Enabling Sustainability – Next-Generation Technologies for Coatings, Surface Engineering and Smart Manufacturing

Long-standing initiatives such as alternative energy sources and energy efficiency in transportation and buildings have made impressive strides to address the challenge of climate change, while the importance of energy storage, environmental monitoring, data sharing and information processing has become more prominent in recent years. This symposium highlights the contribution of surface science and thin film coatings to provide solutions for the many facets that enable modern sustainability. The symposium also targets new key trends, such as additive manufacturing. This new technology is transforming industry across the globe and does not require enormous product costs or long lead times. These advantages enable sustainability and offer companies groundbreaking opportunities. As manufacturing technology develops we are seeing a large change in certain sectors of materials, coatings and processes. Vacuum and allied technologies for additive manufacturing will be addressed.

The commoditization of many technologies enabling energy efficiency is founded on incredible advances in materials and deposition technologies, while successful scaling at low adoption costs is increasingly enabled by “Industry 4.0” aspects such as automation of manufacturing flows and process controls, and massive production data management.

Recently, the success of alternative energy generation has steered more attention to the broader aspects of an ecologically friendly energy infrastructure. There are strong needs for load balancing, energy distribution and infrastructure for electricity-based communities and transportation systems. Added to this is the proliferation of environmental sensing and situational monitoring that the Internet of Things (IoT) will enable. Again, the solutions to these challenges require persistent progress in surface and thin film science, continuous work force development, new manufacturing approaches and effective scaling and integration into adoptable products to fulfill the promise of ecologically responsible global stewardship.

In Long Beach, the Symposium will highlight the contribution of surface science and thin film coatings to provide solutions for the many facets that enable modern sustainability. The symposium targets new key trends such as:

Additive manufacturing, a new technology that is transforming industry across the globe, which does not require enormous product costs or long lead times.

Movement toward large-scale flexible electronics

Sensors and wearable and smart devices

Electrification and development of autonomous vehicles

New energy harvesting techniques, energy storage and conversion

Integration of multiple processes in manufacturing

These trends will enable sustainability and offer companies groundbreaking opportunities. As manufacturing technology advances we are seeing a large change in certain sectors of materials, coatings and processes. The opportunities for vacuum and allied technologies in additive manufacturing will be addressed.

The Symposium identifies key trends in technologies and will accomplish this with keynote talks from industry experts, dedicated technical and business presentations, and a technology forum – all embedded in broad networking opportunities, the industry’s largest vendor exhibit, a broad educational program as well as the traditional technical sessions.

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