U.S. and Japan Industry Leaders To Look At Increasing Efficiency Via Advanced Manufacturing Techniques

Japan External Trade Organization and TechSolve to present half-day seminar on Tuesday, November 29

CINCINNATI, Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Affordable robotics technologies and advanced manufacturing processes are working to enhance the productivity and efficiency of companies in both the United States and Japan. In an effort to introduce more companies to the benefits of these processes and to encourage the development of business relationships between the U.S. and Japan, the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), and TechSolve of Cincinnati are presenting a half-day seminar on Tuesday, November 29, 2005, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

The program, entitled "21st Century Manufacturing Revolution in the U.S. and Japan: Utilizing Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing Processes to Enhance Global Competitiveness," will feature speakers from both organizations, with an emphasis on case studies from local companies that have been successful implementing new manufacturing technologies.

Dynamic advancements in robotic technologies and management processes have dramatically increased manufacturing productivity and competitiveness for both the large-scale manufacturer, and increasingly, for small and medium size manufacturers as well. Manufacturers who may have recently considered off-shoring or outsourcing production now have cost-efficient and viable alternatives.

"For many years we have seen how robotics and other technologies have enhanced the manufacturing process," commented Takashi Tsuchiya, Chief Executive Director of JETRO Chicago. "Now, the pace of these advancements has accelerated to the point that major new efficiencies can be realized. Midwest companies can gain important advantages by learning from successful examples of implementation from successful examples of implementation by both Japanese and American companies."

Gary N. Conley, President of TechSolve, commented, "There is keen interest within the manufacturing community in incorporating greater intelligence in equipment in order to reduce variability, increase reliability, and eliminate waste."

Both Conley and Tsuchiya will offer introductory comments at the seminar, which will also feature presentations from Ben Schawe, Plant Manager, Mazak Corporation and Masahiro Akiyama, President and Chief Executive Officer, Armonicos Company. Ltd.

     Panelists on the program will include:
     -- Jim McEachen, Ransohoff, Inc.
     -- John Roemisch, General Manager, FANUC Robotics Midwest
     -- Ben Schawe, Plant Manager, Mazak Corporation
     -- Luis Alcantara, Assistant General Manager, Toyota Motor Manufacturing
        North America, Production Engineering, Body Engineering

Additionally, representatives from both Procter & Gamble and GE Transportation - Aircraft Engines will appear on the panel, which will be moderated by Dr. Jay Lee, Ohio Eminent Scholar in Manufacturing, Professor of Mechanical, Industrial & Nuclear Engineering, College of Engineering, The University of Cincinnati.

The event will be preceded by registration with continental breakfast from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m., and followed by a buffet and networking luncheon from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

     Event details:

     Date and Time: Tuesday, November 29, 2005, 8:30 a.m.; (7:30 a.m.
     registration)

     Location: TechSolve, 6705 Steger Drive, Cincinnati, OH, 45237-3097

     Cost: The event is free with advance registration.

     Registration: To register, please go to 
http://www.JETRO.org . Direct
     questions to Ralph Inforzato of JETRO Chicago, 312-832-6000 ext. 103 or
     Catherine Crawford of TechSolve, 513-948-2108.

    About JETRO

JETRO has provided information and support to American companies entering the Japanese market for over 50 years. Through a local network of six offices in the United States, JETRO provides a wide-range of services, such as timely market intelligence, extensive business development support, and relevant business events, all designed to encourage business partnerships between American companies and Japan. JETRO Chicago provides services to companies and organizations in 12 Midwest states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Missouri, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Ohio and Nebraska.

About TechSolve

TechSolve is a team of business experts, engineers, and scientists who represent some of the best thinking in the world on how to make manufacturers more successful. Formed in 1982, TechSolve has helped small to large companies around the globe identify and implement process changes to achieve top-line growth, bottom-line savings, and improved profitability.

Chicago

CONTACT: Bryan Esenberg for JETRO Chicago, +1-312-832-6000 ext. 205,
Email Contact , or Jerry Mayeroff of Mayeroff and Associates,
+1-773-761-0868, Email Contact

Web site: http://www.JETRO.org/


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