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Rosemont, IL, July 31, 2014 - In addition to the expansive exhibit hall, attendees at the upcoming ASSEMBLY Show will have the unique opportunity to hear industry experts discuss the latest technological advances and manufacturing trends during a dynamic keynote presentation, two half day workshops and a series of seminars in Showcase Theaters on the show floor. The ASSEMBLY Show will take place from Tuesday, October 28 through Thursday, October 30, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.

"We developed a dynamic educational program to keep our attendees current on trends, advancements and the future of assembly," stated Tom Esposito, publisher of ASSEMBLY magazine. "We are pleased to be expanding our program this year: For the first time, we are offering two pre-show workshops on plastics and design. Plus we'll once again have a top-notch keynote presentation and showcase theater presentations."

The two half day workshops on Tuesday, October 28, will run from 2:00 - 5:00 pm and will focus on:

Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA) Workshop: Boothroyd Dewhurst, originator of the popular DFMA software, has organized a workshop which will show attendees how to analyze and reduce the cost of designs. Presenters from Dynisco Instruments LLC and Boothroyd Dewhurst Inc. will share details on how to lower manufacturing costs through good design.

Plastics Assembly Workshop - A group of industry experts will present on a series of topics related to plastics assembly. During this four-part workshop, speakers will include:

  • Bill Reed, sales & marketing director at Extol Inc., will present The Dish on Hot-Plate Welding
  • Christie L. Jones, market development manager at SPIROL International Corp., will present Improving Plastic Assemblies with Inserts and Compression Limiters.
  • Paul A. Tres, president of ETS Inc., will present Snap Fits for Plastics Assembly
  • Jeff Frantz, director of ultrasonic business development at Branson Ultrasonics, will present Selecting the Proper Assembly Method for Your Plastic Application.

On Wednesday, October 29, and Thursday, October 30, there will be a dozen seminars, including presentations on:

  • New Technology Takes the Reaction Out and Puts the Ergonomics In: Kevin Reiland, product manager at Panasonic Assembly Tool Division, will present on advances in cordless tool technology.
  • Freedom for the Assembly Worker-Ergonomic and Cordless Power Tool Solutions: Dave Garner, key customer manager for automation products at Desoutter, will discuss advances in cordless tool technology.
  • Environmental Protection for Linear Actuators: R.J. Ruberti, team leader of linear systems at SCHUNK Inc., will discuss various protection options for linear actuators
  • Latest Advancements in Adhesive Bonding Technologies: Andy Scott, market application engineer at Henkel Corp., will discuss recent performance breakthroughs in instant adhesives.
  • CNC AssemblyTM: A Unique Combination of Speed and Flexibility: Larry Allingham, vice president of operations at Transformix Engineering Inc., will present on a new automated assembly technology that combines the best of continuous motion, indexing motion, power-and-free transfers, and robotics.
  • Advances in LED Technology Create Enhanced Visual Management Opportunities in the Assembly Process: Victor Caneff, business development manager at Banner Engineering, will explain how manual and semi automated assembly processes can benefit from visual guidance techniques.
  • Solving Assembly Challenges with 3M Adhesives and Tapes: Shari Loushin, lead tech service engineer at 3M Industrial Adhesives & Tapes, will show how adhesives can be used as alternatives to rivets, screws and welds in assembly operations.
  • Choosing Appropriate Assembly Technology-It's All About Productivity: Mark Burzynski, president of The Arthur G. Russell Co., will outline the strengths and weaknesses of the different automatic assembly platforms available today.
  • New Developments in Robot Safety: Pat Davison, director of standards development at the Robotic Industries Association, will discuss the latest developments in robot safety, including the ramifications of the new wave of collaborative robots.
  • Cost of Ownership: Are You Paying for Features You Do Not Need? Andrew Bardsley, global category leader at Ingersoll Rand, will present an overview of intelligent fastening tools.
  • 2015 Capital Equipment Spending Outlook: John Sprovieri, editor-in-chief of ASSEMBLY magazine, will present the results of the magazine's 19th annual capital equipment spending survey. He'll talk about what equipment assemblers will be buying next year and how much money they plan to spend.


In addition to the seminar series and half day workshops, there will be a keynote presentation on Wednesday, October 29, at 9 a.m. featuring Timothy J. Hutzel, president of Tim Hutzel Advisory Board Services, and David Lippert, president of Hamilton Caster & Mfg. Co. Their presentation, Bringing Jobs Back to the USA: Rebuilding America's Manufacturing Through Reshoring, will relate how American companies can survive and prosper while keeping their manufacturing base within the United States. In this must-see presentation, Hutzel and Lippert will provide a powerful one-two punch to debunk the myth that U.S. manufacturers can't compete with cheap labor countries.

In addition to these dynamic presentations, The ASSEMBLY Show expo hall will showcase leading industry companies. For a list of exhibiting companies and exciting show features, visit

The ASSEMBLY Show is sponsored by ASSEMBLY (, a monthly trade magazine read by 56,000 engineers and managers responsible for manufacturing and designing cars, computers, catheters, coffee makers, etc. ASSEMBLY covers the processes, technologies and strategies for joining discrete parts into finished products. The event is produced by BNP Media (, one of the country's leading business-to-business media companies serving professionals across 50+ industries. For more information and to register to attend, visit

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