EASTEC 2017: A Regional Show with Universal Appeal

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to attend EASTEC 2017, but you can in fact listen to one (keynote speaker Jordan Evans) talk about going to Mars. With a combined 410,000 manufacturing employees in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and approximately 1.4 million more within driving distance of Massachusetts, EASTEC — co-sponsored by the SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers) and the AMT (Association for Manufacturing Technology) is the must-attend venue to research and purchase the latest advanced manufacturing technologies.

And with the relentless advance of the various technologies that are revolutionizing manufacturing — from IIoT to growing 3-D-print applications — exhibiting at or attending shows like EASTEC is more important than ever before. The regional show, touted as “New England’s premier manufacturing exposition,” runs May 16-18. This exceedingly techy show boasts more than 500 exhibitors, free conference sessions, and industry keynote speeches and presentations by an array of industry leaders. The EASTEC show exists as an annual event “dedicated to keeping northeast manufacturers competitive.” It addresses and presents — via exhibits, educational and networking events — a wide range of manufacturing ideas, processes and products impacting the northeast region. EASTEC provides attendees with opportunities to avail themselves of numerous state-of-the-art resources — all created to address manufacturers’ critical need by enhancing productivity and boosting profits. That is why EASTEC’s most likely attendees — owners, engineers, designers, production managers and purchasing executives — travel to EASTEC. They are seeking the ways and means to maintain their operations’ competitiveness, and EASTEC achieves that with its high-tech mix of “human ingenuity and manufacturing brilliance.”

The “ingenuity” and “brilliance” are personified by the show’s five core areas — Design; Engineering/Rapid Technologies; Tooling; Workholding; and Machining Accessories.

Why Attend, You Ask? Here’s Why:

Qualified decision makers — 78% of attendees have a role in purchasing decisions.

High-level purchase influencers — 38% of attendees are management level or above.

Technology Purchases Made at EASTEC — Ready to Purchase: 29% of attendees have equipment budgets that exceed $200,000.

New Buyers and Prospects — 37% of EASTEC attendees have never visited the event before.

Source for all statistics: EASTEC 2015 Registration Data­­­­­­­­­­­­­

Educational Highlights:

Jordan Evans: Exploration of Mars Using Self-Driving Robots: From Pathfinder to Mars 2020

Jeff Ulrich: Deciphering the Many Types of NC Program “Optimization”

Jan Andersson: Lunch & Learn: Optimize Productivity With Advanced Ceramic Cutting Tools

Josh Davids: How to Utilize IIoT to Improve OEE

Paul Critchley: Setup Reduction – Removing the Rocks

Robert Kravontka: 5 Steps to Get Out of the Break Down Mode

Brian List: Lunch & Learn — Breaking Through the CNC Barrier

Also: Various complimentary educational sessions addressing continuous improvement, advance manufacturing, management, lean and workforce development issues.

And: The Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing Resource Center, exploring the growing number of additive manufacturing applications and technologies.

For more information:


May 16-18, 2017

Eastern States Exposition

West Springfield, Massachusetts

Phone: (800) 733-3976


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