ROSEMONT, IL-This year's Assembly Technology Expo (ATExpo) will once again include a functioning electronics assembly line, courtesy of the Electronics Assembly Suppliers Initiative (EASi). This year's line will manufacture digital clocks, to be distributed free to ATExpo attendees.

Now in its 10th year at ATExpo, the EASi line is being coordinated by Electronics Manufacturing Solutions Inc. (Mooresville, IN). It will feature lead-free assembly, double-sided surface mount technology and a programmed microcontroller. The line will also incorporate equipment for material handling and transport, stencil printing, component pick-and-place, selective soldering, reflow soldering, X-ray inspection, automated optical inspection, laser marking, robotic point-to-point soldering, rework, depaneling, packaging and microcontroller programming.

"There is simply no substitute for seeing what's possible when you combine equipment and technologies from a variety of suppliers," says Kelvin Marsden-Kish, vice president of ATExpo organizer Reed Exhibitions (Norwalk, CT). "To get the EASi Line up and running, we've had to go through the same procedures and challenges that electronics assembly professionals face, but in only a couple of days. It's this live, ‘real-world' demonstration that makes the EASi Line a perennial favorite of ATExpo attendees."

Now in its 26th year and sponsored by ASSEMBLY magazine, this year's ATExpo will take place Sept. 26-29 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, adjacent to Chicago's O'Hare airport. For more information on this year's ATExpo, which is being co-located with the International Robots & Vision Show, visit