April 2018
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fheFlexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE): What Are They and How Will They Affect Your Business?
Learn more about this exciting new technology poised to revolutionize everything from apparel manufacturing to IoT, agriculture, defense, healthcare, and much more

FHE combines printed elements with semiconductors to create thin flexible electronic devices. The technology is already being used in apparel, for example, to monitor heart rate and hydration. Other applications include: antenna design, Internet of Things, agriculture, medical devices, human performance monitoring, asset and environmental monitoring, and process control. 

Join us for a free one-day workshop and get up-to-date information directly from the experts who are developing this exciting, radical new technology.

May 22, 2018 | 9am - 4pm
Geotech Environmental | 2650 E 40th Ave, Denver
wren Highlighting Colorado Manufacturers Video Series:
Wren Industries

Located on the Western Slope, Wren Industries is a premier manufacturer of parts for aerospace, oil and gas, and firearms

Manufacturers Edge presents Highlighting Colorado Manufacturers Video Series: Wren Industries
A monthly article featuring tips and insight from Manufacturer's Edge Cyber Program Director Jennifer Kurtz who will show you how to make sense of cyber -- simply! 
Companies in the aerospace and defense supply chain may be classified under several of the 16 US critical infrastructure sectors identified in Presidential Policy Directive 21 (PPD-21) as "vital to public confidence and the Nation's safety, prosperity, and well-being." Components of this supply chain include companies in the defense industrial base sector, obviously, as well as those in the critical manufacturing, communications, information technology, and other sectors.

NIST 800-171 describes security control guidelines that must be implemented by prime and subcontractors that handle confidential unclassified information (CUI), as well as covered defense information (CDI), in their work related to the the US Department of Defense (DoD). Although compliance with DFARS 252.204.7012 may be declared via self-attestation, this is a case when not "walking your talk" could result in work order termination, serious penalties (e.g., False Claims Act damages), and disbarment. Even though deadline for compliance was 31 December 2017, unlike Y2K compliance, holding your breath until after the target date passes will not mean you are good to go. The DoD Inspector General recently released a memorandum announcing audits of logical and physical access controls protecting technical information: The Department is serious about this.

And you should be too...

nocom NOCOM 2018 Expands By More Than 20% Over Last Year's Participation Levels
Mark your calendars now for NOCOM 2019 scheduled for April 11, 2019

A timelapse of NOCOM 2018 set-up filmed via drone by Marketing Java
cmaRecap of the 2018 Colorado Manufacturing Awards
Some of the highlights and winners from the annual celebration of Colorado manufacturers co-hosted by Company Week and Manufacturer's Edge
Manufacturer's Edge CEO Tom Bugnitz, Air Comm CEO Keith Steiner, and Carolyn MacIntosh of Squire Patton Boggs
A great time was had by all as manufacturers from around the state came together at the University of Denver's Cable Center for an evening of awards, delicious food, Colorado-made libations, entertainment, and general merriment. Co-hosts for the evening, Bart Taylor of Company Week and Manufacturer's Edge CEO Tom Bugnitz, had the distinct pleasure of honoring one outstanding manufacturer in ten different categories.

Manufacturer's Edge would like to congratulate the 30 nominees and 10 winners. Each one serves as an outstanding example of the skill, innovation, and expertise that make Colorado the state where things get made!

A shout-out also goes to Hoptocopter Films for the amazing videography throughout the evening that featured profiles of the nominees as well as interviews with Colorado legislators and business leaders.

Outstanding Manufacturer awards were awarded to the following recipients:

  1. Craft Distiller: Montanya Distillers 
  2. Aerospace Manufacturer: Air Comm Corporation 
  3. Contract Manufacturer: Manes Machine and Engineering 
  4. Bioscience Manufacturer: Allison Medical 
  5. Consumer & Lifestyle Brand: SaraBella Fishing 
  6. Small Food Brand: Blue Moon Goodness 
  7. Energy & Environmental Manufacturer: Lightning Systems 
  8. Industrial Manufacturer: Diversified Machine Systems 
  9. Craft Brewery: Left Hand Brewing Company 
  10. Outdoor Industry Brand: Phunkshun 

connectKids Connection: Dream Big STEM Expo
Manufacturer's Edge team members, local educators, and more than 350 students attended the 3rd annual STEM expo at Battle Mountain High School in Edwards, CO
What do advanced manufacturing, cyber security, aviation, space exploration, and robotics have in common? Challenging, high-paying jobs for young people who pursue STEM-related studies!
On April 6th, Manufacturer's Edge staff members: Ali Recek, Director of Key Initiatives, and Jennifer Kurtz, Cyber Program Director participated in the 3rd Annual "Dream Big" STEM Expo. The purpose of the expo is to bring technology stakeholders and educators together to provide students a full-day of exposure to advanced manufacturing, aviation, aerospace, cyber security, and unmanned air systems.
The Dream Big Dream Team
  • In one additive manufacturing session, students learned about optimal particle size distribution, which is a contributing factor to porosity in 3D printed parts. Porosity, or microscopic holes, in printed metal parts can lead to cracks and metal fatigue.
    • In the cyber security session, students were challenged to hack into lab-based communications traffic, using openly available software, to see if they could find sensitive data packets containing the user name and password they had just generated for an online account.
Presenters also shared tips with students about applying for internships--12 is not too young--and about protecting their ideas. One middle school student described his concept for printing a rocket engine and requested information about the business model for a 3D printing shop. Inspired, innovative, and entrepreneurial. These students are on it!

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World Trade Day 2018
May 15 @ 8am-6:30pm
World Trade Day is the premier international business conference in the Rocky Mountain Region. Join us for a day of key-note speakers, short talks by trade experts, peer-to-peer learning, and a networking reception.
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NOCO May Insite Tour: Wolf Robotics
May 17 @ 8-9:30am
Fort Collins 
With 8,500 robot systems around the world, Wolf Robotics is one of the largest general manufacturing robot integrators in North America. Registration is required. Manufacturers will receive priority.
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Introduction to Flexible Hybrid Electronics for Manufacturers
May 22 @ 9am-4pm
Free one-day workshop hosted by Manufacturer's Edge, H2 Manufacturing Solutions, and the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade.

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