2024 Agenda

All times listed are Central Time Zone (CT)

Agenda Highlights

October 22

Exhibit Hall 4-7pm
Conference Sessions,
Opening Night Reception & Taste of Rosemont

October 23

Exhibit Hall 10am-5pm
Keynote,
Guided Tours,
Learning Theater,
Pub Night Reception

October 24

Exhibit Hall 9am-2pm
Networking Breakfast,
Guided Tours,
Learning Theater,
New Product Awards

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Tuesday
10/22/2024
9:00 AM
4:00 PM
Tuesday Conference Program Includes 3 tracks of sessions, networking breaks and lunch before the Exhibit Hall opens at 4:00pm. The conference package is an add-on registration fee.
 
Level 1
Tuesday
10/22/2024
9:00 AM
9:35 AM
Track 1 The Shift Towards Complete and Harmonized Assembly Automation
Geert van der Zalm
VP of Sales for Factory Automation, Bosch Rexroth North America
Conference
Level 1
Tuesday
10/22/2024
9:00 AM
9:35 AM
Track 2 From Data to Decisions: Harnessing Disparate Manufacturing Data for Reliable Decision-Making
Vince Sassano
Founder & CEO, Strategic Performance Co. Inc.
Conference
Level 1
Tuesday
10/22/2024
9:00 AM
9:35 AM
Track 3 Work Instructions That Work--Cleaning Up Procedures for Ease of Use
Becca Resnik
President, Translations by Becca
Conference
Level 1
Tuesday
10/22/2024
9:45 AM
10:20 AM
Track 1 How to Go From Proof of Principle to Pilot Production to Full-Scale Automation
Brian Romano
Director of Technology Development, Arthur G. Russell Co. Inc.
Conference
Level 1
Tuesday
10/22/2024
9:45 AM
10:20 AM
Track 2 Solving Manufacturing Challenges with Time Series Data
Zoe Steinkamp
Senior Developer Advocate, InfluxData
Conference
Level 1
Tuesday
10/22/2024
9:45 AM
10:20 AM
Track 3 Five Ways to Error-proof Assembly Operations Leveraging Digital Technology
Bryan Bauw
Chief Operating Officer, Pico MES
Conference
Level 1
Tuesday
10/22/2024
10:20 AM
10:40 AM
Morning Break
Included for attendees with Tuesday Session Package
Conference
Level 1
Tuesday
10/22/2024
10:40 AM
11:15 AM
Track 1 Deploying a Cobot to Respond to Customer Demand
Dan Colvin
Vice President of North America Robotics & Digital Solutions, ESAB
Conference
Level 1
Tuesday
10/22/2024
10:40 AM
11:15 AM
Track 2 Leveraging Quality Data to Enhance Process Integration: The Role of Sensors and Processing
Kevin den Toom
Product Manager, TOX Pressotechnik
Conference
Level 1
Tuesday
10/22/2024
10:40 AM
11:15 AM
Track 3 How to Maximize Assembly Efficiency With AI, Geolocation and Light Automation
Frederick Viaut
Sales and Marketing Manager, Desoutter
Conference
Level 1
Tuesday
10/22/2024
11:25 AM
12:00 PM
Track 1 Maximizing Efficiency and Quality Through Robotic Automation of Assembly
Adam Crandall
Chief Revenue Officer, Addtronics
Conference
Level 1
Tuesday
10/22/2024
11:25 AM
12:00 PM
Track 2 Leveraging AI and Computer Vision to Transform Quality Control and SOP Monitoring in Manufacturing
Nitin Gupta, Ph.D.
Founder and President, Dori AI
Conference
Level 1
Tuesday
10/22/2024
11:25 AM
12:00 PM
Track 3
Conference
Level 1
Tuesday
10/22/2024
12:00 PM
1:00 PM
Conference Lunch
Included for attendees with Tuesday Session Package
Conference
Level 1
Tuesday
10/22/2024
1:00 PM
1:35 PM
Track 1 A New Technology for Cutting and Sealing Thin Membranes
Donald Patten
Senior Applications Engineer, MS Ultrasonic Technology LLC
Conference
Level 1
Tuesday
10/22/2024
1:00 PM
1:35 PM
Track 2 How to Automate Assembly of Electrical Cabinets
George Tilli
Digital Product Manager, Komax Corp.
Conference
Level 1
Tuesday
10/22/2024
1:00 PM
4:00 PM
Track 3 Bolted Joints, Often Looser Than Expected
*This session runs from 1-4pm
Jon Ness, PE
Principal Engineer, Matrix Engineering Consultants
Conference
Level 1
Tuesday
10/22/2024
1:45 PM
2:20 PM
Track 1
Conference
Level 1
Tuesday
10/22/2024
1:45 PM
2:20 PM
Track 2 The Power of Partnerships
Marshall Sasse
President and CEO, Red River LLC
Conference
Level 1
Tuesday
10/22/2024
2:20 PM
2:40 PM
Afternoon Break
Included for attendees with Tuesday Session Package
Conference
Level 1
Tuesday
10/22/2024
2:40 PM
3:15PM
Track 1
Conference
Level 1
Tuesday
10/22/2024
2:40 PM
3:15PM
Track 2 Transitions With Privately Held Business
Lowell Mora
CEO and CFO, Impact CFO
Conference
Level 1
Tuesday
10/22/2024
3:25 PM
4:00 PM
Track 1
Conference
Level 1
Tuesday
10/22/2024
3:25 PM
4:00 PM
Track 2 Modern Marketing for Manufacturers: Generating Growth in 2025
Chad Spaude
Co-Owner, Top Floor
Conference
Level 1
Tuesday
10/22/2024
4:00 PM
7:00 PM
Exhibit Hall Open
Hall A
Tuesday
10/22/2024
4:00 PM
7:00 PM
Opening Night Reception & Taste of Rosemont
Taste of Rosemont
Hall A
Wednesday
10/23/2024
9:00 AM
10:00 AM
Keynote Presentation
Promess
Level 1
Room 104
Wednesday
5/1/2024
10:00 AM
5:00 PM
Exhibit Hall Open
Hall A
Wednesday
10/23/2024
10:30 AM
11:30 AM
Guided Exhibit Hall Tour
Hall A
Wednesday
10/23/2024
11:30 AM
12:00 PM
Learning Theater Presentation
ServiceNow
Aisle 1900
Learning Theater
Wednesday
10/23/2024
12:15 PM
12:45 PM
Learning Theater Presentation
Aisle 1900
Learning Theater
Wednesday
10/23/2024
1:00 PM
1:30 PM
Learning Theater Presentation 6
LaunchPad
Aisle 1900
Learning Theater
Wednesday
10/23/2024
1:45 PM
2:15 PM
Learning Theater Presentation
Mountz
Aisle 1900
Learning Theater
Wednesday
10/23/2024
2:30 PM
3:00 PM
Learning Theater Presentation
Delo
Aisle 1900
Learning Theater
Wednesday
10/23/2024
3:15 PM
3:45 PM
Learning Theater Presentation
Aisle 1900
Learning Theater
Wednesday
10/23/2024
3:30 PM
4:30 PM
Guided Exhibit Hall Tour
Hall A
Wednesday
10/23/2024
4:15 PM
4:45 PM
Learning Theater Presentation
Aisle 1900
Learning Theater 2
Wedneday
5/1/2024
5:00 PM
7:00 PM
Pub Night Networking Reception
Shared with SMTA
Level 1
Room 14
Thursday
10/24/2024
9:00 AM
2:00 PM
Pink Out Day
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Thursday is our official “Pink Out Day” to support cancer fighters, admire survivors, honor those lost, and never give up hope to find a cure. Please join fellow attendees by wearing pink on Thursday and donating to Susan G. Komen Foundation when registering!
Hall A
Thursday
10/24/2024
9:00 AM
2:00 PM
Exhibit Hall Open
Hall A
Thursday
5/2/2024
9:00 AM
10:00 AM
Morning Mingle & Breakfast
On Show Floor
Morning Mingle
Hall A
Main Street
Thursday
5/2/2024
9:30 AM
10:00 AM
New Products Awards Presentation
John Sprovieri
Editor-in-Chief, ASSEMBLY Magazine
Presented by ASSEMBLY
Aisle 1900
Learning Theater
Thursday
10/24/2024
10:00 AM
11:00 AM
Guided Exhibit Hall Tour
Hall A
Thursday
10/24/2024
11:00 AM
11:30 AM
Learning Theater Presentation
Aisle 1900
Learning Theater
Thursday
10/24/2024
11:45 PM
12:15 PM
Learning Theater Presentation
Aisle 1900
Learning Theater
Thursday
10/24/2024
1:00 PM
1:30 PM
Learning Theater Presentation
Aisle 1900
Learning Theater
Thursday
10/24/2024
1:15 PM
1:45 PM
Learning Theater Presentation
Aisle 1900
Learning Theater

Taste of Rosemont Opening Night Reception

This opening night Welcome Reception is the perfect opportunity for all event participants to meet and greet one another before the exhibit hall opens and the event officially kicks off on Wednesday morning. Pick up your name badge, grab a beverage and enjoy some casual face-to-face conversations.

Pub Night Networking Reception

The ASSEMBLY Show is excited to bring back 'Pub Night' for our Wednesday evening networking reception. Attendees and exhibitors will gather in the adjoining ballroom to kick back and relax over a pint, chat over sliders and make new connections while playing fun backyard games.

This social environment will allow participants to meet new manufacturing professionals and continue to build relationships with existing business partners in a fun and exciting atmosphere. PLUS - SMTA participants will be joining us for 'Pub Night' for additional networking and comradery!

Morning Mingle & Breakfast

Looking for a productive networking experience that will kick off your day? Join us on the final morning of The ASSEMBLY Show for complimentary continental breakfast and coffee right on the exhibit floor. This is one of your last chances to network and make some final business connections.

New Products Awards Presentation

Hundreds of exhibitors display the latest products and services at The ASSEMBLY Show. Fasteners, power tools, adhesives, dispensing equipment, conveyors, robots, software and, of course, automated assembly systems are among the myriad new products on display. To help draw attention to the breadth and quality of new technologies on display, The ASSEMBLY Show holds an annual "New Product of the Year" contest at the show. Be sure to stop by as we announce the 2024 New Product Award Winners voted by The ASSEMBLY Show attendees.

The Shift Towards Complete and Harmonized Assembly Automation

Assembly is changing. Gone are the days of manual processes down an assembly line. Complete and harmonized automation is the future of assembly and manufacturers must keep up with the industry to remain competitive. Speed and flexible operations are the key to thriving in an automated environment. This presentation explores the shift in assembly, the impact on companies making that change, and the innovative technologies that support it.

From Data to Decisions: Harnessing Disparate Manufacturing Data for Reliable Decision-Making

The manufacturing floor is deluged with data from every source. But data is also fragmented and can be unreliable and overwhelming. The challenge is how to prioritize, organize, analyze and operationalize data. First is the need to develop trusted data. As the saying goes, “garbage in, garbage out.” How do you establish trusted data and convince the organization that you’ve accomplished that goal? Next, how do you extract the insights your operation needs to make informed decisions that will improve the bottom line and the working environment? The overarching goal is to move along this continuum: data to insights to action.
In this session you’ll learn:

  • How to use the Five Whys principle to determine which data to collect.
  • What does ‘trusted data’ mean and how can you achieve it?
  • Best practices for sharing and discussing data to develop insights.
  • The importance of developing a ‘common language’ to discuss issues.
  • How to translate insights into tangible, measurable actions.

Work Instructions That Work--Cleaning Up Procedures for Ease of Use

Businesses run on procedures. Unfortunately, these procedures are often poorly written. Clear, complete, concise procedures support quality, shorten training time, and eliminate downtime caused by uncertainties. On a more general level, well-written materials (operating manuals, websites, etc.) instill trust among employees and customers. If you operate internationally, a further justification is that simpler text is easier for non-native English speakers to understand. And, if you market to a country where another language is spoken, your texts need to be in impeccable English to guarantee impeccable translations.

Why care about words? The following statistics point to the importance of tight work instructions to facilitate clarity for those on the production line:

  • 54% of adults read below a sixth-grade reading level.
  • The percentage of U.S. workers who are foreign born has increased nearly every year since at least 2006 and is at a record high of 18.1% as of 2022.
  • Total turnover in manufacturing was nearly 40% in 2022.
In this presentation, you will learn easy ways to simplify and add clarity to your procedures, as well as an overview of recognized frameworks for simple language. Although the presentation will focus on optimizing procedures, the principles can be applied to virtually all written material. Attend this session to learn more than 10 easy-to-implement methods to fortify your user documentation.

How to Go From Proof of Principle to Pilot Production to Full-Scale Automation

Flexibility, scalability and redundancy have become watchwords in assembly automation, particularly now as more and more manufacturers are reshoring high-volume production. In this talk, you’ll learn how to take new products and assembly lines from concept, to proof of principal, to pilot production, to full-scale automation. Learn how smart choices in both product design and line design can pay dividends later when production volume peaks.

Solving Manufacturing Challenges with Time Series Data

Join us to delve into the tangible benefits of time series data for manufacturing. Discover how time series data bases address specific challenges faced by manufacturers, such as real-time monitoring of equipment performance, predictive maintenance scheduling, and anomaly detection. Contrasted with traditional data historians, we'll explore how time series data bases offer greater flexibility, scalability, and efficiency in handling vast amounts of manufacturing data. Uncover practical insights and real-life use cases showcasing the transformative impact of time series data on optimizing production processes and maximizing operational efficiency.

Five Ways to Error-proof Assembly Operations Leveraging Digital Technology

Error-proofing the shop floor requires collaboration between software and hardware, and must be easy for frontline operators to adopt. This presentation will provide real-life case studies that highlight how Pico MES worked with hardware providers, such as Zebra, Kolver, Ingersoll Rand and AI cameras, to automate data capture and traceability so American factories can be more productive with equipment they have.

Deploying a Cobot to Respond to Customer Demand

Whether satisfying orders from existing customers, successfully bidding new contracts or helping reduce clients’ speed-to-market, collaborative robots can alleviate the welding bottleneck in fabrication facilities. Such was the case at Skyvington Manufacturing Inc., a 30-person “boutique” manufacturer in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. The company has the flexibility to fabricate high-end specialty components for architectural, construction, healthcare and HVAC clients and custom fabricate parts for industrial OEM clients.

By embracing lean manufacturing principles, using a metrics-driven operation and employing skilled people, Skyvington excels at both low-volume work and component runs up to 30,000 or more. Frustrated with “babysitting” underperforming suppliers, Skyvington brought production in house to ensure quality, precision and scheduling.

This case study presentation will review the challenges Skyvington faced with traditional robots and the steps necessary to successfully deploy a welding cobot. This includes ensuring part consistency to feed the robots, clamping and programming. Skyvington can now automate low- and medium-volume parts while maintaining precision and quality. In the first month of operation, the robot made 25,000 welds. Learn how the company did it.

Leveraging Quality Data to Enhance Process Integration: The Role of Sensors and Processing

This presentation explores how quality data, when combined with sensor technology and advanced processing methods, transforms process integration across industries. Sensors capture vital parameters in real-time, while processing techniques extract actionable insights. Through case studies of the assembly pressing world, this speech highlights the tangible benefits, from improved efficiency to better product quality, driving organizations towards greater agility and competitive advantage.

How to Maximize Assembly Efficiency With AI, Geolocation and Light Automation

In today's competitive landscape, efficiency is king. Manufacturers who can assemble faster, maintain quality, and minimize resource use will dominate. In this presentation, you will learn how the latest shop floor innovations can maximize your process efficiency. Discover how live monitoring combined with AI-powered torque and angle curve analytics can optimize production. Learn how real-time location systems enable “no fault forward” assembly and lay the groundwork for advanced data analytics and digital twin creation. Explore how light automation has become more accessible and faster to implement, addressing today's labor shortage and repetitive tasks.

Maximizing Efficiency and Quality Through Robotic Automation of Assembly

Robotic automation is revolutionizing assembly processes across industries, offering unparalleled efficiency, precision and quality. In this presentation, we will explore the transformative impact of robotic automation on assembly operations and discuss strategies for maximizing its benefits. Learn from real-world case studies and best practices for successful implementation and integration of robotic automation. Gain insights into emerging trends and future directions in robotic automation technology and how to leverage them for competitive advantage. Discover actionable strategies for maximizing the efficiency and effectiveness of robotic automation in assembly operations.

Leveraging AI and Computer Vision to Transform Quality Control and SOP Monitoring in Manufacturing

In today's fast-paced manufacturing landscape, ensuring quality and adherence to standard operating procedures (SOPs) is crucial for success. However, traditional methods of quality control can be time-consuming, prone to error, and often reactive rather than proactive. In this talk, we'll explore how artificial intelligence and machine vision can transform quality control and SOP monitoring for manufacturers. Discover how AI-powered machine vision can automate quality inspections and defect detection, enhance traceability and compliance, improve production efficiency and reduce waste, and provide real-time insights for data-driven decision-making.

A New Technology for Cutting and Sealing Thin Membranes

MS Ultrasonic has developed a unique system that cuts thin membrane discs and ultrasonically welds them onto a substrate using a single station on automated assembly lines. Common applications include the hydrophobic vent on medical filters, the hydrophobic vent on automotive lighting assemblies, filters, pressure transducer protectors and more. Both standard compression sonotrodes or torsional sonotrodes can be used, allowing for ultrasonic bonding of a wide variety of membranes. Bonding the membrane with ultrasonic welding eliminates the cost and assembly challenges associated with pressure-sensitive adhesives. Because both cutting and assembly are done on one station, the system saves space and resolves some of the issues associated with membrane placement due to the indexing of the automated line.

How to Automate Assembly of Electrical Cabinets

Data2wire is a system to help automate the assembly of electrical cabinets. It has the potential to reduce wiring time by up to 80 percent. The system uses digital files to communicate assembly needs, eliminating the need for paper schematics. With digital files, automated wire processing equipment can be used to efficiently produce fully processed and marked wire sets. These sets can be supplied from the equipment in the sequence of assembly, with the connecting ends already labeled. As a result, the routing of wires in the electrical cabinet is greatly simplified, reducing the need for higher skilled labor.

The Power of Partnerships

This presentation focuses on how to scale a product-manufacturing business by building effective independent teams. Learn how to leverage your teams' strengths, select vendors, ensure alignment, and manage for fast, successful and profitable growth.

Transitions With Privately Held Business

There are many challenges facing family-owned businesses, in particular as it relates to family transitions and external exits. In this presentation, you'll learn how to resolve these issues from an experienced CFO who has guided numerous privately held and family-owned businesses.

Modern Marketing for Manufacturers: Generating Growth in 2025

For many manufacturers, finding new customers and markets is the No. 1 driving factor for business growth and development. However, the buying landscape and competition are evolving rapidly. New markets and fresh customer segments hold immense potential, but how do you understand your audience and their preferences? How do you get a fuller picture of the competitive landscape? How do you leverage new technology, like automation and AI? How do you implement a marketing plan that actually generates awareness with new audiences, and ultimately, new business?

The key to reigniting revenue growth lies beyond your current customer base. Marketing becomes your bridge, building awareness, understanding customer preferences, and establishing trust within the new landscape. It's not just about selling; it's about creating an environment where new customers actively choose you. In this seminar, we will close the gap between the minds in manufacturing and marketing, offering essential steps that will unlock your market potential and set you off on a growth strategy that drives real results.