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 practices on the shop floor. Speakers include professionals with real-world experience from organizations such as Ford Motor Co., ComEd electricity, Boeing, and the Lean Learning Center (Novi, MI).

Assembly Technology Expo, now in its 26th year, takes place Sept. 27-29 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, adjacent to Chicago's O'Hare airport. Conference sessions are set for Sept. 26-29, with those organized by the ASSEMBLY editorial staff scheduled for 2-5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, and Wednesday, Sept. 28.

Tuesday's sessions include the Six Sigma Summit: Case Studies in Success, featuring experienced practitioners from Ford Motor Co., Boeing and GE-FANUC; Saving Energy on the Assembly Line, a practical program featuring ComEd engineers; and Nanotechnology Is Now!, a look at how nanotechnology is fast becoming part of daily life in the manufacturing world.

Wednesday's sessions include Making Lean Work in the Real World, a hard-nosed discussion of how to put the theory behind lean manufacturing into effective practice on a daily basis; You're Going Offshore: Now What?, a realistic look at moving production to another country; and Whole Plant Parts Tracking and Production Management, which looks at making the most of an assembly facility through digital process monitoring and the latest material-handling software.

To register for ATExpo Con, call 800-246-8371 or visit