Norwalk, CT-- To kick off Assembly Technology '98, September 22-24 in Chicago, Robert E. Podzunas, Jr., principal of The MPI Group in Wallingford, CT and former associate of author Eli Goldratt, will be the keynote speaker. His talk, "From Mass Production to Demand Flow: Old Problems Stand in the Way," will address the issues of part shortages and poor quality, the underlying causes of these problems, and how to overcome them.
The show will address several industry concepts. "Getting more productivity out of manufacturing operations, so to make products better, faster, and more accurately is one," says Howard Friedman, industry vice president for Reed Exhibition Co., the show's sponsor.
The event will include 35 in-depth sessions in 10 technology tracks including:
- Manufacturing Operations
- Assembly Process Planning
- Strategic Issues
- Adhesives/Adhesive Bonding
- Electronics Assembly
- Parts Handling
- Joining Methods
- Fastening Tactics
- Wire Processing
- Motion Control
Assembly Technology Expo '98 is co-located with two additional industry events: the Adhesives '98 Conference, sponsored by the Society of Mfg. Engineers; and the Wiring Harness Mfgs. Assn. Conference.
Responding to exhibitors' demands, the Assembly Technology Expo '98 will also add three new regional Assembly Technology Expo events and re-launch ASSEMBLY Southeast in 1999. These four shows will join Assembly Technology Expo in Chicago this year.
The regional Assembly shows include ASSEMBLY California, held October 6-7, 1999 at the Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA. This show has been added to address the heaviest concentration of manufacturing in the country in Southern California, Friedman says.
ASSEMBLY Northeast will be held May 5-6, 1999 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. This show is co-located with NEPCON Philadelphia, and was added because the Northeast is the second-largest assembly market in the country, Friedman says.
ASSEMBLY Southeast will be held from May 19-20, 1999 at the Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, NC. This show has gone on in the past, but held every other year and not highly marketed. However, the Southeast is the third-largest assembly market in the country, which led to the show's re-launch, Friedman adds.
ASSEMBLY Dallas, held October 27-28, 1999 at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, TX, will be co-located with NEPCON Dallas. Friedman says, Dallas is a valuable addition because electronic assembly processes are done there.
"The shows are basically the same, just delivered to the local market," Friedman adds, "with the exception of Charlotte, which has a lot of furniture manufacturing. That's unique to that part of the world."