Assembly East Moves to Boston to Join NEPCON East/Electro

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Norwalk, Conn. -- Assembly East, the leading Northeast trade event dedicated exclusively to final product assembly, is moving north.

After spending three years in the Philadelphia area, Assembly East is moving to Boston to join NEPCON East/Electro, June 10 through 11, 2003, at the Bayside Expo and Conference Center, Boston, Mass.From manual, semiautomatic, fully automatic systems to the latest hand tools, fasteners, adhesives and robotic equipment, Assembly East visitors will have the opportunity to evaluate everything they need to reduce cycle time, lower costs and increase productivity.

NEPCON East/Electro is the Northeast's premier electronics manufacturing event. Combined, these three events will provide the region's manufacturers with a single, convenient source for leading-edge manufacturing solutions at the board, component and final product assembly levels.

Gregory S. Shelton, vice president of engineering and technology of the Raytheon Co., will present his insights into Design for Six Sigma at noon on Tuesday, June 10. Shelton will share the successes that Raytheon has experienced with their implementation of Design for Six Sigma. He will include ideas on how Design for Six Sigma drives the total value chain and on critical chain and life cycle optimization through DFSS principles. Shelton will also comment on how Raytheon, and other companies, can optimize the value stream from customer requirements through engineering and manufacturing, and life cycle support.

Pam Gordon from Technology Forecasters will speak on "Designing and Manufacturing to be Lean and Green" on Tuesday, June 10 at 11 a.m. Gordon will discuss how taking new environmental steps helps increase profitability and meets customers' and regulators' increasing requirements for environmental performance.

On Wednesday, June 11 at noon, the panel "2020 Vision: A Look Into the Future of U.S. Manufacturing" will discuss: What will the U.S. manufacturing landscape look like 20 years from now, international competition, manufacturing methods and processes, and business strategies and economic policies that will be critical to the future success of U.S. manufacturers.

The Assembly East 2003 Conference will feature state-of-the-art technical education developed specifically for manufacturing professionals by several of their most respected industry associations including the SME, EWI, MassMEP and AWS.

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the world's leading professional society serving the manufacturing industries has produced comprehensive technical programs designed to help improve the assembly process and reduce manufacturing costs. The SME will present four sessions:

  • Robotics in Assembly
  • Work Cell Design
  • Machine Vision for Assembly
  • Application of Design for Six Sigma in the Assembly Industry

Edison Welding Institute (EWI), North America's largest provider of materials joining education, will present two sessions that will provide an opportunity to keep assembly skills on the cutting edge through materials joining technologies.

  • Small Scale Resistance Welding
  • Micro-Laser Processing

Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership's (MassMEP) mission to help small-medium manufacturers become more competitive in the global marketplace will be demonstrated in their two sessions.

  • Lean 101 with Time Wise(r) Simulation
  • The 5 Pillars of Lean

American Welding Society (AWS), a multifaceted, nonprofit organization with a goal to advance the science, technology and application of welding and related joining disciplines, will present the only full-day session:

  • Brazing for Today's Assembly

For complete session descriptions, pricing, association discounts, and to register for free show admission, visit



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