ANKENY — The addition of micromanufacturing to an event line-up that has previously included the aerospace, defense and medical industries is a driving force behind the Accumold marketing team’s upcoming participation in the Mfg4 2014 May 6-8 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.

The MFg4 event — also dubbed Manufacturing 4 the Future — is produced by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). As a nonprofit organization, SME has an 82-year history of serving served practitioners, companies, educators, government and communities across the manufacturing spectrum. With its combination of events, media, membership, training and development and the SME Education Foundation, SME is “uniquely dedicated to advancing manufacturing by addressing both knowledge and skill needs for industry.”

The SME describes Mfg4 2014 as an exclusive event for aerospace, defense, medical, and micromanufacturing intended to serve the evolving needs of East Coast industry. “These three major industries plus one strategic technology are driving change through their supply chains and leading the way in innovation and collaboration,” an SME statement notes.

“We have tremendous respect and appreciation for SME’s non-stop efforts to advance the knowledge, productivity and technology of the manufacturing sector,” said Accumold marketing director Aaron Johnson. “We’re particularly thrilled this year to see micromanufacturing take such a prominent place in the Mfg4 event, and that’s a fantastic reason for us to be in Hartford.”

He continued, “Manufacturing has grown and changed to the point where many people wouldn’t recognize it. It’s shifted from yesteryear’s low-value, repetitive assembly to today’s high-value, high-tech products and Accumold is one of the company’s leading the way. Of course, Mfg4 participants are in the forefront of those changes, too, and will be eager to learn more about our capabilities.”

Since its inception in 1985, Accumold’s mission has been the production of super-micro, ultra-precision, plastic injection-molded parts. Parts manufactured by the firm are critical components of the medical, automotive, military, aerospace and telecommunications industries. They can be found in micro-electronics, cell phones, telecommunications, surgical tools, hearing aids, medical devices, antennas, connectors and more. To produce those parts, Accumold builds specialized molding machines engineered to handle volumes from prototypes to millions per year while maintaining consistent, precise tolerances that are unique in the industry.

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micromolding components next to EU coins.

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