ROSEMONT, IL-This year's Assembly Technology Expo Conference includes a half-dozen sessions organized by the ASSEMBLY Magazine editorial staff, covering everything from Six Sigma to lean manufacturing to offshoring to money-saving energy efficiency on the shop floor. Speakers include professionals with practical real-world experience from organizations such as Ford Motor Co., ComEd electricity, Boeing, and the Nano Science and Technology Institute of Cambridge, MA.

The Assembly Technology Expo, now in its 26th year, takes place Sept. 27-29 at the Donald E. Stephens exhibition center in Rosemont, IL, immediately adjacent to Chicago's O'Hare airport. Conference sessions are set for Sept. 26-29, with those organized by the ASSEMBLY editorial scheduled for the 27th and 28th.

For a conference registration form, CLICK HERE or call 800-246-8371.

For a complete list of ATExpo conference sessions, CLICK HERE.


Tuesday September 27, 2005, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

WS-05 Six Sigma Summit: Case Studies in Success

Experienced practitioners from Ford Motor Co., Boeing and GE-FANUC will describe how they have implemented Six Sigma in various assembly operations, and what they did to make it succeed. You'll learn about effective leadership, setting goals, measuring results and sustaining Six Sigma over the long term.

WS-06 Saving Energy on the Assembly Line

Here's how you can improve your company's bottom line by making your assembly facilities more energy efficient. You'll learn ComEd engineers how to measure energy consumption, identify common sources of wasted energy, and where to go for help with the first step toward energy efficiency-an expert and impartial energy audit.

WS-07 Nanotechnology Is Now!

Nanotechnology is becoming part of daily life in the manufacturing world. Understanding how to take advantage of nanotech can improve your bottom line. You'll learn the fundamentals of nanotechnology, and how assemblers are moving from the nano world to the macro world with nanotechnology products for today's marketplace.


Wednesday September 28, 2005, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

WS-12 Making Lean Work in the Real World

There is a big difference between understanding the theory behind lean manufacturing and putting it into practice on a daily basis. Learn how to manage the transition to lean thinking, set up error proofing for both the assembly line and the bottom line, make 5S work at the workstation, and avoid the perils and pitfalls of Kaizen events.

WS-13 You're Going Offshore: Now What?

More and more companies are trying to cut labor costs by moving their assembly processes offshore. Here's a realistic look at the good, the bad and the ugly, to help you recognize the pitfalls and make good decisions. You'll learn about savings vs. real cost, selecting an offshore source and making the actual transition to offshore.

WS-11 Whole Plant Parts Tracking and Production Management

Make the most of your assembly facilities using parts-tracking technology, digital process monitoring and the latest material-handling software. You'll learn about RFID, supply-chain management, parts traceability, and how you can use MRP and production monitoring software to turn raw plant-floor data into real-time information.