The conference will bring together the best minds in the industry to discuss how the Department of Defense , NASA , the large OEMs and their suppliers can best collaborate, integrate more processes and encourage innovation along the entire supply chain. More than 70 technology sessions  are scheduled. The exposition hall will offer the opportunity to see everything from components to advanced engineering systems.
Organized by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) , the three-day event, scheduled for April 5-7, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., is being structured by a committee of top executives  from Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, General Dynamics, Bell Helicopter and the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining.
Attendees will hear from:
- The top executives overseeing aerospace and defense manufacturing technologies at the major OEMs, the DoD and NASA
- Panelists  addressing the challenges and opportunities of bringing innovation to all areas in the supply chain
Exhibitors will be arranged by technology zones , making comparisons of products, systems and services easier.
- Advanced Materials
- Digital Manufacturing
- Finishing and Coatings
- Integrated Assembly
- Precision Manufacturing
- Quality, Measurement and Inspection
Register for the event at aerodefevent.com .
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