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Eastec Lean & Green Resource Center Offers Manufacturers a Competitive Advantage

WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA -- Eastec, the largest manufacturing event on the East Coast, will provide attendees with the tips, tactics, and one-on-one expertise they need to become more competitive at a three-day Lean & Green Resource Center. Sponsored by the Greater Boston Manufacturing Partnership (GBMP) and Manufacturing Engineering Magazine, the Lean & Green Resource Center will feature ongoing seminars on topics such as Efficient Machining; Leveraging the Shingo Model; Using Kaizen Principles to Reduce Environment, Health, Safety (EHS) risks; “Green” Laser Stripping; and more.

“Many companies trying to compete in this tough economy are finding that lean principles are extremely beneficial to their bottom line,” notes Chris Martin, vice president of the GBMP. “This is an opportunity for attendees to see first hand how lean and green principles can be applied successfully in any shop regardless of size or product mix. Over twenty different seminars will be offered and will include real examples of how these lean and green tools can benefits attendees.”

“Our 2009 attendees’ survey indicated that continuous improvement is one of the highest areas of interest,” suggests Kimberly L. Farrugia, senior show manager, for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the co-sponsor of Eastec. “Attendees also know that future success hinges upon understanding the changing environmental regulations and early adoption of green technologies. The Lean & Green Resource Center will provide the best educational opportunity of the year on this subject matter.”

Companies and organizations participating in Eastec’s 2009 Lean & Green Resource Center include: US Environmental Protection Agency; O/E; Connecticut Center for Advanced Technologies Inc.; National Center for Aerospace Leadership; GBMP; EnerNOC Inc.; Fuss & O’Neill Manufacturing Solutions; Unist Inc.; R&D Organizer Inc.; Jean Cunningham Consulting; Environmental Resources Associates Inc.; Cold Jet LLC; Vibco, Inc.; Procter & Gamble; Dawson MacDonald Inc.; Deburring Solutions; and NEQC.

EASTEC is co-sponsored by the SME, the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association, and the Association for Manufacturing Technology. The event celebrates its 30th anniversary on May 19th-21st at the Eastern States Exposition Grounds in West Springfield, MA, and is expected to draw 14,000 attendees and 600 exhibitors.

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