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EASTEC Now Features Five Shows in One Venue.

DEARBORN, Mich., March 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) announced today that EASTEC 2006, the East Coast's Largest Annual Manufacturing Event, will feature five shows in one venue. This expanded event will take place on May 23-25 at the Eastern States Exposition Center in West Springfield, Massachusetts.

For more than a quarter-century, EASTEC http://www.sme.org/eastec has connected buyers in the East Coast's diverse marketplace with sellers of advanced manufacturing equipment and services. Since the first EASTEC, over 400,000 manufacturing professionals from the aerospace, defense, automotive, computer, medical, consumer products, and other industries have attended, ready to purchase the latest technologies and services.

Five focused exhibit areas have been created to make the show more convenient:
 * Precision Manufacturing Equipment & Systems (Buildings 1 & 2)
 * Tooling, Workholding & Machine Accessories (Buildings 3, 4 & 5)
 * Automation, Lean & Quality (Building 5)
 * Design, Engineering & Rapid Technologies (Buildings 5 & 6)
 * Plant, Energy & Environmental Efficiency (Buildings 5 & 6)

 The following activities will be taking place at EASTEC 2006:
 * May 23 is Aerospace & Defense Supplier Day
 * May 24 is Meet the Buyer Day!
 * May 24 Associated Industries of Massachusetts CEO & Plant Manager
 Roundtable Annual Meeting
 * May 25 is Energy & Environmental Assessment Day
 * May 25 EASTEC Student Summit and Continuing Education Day
 * May 23-25: Automation, Lean & Quality Resource Center
 * May 23-25: All New Lean Certification http://www.sme.org/leancert
 * May 23-25: Smart Machining, Tooling & Small Manufacturer Resource
 Center
 * May 23-25: New CNC Machine Operator Mobile Training Center

 EASTEC Engineering Challenge



Take the EASTEC Engineering Challenge to qualify to win one of two Segway Mobile Transport Systems that will be handed out during the show. Ever wonder what it's like to ride one? On Wednesday, May 24, EASTEC will feature free Segway demo rides in Building #4!

About SME:

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is the world's leading professional society supporting manufacturing education. Through its member programs, publications, expositions and professional development resources, SME promotes an increased awareness of manufacturing engineering and helps keep manufacturing professionals up to date on leading trends and technologies. Headquartered in Michigan, SME influences more than half a million manufacturing engineers and executives annually. The Society has members in 70 countries and is supported by a network of hundreds of chapters worldwide.

CONTACT: Alex Yovanovich of Society of Manufacturing Engineers Public Relations, +1-313-425-3155, communications@sme.org

Web site: http://www.sme.org/ http://www.sme.org/eastec http://www.sme.org/leancert
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