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Assembly Expo to Feature Medical-Device Assembly Pavilion

August 1, 2009

Assembly Technology Expo and its four pavilions--Electronics Midwest, Wire Harness Process Solutions, Medical Device Assembly/Automation, and Sensors and Vision--lands at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, September 22-24

Assembly Technology Expo (ATExpo) and its four pavilions—Electronics Midwest, Wire Harness Process Solutions, Medical Device Assembly/ Automation, and Sensors and Vision —lands at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, September 22-24. Sponsored by Assembly magazine, the show’s more than 600 exhibitors promise to provide attendees with ideas and new-product showcases to allow metalformers to assemble their parts faster and more cost effectively than ever before.

• The Electronics Midwest pavilion will house exhibitors displaying surface-mount assembly technology and related equipment.

• The Wire Harness Process Solutions pavilion will showcase equipment used to manufacture electronic cable assemblies, including stamping, crimping and testing technology.

Automated assembly station
An archived article from MetalForming described this automated assembly station working at metalformer Buhrke Industries, Arlington Heights, IL, used to assemble car-radio chassis.

• Source the latest in automation and assembly technology for medical-device production at the Medical Device Assembly/Automation pavilion.

• And, see the latest in machine vision and sensing technology at the Sensors and Vision pavilion. Among the products on display at the exposition:

• End-of-line packaging equipment

• Fasteners and precision-formed parts

• Sensors

• Welding and brazing equipment

• Presses and forming equipment

• Robots and robotic systems

• Parts-handling conveyors

• Automated storage and retrieval systems

• Contract assembly services

View a complete list of exhibitors at exhibit/showall.html.

Five Co-Located Conferences— Medical, Assembly, Design, Green, and Quality

A highlight of AT Expo is the Lean Factory, a series of complimentary educational sessions demonstrating a data-driven approach to assembly-line design and the tools used to create a visual factory. The sessions combine the expertise and technology of five sponsoring companies: Bosch Rexroth, Orgatex Americas (a supplier of visual-management and kanban tools), lean-manufacturing consultants Leonardo Group Americas, safeguarding-equipment manufacturer Omron STI, and equipment distributor Airline.

The Medical Design & Manufacturing Midwest Conference kicks off Tuesday, September 22, with a choice of full-day seminars, including Managing Challenges in the Supply Chain. Agenda items include:

• How to demonstrate control of the product or service you provide.

• Responsibilities of manufacturers and suppliers.

• Who is accountable when something goes wrong?

• Application of lean initiatives to provide value to OEM customers.

• Elements of supplier evaluations.

The session also features a case-study presentation from a small family-owned business supplying OEM medical-product manufacturers. For more details, visit

Tracks in the Assembly Conference include Lean Manufacturing/Automated Assembly, which features presentations on Growing Your Business in a Recovering Economy, and How to Profit from Agile Automation (of the assembly process). For more details, look here: conference.html.

The schedule for the conference, Green Manufacturing: Strategies for Sustainability, includes presentations on Trends and Advances in Materials, Improving Competitiveness Through Sustainable Product and Process Design, and Wind Power Explained—Design and Component Integration; conference.html.

Visitors to this mega event also can take in the Quality Expo Conference, covering supply-chain management, problem solving, and the presentation Use of Technical Risk Assessments, FMEA and Other Techniques in Driving Effective Product Development; conference.html. MF

Industry-Related Terms: Center, Forming
View Glossary of Metalforming Terms

Technologies: Pressroom Automation, Quality Control, Welding and Joining


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