The week of June 2nd was the The Big M conference and exposition at Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan. The show was held by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).
As a first time participant, I’d assumed that a manufacturing show set in Detroit would be a big event. But compared to our experiences at IMTS in Chicago last fall (which was HUGE), and to the regional East Tech show in New England, The Big M Show was relatively small by comparison.
Now, I will say that Cobo Hall is a great venue for a manufacturing conference, especially after their recent updates to the facility. You can tell from the street construction, the facility renovations, and the spirit of regrowth in Detroit, that more improvements are coming for the city and the conference center.
I am always fascinated by the new ideas for manufacturing technologies at these shows. While this conference did not seem to have the big machines others do, a lot of new technology was on display, and we were pleased to be among them with our newest Realtrac software.
As a provider of a comprehensive software program in the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)/Materials Resource Planning (MRP) division, we took every opportunity to share Realtrac’s newest capabilities. Showing off our newest features - like the quick search tools, our media bar, the research and development credit reporting, and the integrated quality support tools - brings us a real sense of pride as a cutting edge program for manufacturing shop management and control.
- Tom Buck