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HOUSTEX 2015 Manufacturing Trade Show coming to Houston Feb. 24-26

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MEDIA ADVISORY – HOUSTEX 2015 Manufacturing Trade Show coming to Houston Feb. 24-26

HOUSTEX LogoWHERE: George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston

ABOUT:HOUSTEX 2015, produced by SME, has grown to become one of the largest Southwest manufacturing trade shows for the oil and gas, additive manufacturing, motorized vehicles, and aerospace and defense industries. Thousands of industry professionals will interact with more than 300 exhibiting companies on the show floor to network and seek out services designed to help their companies meet demands for better quality, tighter tolerances and lower costs of their businesses products and systems. HOUSTEX 2015 will feature more than 90 new product introductions.


  • Industry experts will present technical sessions, covering such topics as additive manufacturing, outlook for energy for the oil and gas industry, and cybersecurity for critical infrastructure systems.
  • HOUSTEX’s special events include a keynote presentation on cybersecurity for critical infrastructure systems in the oil and gas industry and industrial control systems.
  • A student summit for Houston-area high schools that will prepare the workforce of the future, as well as give students a chance to compete in a 3D printed virtual wind turbine design challenge.
  • Additive manufacturing presentations focused on emerging technologies geared toward the oil and gas industry.
  • A special presentation highlighting outlook for energy for global demand and how it will be met with various energy sources.

Media Inquiries:  Beth Oates
Senior Manager, Communications – SME


Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, 9–10 a.m.
Keynote Presentation – “Hacking Critical Infrastructure: From Cyber Myth to Startling Reality,” presented by Chris Shipp, chief information security officer, Flour Federal Petroleum Operations.

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, 2–3 p.m.
Special Presentation – “Outlook for Energy,” presented by Lynne D. Taschner, energy advisor for ExxonMobil’s Corporate Strategic Planning Research Laboratory.

Tuesday, Feb. 24 – Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 (morning and afternoon sessions Tuesday and Wednesday, morning session on Thursday)
Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing Presentations – “Meet Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing expert,” Todd Grimm, president of T.A. Grimm & Associates. Grimm’s three-day series, located at SME Booth #1659, will feature morning sessions with a focus on tactical information looking at how additive manufacturing is being used in the oil and gas industry. The afternoon sessions will focus on strategic information aimed at helping manufacturers identify tech needs and services to optimize business.

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, Noon–1:30 p.m.
Lunch & Learn: “Bidemics” A New Era in Machining Hi-Temp Nickel Materials –The discussion, presented by David Grant, manager of NTK Cutting Tool’s Mid-South sales region, will include information on the two grades of Bidemics, for semi-finishing and finishing applications, which have been developed for high-temp alloys.

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2015, 3:30–4:30 p.m.
Brew & View: Reduce Vibrations and Increase Productivity – Patrik Stenberg, Product Strategist with SECO Tools, discusses products that reduce vibration when using long overhang tools to machine difficult-to-access areas during this happy-hour session.

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, Noon–1:30 p.m.
Lunch & Learn: The Fundamentals of Machining Heat-Resistant Super Alloy (HSRA) Materials with Whisker-Reinforced and Phase-Toughened Ceramics –This session, presented by Jim Wyant, Applications Engineer with Greenlef, details the physical and chemical properties that enable modern ceramic cutting tools to machine HRSA materials with better removal rates than carbide.

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, 3:30–4:30 p.m.
Brew & View: Search Marketing Strategies for Manufacturers – David Underwood, president of TopSpot Internet Marketing, will present an informative happy-hour session to industry professionals on how online advertising and website strategies play a large role in today’s B2B manufacturing landscape.

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, 9a.m.–1p.m.
Student Summit – This summit, sponsored by the SME Education Foundation, will introduce educators and students to exciting new innovations in manufacturing technologies. The summit’s purpose is to allow Houston-area high schools students to interact with manufacturing professionals to help demonstrate how a STEM education can be put into real-world applications within the wide variety of manufacturing careers. The summit will wrap-up with a virtual wind turbine design challenge where students will digitally design a wind turbine blade and watch as it is 3D printed. The school that designs the turbine with the fastest RPM’s wins a test stand for their school valued at over $600.


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