Assemblers in the United States will spend $2.83 billion on new assembly equipment and tools in 2007. Quality professionals in the United States will spend $3.4 billion on test, measurement and inspection equipment, quality services, and software.

In the past, engineers would have to travel to two or three different venues to find out what was happening in these two related areas. But this year you can see it all in one place. For the first time, Assembly Technology Expo (ATExpo), Quality Expo, National Manufacturing Week (NMW), the Electronics Assembly Show and PlasTec Midwest will be your one-stop source for everything you need in manufacturing. You’ll find it all at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL, from Sept. 25-27.

The Big Show

ATExpo, as always, is your one-stop source for state-of-the-art automated assembly equipment, adhesive and solder dispensing machines, robots, conveyors and parts feeders, electronic product assembly equipment, machine vision systems, power and hand tools, presses, workstations, test and inspection equipment and everything else you need for product assembly. Professionals in the electronics sector will especially want to check out the Electronics Assembly Show-formerly ATExpo’s Electronics Assembly Pavilion-which includes the latest in component insertion and placement equipment, board soldering machines and everything else you’ll need to manufacture and package printed circuit boards.

Similarly, Quality Expo is your one-stop source for measurement and calibration equipment, CMMs, nondestructive test equipment, software and everything else you need for ongoing quality improvement.

Complementing these two is National Manufacturing Week, featuring CAD, CAM and CAE software, computer hardware and peripherals, contract manufacturing services, linear motion devices, material handling systems, plant engineering products, motors and drives, and all the rest of the manufacturing support equipment and services. NMW is also the leading event for plant engineering professionals.

Finally, rounding out the range of services to manufacturers is PlasTec Midwest, which includes primary processing machinery, molds and mold components for producing plastic parts.

In all, more than 1,300 exhibitors will be waiting for you to challenge them with your assembly and quality issues, whether they relate to general manufacturing programs, electronics assembly, medical device assembly, plastic parts, or any combination of projects.