2019 GUIDED EXHIBIT HALL TOURS

Held on Wednesday, October 23 and Thursday, October 25, five free guided tours of the exhibit floor will be led by ASSEMBLY editors. Tour participants will gather in the main entrance of the exhibit hall on The ASSEMBLY Show carpet at designated tour times where ASSEMBLY editors will then lead them to 5 key exhibits and discuss different products and solutions at each stop.

 

TOUR 1: ROBOTICS

OCTOBER 23, 2019 @ 1:30 - 2:30pm

Tour Guide:  John Sprovieri, Editor in Chief, Assembly Magazine

With product lifecycles getting shorter, the need for flexible automation is becoming more important. As a result, manufacturers worldwide are increasingly investing in robotics. Today’s robots are faster, more precise, and easier to use than ever, and their connectivity is playing a key role in today’s increasingly digital manufacturing environments. This tour provides a look at the complete range of assembly robots, including Cartesians, SCARAs, six-axis robots, and the hottest technology today—collaborative robots.   

Tour Stops Include:  

  • ATI Industrial Automation
  • IPR Robotics
  • KUKA
  • SCHUNK
  • TM Robotics
 

TOUR 2: LEAN MANUFACTURING

OCTOBER 23, 2019 @ 3:30 - 4:30pm

Tour Guide:  Austin Weber, Senior Editor, Assembly Magazine

Lean manufacturing has revolutionized how companies assemble their products and manage supplier relationships. The methodology has expanded well beyond the automotive industry to include every industry covered by ASSEMBLY. At the start of this century, just 18 percent of companies in discrete manufacturing industries considered themselves “lean” operations. Today, 90 percent do. From pipe-and-tube systems to error-proofing software, The ASSEMBLY Show offers plenty that can aid your company’s lean journey. This tour looks at some of them.

Tour Stops Include: 

  • C Tek Lean Solutions
  • Creform Corp.
  • Item North America
  • Lean Factory America
  • Visual Workplace Inc.

 

TOUR 3: FASTENING & JOINING

OCTOBER 24, 2019 @ 10:00 - 11:00am

Tour Guide:  John Sprovieri, Editor in Chief, Assembly Magazine

Error proofing, quality control and flexibility are essential on today’s assembly lines. As a result, manufacturers are increasingly investing in state-of-the-art fastening tools. Today’s tools allow engineers to adjust fastening speed to match various applications and control more aspects of the tightening process, including key parameters such as torque and angle. The ASSEMBLY Show features some three dozen suppliers of fastening tools and accessories. This tour provides a look at six leading vendors.

Tour Stops Include: 

  • Design Tool Inc.
  • Makita USA Inc.
  • Mountz Inc.
  • Nitto Seiko America
  • SPIROL
  • Tohnichi America Corp.

 

TOUR 4: AUTOMATED ASSEMBLY

OCTOBER 24, 2019 @ 11:15 - 12:15pm

Tour Guide:  Jim Camillo, Senior Editor, Assembly Magazine

There are many ways to automate an assembly process: standalone cells combining manual and automated processes; synchronous systems based on rotary or linear indexers; and asynchronous systems based on pallet-transfer conveyors. Regardless of which direction your project leads, The ASSEMBLY Show is where you want to be to get the ball rolling. This tour will introduce you to five of the nation’s top systems integrators.

Tour Stops Include: 

  • ATC Automation
  • Arthur G. Russell Co.
  • Edgewater Automation
  • Lanco Integrated
  • Mikron Corp. Denver 

 

TOUR 5: FACTORY OF THE FUTURE

OCTOBER 24, 2019 @ 12:30 - 1:30pm

Tour Guide:  Austin Weber, Senior Editor, Assembly Magazine

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is all about connectivity and data: collecting it, analyzing it, and acting on it, all in real time. Savvy suppliers of assembly technology are beginning to cater to this trend. Fastening tools, robots, conveyors, dispensing equipment, and even pneumatics are among the many assembly technologies offering Internet connectivity and data transmission. This tour will introduce you to five companies that can help you get the most out of that data to improve your operation.

Tour Stops Include: 

  • Aegis Software
  • eFlex Systems
  • Tulip
  • Tutelar Technologies
  • Ubisense 
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