SME's Automation & Assembly Summit: Achieving World-Class Manufacturing With Advanced Automation

DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) will bring the 2nd Annual Automation & Assembly Summit, "Achieving World Class Manufacturing with Advanced Automation," to the Sheraton West Port Hotel, Lakeside Chalet, St. Louis, Mo., on April 18-20, 2005. Smart manufacturers need to be lean, flexible and agile and U.S. companies need to improve manufacturing efficiency to improve their competitiveness. The 2nd Automation & Assembly Summit offers solutions for manufacturers.

The Automation & Assembly Summit is structured and developed around a two- day conference with exhibits and will offer the latest research technologies in automation and assembly and management strategies to give industry a competitive advantage -- globally. The conference is highlighted by more than 50 technical sessions, keynote presentations from government and industry, technology exhibits, plant tours of Ford Motor Company, and the Boeing Company, and a networking reception. SME has also scheduled a Student Summit to provide St. Louis high school students and educators with an opportunity to learn more about exciting career opportunities in advanced manufacturing.

  Automation & Assembly Conference: Tuesday, April 19, and Wednesday,
   April 20, 2005
  "Achieving World-Class Manufacturing with Advanced Automation"

The Automation & Assembly Conference will bring together industry experts and successful end-users. Conference sessions will help manufacturers learn how they can use flexible automation to increase profits, get the best performance from their current systems and processes, grow their business with the latest communication and information technologies, implement lean and other business-improvement tools and maintain market position while facing global competition.

Also featured: Two special full-day programs -- the RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) Forum, "Making Waves: Integrating RFID into Your Supply Chain," and a Workshop, "Extending the Lean Toolkit to the Whole Enterprise."

"A Government Perspective on Automation & Assembly," presented by Albert A. Frink, assistant secretary for Manufacturing & Services, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C., and "An Industry Perspective on Automation & Assembly," presented by Daniel H. Wheeler, director of Manufacturing & Research Development, the Boeing Company, Wichita Division. The Luncheon Speaker on Wednesday, April 20 is John C. Dickson, F/A-22, manager, Operations Integration, the Boeing Company.

Plant Tours: Monday, April 18, 2005 - 8:30 a.m. - Noon

Tours include either The Ford Motor St. Louis Assembly Plant or the Boeing Company F/A 18 Production Facility. Registration Deadline: April 1, 2005.

Student Summit: Wednesday, April 20, 2005 - 8 a.m. - Noon

SME Chapter 17, a group of manufacturing professionals representing local industry and associations, will be involved in hosting 200 high school students and teachers from the St. Louis metropolitan area.

  Gateway Arch Riverboat Cruise: Monday, April 18 - 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  $40 with Event Registration.

  Event Hours:

Plant Tours are scheduled for Monday, April 18, 2005 - 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Keynote and conference sessions are Tuesday, April 19, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Wednesday, April 20, 8 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. The exhibits will be open on Tuesday, April 19, from Noon - 6 p.m., and on Wednesday, April 20 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Additional information is available by visiting the Automation & Assembly Summit site at , or by calling the SME Resource Center at (800) 733-4763, 8 a.m. - - 5 p.m. - Eastern Time, Monday-Friday.

CONTACT: Barbara J. Gaston of SME Communications, +1-313-425-3065,
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