26th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Precision Engineering

Sunday – Friday, November 13 – November 18, 2011

Denver Marriott City Center Hotel
Denver, CO, USA

Conference Chairperson:
Bradley H. Jared
Sandia National Laboratories

The American Society for Precision Engineering held its 26th Annual Meeting and Conference in Denver, Colorado, USA from November 13 – November 18, 2011 at the Denver Marriott City Center Hotel. The Meeting was well attended by first-time Meeting participants, as well as by veteran precision engineers who always provide valuable expertise.  The networking and professional bonds built during the Meeting were priceless.

As the premier precision engineering conference in the US, this year’s conference  continued the tradition of offering the latest in precision engineering research through presentations from national and international speakers alike. Over 150 oral and poster presentations were delivered on topics ranging from ultra-precision machining to advances in metrology. Participants had the opportunity to exchange ideas with internationally renowned experts in the field and representatives from tool manufacturers, suppliers, and research institutions who showcased their products and services in a sold-out exhibition.

ASPE was honored to have John Peters, Drilling and Completion Engineering Manager for Deep Water Exploration and Projects,  from Chevron. His address entitled Precision Engineering Applied to Deepwater Drilling and Completion was excellent.

Participants also heard about the latest products available to the industry in the Commercial Session and during lunch on Thursday, meeting attendees heard valuable information in the Horrobilia session.   World-renowned experts such as James Bryan, Erwin Loewen, Robert Hocken and Alex Slocum recounted their past production problems that had expensive and embarrassing consequences such as days, weeks or months of frustration, machine downtime, and failed theories. The solutions to these problems are shockingly simple to understand, but not obvious.

The sold-out commercial exhibits served as the backdrop for refreshment breaks and hospitality hours and provided the opportunity to see precision products first hand and to talk to the technical sales and engineering representatives.