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Boston Manufacturing Event Adds Three Founding Partners to Bolster
Advanced Technology Presentations, Interactive Learning Opportunities


McLean, Va., (December 13, 2017) - The producers of the Smart Manufacturing Experience, taking place April 30 – May 2, 2018 at the Boston Convention Center, have announced the addition of three founding partners, all recognized leaders in helping manufacturers improve productivity: Mazak, Methods Machine Tools Inc. and The Robert E. Morris Company.


Created by SME and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, the Smart Manufacturing Experience provides a setting for technology providers and users to be immersed in an interactive learning atmosphere. It is the first true manufacturing technology-focused event in Boston since the 1980s.


“The founding partners will teach attendees about Smart Manufacturing and how they can integrate it into their operations today,” says Peter R. Eelman, Vice President – Exhibitions & Business Development at AMT. “Those in the aerospace, medical and other high technologies industries will gain access to a wealth of advanced experience.”


Dan Janka, president of Mazak, says that, “Mazak is proud to be a founding partner for the Smart Manufacturing Experience. We always support events such as these that educate, enlighten and empower today’s and tomorrow’s manufacturers through knowledge and more advanced technologies.”


“Manufacturing is evolving at a pace that is more rapid than ever before. In order to get ahead of this pace, we need to constantly educate ourselves, our suppliers and our customers to emerging technologies. The Smart Manufacturing Experience is an opportunity to bring real-world technologies to life through practical applications and demonstrate them to end users in a non-traditional ‘trade show’ format,” says Jerry Rex, President and COO, Methods Machine Tools.


Aaron Hornyak, Chief Operating Officer, Morris Group Inc., adds that, “Our customers count on us to bring them improvements in efficiencies through technology year after year. The Smart Manufacturing Experience is a great way for them to get exposed to new advancements to stimulate ideas for growth, opportunity and a path toward the future. Boston is a perfect backdrop for this meeting attracting the best new technologies available.”


Event Designed for Learning


The Smart Manufacturing Experience focuses on seven transformative technologies that enable manufacturers to better compete in the 4th Industrial Revolution: additive manufacturing/3D printing, automation, advanced materials, precision machining, precision measurement/3D scanning, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and digital manufacturing.


The event hopes to attract up to 4,000 attendees and feature 150 to 200 exhibitors, each of whom will deliver a 15-minute presentation at the show’s “knowledge bar.” There are no PowerPoint presentations because the knowledge bar focuses on meeting participant’s specific information needs.


To completely immerse show participants, the Smart Manufacturing Experience offers eight different experiences: exhibits, knowledge bars, 30-minute learning labs, conferences on case studies and real-world technology applications, the Smart Theater networking hub, a mixed reality experience, four-hour workshops and end-of the-day receptions.


Debbie Holton, Vice President, Events & Industry Strategy for SME notes that exhibitor space is still available, with spaces measuring from 10’ x 10’ to 40’ x 50’.


“To become an exhibitor, a company needs to demonstrate a smart technology expertise that falls within one of the seven transformative technology areas. We want to ensure that the decision-makers attending the show — shop owners, engineers, general managers, chief technology officers and others — receive maximum value. The Smart Manufacturing Experience is all about nurturing the intimate conversations that can have a near-term impact on business operations.”


Visit and click on the Exhibit tab to apply for exhibitor space; click on the About and Attend tabs for more information on the show, including daily schedules, floor plans and learning opportunities.


About the Partners


Mazak Corporation is a world leader in the design and manufacture of productive machine tool solutions. It produces over 100 models of turning centers, Multi-Tasking machines and vertical machining centers, including 5- axis models. Continuously investing in manufacturing technology allows its Mazak iSMART Factory™ to be the most advanced and efficient in the industry.


For nearly 60 years, Methods Machine Tools has been North America’s foremost supplier of leading-edge precision machine tool and additive solutions, providing superior products, engineering and automation, parts and service, training and integration. Methods 3D, Inc. is a dedicated team of industry-experienced, highly skilled technical sales and applications engineers.


The Robert E. Morris Company, a division of Morris Group, Inc., supplies CNC machine tools, tooling, accessories, software, automation and more to manufacturers of precision machined parts. Its customer base is located in the New England states plus northern New Jersey and eastern New York. Its mission is to help manufacturers from all industry sectors achieve and maintain a competitive advantage by improving productivity.


About SME

SME connects all those who are passionate about making things that improve our world. As a nonprofit organization, SME has served practitioners, companies, educators, government and communities across the manufacturing spectrum for more than 80 years. Through its strategic areas of events, media, membership, training and development, and the SME Education Foundation, SME is uniquely dedicated to the advancement of manufacturing by addressing both knowledge and skills needed for the industry. Learn more at, follow @SME_MFG on Twitter or


About AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology

AMT represents U.S.-based builders and distributors of manufacturing technology – the advanced machinery, devices, and digital equipment that U.S. manufacturing relies on to be productive, innovative, and competitive. Located in McLean, VA, near the nation’s capital, AMT acts as the industry’s voice to speed the pace of innovation, increase global competitiveness and develop manufacturing’s advanced workforce of tomorrow. With extensive expertise in industry data and intelligence, as well as a full complement of international business operations, AMT offers its members an unparalleled level of support. AMT also produces IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, the premier manufacturing technology event in North America.