MES-SIF (Manufacturing Engineering Society - Sociedad de Ingeniería de Fabricación) was founded Spain in 2004 with the aim to develop and promote the scientific and technical research in Manufacturing Engineering as well as its industrial and technological application.
Nowadays, the society includes close to 200 members and even though its main activities take place in Spanish territory, MES-SIF is directed towards an international audience, especially in South America and Europe.
MES-SIF has different working groups on specific topics, among them we can highlight: PATRIF on Industrial Heritage, REM on Risks in Engineering Manufacturing, and PLM on Product Lifecycle Management.
The society organizes various general assemblies, meetings and seminars that deal with current issues in the field of manufacturing. Most notably, MES-SIF organizes the Manufacturing Engineering Society International Conference (MESIC), which is held every two years.
One example of how MES-SIF promotes and supports the work and the research in Manufacture Engineering, is through awarding a prize to those people or organizations that made meaningful contributions in the field of Manufacture Engineering.
MES-SIF also supports young scientists working in manufacturing research by means of different awards and grants, as well as through promoting the development of academic actions of quality and annually awarding a prize to the best end degree project in the field of Manufacturing Engineering.
MES-SIF is especially focused in the following areas:
- Promote scientific research, related to:
- Advances and innovations in manufacturing processes
- Additive manufacturing and 3D printing
- Sustainable and green manufacturing
- Micro and nano-manufacturing
- Manufacturing of new materials
- Manufacturing systems: machines, equipment and tooling
- Robotics, mechatronics and manufacturing automation
- Metrology and quality in manufacturing
- Industry 4.0 (Digital/Smart/Virtual manufacturing)
- Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) technologies
- Design, modeling and simulation in Manufacturing Engineering
- Production planning
- Manufacturing Engineering and society (Ergonomy, Safety and Risks, Heritage, Teaching & Learning)
- Create opportunities for establishing new contacts among its members and promote cooperative research among them.
- Promote the dissemination of researches and their industrial application.
The main publications of MES-SIF are the Proceedings of the Manufacturing Engineering Society International Conference (MESIC) and the Special Issue of the Manufacturing Engineering Society, within the Section of Manufacturing Processes and Systems of the journal Materials.
The Portuguese Society of Materials (SPM) was founded in 1981 with the aim of gathering materials scientists and engineers towards the promotion of the Materials Science and Engineering as well as its industrial and technological application. SPM is recognized by the Portuguese Government as a Public Utility Entity. SPM is also a member of FEMS – Federation of the European Materials Societies and EFC – European Federation of Corrosion and also collaborates with other scientific societies, in Portugal and abroad.
Nowadays, SPM includes about 300 individual (researchers, professors, students) and institutional members (Research Laboratories, Materials Departments at Universities and Industrial Companies). SPM has several divisions, which organize/support courses, seminars, meetings and other events/initiative in the following areas:
- Corrosion and Protection of Materials
- Surface Engineering
- Materials and Energy (includes Recycling, Raw Materials and Cork)
- Structural Materials (Foundry, Heat Treatment, Fracture)
- Functional Materials (Biomaterials and Optical/Opticoelectronic Materials)
- Polymers and Composite Materials
There is also a special division (Young SPM) dedicated to students, that is responsible for the the organization of ENEM-National Meeting of Materials Science and Engineering Students takes place every two years
In a regular basis, SPM organizes its MATERIALS Congress, every two years since 1983, being also an International Materials Symposium since 2001. Moreover, SPM joins the annual commemoration of the World Materials Day (that started in 2003), awarding the SPM Prize to the best Master Thesis presented by a graduation student in a topic related with Materials Science and Engineering. Since 2015, SPM awards the Career Prize to acknowledge those that have promoted excellence in technological innovation and scientific research in the field of Materials Science and Engineering.
Besides the collaboration with MDPI and its journals Materials and Metals, SPM continues the publication in Portugal of its journal Ciência & Tecnologia dos Materiais (initiated in 1989), now targeting mainly the industrial community.