturing professionals trying to solve a production problem or plant managers wanting to train their workers, reliable information is a vital necessity in this age of content overload. As manufacturing professionals increasingly turn to the Internet for fast answers to their questions, Tooling U-SME has created and launched Knowledge Edge, an online subscription resource for companies and secondary and postsecondary education systems, filled with industry-validated content and information available 24/7 with the click of a mouse.

Knowledge Edge is the culmination of more than two years of technology development and content migration of SME’s rich manufacturing resources to a digital format. It was borne out of SME’s 81-year tradition of accumulating, validating and sharing vital manufacturing knowledge, and manufacturing’s demand for readily available and reliable digital content. This subscription-based service is focused on manufacturing subject matter, featuring more than 1200 e-books and chapters, 700 videos and video clips, and 16,000 technical papers. It also makes available the first-ever Manufacturing Knowledge Base Wiki, which:

  • Has more than 10,000 entries.
  • Brings online SME’s longstanding, highly regarded, nine-volume Tool & Manufacturing Engineers Handbook series in a continuously updated and readily accessible environment for subscribers;
  • Engages SME members in content development that is relevant to them, their jobs and industries, and ultimately manufacturing;
  • Through robust workflows, content is then peer-reviewed and editorially polished to continue to meet the exacting standards for handbook publishing.

The expansive breadth and flexibility of Knowledge Edge allows any organization greater oversight and control of existing informal learning resources—resources employees seek out on their own as job and training aids. The learning process is now formalized—with desired content utilized as needed and pace of learning set according to exact learning requirements and competencies. Knowledge Edge relies on SME members, longstanding industry professionals and SME’s trusted manufacturer customer base to provide a reliable source of manufacturing information online. And, with access to validated content available across a range of media, including video, training or research can be done virtually anywhere, anytime.

Knowledge Edge can support formal learning on its own and as part of a holistic approach to employee development in conjunction with e-learning, instructor-led training and other resources. It also serves as an informal learning base for those staff/times when a quick, reference is needed to refresh or train rapidly.

This powerful tool is in addition to Tooling U-SME’s industry-leading training and development solutions. It helps manufacturers and academia build a talented workforce for today and tomorrow. It also represents the latest evolution in learning and development, and includes all the benefits of self-paced learning. Knowledge Edge also helps manufacturing professionals avoid “information overload” by providing content specific to their questions, backed by research and real-world manufacturing practices. According to a nationwide 2012 study by Bersin & Associates entitled, “Becoming a High-Impact Learning Organization,” with an overwhelming amount of information available today, finding the right information at the right time is a real challenge—a challenge we feel Knowledge Edge is addressing.

Most importantly, Knowledge Edge helps companies meet their objectives. Offering content that covers fundamental manufacturing process to lean/continuous improvement resources, management insights and manufacturing leadership, it’s a rapid, ready resource that offers just-in-time delivery of information when it’s needed. Knowledge Edge content—along with all of Tooling U-SME education and training resources—is also mapped to various manufacturing competency models, ensuring a multimedia, holistic approach to guarantee the manufacturing workforce has the resources needed to deliver on their performance objectives.

The launch of Knowledge Edge aligns with SME’s 2017 Strategic Direction and new vision, mission and purpose. It is just one of the ways in which Tooling U-SME is supporting its customers in all of their efforts. The introduction of Knowledge Edge only adds to the excitement surrounding all of SME’s and Tooling U-SME’s continued efforts to advance manufacturing and attract future generations into the art of making things. For more, visit ME

Six Elected to 2013 College of SME Fellows

The SME International Awards & Recognition Committee recently announced the six SME members who joined the ranks as SME Fellows: 

  • M. Helmi Attia, PhD, FSME, Program Manager, Aerospace Manufacturing Technology Centre, National Research Council Canada / McGill University (Montreal, QC, Canada
  • Douglas C. Genord, FSME, Technical Fellow, The Boeing Co.
    (Federal Way, WA)
  • John W. Gillespie, Jr., PhD, FSME, Director, University of Delaware Center
    for Composite Materials (Newark, DE)
  • Vincent W. Howell, Sr., FSME, CMfgE, Manager, Information Security and Policy,  Display Technologies Division, Corning Inc.
    (Corning, NY)
  • Yeau-Ren Jeng, PhD, FSME, Endowed Chair, Professor and Executive Vice President, National Chung Cheng University (Taiwan)
  • Dr. Ir. Bert Lauwers, FSME, Professor, KU Leuven (Leuven, Belgium)

Since the program's inception in 1986, there have been more than 350 SME members who have been elected to the SME College of Fellows. A Fellows' nominee must be an SME member in good standing who is recognized by the manufacturing community as a contributor to the social, technological and educational aspects of the profession; possess a minimum of a bachelor's degree or its equivalent in engineering experience; have at least 20 years of experience in a manufacturing-related area; and be nominated by an honorary, fellow, life or member of SME. Any one of these initiators must submit a completed nomination packet, including current data on nominee's accomplishments, nomination form and formal letters of support/recommendation from initiator and sponsors. Nominations are currently being sought for the 2014 SME College of Fellows. The submission deadline is December 1, 2013; additional nomination information is available at


This article was first published in the August 2013 edition of Manufacturing Engineering magazine.  Click here for PDF

Published Date : 8/1/2013

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