Skip to content

Connect with the people that matter most at SOUTHTEC

SOUTHTEC is the top southeast manufacturing tradeshow. Buy and sell manufacturing machinery and services with the leading professionals in critical industries such as aerospace, medical, industrial machinery and consumer goods.
SOUTHTEC OCTOBER 22-24, 2019 GREENVILLE, SC

Advance Your Career With SME

SME membership offers access to a network of community of professionals, educators and students who are passionate about manufacturing. SME membership allows you to grow as a professional and support manufacturing. Join SME to learn, engage and advance your career.

Become A Member What is SME?

Certification Programs

Lean Certification

Lean Certification

Lean Certification validates your knowledge of and experience with lean principles. Lean Certification is a global, industry-recognized professional credential, and has three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold.
Additive Certification

Additive Manufacturing Certification

This gold standard in additive manufacturing certification combines UL’s multi-tiered training program and Tooling U-SME’s professional certification.
Technical Certification

Technical Certification

Whether you are just starting out, or you are a seasoned professional, certification can help you become a high-value commodity to your employer and be among the most sought-after individuals in your industry.
SME Media

Manufacturing Engineering

Manufacturing Engineering: September 2019

The September 2019 edition of Manufacturing Engineering focuses on motorized vehicles, including feature articles on lightweighting's new phase and CMMs in the wide world of metrology. You'll also find three articles from the Shop Solutions section in this issue, and an interesting read on how to recruit the right talent.
Read Articles View Digital Magazine

Top Manufacturing News

September 18, 2019

ABB’s ‘Factory of the Future’ in China to Demo Safety, Sustainability

The $150 million “factory of the future” that the Swiss innovator ABB announced nearly a year ago is becoming reality in this enormous city’s Pudong New Area. “We just took the first shovels and dug a hole here for a new factory,” Michael Larsson, group VP and global head of automotive manufacturing solutions for ABB Robotics, said today at Dassault Systèmes’ Manufacturing in the Age of Experience event. Read Full Story


September 17, 2019

Aerospace Grinding Efficiencies with cBN Superabrasives

Cubic Boron Nitride (cBN) is a superabrasive material that has traditionally been used to grind materials, such as steels and nickel alloys. Though not as hard as diamond, cBN has the benefit of not being as chemically reactive with ferrite-based and nickel alloys and as such, can often outperform diamond-based grinding wheels in terms of life, material removal rates, and lower temperatures. Read Full Story


September 16, 2019

Efficiency, Speed Make Kencoa Aerospace Machining Top Notch

When Kencoa Aerospace began its operations 20 years ago, it was a small company focused on defense applications. But, according to Troy Boston, engineering manager for the company’s U.S.-based operations, the company also progressed into commercial aerospace over the last six years and considers itself very diverse in terms of the parts it can machine for well-known clients. Read Full Story


September 13, 2019

And Now, for Some Magic in Front of the Curtain

The concept of the fully automated toolroom has moved from wish list to workable reality now that virtually every aspect of tool management, cleaning, assembly, presetting and delivery can happen without much, if any, human intervention. Read Full Story


September 12, 2019

PVD Coatings as Replacement for Hard Chrome on Components

The search for a suitable replacement to hard chrome on aerospace components has been a key supply chain priority for aircraft manufacturers. This is because of the documented health risks to workers and the impact on the environment from exposure to hexavalent chromium, a carcinogen that occurs during the chrome plating process and the most toxic form of chromium. Read Full Story

View More Manufacturing News