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One of our members, Tom Fehring, is working on a book about Milwaukee’s industrial heritage. The book, which has a working title of, ‘The Magnificent Machines of Milwaukee (and the engineers who made them)’ chronicles the numerous innovations of the greater Milwaukee-area from the mid-1800s until the end of the Second World War.
Tom is ASME-Milwaukee’s history and heritage chair. Years ago he created an inventory of the significant mechanical engineering innovations of the area. This inventory has grown to well over one hundred items – several of which were eventually named historic mechanical engineering landmarks by ASME. These innovations will be featured in the book. Additionally, the book will provide short histories of the companies that were founded because of these innovations, and biographies for many of the engineers that were responsible for the innovation. Some of the stories are quite engaging.
Finally, Tom hopes to provide some insights from these achievements that might provide clues to how the Milwaukee area might rekindle the innovative spirit which made the City the “Machine Shop of the World.”
While a publication date has not been set, Tom hopes the book to be available mid-2016.
SAE invites our Milwaukee ASME members to attend their next event to be held on November 3, 2015, at Marquette University. Student project vehicles will be on display and professional members will have an opportunity to judge presentations given by the students. For more information and to register, visit the SAE Milwaukee page at left.
Click on the following link for our latest newsletter:
September 9 - Generac Tour
October 7 - Trek Tour
November 7 - (Saturday) Continuing Education Seminar (Brookfield Suites) For more information, see page at left.
December 8/9/10 - to be announced - Spouses Night
January 20 - SPX Transformer Solutions Tour (Waukesha, WI)
February 10 - Student Night at MSOE
March 10/17 - Joint Meeting with SAE at CAT (Autonomous Mining)
April 9 - (Saturday) Continuing Education Seminar (WCTC)
May 11 - History and Heritage Presentation (MSOE's Grohmann Museum)
Board (Leadership) Meetings: Aug. 26, Sept. 30, Oct. 28, Nov. 18, Dec.16, Jan. 27, Feb. 24, Mar. 30, Apr. 27, May 25
All board meetings are held at Power Engineers Collaborative, 150 North Sunny Slope Rd., Suite 110, Brookfield, WI 53005 (Park in back).
Note: The October 28th board meeting will be held at Perkins Engineering Co. in Sussex. Time 6:30 - W227 N6234 Sussex Rd., Sussex, WI 53089
The Trek bicycle manufacturing facility was recently toured by 36 members of the Milwaukee Section of ASME. The following tour summary and photos were contributed by the student section. We appreciate their involvement and look forward to their participation at future events. Please follow the link at the left to keep up to date on all of their activities.
This past Wednesday (07-Oct-2015) the UW-Madison ASME Student Section was lucky enough to send four students to attend the October Regional Meeting. This meeting took place in Waterloo, WI at the Trek Bicycles Headquarters, where Trek designs and produces its high-end carbon fiber bicycles. The badgers had an even better showing in that the tour was done by recent UW graduate Patrick Mabry, currently working at Trek as a Manufacturing Engineer.
Figure 1: (Left) UW-Madison Students Johnny Yan, Jake Esser, Erin Jamar and Chase Wember (shown left to right), (Right) Jake Esser and Johnny Yan in the Trek Testing Lab.
The tour was especially interesting, as it encompassed the entire process of bicycle production at Trek, starting in the prototyping lab, moving to the testing lab, where they can cycle test all sorts of component. From there, the tour moved on to molding of the carbon fiber frames, onto post production processing and finishing. We got to see examples of their custom bicycle paint jobs, as one frame was painted hot pink, and two more in highlighter yellow. The tour was especially interesting for mechanical engineers who are usually used to thinking about the field as being cast and machined metals or injection molded plastics. The carbon fiber process pushes the envelope of materials and engineering, minimizing weight for better gains in the performance of the bicycles. This material comes with its own set of challenges though, as Patrick was willing to discuss on the tour. It was an especially interesting tour, as many of us have not had any experience or exposure to this type of materials or manufacturing.
As a student section, we look forward to these types of opportunities to see the many sides of industry, and look forward to the next tour.
Trek Display Area
(Left to Right) Jake Esser and Johnny Yan in the Trek Testing Lab.