NEPCON East/Electro 2004 to feature four free educational sessions

JANUARY 15--NEPCON East/Electro will feature suppliers displaying the full range of electronics manufacturing solutions including adhesives, advance microelectronics, test equipment, rework, wire and cable assembly, and active components.

Jan 15th, 2004

JANUARY 15--NEPCON East/Electro will feature suppliers displaying the full range of electronics manufacturing solutions including adhesives, advance microelectronics, test equipment, rework, wire and cable assembly, and active components. This year's conference program not only includes the annual SMTA Boston Conference, but also offers visitors four free educational sessions and a free six-part IEEE Electro Technical Program. The exhibition will take place May 5--6, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA. The three-day conference begins one day earlier on May 4.

As in 2003, the Assembly East Exhibition and Conference will again collocate with NEPCON East/Electro. Together these three events will provide the region's manufacturers with a single, convenient source for manufacturing solutions at the board, component, and final-product assembly levels. In addition, attendees can see even more new products with the concurrent running of The Vision East Show featuring automated machine-vision solutions.

Four FREE special events
The feature keynote speaker, Professor Deborah Nightingale of the MIT Lean Aerospace Initiative, will present, "Transforming the Lean Enterprise Value Steam," on Thursday, May 6, at 12:00 pm. The presentation will focus on the need for contemporary networked enterprises transforming the entire value stream, including suppliers and partners. Nightingale will share how applying lean principles to all life cycle, enabling, and leadership processes will be required to achieve value for the total enterprise.

Assembly magazine will present a panel discussion, "The Productivity Challenge: Can US Manufacturers Sustain Improvements?," on Wednesday, May 5, at 10:00 am. Senior editor John Sprovieri will chair a panel of consultants, academics, and key personnel from leading regional manufacturers discussing the remarkable gains in productivity made by US manufacturers during the past decade. The goal of the discussion is to provide practical information to help engineers increase productivity at their assembly plants.

"Technological Advances in the Electronics Adhesives Industry," sponsored by Adhesives and Sealants Industry magazine and the Adhesive and Sealant Council, will be presented on Wednesday, May 5, at 1:30 pm. Industry experts will discuss how technological advancements in electronics adhesives involves aspects of both formulation and application to meet demanding end-use criteria and will present an overview of adhesives used in surface-mount assembly applications.

On Thursday, May 6, at 1:30 pm, the Greater Boston Manufacturing Partnership (GBMP) will present a panel discussion, "The Human Aspect of Lean: Looking Beyond the Tools." Chaired by Bruce Hamilton, GBMP president and vice chair of the Shingo Prize Board of Governors, a panel of lean professionals from five leading Northeast manufacturers will share experiences on how lean has changed the way they do business. Attendees will hear compelling discussions on how they made a difference by empowering their teams.

SMTA Boston Conference
The SMTA (Surface Mount Technology Association) will again present the SMTA Boston Conference, May 4-6. SMTA Boston will provide conferees with the latest technical solutions that they need to stay competitive in today's market. The comprehensive program will consist of three free special events, the three-day SMT Processes and SMT Systems Certification Programs, and seven full and half-day SMTA Academy sessions.

For complete session descriptions and to register for the SMTA Boston Conference, visit www.smta.org or www.nepconeast.com.

FREE IEEE Electro Technical Program
The IEEE Electro Educational Program Committee, in partnership with the Boston Chapter of the CPMT (Components, Packaging and Manufacturing, Technology)--IEEE Society, will present a free educational technical program on new and advanced manufacturing technologies on Wednesday, May 5. The one-day, six-part program is free to all attendees

For complete session descriptions and to register for free show admission visit www.nepconeast.com.

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