We are just a few short weeks way fromQuality’sfirst virtual tradeshow,Tech ManufactureXPO . Held in conjunction with other BNP Media publications-Assembly, Adhesives & Sealants Industry, CircuiTree and World Trade-Tech ManufactureXPO promises to be an educational experience right at your fingertips.

Tech ManufactureXPO takes place Wednesday, May 4, from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. ET. Register today atwww.techmanufacturexpo.com .

For those not familiar with the concept, a virtual expo is a gathering of people sharing an online environment to create an interactive experience. It can be considered the online equivalent of a traditional trade show.

This is the opportunity for you and your entire team to interact one-on-one with others focused on manufacturing technology. Just log onto your computer on May 4 and join the expo with all these benefits:

No travel or registration fees so you can attend with your whole team. There’s no need to draw straws to see who stays in the office and who spends time walking the show floor. Everyone can attend.

No time spent out of the office. The show can be attended from any computer with an Internet connection throughout the day.

Reach multiple suppliers with the click of a button. Many suppliers will be on hand to answer your questions.

Chat one-on-one with your manufacturing peers. Share ideas with your peers across the street or across the world.

Download free whitepapers, case studies, podcasts and more. This is a great educational experience at no cost to you.

The first keynote address speaker, Harry Moser, will present “Reshoring: A Key to Lower Costs, More Sales and a Stronger Economy,” at 9:00 a.m. ET. Moser is the founder and leader of the Reshoring Initiative. Following his presentation, Moser will be available at 9:45 a.m. ET for a live 15- minute Ask the Expert Chat.

In addition to a great speaker lineup, the editors of the sponsoring magazines will be participating in a live, interactive roundtable Lunch-n-Learn session, from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. ET, focusing on the trends in green manufacturing.

Wrapping up the technical sessions at 2:30 p.m. ET will be a session on reverse engineering featuring Paul Jr. Designs. Sponsored by Faro, this webinar will demonstrate how to use a portable coordinate measuring machine (CMM) for the reverse engineering of parts. Paul Jr. and Vinnie of Paul Jr. Designs will share their experiences using a CMM and how it has improved their reverse engineering processes. Following the presentation, will be a 15-minute Ask the Expert Chat with Faro, Paul Jr. and Vinnie.

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I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that Other Dimensions columnist Hill Cox has reached a milestone-100 columns. Hill’s first column appeared in February 2003. Turn to p. 16 for his latest rantings and ravings. Hill, thanks for keeping us entertained 100 times over.