Thursday, November 21, 2013

SME Chapter 36 December event

The chapter will be hosting the December meeting on December 17, 2013 at 5:30 PM. 
The December meeting is when the chapter holds the Past Chairman's Dinner.  Officers are in the process of planning the details of the event and you can help.  Simply respond to this e-mail and let us know if you are planning to attend.  By sending an RSVP by November 26, this will help us to determine the group size.  The officers can then reserve a location and finalize the catering details.
Cost of admission to the dinner will be five dollars.  A door prize raffle will be held during the dinner containing SME promotional items and membership discounts.
Please RSVP to: by November 26th. 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Manufacturing Day

October is Manufacturing Month!  See the link below to see how you or your organization can participate and promote Ohio's Manufacturing Careers:

One of the premier events is Ohio Manufacturing Day, which will be held on October 4, 2013.  See the flyer in the link below to see about holding a tour or finding other ways to participate in Ohio Manufacturing Day.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

SME Chapter 36 Awarded Bronze Status!

SME recently announced the recipients of the Annual Chapter Recognition.  SME Chapter 36 was awarded the Bronze Status.  The announcement of chapters receiving recognition can be found here:

In order to receive the status, the chapter is evaluated for the following categories for success by the Membership Enhancement Committee:
  • Professional development, which includes not simply the number and quality of meetings held by the chapter, but how leaders are developed to continue the work of the chapter.
  • Communication to members and the community through passive (up-to-date website or social media page) and active means (email blasts, bulletins, phone calls).
  • Advancement of manufacturing, including interaction with other chapters and community outreach.
  •  Merit, such as submitting a best practice and net membership numbers.
See more at:

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

SigmaNEST V10

The heart of manufacturing is the actual machining, forming, assembly and packaging operations.  These turn raw materials and supplies into finished products.  Profitability improvements are determined through scrap reduction, improving machine productivity, and linking individual operations through specialized software.  SigmaNEST, a CAD/CAM nesting system, is inviting SME Chapter 36 members to try out their newest release, version 10, for free.  For more details, visit:

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

SME Meeting Notes with OH!Manufacturing, Central Ohio's Affiliate for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Representatives from OH!Manufacturing, the Central Ohio affiliate of the NIST MEP program recently met with SME Chapter 36 members.  Gary Walzer, from OH!Manufacturing, introduced the group to the services provided by OH!Manufacturing.  OH!Manufacturing's focus is to strengthen Ohio's small manufacturers (those with 500 employees or less). 

OH!Manufacturing partners with those manufacturers to identify areas that will improve that business.  OH!Manufacturing focuses on five key areas, as shown below.

Five Key Areas (Courtesy of OH!Manufacturing)

OH!Manufacturing then identifies other companies or agencies that can help the manufacturer accomplish goals in the areas identified.  The matchmaker role between a business and solution provider is one of the strengths of OH!Manufacturing, which maintains networks with regional resources for business and technical products and services.
OH!Manufacturing also has specialists within the key areas that can help businesses with specific improvements.  Two areas that businesses have been particularly interested in working with OH!Manufacturing are Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Teaming as well as Innovation Engineering.
Most engineers and manufacturing professionals have probably worked on a dysfunctional team at some point in their careers, and welcome any resource to improve team based problem solving and communication.  The topic of Innovation Engineering has received a lot of attention in literature in recent years.  Research shows, and business results prove, that companies can take definite steps to create and maintain a culture that allows them to be more innovative.  OH!Manufacturing pulls back the curtain on the innovation process by:
  • Teaching the Scientific method for accelerating more profitable products, services, customers, markets and processes
  • Install proven system for how an organization creates, communicates and commercializes meaningfully unique ideas
  • Provides structure to the “fuzzy front end” of innovation
  • Accelerates existing ideas through identification of strategic purpose, definition, and documentation of sales forecasts for all ideas in the innovation pipeline
Through OH!Manufacturing's assistance with Innovation Engineering, Ohio manufacturers have reduced risks of innovation by 30-80% and increased the speed of innovation up to a factor of 6 while increasing rate of success as much as 4 times.
How do you get OH!Manufacturing to help?  That's easy, contact Gary Walzer today!  He can help you set up a visit by a OH!Manufacturing representative to your facility to evaluates specific aspects of your business.  The visit results in an assessment and provides a recommended action plan.  This also includes potential for increased productivity and growth.  OH!Manufacturing may also be able to find grants from government agencies to help your business realize the improvements you need to keep your competitive edge.
Gary is waiting:

Monday, May 13, 2013

SME Manufacturing Knowledge Base Wiki

The TMEH is now going to be in a new digital format! I wanted to highlight this great opportunity for SME members.
This is your chance to share what you know about your area of industry expertise! Every contribution will assist in the process of sharing knowledge and providing accurate, relevant content for the manufacturing professionals of today and tomorrow.
Your contributions are very valuable and are a key component in SME’s goal of providing quality industry related information for workforce and workplace development. This project is crucial to the goal of providing the best technical knowledge to the manufacturing community at large.
You and other SME members can be an integral part! Please click on the link below and consider participating in the SME Wiki Blitz.
Be a Voice in Creating Innovation – Join us at the SME Wiki Blitz, May
7–9, at SME Headquarters!
Hello. My name is Bill Estrem, chair of SME's TCN Leader Steering Committee. I wanted to share goods news on the latest engagement opportunity at SME — theManufacturing Knowledge Base Wiki. There is a shortinstructional video of new wiki site for review.
The SME Wiki advanced manufacturing portal is your trusted resource for accurate answers to basic questions, research and advanced technologies. The foundation of this portal is the highly regarded "Tool and Manufacturing Engineers Handbook" (TMEH) series now digitized in the newSME Manufacturing Knowledge Base Wiki.
In this drive to digitize content accessible 24/7/365, SME has developed new opportunities for engagement. To that end, I am leading the effort to recruit technical subject-matter experts.
TheSME Wiki Blitz will focus on theUser Experience when creating or updating content in the new SME Manufacturing Knowledge Base Wiki. This is an opportunity for you to contribute, publish and be recognized among your industry peers while paying it forward to the next generation.
As an SME Member, I am calling on you to participate in the Wiki Blitz. To join us at SME Headquarter, pleaseview the detailed agenda. If travel is an issue, we have included the option to attend virtually from your home or office.
Thank you for consideration of your time and expertise in this important new member engagement opportunity.
William Estrem, PhD
Chair, TCN Leader Steering Committee
Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
Natalie Lowell, CMfgT
Manager, Member Engagement MKBw
Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
Sign Up Today!
One SME Drive
Dearborn, MI 48128

What to bring to the Wiki Blitz?
  • Technical content, white papers or articles you’ve written.
  • Laptop, if you have one.
  • Ideas to share.
SME will provide:
  • Meals, Snacks, Beverages
  • IT computer lab access
  • Blitz dinner reception
  • Recognition and awards

One SME Drive
Dearborn, MI 48128