2022 Agenda

Pre-Show Webinars
Wednesday, August 17, 2022
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CT
Robotics Technology
Panel Discussion
PANELISTS Joe Campbell, Senior Manager for Strategic Marketing and Application Development, Universal Robots USA Inc.
Robert Little, President and General Manager, ATI Industrial Automation
Scott Marsic, Group Product Manager, Epson Robots
Jerry Perez, Executive Director for Global Accounts, FANUC America Corp.

Robots are less expensive and easier to use than ever. The technology is well within the reach of even small and midsized manufacturers. According to the International Federation of Robotics, there are 228 robots for every 10,000 manufacturing workers in the U.S. That’s more than twice the global average. The skilled labor shortage and the increasing popularity of collaborative robots will only increase that trend.

Whether you need a six-axis cobot for machine tending or a desktop Cartesian robot for dispensing adhesive, you’ll find it at The ASSEMBLY Show. A dozen suppliers will be displaying the latest robots, grippers, tool changers, compliance devices and other technologies at the show—and that doesn’t include systems integrators, which can create turnkey robotic lines for your plant, or companies like MTA Automation, which offer robotic workcells for soldering or dispensing.

Before you hit the show floor, tune into this exclusive panel discussion featuring executives from four of the nation’s top suppliers of robotic technology: ATI Industrial Automation, Epson Robots, FANUC America and Universal Robots.

You will learn:

  • The advantages and limitations of Cartesian, SCARA, six-axis and delta robots.
  • When to use cobots—and when traditional industrial robots might be better.
  • How and when to use tool changers and compliance devices.
  • How to robotize common manufacturing operations, such as machine tending.
  • How and when to use vision guidance.

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Sponsored by:
ATI
BalTec
Promess
Weiss
Universal Robots
Thursday, September 8, 2022
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CT
Fastening Technology
Panel Discussion
PANELISTS Boris Baeumler, Vice President of Technology, DEPRAG Inc.
Tim Haper, Product Manager, ASG, Div. of Jergens Inc.
Russ Hughes, Marketing Manager, Desoutter Industrial Tools.
Aziz Lokhandwala, Senior Product Manager, Panasonic Eco Solutions North America

In most assemblies that are joined with threaded fasteners, the cost of the fasteners is not as important as the cost of installing them. That makes choosing the right fastening tool of paramount importance. Pneumatic tools are inexpensive, but DC electric tools offer more control and precision. Cordless tools enable assemblers to access fasteners in confined spaces, but they’ll need a steady supply of fully charged batteries. Do you need torque control, angle control or both? Is it a hard joint or a soft joint? Is it an ordinary rundown or a “safety-critical” joint? Could the materials crack or strip if the fastening parameters are insufficiently controlled? Do the fasteners need to be installed in a particular sequence? Is data collection and analysis important? Is ergonomics a concern? If production volumes are high enough, you might be able to justify an automatic screwfeeding system or even a screwdriving robot.

Whether you need a handheld torque wrench or a fully automatic screwdriving system, you’ll find it at The ASSEMBLY Show. Nearly two dozen suppliers will be displaying the latest fastening technology at the show.

Become an informed consumer! Before you hit the show floor, tune into this exclusive panel discussion featuring executives from four of the nation’s top suppliers of fastening tools: ASG, DEPRAG, Desoutter and Panasonic.

You will learn:

  • The advantages and limitations pneumatic tools vs electric tools.
  • How to match a tool’s clutch or drive system to the application.
  • How to error-proof fastening operations.
  • How to collect and analyze data from fastening operations.
  • How to justify investment in a fully automatic screwdriving system.

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Sponsored by:
ATI
BalTec
Promess
Weiss
Universal Robots
Tuesday, October 4, 2022
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CT
Automated Assembly Systems
Panel Discussion
PANELISTS Paul Beduze, Sales Manager, IMA Automation North America
Peng Sang Cau, Vice President of Emerging Markets and Symphoni, Automation Tooling Systems Inc.
Bob Kuniega, CEO, Lanco Integrated
Brian Romano, Director of Technology Development, The Arthur G. Russell Co.

According to ASSEMBLY’s annual Capital Equipment Spending Survey, 25 percent of U.S. factories make more than 1 million products annually. The only way to meet that kind of volume is with automation.

Whether your company assembles auto parts, consumer products or medical devices, The ASSEMBLY Show is the place to be to get the ball rolling on an automated assembly project. At least 10 systems integrators are exhibiting at the show, along with numerous suppliers of parts feeding equipment, indexers, conveyors, robots and other automation technologies.

With the cost of automated assembly systems running six or even seven figures, choosing the right integrator and establishing a good relationship are critical. So, before you hit the show floor, tune into this exclusive panel discussion featuring executives from four of the top systems integrators in North America: Arthur G. Russell Co. Inc., ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc., IMA Automation North America and Lanco Integrated.

You will learn:

  • How to choose and work with a systems integrator.
  • How to write an RFQ and how to evaluate proposed designs.
  • The differences between synchronous and asynchronous assembly systems.
  • Tips and tricks for designing products to facilitate automated assembly.
  • How Industry 4.0 concepts are influencing assembly system design.

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Sponsored by:
ATI
BalTec
Promess
Weiss
Universal Robots
Tuesday October 25, 2022

The ASSEMBLY Show's in-depth workshops take a deep dive on specific topics and are available for an additional fee.

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CT
Workshop #1 Metal Welding Overview for Battery Packs
EWI will present descriptions of several processes used for battery assembly and similar applications. Advantages and disadvantages will be listed for each process. EWI will outline typical materials and joint designs that can be welded and provide examples of weld applications. The attendee will leave with a basic understanding of these joining processes, where they can be utilized in various applications, and operator training and safety considerations.
Tim Frech, Senior Engineer, EWI
Produced by:
EWI
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CT
Workshop #2 Lean Manufacturing - The Culture of Kaizen
The Kaizen as a mindset and culture differs greatly from the popular Kaizen event and other continuous improvement approaches. This workshop is an interactive and hands on way to understand the key concepts of lean manufacturing and continuous improvement. Through simulations, you will understand the principles of seven wastes, Just in Time and Kaizen that have been a consistent philosophy at Toyota since its early days. The topics that will be demonstrated with exercises include the Kaizen Teian methodology, its purpose, implementation techniques and standardization elements. There will also be a series of pictorial examples from Toyota Japan to show how they handle this foundational step to make it a culture.
Sammy Obara, Partner, Honsha
Darril Wilburn, Partner, Honsha
Produced by
ASSEMBLY Magazine
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM CT
Workshop #3 Thriving with Manufacturers’ Reps
Savvy sales managers know the truth about working with manufacturers' reps: "It's not just business, it's personal." Although many sales managers think of reps as coin-operated – "they send orders, and we send commissions," many of rep sales forces' key motivators are not financial.

Manufacturers' Agents National Association's CEO, Charles Cohon, starts this session by sharing details about low-cost and no-cost practices and programs that will earn you more of your reps' mind share so they will bring you more orders. Then he'll moderate a panel of reps and manufacturers who will answer your questions about how they thrive in long-term, mutually-profitable rep/manufacturer relationships.
MODERATOR Charles Cohon, CEO and President, MANA
PANELISTS Jason Barton, Director of Business Development, DUKANE
Bill Eppich, Vice President, Weiss
Marty Grimes, President & Owner, Assembly Solutions, Inc.
Tony Marquette, President, Instrumentation Resources Inc
Glenn Nausley, President, Promess
David Scaggs, Director of Sales, Cincinnati Test Systems
Kurt Sieber, President, EDGE Manufacturing Technologies
Produced by
Manufacturers' Agents National Association
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM CT
Workshop #4 Fundamentals of Plastics Welding
Miranda Marcus, Applications Engineer, EWI
What is plastic welding, really? That question answered, and more, as we explore the theory behind plastic welding and the practical approaches to accomplishing it. Learn about how to choose a welding process and the basics of popular processes such as: ultrasonic, vibration, laser, hot plate, etc!
Produced by:
EWI
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM CT
Workshop #5 Electric & Autonomous Vehicles: The Future is Now
The shift to autonomous and electric mobility has been escalating over the past decade. New tools, techniques, processes and strategies are being developed every day. This workshop will focus on what you need to design, build and test any type of electric vehicle and will cover the latest information on everything from batteries and wiring harnesses to components, subassemblies and finished vehicles. Panelists will share their experience with race towards e-mobility and challenges that come with it.
MODERATOR Austin Weber, Senior Editor, ASSEMBLY
PANELISTS Boris Baeumler, Vice President of Technology, DEPRAG Inc.
Rob Boyd, Senior Product Manager, Schleuniger Inc.
Jeff Ellis, Senior Technology Leader, EWI
Produced by
ASSEMBLY Magazine
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM CT
Workshop #6 How to Develop the Next-Generation Manufacturing Workforce
When the National Association of Manufacturers asked companies to list their biggest challenges, 83 percent said “attracting and retaining a quality workforce.” Only supply chain disruptions and rising material costs ranked higher. Indeed, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. manufacturers had 858,000 unfilled jobs in November 2021. And, the problem is only going to get worse. Baby Boomers represent 27 percent of the manufacturing workforce, and 10,000 of them are retiring daily. At the current pace, there could be 2.1 million unfilled manufacturing jobs by 2030. This conference track will teach you innovative ways to find, develop and retain the next generation of skilled workers.
MODERATOR John Sprovieri, Editor-in-Chief, ASSEMBLY
PANELISTS Jan Kuehne , Manufacturing Manager, SCHUNK Inc.
Steve Lehr, Director of Business Development, Festo Didactic Inc.
Sara Hart Weir, Senior Associate, IWSI America
Nicholas Wymanh, CEO, IWSI America
Produced by
ASSEMBLY Magazine
4:00 PM CT

Hall A

Exhibit Hall Opens
4:00 PM - 7:00 PMCT

Hall A

Welcome Reception & Taste of Rosemont
Sponsored by
Bosch Rexroth
Wednesday, October 26, 2022
9:00 AM - 9:05 AM CT

Conference Room 13

Welcome Address & Opening Remarks
John Sprovieri, Editor-in-Chief, ASSEMBLY Magazine
9:05 AM - 9:10 AM CT

Conference Room 13

ASSEMBLY Plant of the Year Award Presentation
Austin Weber, Senior Editor, ASSEMBLY Magazine
9:10 AM – 10:00 AM CT

Conference Room 13

Keynote Presentation
10:00 AM CT

Hall A

Exhibit Hall Opens

Learning Theater Presentations

The ASSEMBLY Show's Learning Theater Presentations, presented by exhibiting companies right on the exhibit hall floor, will cover various topics and demonstrate expertise on some of the latest technological advances in assembly.

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM CT

Theater #1

Learning Theater Presentation #1
Sponsored by
Epson Robots
11:15 AM – 11:45 AM CT

Theater #2

Learning Theater Presentation #2
Sponsored By:
Daifuku
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM CT

Theater #1

Learning Theater Presentation #3
Sponsored by
Dukane
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CT

Hall A Main Entrance

Guided TourAutonomous & Electric Mobility
12:15 PM – 12:45 PM CT

Theater #2

Learning Theater Presentation #4
Sponsored By:
Kistler
12:45 PM – 1:15 PM CT

Theater #1

Learning Theater Presentation #5
Sponsored by
MOuntz
1:15 PM – 1:45 PM CT

Theater #2

Learning Theater Presentation #6
Sponsored by
LACO Tech
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM CT

Hall A Main Entrance

Guided Tour Robotics
1:45 PM – 2:15 PM CT

Theater #1

Learning Theater Presentation #7
Sponsored by
LightGuide
2:15 PM – 2:45 PM CT

Theater #2

Learning Theater Presentation #8
Sponsored by
Universal Robots
2:45 PM – 3:15 PM CT

Theater #1

Learning Theater Presentation #9
Sponsored by
Pico Mes
3:15 PM – 3:45 PM CT

Theater #2

Learning Theater Presentation #10
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM CT

Hall A Main Entrance

Guided Tour Automated Assembly
3:45 PM – 4:15 PM CT

Theater #1

Learning Theater Presentation #11
4:15 PM – 4:45 PM CT

Theater #2

Learning Theater Presentation #12
5:00 PM CT
Exhibit Hall Closes
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM CT
Networking Reception
Sponsored by
ASG
Thursday October 27, 2022
9:00 AM CT

Hall A

Exhibit Hall Opens
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM CT

Hall A, Main Street

Morning Mingle & Breakfast
Sponsored by
Kinexon
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM CT

Hall A, Booth #2123

New Products Awards Presentation
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CT

Hall A Main Entrance

Guided Tour Fastening Tools

Learning Theater Presentations

The ASSEMBLY Show's Learning Theater Presentations, presented by exhibiting companies right on the exhibit hall floor, will cover various topics and demonstrate expertise on some of the latest technological advances in assembly.

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM CT

Theater #1

Learning Theater Presentation #13
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM CT

Theater #1

Learning Theater Presentation #14
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM CT

Theater #2

Introduction to Automation Implementation
Matt Malloy, Engineering Group Leader, Automation, EWI
Looking for some practical guidance for your first automation technology implementation? This workshop will provide an overview of the various automation components you’ll need to consider, recommendations on moving your project forward, and help with understanding your return on investment.
Sponsored by:
EWI
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM CT

Hall A Main Entrance

Guided Tour Pressing & Riveting
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM CT

Theater #1

Learning Theater Presentation #15
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM CT

Hall A, Main Entrance

Guided Tour Industry 4.0
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM CT

Theater #2

Learning Theater Presentation #16
2:00 PM CT

Hall A