In June 2014, the manufacturing industry united in Detroit at THE BIG M. This group of business owners, executives, engineers, professionals, educators, students, and policymakers gathered to share best practices, develop new collaborations, and further manufacturing’s renaissance in the Great Lakes.
We will meet again in June 2015 to continue the conversation, check the pulse of the endeavors launched at the event, and course correct as needed. We will tackle new challenges and find innovative ways to overcome the old ones – real-world solutions that can only be defined by harnessing the collective knowledge of manufacturers across industries.
3D Scanning & Imaging
Assembly Equipment & Systems
Contract Manufacturing Services
Data Acquisition & Analysis
Energy Monitoring and Efficiency
Environmental Quality & Testing
Factory Diagnostics & Analytics
Finishing & Coating
Flexible Manufacturing Systems
Identification & Marking Systems
Inspection & Testing
Lasers & Laser Systems
Machining & Subtractive Manufacturing
Metal Forming & Fabricating
Modeling & Simulation
Motion Control Systems
Non-Destructive Testing & Evaluation
Product & Process Design
Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)
Quality & Measurement
Research & Development
SCADA Systems & Software
Secondary Processing & Surface Finishing
-Modeling and Simulation
-Business and ERP
Specialty Metals & Materials
Supply Chain Management
Workholding Systems & Fixtures
THE BIG M MEANS BIG SOLUTIONS
THE BIG M is about connecting you with the right people, the right technology and the right ideas to support your success.
The most influential companies in manufacturing will be there. They recognize that complex challenges require a new level of cooperation and thinking among manufacturers, suppliers, policymakers and other stakeholders. They want to share best practices and forge new partnerships. You can count on working sessions that bring collaboration to a new level – with real results.
It’s an unprecedented opportunity to meet the people, see the technology, and experience solutions that are transforming manufacturing.
The industry connects at THE BIG M.
THE BIG M 2015: OPPORTUNITY. ACCESS. NEW BUSINESS.
THE BIG M is the Great Lakes’ premier showcase of advanced technologies, processes, and solutions that are shaping the future of manufacturing.
THE BIG M delivers access to the greatest concentration and diversity of manufacturers at one event. THE BIG M audience has one thing on their mind: innovation. They are looking for unexpected solutions from unlikely sources.
THE BIG M is your opportunity to take advantage of the abundance of technology, talent, passion, experience, intelligence, and growth of the Great Lakes region to advance your business today and build momentum for the future.
INNOVATION DRIVING BUSINESS
New technologies, new materials, and new processes drive advanced manufacturing and deliver new business opportunities. THE BIG M puts you, your business, and your people at the front of the industry, showcasing your innovations for the next generation of manufacturers.
M | CONFERENCE
Manufacturing’s brightest minds and most innovative leaders share how they are moving the needle forward. Attendees of the M | Conference are there to learn and build their networks – be there to make that connection and be a part of the conversation.
M | EXCHANGE
Located at the center of the exhibit floor, the M | Exchange optimizes interaction among attendees, exhibitors, and other manufacturing stakeholders. Presentations, informal collaboration, and discussions on emerging technologies take place here.
M | FACTORIES
These dynamic, interactive exhibits showcase key emerging technologies through demonstrations, presentations, and displayed equipment, products and parts. It is an immersive experience for attendees and creates unique opportunities for exhibitors to connect.
M | TECH
The show floor is divided into unique zones featuring top technologies that are shaping the future of manufacturing, including additive manufacturing, advanced materials, robotics, lasers, and automation.
SME is an organization for individuals, students, educators and companies involved in all facets of manufacturing. Founded in 1932, it is dedicated to advancing and educating the manufacturing industry. This is accomplished through a variety of tactics and outlets including events, media, membership, training and development, and an education foundation. SME focuses its efforts on several areas of manufacturing: aerospace and defense, energy, medical and motorized vehicles.