Technology Show USA: Highest Number of Exhibitors at International Manufacturing Technology Show 2016
The final numbers of IMTS 2016 show that the international exhibition for manufacturing technology was a full success. According to the report, the 31st edition of the show was the third largest in number of registrations and exhibit space and it had the highest number of exhibitors.
IMTS 2016, which ran from September 12 – 17 at Chicago’s McCormick Place has published its final numbers: With 115,612 registrations and a total of 1,370,256 square feet exhibition space, it was the third largest show. In addition it had the highest number of exhibiting companies of all times: 2,407.
“IMTS has grown not only in size, but in the overall scope of manufacturing,” said Peter R. Eelman, Vice President – Exhibitions & Business Development at AMT (The Association For Manufacturing Technology), which owns and manages IMTS. “There are more compelling reasons for people to attend. Whether they come to research new technology, evaluate vendors before purchasing, find solutions or connect with the leaders in the manufacturing industry, there is simply no substitute for attending IMTS.”
Digitalisation, additive manufacturing and robotics: the trend technologies at IMTS 2016
According to Tim Shinbara, AMT Vice President – Manufacturing Technology, the most dominant technologies at this year’s International Manufacturing Technology Show were additive manufacturing, robotics automation and an increasing digital thread.
“Four years ago, only one company exhibited a hybrid machine. At IMTS 2016, we had multiple companies demonstrate machines with both additive and subtractive capabilities, meeting the supply side demand for structural metallic components,” said Shinbara. With traditional CNC manufacturers becoming more involved with additive, he believes that they will apply their knowledge of industrial requirements when building hybrid machines.
On the automation side, embedded sensors and processors moved closer to the moment of inertia, enabling split second decision-making that prevents collisions or enables a smooth, fluid and rapid response. “Moving robotic intelligence nearer to the end of the arm enables more collaborative manufacturing where humans and robots can work closely and more safely together,” said Shinbara.
With regard to digitization, numerous companies introduced equipment with Industrial Internet of Things (IIot) capabilities. “We’re seeing an acceleration and acceptance of protocols such at MTConnect. This ‘data dictionary’ enables the creation of a digital thread linking components, processes and analytical tools,” said Shinbara. He foresees that, by IMTS 2018, C-suite business decisions will be made based on real-time data being pulled from the production floor and among facilities.