Jet engine manufacturing trends and micro-manufacturing technology advances to be presented at event that draws more than 11,000 attendees.

WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA (April 19, 2011) — EASTEC 2011, the largest annual manufacturing event on the East Coast, has announced its keynote speakers for the May 17?19 event held at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA.

Pratt & Whitney's Joe Presing, manager of strategic manufacturing, and Paul Faughnan, technology manager and manufacturing engineer, will present "The Trends Driving Jet Engine Manufacturing" on Tuesday, May 17, at 10 a.m. Attendees will learn about the challenges presented by customer requirements, the global manufacturing environment, and how manufacturing technology can be used to overcome those challenges.

Donna Bibber, president and CEO of Micro Engineering Solutions, LLC, will present "Advances in Micro-Manufacturing Technology for the Medical Device Industry" on Thursday, May 19, at 10 a.m. Ms. Bibber will explain why medical device manufacturers need new products that create tinier, less invasive, fluid-induced, and/or space-saving micro devices.

"These free keynote presentations, along with our Resource Centers and new Management Roundtable Solutions, will give manufacturers insight into vital technologies, progressive strategies, the latest lean thinking, and clear advice on making operations greener," suggests Kimberly Farrugia, senior show manager for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the organizer of EASTEC 2011.

Ms. Farrugia also announced EASTEC 2011's new Management Roundtable Solutions, fast-paced sessions to allow participants to gain solutions their companies can apply immediately. "Each table will discuss a predetermined topic for 25 minutes," she noted. "Participants will have the option to move to a new table for the next 25 minutes for a different discussion or stay at their original table." Discussion topics and leaders are: Teamwork – Glenn Jensen, Technical Change Associates; Business Strategy – David Liddell, SKYE Business Solutions, LLC; Performance Management – Andrew Lopuchowycz, Summit Ascent Enterprises, LLC, and Theresa Botellio & Joe Menhart, Willington Nameplate; Social Media – Ric Dragon, DragonSearch and Kathy Hokunson, Site-Seeker, Inc. They will take place on Wednesday, May 18, starting at 3:30 p.m.

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