Society of Manufacturing Engineers Chapter 77

SME Chapter 77 Website and Blog

Welcome

Posted by smechapter77 on March 3, 2011

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Welcome to the website and blog of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Chapter 77 located in Denver, Colorado. In cooperation with sister SME Chapter 354 in Longmont, Colorado and the Colorado Association for Manufacturing and Technology (CAMT), we are dedicated to meeting the needs of Colorado manufacturing professionals. Join us today at http://www.sme.org.

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Dave Barton, Chapter Chair

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SME Chapter 77 Meeting – March 2016

Posted by smechapter77 on February 28, 2016

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Our Christmas event at the Tivoli with SME Chapter 354 was a great success, so in March we will join them again, this time for a tour of knife manufacturer Spyderco at 820 Spyderco Way, Golden, Colorado 80403. Join us at four p.m. on Tuesday, March 15 for a tour of this great Colorado company, followed by networking, libations (and dinner if you want) at Table Mountain Inn, 1310 Washington Avenue, Golden, Colorado 80401.

The agenda for the event is:

  • 4:00-5:30 p.m.: Tour of Spyderco

  • 5:30-7:00 p.m.: Networking and Dinner at Table Mountain Inn

There is no cost for the tour.

Spyderco’s knives are different, peculiar, even out there. They know that quality is critical to developing reliable, high performance cutting tools. That’s why they’ve invested in a one-million-dollar testing facility. Come visit them on March 15th and learn why “those who know carry Spyderco.”

Please RSVP by email to davidwilliambarton@gmail.com by March 11.

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Colorado Society of Manufacturing Engineers 2015 Holiday Party

Posted by smechapter77 on December 15, 2015

Christmas TreeOver twenty SME Chapter 77 and 354 members, students from SME Student Chapter 324, and guests celebrated the holidays Friday, December 11 at the Tivoli on the University of Denver. Good times were had by all!

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The event began with a brewery tour. Did you know that the Tivoli Brewing Company was established in 1859 and is the second oldest brewery in the country? After being closed since a devastating flood in 1965, the company is coming back to life—brewing old pre-prohibition recipes that haven’t been tasted for years. Here are a couple photos of the tour.

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SME 2015 Holiday Party - Tivoli Tour

Our tour guide Holly Dorr talks about the amazing history of the Tivoli Brewing Company

 

Tivoli Tour - Mike Sickinger

 

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At the end of the tour, we enjoyed a sample of Tivoli’s Helles Lager, a beer that was first brewed here over a hundred years ago.

 

 

 

 

Tivoli Cocktails Before DinnerAt Chapter 77, we have started a tradition of informal networking at a local watering hole after most meetings. Well, this time we shifted things around and had a happy hour at the Tivoli Tap Room before the meeting. It was a great opportunity to mingle and share holiday cheer.

 

 

After dinner and comments by the Chairs of the respective chapters, we enjoyed an informative presentation by Peter Holtgrieve, formerly of Manufacturers Edge, now owner of Partners in Business Excellence. In many of the plant tours we’ve had over the years, we have seen what an impact Lean Manufacturing has had on the production floor. Well, great—but what about the front office? Peter explained how Lean principles can be applied there—with amazing results.

Thanks to everyone who attended the SME holiday event. See you at future SME meetings and tours in the New Year!

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SME Student Chapter S323 Chair Jithin Vadakel with the SME Chapter 77 Trolley Bell

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October 2015 Meeting Recap

Posted by smechapter77 on October 25, 2015

We had a great tour and meeting at RK on Wednesday, October 21 with nineteen members and guests attending. Thanks to Dan Clark and Randy Renwald for hosting us and for showing us the RK Henderson facility.

After the tour and an engaging discussion about RK and issues facing manufacturers in Colorado, we turned to a lively discussion about the current state and future direction of Chapter 77.

Overview

SME Chapter 77 was one of the first chapters to be established, we have a plaque with a trolley bell that goes back to 1947. Around 2005 the chapter became inactive until 2010. We started with 30 members and have grown to 95. The chapter has over $5,000 on hand. We also have a scholarship in our name with a balance of almost $36,000. A scholarship is awarded in the chapter’s name annually; this year $1,800 went to a mechanical engineering student studying at the University of Denver.

SME Chapter 77 maintains close ties with Chapter 354 and with Student Chapter 323 at University of Colorado, Denver. We also have been involved with other organizations, especially ASQ.

Our philosophy the past five years has been to grow our membership by offering plant tours at interesting venues. This has included tours of Vestas, Synthes, Terumo and other organizations in a variety of industries: aerospace, medical device, and others. This approach has enabled us to grow our membership by over 200%.

Subjects for Future Discussion

  1. Hold an Executive Committee Meeting before every membership meeting that will be open to members and guests.

  2. Recruit new officers to bring different ideas and skills into the leadership of the chapter.

  3. Continue to emphasize plant tours but also add technical presentations that feature topical speakers.

  4. Coordinate more closely with other manufacturing societies and student groups, to include scheduling joint meetings and events.

  5. Expand outreach beyond a manufacturing audience.

  6. Encourage members and guests to bring friends, co-workers, and employers to meetings.

  7. Expand marketing efforts with an emphasis on social media.

  8. Target recruiting of companies by scheduling tours and technical presentations that address current problems companies are facing (example: a presentation by the Mountain State Employment Council).

What subjects have I missed? What ideas to you have that are not listed here. Email your thoughts and attend Executive Committee meetings to share your views. Let’s make Chapter 77 the best it can be.

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SME Chapters 77 and 354 Joint Picnic

Posted by smechapter77 on June 25, 2014

Reports from attendees of the SME Chapters 77 and 354 joint picnic were all laudatory. Thanks to Terry Gale for hosting the meeting and for a great tour of the Rambler Ranch.

The Rambler Ranch is a part of a 165-acre estate owned by Terry Gale and Greg Kissinger. You can easily believe you stepped back in time when visiting this facility. American Motors, Nash, DeSoto, Dodge, Chrysler, Edsel, Chevrolet, Ford, Renault, Rolls Royce, Porsche, Kaiser, Studebaker, Wolsley Packard, Fiat, Mercedes, BMW, Vauxhall, Lincoln, Mercury, Allstate, Opel, Jeep, Bricklin Funwagon, Citroen, Pontiac, Acura, GMC, Honda and more are represented in the museum.

Below are photos of Rambler Ranch and the picnic. Thanks to Dr. Sanchez of UC Denver and Bill Owens for sharing them.

 

Rambler Ranch entrance

Rambler Ranch entrance

 

All enjoyed a BBQ Picnic.

Everyone enjoyed tasty BBQ Picnic fare.

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A large number of antique cars are on display at the Rambler Ranch

A large number of antique cars are on display at the Rambler Ranch

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Student members of SME Chapter S324 also enjoyed the picnic and tour.

Student members of SME Chapter S324 also enjoyed the picnic and tour.

 

Terry Gale, owner of the Rambler Ranch gave a great tour of the displays.

Terry Gale, owner of the Rambler Ranch gave a great tour of the displays.

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May 2014 Meeting and Tour of Tenere

Posted by smechapter77 on May 21, 2014

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Chapter 77 met on Thursday, May 8 for our last meeting before our summer break. We Tenere, Inc. at 12410 West Cedar Drive, Lakewood, CO 80228, a global supplier of integrated components and manufacturing services. Tenere is a partner to companies in Networking/Communications, Healthcare, Industrial/Commercial and the Aerospace/Defense market sectors.

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Tenere’s headquarters is in Wisconsin where they manufacture sheet metal. The Lakewood facility is a tooling, CNC and injection molding shop featuring seventeen molding Machines sized from 20 tons to 1000 tons. RJG mold pressure sensor and gas counter pressure technology will all be discussed on the tour. The facility also has in-house tool building, CNC and EDM capabilities.

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The meeting was a great success. Thanks to Jeff Heng for setting it up and to all the Tenere Crew for a great tour.

 

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After the meeting, as is our custom, we adjourned to a local watering hole to discuss the tour and for informal networking.

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SME Chapter 77 February 2014 Meeting

Posted by smechapter77 on February 28, 2014

Thanks again to Bart Taylor, Owner and founder of CompanyWeek.  Chapter 77 had a great presentation and discussion about the ongoing efforts to feature manufacturing in Colorado.  CAMT and Sparkfun were represented as well so it was a good group and great to hear about local programs and efforts to attract more manufacturing to our state.

Thanks as well to The Innovation Pavilion for hosting our Group.  After the meeting we had an unfortunate surprise at Rock Bottom Brewery running into a live bagpipe band and a packed house attending a fundraiser for firemen.  Unfortunately, it was not very easy to continue the conversation in the hallway but there was an upside.  Each person through the door got a ticket for one free beverage so not only was the glass half-full but all the way full.

Keep your eyes peeled for next Month’s event which should be with David Manufacturing, an entirely ITAR compliant company that does very high end machining work for the government.  More details to come regarding dates & times.

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SME Chapter 77 January 2014 Meeting

Posted by smechapter77 on January 18, 2014

With the ringing of a trolley bell, SME Chapter 77 Chair Dave Barton opened the first meeting of 2014. And it was a good one! Sean Smiley, owner and master distiller of State-38 Distillery hosted the event. He gave us a great tour–as a petroleum engineer  in his day job, he speaks “engineer”–and led us in a tasteful (and tasty) “quality control inspection” of his excellent Agave products.

Located at 400 Corporate Circle, Suite B, Golden Colorado 80401, State-38 Distillery, is going on their second month of operations. The company manufactures and markets outstanding agave products, to include vodka and a new liqueur that will knock your socks off! If you were not able to make this tour, or if you’d like to explore new offerings from State-38 Distillery, drop by and Sean will be happy to give you a tour and let you sample some of his fine product—and take a bottle or two home to share with your friends. Visit their website at this link for more information.

Many thanks to Sean for an informative—and enjoyable—tour of State-38 Distillery.

Look for an announcement soon about our next event. See you then!

Here are some photos of the State-38 Distillery tour, thanks to Bill Owens.

SME Chair Dave Barton welcomes members and guests

SME Chapter 77 Chair Dave Barton welcomes members and guests

State-38-Distillery owner Sean Smiley explains the origin of his company and the operation of the Tasting Room. This was followed by an excellent "QC inspection exercise".

State-38-Distillery owner Sean Smiley explains the origin of his company and the operation of the Tasting Room. This was followed by an excellent “QC inspection exercise”.

 

The distillation process

The distillation process

 

Aging the Agave

Aging the Agave

 

 

A great presentation. Thanks Sean!

A great presentation. Thanks Sean!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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December 2013 Holiday Celebration

Posted by smechapter77 on December 14, 2013

SME Chapter 77 members and guests joined SME Chapter 354 and the students of Chapter 324 for a holiday celebration. A total of 43 attendees dined on traditional holiday fare and conducted the essential chapter business of swearing in each chapters’ 2013 officers.

After the ceremony, Dr. L. Rafael Sanchez, Associate Professor of the Mechanical Engineering Department at CU Denver will gave an update on the status of the student chapter, and Deborah Robbins, Industry Relations Manager & Industrial Laser Community (ILC) Facilitator reviewed the programs that SME has initiated to support and enhance manufacturing education.

Other honored guests attending are Jim Whitehead, SME Membership Consultant and Kathy Looman, who covers the west coast territory for SME.

The evening was a great success. Thanks to Dr. Sanchez and the student members of S324 for their hospitality. They did a great job!

Here are photos of the event.

 

2013 officers of SME Chapters 77, 354, and S324 are sworn in by Deborah Robbins

2013 officers of SME Chapters 77, 354, and S324 are sworn in by Deborah Robbins

 

Officers of SME Chapters 77, 354, and S324 are sworn in by Deborah Robbins

Dr. Rafael Sanchez, adviser to Student SME Chapter S324 updates attendees about the status of the student chapter.

 

Deborah Robbins gave us a great update on the latest news from SME.

Deborah Robbins gave us a great update on the latest news from SME.

 

 

 

 

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SME Chapter 77 October Meeting

Posted by smechapter77 on October 30, 2013

We had a great meeting and plant tour on October 24 at Kloppenberg and Company, one of the country’s oldest stainless steel fabricators, located at 2627 West Oxford Avenue, Englewood, CO 80110. Eighteen members and guests attended and enjoyed seeing how steel metal fabrication is done. Many thanks to Kloppenberg President, Joe Kloppenberg and his crew for a great meeting and tour. Also, thanks to Dale Hall, Director of Business Develpment for arranging the logistics and to our great tour guides: Scott Williams, Operations Manager; and Phil Moyle, Inside Sales and Customer Service.

 

George Kloppenberg opened his sheet metal fabrication plant in Denver, Colorado shortly after World War II. ALL Made in America, this manufacturer today produces all the elements for its four distinct product lines in its 110,000 square foot Denver production facility. Every product starts in their high quality stainless steel metal fabrication division. 

The company serves a growing number of industries: healthcare facilities; laboratories and hospitals; colleges & schools; hospitality/food service; military/residence dorm & VA housing; and the newest division “Accents in Water®”, manufactures the world’s first scientifically proven, patent-pending, one-of-a-kind water feature offering anti-bacterial (PathobBan AG254®) re-circulating indoor water systems.

Kloppenberg is a supplier to the BEST (Belgium Electronic Sorting Technology) a company with a factory in the Inverness area manufacturing food sorting machines, which many of you may remember we toured a couple of years ago. Our tour guides showed us several products they are producing for BEST during the tour. Another Denver customer of Kloppenberg is Ice-O-Matic, and we saw some of their products as well.

To learn more about Kloppenberg, visit their website at http://www.kloppenberg.com/

Check below for photos of the tour.

Kloppenberg and Company

Kloppenberg and Company

Joe Kloppenberg, President of Kloppenberg and President, welcomes SME Chapter 77.

Joe Kloppenberg, President of Kloppenberg and President, welcomes SME Chapter 77.

"Accents in Water®", manufactures the world’s first scientifically proven, patent-pending, one-of-a-kind water feature offering anti-bacterial (PathobBan AG254®) re-circulating indoor water systems.

“Accents in Water®”, manufactures the world’s first scientifically proven, patent-pending, one-of-a-kind water feature offering anti-bacterial (PathobBan AG254®) re-circulating indoor water systems.

Philip Moyle, Inside Sales & Customer Service explains the manufacturing processes at Kloppenberg.

Philip Moyle, Inside Sales & Customer Service explains the manufacturing processes at Kloppenberg.

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Operations Manager Scott Williams also conducted a tour group.

Operations Manager Scott Williams also conducted a tour group.

One of the first SME Chapter 77 tours was of BEST, which assembles electronic food sorting machines in the Inverness are.

One of the first SME Chapter 77 tours was of BEST, which assembles electronic food sorting machines in the Inverness are.

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This welding table was installed specifically to manufacture BEST products.

Ice-O-Matic is another customer of Kloppenberg.

Ice-O-Matic is another customer of Kloppenberg.

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Great News

Posted by smechapter77 on October 16, 2013

The SME Member Council has granted approval for SME Chapter 77 to be upgraded to full senior chapter status. Thanks to everyone who has worked hard to make this happen, and for everyone’s support. We can now look forward to strengthening the chapter and making it a premier source of professional development for manufacturing professionals on the Front Range.

Please plan to attend the meeting on October 24 to celebrate this milestone.

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