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2014 Agenda

As of August 13, 2014


10:00 AM

Registration Open

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA) Workshop*

Boothroyd Dewhurst, originators of the popular Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA) software, have organized a workshop which will show attendees how to analyze and reduce the cost of designs.

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*Additional fees apply

2:00 - 5:00 PM

Plastics Assembly Workshop*

A group of industry experts will come together present on a series of topics all related to the latest and most important information on plastics assembly.

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*Additional fees apply

5:00 PM

Exhibit Hall Opens

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Welcome Reception

Networking is one of the top reasons for attending The ASSEMBLY Show, so what better way to kick off the event than with a Welcome Reception right on the show floor. This reception will feature the ever-popular “Taste of Rosemont” highlighting flavors and cuisine from 20+ local area restaurants. Connect with hundreds of suppliers, buyers and users of assembly equipment while you enjoy food and drinks in a relaxed and friendly environment.

8:00 PM

Exhibit Hall Closes


8:00 AM

Registration Open

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

liveKeynote Presentation
Bringing Jobs Back to the USA: Rebuilding America's Manufacturing Through Reshoring
Timothy J. Hutzel, President, Tim Hutzel American Business Services
David Lippert, President, Hamilton Caster & Mfg. Co.

American companies can survive and prosper while keeping their manufacturing base within the United States. So says author and consultant Timothy J. Hutzel and manufacturing executive David Lippert. In this must-see presentation, Hutzel and Lippert provide a powerful one-two punch to debunk the myth that U.S. manufacturers can’t compete with cheap labor countries. A retired manufacturing executive from GE Aircraft and Union City Body Co., Hutzel explains why U.S. companies sent their jobs overseas, and he details the negative impacts this had on their products, employees, suppliers, and, indeed, the American way of life. More importantly, you will learn how Hamilton Caster and other companies are thriving by manufacturing within the United States, and you’ll find out how they put themselves in position to compete.

Keynote Biography

10:00 AM

Exhibit Hall Opens

11:00 AM – 11:40 AM

liveNew Technology Takes the Reaction Out and Puts the Ergonomics In
Kevin Reiland, Product Manager at Panasonic Assembly Tool Division

Kevin Reiland Biography

Discover how cordless assembly tools are transforming the industry. We will reveal advancements in cordless tool technology which provide virtually no torque reaction with tools ranging from 3Nm up to 400Nm implementing superior ergonomics. Create a safer work environment through the elimination of safety concerns and show cost-saving examples to reduce manufacturing costs while reducing your factories eco footprint. Gain the knowledge and expertise necessary to incorporate Panasonic’s unique cordless assembly solutions into your assembly process.

presented by panasonic

11:45 AM - 12:25 PM

Freedom for the Assembly Worker – Ergonomic and Cordless Power Tool Solutions
Dave Garner, Key Customer Manager - Automation Products, Desoutter

Dave Garner Biography

As Desoutter Industrial Tools celebrates its 100th birthday in 2014 we recognize that today’s assembly worker is an important part of a process that may include torque verification, inspection of parts, cycle time efficiency, and data reporting. Today, operators don’t have to be hindered by air lines or tools cables as they tighten a fastener or measure a torque value. This discussion will focus on the advancement of assembly tools combined with the advancements of how the operator can interact in a wireless workspace with the tool, the parts they are working on, and the assembly line itself. This includes a review of advances in tool ergonomics, DC pulse tools, advanced cordless tools, wireless reporting, and a look to the future for what the assembly worker may have to work with in the years to come.

presented by desoutter

12:30 PM – 1:10 PM

Environmental Protection for Linear Actuators
RJ Ruberti, Team Leader of Linear Systems, SCHUNK Inc.

RJ Ruberti Biography

Learn about various protection options for linear actuators.

presented by schunk

1:15 PM – 1:55 PM

Latest Advancements in Adhesive Bonding Technologies
Andy Scott, Market Application Engineer, Henkel Corp.

Andy Scott Biography

Learn of the recent performance breakthroughs in instant adhesives, used for bonding and joining a variety of surfaces used in the manufacturing process such as plastics, metals, rubbers and more. From highly flexible cyanoacrylates (CAs) to hybrid bonding technologies, this session will introduce several new innovations designed to meet today’s demanding bonding challenges.

  • New Cyanoacrylates (CAs) with significantly improved elongation properties for use in applications requiring flexing bond lines and flexible substrate materials.
  • New hybrid adhesive technology that delivers the speed of an instant adhesive with the strength of a structural adhesive.
  • Higher temperature cyanoacrylates that withstand continuous temperatures up to 250°F while providing high strength and fixture speeds typically less than 15 seconds.
  • Two-part cyanoacrylates that cure tack free through high gaps and in open air.

presented by henkel

2:00 PM – 2:40 PM

CNC Assembly™: A Unique Combination of Speed and Flexibilitylive
Larry Allingham, Vice President of Operations, Transformix Engineering Inc

Larry Allingham Biography

When high production rates are needed, automated assembly systems may employ "continuous motion" or multi-tooled indexing configurations. When frequent changeover is required, robotics may be selected, along with some degree of modularity in system construction. For complex products or processes, power-and-free pallet systems often provide key advantages.
In CNC Assembly™, Transformix has introduced dramatic new technology that combines the best of continuous motion, indexing motion, power-and-free transfers, and robotics, providing an unprecedented combination of speed and flexibility. In this presentation, you'll learn how CNC Assembly™ works and how to apply it to your next assembly.

presented by transformix

2:45 PM – 3:25 PM

Advances In LED Technology Creates Enhanced Visual Management Opportunities In The Assembly Process
Victor Caneff, Business Development Manager, Banner Engineering

Victor Caneff Biography

Manual and semi-automated assembly processes requiring human participation can often times benefit from visual guidance techniques to reduce errors and improve throughput on the plant floor. Additionally, the need for localized visual guidance to support assembly equipment operators has grown significantly with an increase in the implementation of flexible manufacturing allowing multiple product models to be produced with the same production equipment. Recent advances in LED technology have allowed suppliers to introduce a completely new offering of manufacturing solutions. These new cost effective solutions leverage the long life, reduced size, higher intensity and robust design inherent to LED’s. In this presentation you will see a variety of real world examples of light guided assembly including Pick-to-Light, Task Lighting and Operator Guidance that can help increase your manufacturing efficiencies as part of your Visual Factory strategy.

presented by banner

4:00 PM

Exhibit Hall Closes

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Networking Reception

On the second day of The ASSEMBLY Show the networking will continue as trade show participants gather in the adjoining meeting space for a Networking Reception. Allowing exhibitors to step away from their booths, this reception promotes even more mingling amongst all event participants. Enjoy libations and hors d’oeuvres as you make connections with new professionals and continue to build relationships with existing business partners.


9:00 AM

Registration Open

10:00 AM

Exhibit Hall Opens

10:30 AM – 11:10 AM

Solving Assembly Challenges with 3M Adhesives and Tapes live
Shari Loushin, Lead Tech Service Engineer, 3M Indstrial Adhesives & Tapes

Shari Loushin Biography

3M has a full line of adhesives and tapes to provide design and manufacturing engineers with options for a variety of assembly and bonding challenges, thus enabling unique and attractive products. But how does an engineer choose the best bonding technology from the wide array available from 3M? This presentation will highlight 3M products that are often used as alternatives to rivets, screws and welds in assembly operations; allowing customers to take time, cost and weight out of their designs while meeting difficult challenges such as joining dissimilar materials structurally or bonding hard-to bond plastics. We will present the most common bonding solutions for different types of assemblies, and provide information on why those solutions are most often used.

presented by 3m

11:15 AM – 11:55 AM

Choosing Appropriate Assembly Technology- It’s all about PRODUCTIVITY!
Mark Burzynski, President, The Arthur G. Russell Co.

Mark Burzynski Biography

Many factors need to be considered when selecting an automated assembly solution. Learn the strengths and weaknesses of the different automatic assembly platforms available today and how factors like Product Life Cycle, Technical Support Requirements, Plant Environment, and Assembly and Inspection process technologies impact your decision.

presented by agr

12:00 PM – 12:40 PM

New Developments in Robot Safetylive
Pat Davison, Director of Standards Development, Robotic Industries Association

More than 1.5 million robots are safely operating in factories worldwide, and the robotics industry can take pride in its impressive safety record. However, like most machines, robots can be dangerous when they are deployed improperly or used carelessly. This presentation will discuss the latest developments in robot safety, including the ramifications of the new wave of collaborative robots. Learn how the ANSI/RIA R15.06-2012 robot safety standard has been enhanced and updated to reflect new technologies. If you’re currently using robots—or if you’re planning to—you won’t want to miss this session.

Pat Davidson Biography

presented by a3

12:45 PM – 1:25 PM

Cost of Ownership: Are You Paying for Features You Do Not Need?
Eric Dees, Global Lean Business Process Leader, Ingersoll Rand Power Tools

Today's smart / intelligent (connected) tools can do so much more - whether it is providing real-time data or tracking the performance trends of the tool. The key question is whether or not manufacturers are buying features that are above and beyond what the operation calls for or whether or not the features they select truly add value to their operations.

  • Overview of the technology landscape of intelligent tools - what is available and what is on the market today
  • Process for assessing a manufacturer's operation and matching the right tool for the job (step by step process and guidance / tips)
  • Tips and guidance on how to select the right tools for the right applications - including common mistakes and myths that manufacturers make when selecting tools


This will be a tip and action-oriented presentation that is non-commercial. Participants will walk away with a better understanding of how to select the right tool for their operations / application.

presented by IngersollRand

1:30 PM – 2:10 PM

2015 Capital Equipment Spending Outlooklive
John Sprovieri, Editor-in-Chief, ASSEMBLY Magazine

What capital equipment will assemblers be buying next year and how much money do they plan to spend? Get answers to these and other questions when John Sprovieri presents the results of ASSEMBLY magazine’s 19th annual capital equipment spending survey. From automated assembly systems and dispensing equipment, to power tools and robots, this comprehensive survey forecasts spending intentions for the coming year. Will manufacturing continue its comeback? How does your company’s spending plans compare with the competition? Find out in this must-attend session.

John Sprovieri Biography

presented by assembly

3:00 PM

Exhibit Hall Closes