Cleveland to Host Penton Media's Total Design Solutions Midwest Tradeshow and Conference

CLEVELAND--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 25, 2002--Professional Trade Shows, Inc., a division of Penton Media Inc. (NYSE: PME - News) announced that Cleveland will host its upcoming Total Design Solutions Midwest Tradeshow and Conference at the I-X Center on October 8-10, 2002.

Design and manufacturing engineering professionals will attend to meet one-on-one with leading industry experts to learn about the latest technology, tools, advanced materials and products in the OEM marketplace. Beyond the exhibit hall, the Conference will offer attendees solution-driven sessions on hot industry issues, topics and applications in design and manufacturing engineering. Some of the major sponsoring companies include Parker Hannifin Corporation, Applied Industrial Technologies and LAPP USA.

Joe DiFranco, vice president, group director of Penton Media said, "Total Design Solutions Midwest is Penton's answer to exhibitors' requests for a regional show where their representatives can meet with prospective customers, especially in the growing medical industry. We chose Cleveland because of its broad midwest industry reach and also because of the extensive medical and biomedical facilities located here. It's a definite growth industry for our OEM exhibitors. And with the lack of other quality shows in the area, we're optimistic that this show will post big attendance numbers each day."

Exhibitors will showcase trends and innovations specific to the OEM industry including: Adhesive & Adhesive Products, Assembly Equipment, Bearings, CAD/CAM/CAE/PDM/CIM, Coating & Surface Treatments, Component Fabrication, Computer Hardware/Software, Cooling Devices, Electronic Components, Enclosures, Fasteners, Filter/Filtration Materials, Hydraulic & Pneumatics Components/Systems, IV Components, Medical Electronics, Molding Equipment, Motion Control Products, Packaging Equipment, Plastics Components, Programmable Controllers, Rapid Prototyping, Seals, Sterilization Equipment, Testing Equipment & Services, Tubing Connectors.

The Conference program, developed by the editors of the sponsoring publications, will cover the basics to the latest and will feature more than 14 sessions--most of which are free. Conference topics include: Product Configuration Using CAD Software and XML, Microelectromechanical Systems Applications, Connectivity in the Design Process, Effective Collaborative Commerce, Electrohydraulic Motion Control, 3D Design for Every Engineer, Microbial Barrier Mechanics, Fluid Power Expert Systems, Metal Injection Molding, New Product Development and Artificial Intelligence.

Total Design Solutions Midwest is supported and sponsored by the following publications and associations: American Foundry Society, Antennae Systems & Technology, Battery Power Products & Technology, Cleveland Engineering Society, Design Mart, Hydraulics & Pneumatics, Machine Design, Magnetics Magazine, Medical Design News, Motion System Design, New Equipment Digest and Packaging Design. To register for free admission to the tradeshow floor and for conference sessions call 800-668-3908, or visit

Penton Media (NYSE: PME - News) is a leading, global business-to-business media company that produces market-focused magazines, trade shows and conferences, and Web sites. Penton's integrated media portfolio serves the following industries: Internet/broadband; information technology; electronics; natural products; food/retail; manufacturing; design/engineering; supply chain; aviation; government/compliance; mechanical systems/construction; and leisure/hospitality.

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