Event preview Make way for the International Manufacturing Technology Show 2018

Editor: Ahlam Rais

As one of the most popular events for the manufacturing industry, the show aims to exhibit numerous technologies for the aerospace, automotives, machine shops, medical and power generation sectors.

The last edition of the International Manufacturing Technology Show witnessed substantial footfalls.
The last edition of the International Manufacturing Technology Show witnessed substantial footfalls.
(Source: AMT)

All hail for one of the biggest manufacturing technologies shows in the Americas – the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) 2018! Sponsored by the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), the event will roll out its red carpet from September 10–15, 2018 at the McCormick Place in Illinois, USA. Held every alternate year, the premier show attracts the crème of the manufacturing industry from 117 countries.

The main intention of visitors attending this fair is to lookout for solutions or new innovations for their existing manufacturing processes and also to stay updated on the latest technological happenings of the sector. The last edition of IMTS witnessed footfalls of around 2,407 exhibitors along with an astonishing figure of 115,612 registrants and the organizers are hoping for a similar scenario even this year around.

Special at IMTS 2018

With a strong focus on the major manufacturing industries such as aerospace, automotives, machine shops, medical and power generation, the event will showcase more than 15,000 new machine tools, controls, computers, software, components, systems and processes that can improve efficiency at the shop floor.

All these solutions will be segregated into diverse IMTS pavilions such as:

Abrasive machining/sawing/finishing: This pavilion offers a plethora of high tolerance and precision surface finish technologies especially for the auto, aerospace and medical industries as precision and accuracy is of utmost importance in these sectors. On exhibit one can find the latest innovations in grinding technology; sawing; cutoff machines; finishing technologies such as lapping, balancing, honing and polishing machines; cylindrical grinders; CNC tool & cutter grinders; universal grinders; crankshaft & abrasive cutoff machines; and many more. (North Building, Level 3)

Additive manufacturing: This segment will display the latest innovations in the 3D printing space. Companies are constantly working to launch new contemporary solutions to ease the manufacturing process with additive manufacturing as well as hybrid technologies. (West Building, Level 3)

Controls & CAD-CAM: Optimizing the operations and efficiency of the plants is an important area to look into. This pavilion will showcase CIM/CAD/CAM systems; CNC controls; automation management systems; communications systems and LAN; software development systems services and much more. The controls and software will assist visitors to make use of digital data and then integrate it into complete solutions. (East Building, Level 2 & Level 3)

Other pavillions include:

  • EDM
  • Fabricating & Lasers
  • Gear Generation
  • Machine Components/Cleaning/Environmental
  • Metal Cutting
  • Quality Assurance
  • Tooling & Workholding Systems

This wide range of covered topics ensures that all the industry requirements and needs of the visitors are fulfilled by touring these sections. There is something for everyone!

Co-located shows

The show also has something more to offer. Four specialised events including Integrated Automation, Motion & Drives (IAMD) USA; Surface Technology USA at IMTS; ComVac USA at IMTS and Industrial Supply USA at IMTS will be hosted alongside IMTS 2018.

Integrated Automation, Motion & Drives (IAMD): The show displays the entire gamut of industrial automation, IT, power transmission and fluid power technologies. This arena is perfect for decision makers who are looking for cross-sector solutions and digitally integrated products.

Surface Technology: As the name suggests, the segment will make available solutions revolving around industrial surface treatment and finishing.

ComVac: The international trade fair for compressed air and vacuum technology deals with process automation, pneumatic systems and eco-friendly exhaust-air cleaning systems. An eminent part of smart factories, a range of compressed-air and vacuum systems will be displayed at the show thus, connecting top suppliers and technology providers with end-users.

Industrial Supply: This segment will highlight the industrial subcontracting and lightweight construction area and is the place to be for industry players in order to find the most ideal supply solutions across the entire industrial value chain.

With so much happening at one single location, the mega trade fair makes it a ‘must go to’ event for the manufacturing industry.

Book your tickets now! Students, educators, administrators and guidance counsellors register for free and also international visitors may attend the show free of charge.

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