The reviving U.S. economy is encouraging manufacturers to invest in assembly technology
Rosemont, IL, July 31, 2013 - ASSEMBLY Magazine, producer of The ASSEMBLY Show, recently released its annual State of the Profession survey revealing that assemblers are busier than ever because of the U.S. economic revival. According to the industry wide survey, manufacturers will be committing more resources toward assembly operations in the next year. With more projects getting the green light, manufacturing engineers and managers from across the Midwest will convene October 28-30 in Rosemont, IL, to see the latest assembly technologies on the show floor and to learn about them during the conference sessions.
According to this year's State of the Profession survey, the top three issues affecting assembly operations today are pressure to lower production costs (65 percent), improving productivity (63 percent), and maintaining quality (49 percent).
With that being the case, assemblers should find plenty to interest them on the floor of The ASSEMBLY Show. Exhibitors will be displaying the latest advances in robotics, presses, riveters, power tools, automatic screwdrivers, adhesive dispensing and curing equipment, workstations, conveyors, wire processors, and test and inspection equipment. Need to boost throughput when installing threaded fasteners? At least a dozen exhibitors at The ASSEMBLY Show can help, including ASG (Booth 1133), Design Tool Inc. (Booth 1318), and Ingersoll Rand (Booth 116). Need to reduce waste and improve accuracy during adhesive bonding operations? At least 15 exhibitors, including Fisnar (Booth 533), Henkel Loctite (Booth 333), and Nordson EFD (Booth 104), will showcase these products.
This year's survey also asked engineers to name the key factors that will contribute to their companies' overall competitiveness in the coming year. Their top three responses were manufacturing flexibility (68 percent), product quality (65 percent), and continuous improvement (60 percent). There's no better way to ensure flexibility and quality than with robotics and automation.
The ASSEMBLY Show boasts more than 20 robotics suppliers and systems integrators, including ATS Automation (Booth 507), EPSON Robots (Booth 925), and ixmation North America (Booth 205). Whether they're looking for a single-station, semiautomatic machine to join plastic parts or a full-scale, multistation automated assembly system, engineers will find myriad suppliers at The ASSEMBLY Show.
This year's ASSEMBLY Show will provide two exciting and informative keynote presentations, including:
• Daniel J. Meckstroth, Ph.D.,Vice President and Chief Economist for the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity & Innovation (MAPI) will address economic issues, which include the effects on the economy from the resurgence of the automotive industry, the reshoring of jobs, and also the investment in robotics.
• Michael F. Molnar, Director of the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office and the Chief Manufacturing Officer of the National Institute of Standards and Technology for the United States Department of Commerce will focus mainly on bringing jobs back to the U.S.
The ASSEMBLY Show is sponsored by ASSEMBLY (www.assemblymag.com), 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 (www.bnpmedia.com), 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 www.theassemblyshow.com.
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For further information, contact:
Amy Riemer, Media Relations