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Right NOW, in THIS Galaxy Aerospace Manufacturing is Growing

Forget outside-of-the-box. Think off-earth if you want to capture valuable opportunities in aerospace manufacturing. Get ready to rocket your business to the next level at the MFG Meeting, April 26-28 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Mar 29, 2023

The aerospace market has rocketed to the top of the list for growth opportunities in manufacturing, but it’s going to require adoption of state-of-the-art technologies. Aerospace experts will share their perspectives on the transformation of manufacturing technology for space exploration at The MFG Meeting, April 26-28 in Phoenix, Arizona, at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass

Powered by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology and in partnership with the National Tooling and Machining Association, MFG 2023 is the preeminent industry event of the year for leaders in manufacturing to connect with each other and gather intelligence on the pulse of the industry. Attend:  

  • Headline sessions on aerospace technology, demographics, public policy, and economics 

  • Focused workshops on supply chain, cybersecurity, and brand building  

  • Networking events, a championship golf course, an equestrian center, and more. 

MFG Meeting is a Competitive Advantage 

“What I learn about the industry at MFG is a part of how we plan for the future,” says Colby Finn, vice president – strategic marketing at Quality Vision International. “I gather market input to turn into feedback for our engineers as they design the next generation of products. The content and the presentations at MFG really help me gather the kind of information that I can pass on to our teams at headquarters.” 

“There are many benefits to the MFG meeting, but first and foremost, it’s about networking in-person with industry partners,” says Annette J. Carroll, director of marketing at Okuma America Corporation. “Also, I highly value the information provided by the speakers, particularly those covering economics and industry forecasts, as well as technology trends.” 

Aerospace – Out-of-this-World Opportunities 

At MFG 2023, leaders in aerospace will share their perspectives on the latest technologies most important to drive manufacturing today and how to compete in the long term. 

Dr. Jeffrey Ahrstrom, CEO at Ingersoll, will present “Materials, Methods, and the People Manufacturing Humanity's Future in Space and Below.” He’ll address how advances in materials and manufacturing methods will be essential for space exploration.  

“Manufacturing as we know it today will not exist in the coming decades,” Ahrstrom says. “We can’t rely on our earth-based thinking for systems maintenance on the space station. Manufacturers need to think now about how to take advantage of future opportunities in aerospace and space.”   

Ahrstrom will discuss why manufacturers will need to invest in additive manufacturing, multi-purpose machines, and new materials to address the challenges of sending manufacturing equipment to space. As an example, Ahrstrom will share Ingersoll’s experience with additive manufacturing for a lunar habitat, which was featured at IMTS 2022.   In a Fireside Chat titled “Factory of the Future and the Importance of the Supplier Base,”  

Tim Shinbara, chief technology officer at AMT, and Nick Bullen, chief engineer for advanced manufacturing technology at Northrop Grumman Corporation, will discuss the importance of technical partnerships to advance manufacturing in the aerospace market.  

As an aerospace OEM, Bullen will share his own experience in developing key supplier partnerships in which technology has improved manufacturing for all parties involved. 

“In our data collection initiatives, we are mining data from beyond our supply chain to optimize our visibility and predictive analytics with everyone that may affect timely deliveries,” Bullen says. “That means we need our suppliers to provide real-time data on the progress of our orders so we can keep our own production lines moving on schedule.” 

Shinbara will provide examples of real-life industry partnerships and advancements in manufacturing technology that are supporting aerospace.  Focused Workshops  Group workshops offer deeper discussions, engagement, and more customized attention to challenges. The 2023 MFG Meeting offers a choice of three: 

 Fun and Games With a full morning agenda focused on expanding your business, the afternoon is free to relax and enjoy activities on the beautiful resort grounds. 

  • Join the Miles for Manufacturing (M4M) 5K Run/Walk fundraiser or the M4M Mountain Biking event on April 28. 

  • Spend the afternoon on the green at the Golf Outing sponsored by SMW Autoblok and EROWA Technology, Inc. on April 28. 

  • Enjoy an evening reception, dinner, and dance where AMT will honor Richard G. Kline Sr., chairman and CEO of Gardner Business Media, with the Albert W. Moore Leadership Award. 

The MFG Meeting venue, the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass, also offers a variety of activities including Aji, a Native American-owned, Forbes Five-Star spa, reflecting the traditions of the Pima and Maricopa cultures; themed swimming pools, an equestrian center, boating, and more.  

For more details about MFG 2023 and to register to attend, visit the website. 

Bonnie Gurney
Vice President, Strategic Content & Partnerships
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