The Assembly Show

Tabletop robots, error-proof fastening tools and a manufacturing app for the Google Glass were among the myriad new technologies that dazzled manufacturing engineers and managers attending the second annual ASSEMBLY Show.

Some 205 technology suppliers—55 more than last year’s event—exhibited at the show, which was held Oct. 28-30 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. The exhibits spanned more than 50,000 net square feet, a 41 percent increase over 2013.

Nearly 3,800 manufacturing and design professionals visited the event, a 33 percent increase over last year’s attendance. (More than 6,300 engineers and managers registered for the show, a 36 percent increase compared with 2103.)

Many exhibitors deemed the show a huge success. “We had a great show,” said Phil Sponslor, president of Orbitform. “The attendees were plentiful, interested and motivated. We had five times as many leads as we had last year.”

“We were pleased last year, and this year was even better,” added Glenn Nausley, president of Promess Inc.

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