2020 Virtual Agenda

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August 18, 2020 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET

Digital Transformation of Manufacturing in a Post-Pandemic World

Sudhi Bangalore
VP of Industry 4.0
Stanley Black & Decker

September 9, 2020 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET

The Innovator’s Secret Formula for Innovation, Disruption and Market Leadership

Neil Kane
Executive | Entrepreneur | Educator | Startup CEO | Author "The Innovator's Secret Formula"

October 1, 2020 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET

The Lean Turnaround: How Business Leaders Use Lean Principles to Create Value and Transform Their Company

Arthur Byrne
Operating Partner
J.W. Childs Associates

October 28, 2020 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Bringing Your Factory Into the 21st Century

Leonel Leal, Director of Global Advanced Manufacturing Engineering, Whirlpool Corp.

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October 27, 2020 | 1:00 - 4:00 PM ET

Workshop #1
Design for Manufacture & Assembly

This workshop will show you how to analyze and reduce the cost of your designs. At least 85 percent of manufacturing costs are determined in the early stages of design. When engineers make informed design decisions during the concept stage, they can avoid costly corrections later. In this workshop, you will:

  • Learn how to lower manufacturing costs through good design.
  • Discover what features make a product easy and cost efficient to assemble.
  • Find out how to design to facilitate automation.
  • You don’t need to outsource your product to lower manufacturing costs—you simply need a better design! This workshop will show you how.

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1:00 - 1:35 PM ET
Design for Manufacture and Assembly: An Overview

Akash Agarwal, Mechanical Engineer, Datum3D
Steve Venditti, Founder & CEO, Datum3D

1:35 - 2:10 PM ET
Design for Automated Assembly

Mark Burzynski, President, Arthur G. Russell Co.

2:10 - 2:45 PM ET
Robust Plastic Product Design

Vikram Bhargava, Fellow, Society of Plastics Engineers

2:45 - 2:55 PM ET
2:55 - 3:30 PM ET
Design for Value

Bill Devenish, DFMA Expert and Producibility Engineer, The Devenish Group Inc.

3:30 - 4:00 PM ET
Q&A with Workshop Panelists

John Sprovieri, Editor in Chief, Assembly Magazine

October 28, 2020 | 1:00 - 4:00 PM ET

Workshop #2
Lean Manufacturing and Manual Assembly

Manual assembly remains the most popular way to put together a product. Indeed, according to ASSEMBLY magazine’s annual Capital Equipment Spending Survey, 87 percent of factories employ at least some manual operations to assemble their products. That figure has remained constant for the past 24 years, and it’s not all that surprising. After all, people are the most flexible assembly machines—just ask Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk!

Designing, equipping and managing a largely manual assembly process requires a different skillset than a highly automated one. In this workshop, you’ll learn tips and tricks for creating efficient line layouts; improving your operation; error-proofing your process; and preventing work-related injuries. If your operation is mostly manual, you won’t want to miss this workshop!

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1:00 - 1:35 PM ET
Lean Layout Do’s and Don’ts

Jeffrey Miller, PE, Managing Principal, Productivity Engineering Services LLC

1:35 - 2:10 PM ET
The ABCs of A3 Reports

Art Smalley, Art of Lean Inc.

2:10 - 2:45 PM ET
Best Practices for Ergonomics on the Assembly Line

Timothy A. Pottorff, CIE, ARM, Principal, QP3 ErgoSystems LLC

2:45 - 2:55 PM ET


2:55 - 3:30 PM ET
Lean Manufacturing and Manual Assembly - IIoT With Manual Assembly

Ben Marsh, President and CEO, Scout Systems Inc.

3:30 - 4:00 PM ET
Q&A with Workshop Panelists

Austin Weber, Senior Editor, Assembly Magazine

The ASSEMBLY Show's Learning Theater Presentations, presented by exhibiting companies, will cover various topics and demonstrate expertise on some of the latest technological advances in assembly. All Learning Theater Presentations will be available On-Demand on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 starting at 8:00 AM ET.

Getting to Industry 4.0: An Inconvenient Truth

Jason Spera, CEO, Aegis Software

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Plant Floor Error-Proofing

Brian Satrun, IQS Product Manager, Atlas Copco

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Driven By Data- The Role of RFID and Machine Vision in Assembly and Production

Wolfgang Kratzenberg,Traceability Sales Specialist, Balluff Inc.

Logan Welch, Machine Vision Technical Sales Specialist, Baluff Inc.

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Active Cockpit Success Story – Plant Collaboration and Paperless Shop-floor

Andreas "Andy" Hassold, i4.0 Connected Industry Consultant, Bosch Rexroth

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Evolving from Lean Foundations to i4.0 Deployment

Jamie Fox, Bosch Technical Engineering Services, Bosch Rexroth

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Innovations in Screw Assembly

Boris Baeumler, VP-Technology, DEPRAG Inc.

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The New Beltless Conveyor: The Design, Functionality & Benefits of Edge Roller Technology

Mike Hosch, Vice-President, Industrial Business Unit, Dorner Manufacturing Corp.

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Automation 201 – Clarifying Your Requirements for Project Success

Scott Marsic, Sr. Product Manager, Epson Robots

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Robotic Leak Testing

Daniel Hoffman, Sales Manager for U.S. Production Leak Detection, INFICON Inc.

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Servo Presses – Electromechanical Joining Systems Offering Maximum Energy Efficiency, Reducing CO2 Emissions and Finally Cut Operating Costs Significantly “3R-CTN”

Norbert Baeuml, Head of Business Field Joining Systems, Kistler Instrument Corp.

Alexander Müller, Product Manager NC Joining Systems, Kistler Instrument Corp.

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Leak Testing: Evolving Needs Require Innovative Solutions

Paul Chamberlain, CEO/President, LACO Technologies

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How New Fluid Dispensing Technology Improves First Pass Yields in High-End Markets

Nikhil Bhiwankar, Senior Director, Dispense Systems Unit, Nordson Corporation

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From Concept to Reality in 72 Hours, Globally

Karl Stillman, Regional Sales Director - Asia, ROSTI

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Achieving Buy-In in a Digital World

Ben Marsh, CEO, Scout Systems

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Material Dispensing and Conformal Coating Considerations

Hans Bok, Equipment Sales Manager, Specialty Coating Systems

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Evolving Torque Application Strategies

John Nigro, National Sales Manager, Sturtevant Richmont

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The Practical Application of Industry 4.0

Adam Dickson, Strategic Account Manager, Tutelar Technologies

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Why IoT Won’t Revolutionize the Manual Assembly Line

Adrian Jennings, Chief Product Advocate, Ubisense

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Resolving the Labor Crisis in Manufacturing

Joe Campbell, Senior Manager, Strategic Marketing & Applications Development, Universal Robots

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Transition to Smart Assembly

Spero Zervos, Customer Success Manager, VKS

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Tomorrow’s Production Today: Revolutionary Concepts for Medical and e-Mobility based on Automation, Assembly & Leak Testing

Thomas Schwoerer, President, Zeltwanger Leak Testing & Automation

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