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IMTS has partnered with Local Motors to offer the IMTS Ride Experience featuring “Olli,” the first self-driving electric vehicle equipped with IBM Watson Internet of Things (IoT) technology.

Built by Local Motors, Olli can carry up to 12 riders and will navigate a track in the C Hall of the North Building at IMTS 2016, September 12-17, McCormick Place, Chicago. Limited to about 5 mph for show purposes (but capable of 25 mph), Olli uses the cloud-based cognitive computing capability of IBM Watson to analyze and learn from high volumes data produced by more than 30 sensors embedded in the vehicle, including cameras, GPS and LIDAR (Light Imaging, Detection, And Ranging).

Olli was designed from the ground up by Local Motors, the company that shook up the manufacturing industry when it 3D-printed and assembled a car, the now-famous Strati, live in less than two days at IMTS in 2014.

“Our intent this year was to create an unforgettable experience for IMTS attendees by offering them a ride in an autonomous vehicle,” said Local Motors CEO Jay Rogers. “IMTS draws the world’s top minds in manufacturing, and we’re excited to give them a ride in the self-driving vehicle of the future.”

“IMTS and Local Motors once again partner together, this time not just to show the world the practical applications of leading edge technology, but to enable IMTS visitors to have a personal experience with technology,” says Peter R. Eelman, Vice President - Exhibitions & Business Development, AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, the parent organization of IMTS. “Olli’s manufacturing and operation demonstrates the convergence of technologies showcased at IMTS, including 3D printing, the Internet of Things and complex interactions with machines via the human voice.”

Designed for travel in dense, urban areas, college and corporate campuses, riders can “hail” Olli via an app or a kiosk. While cloud analytics and live data enable Olli to react faster than any human, a remote operator provides human supervision.

To enhance the autonomous vehicle travel experience, Olli uses Watson’s capabilities to enable riders to ask complex questions in “natural language” voice. Want to know the top spots for deep-dish Chicago-style pizza? Want to learn more about the vehicle’s construction and technology? Just ask Olli. In it’s real-life testing locations (currently National Harbor, Maryland and Las Vegas and Miami later this year), Olli takes route instructions and explains what is happening during the trip.

“While creation of the world’s first 3D-printed car at IMTS two years ago was groundbreaking, we wanted to enable visitors to interact with advanced technology at this year’s show,” says Rogers.

In addition to Olli, Local Motors will have other 3D-printed vehicles (including the Strati) on display at its booth, NC-780, which is immediately next to the IMTS Ride Experience.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015 13:05

Call for IMTS 2016 Conference Speakers Open

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IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show and conference organizer GIE Media announced that the call for speakers is open for the IMTS 2016 Conference being held September 12‐15, 2016. IMTS runs September 12-17, 2016, at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

The four-day IMTS 2016 Conference is slated to include 69 sessions that explore process innovations, alternative manufacturing, plant operations, automation, and quality.

“The objective for the IMTS 2016 conference program is continuous improvement. For us, that means the topics presented are real-world, hands-on solutions that our visitors can take back to their shops and use immediately," said Bill Herman, Event Development Director, AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. “From productivity gains to quality improvement to developing a stable, skilled workforce, the IMTS 2016 conference will provide the tools for immediate and continuous improvement.”

The call for speakers closes December 15, 2015. Specific questions on topics can be directed to Mike DiFranco, Group Publisher, GIE Media, Inc.

A complete list of conference presentation topics and the speaker proposal submission procedure is available at: www.IMTS.com/callforspeakers

Based on exhibitor sales and current plans, IMTS 2016 – The International Manufacturing Technology Show is expected to be one of the largest in show history with even more to offer visitors. The show will be held September 12-17, 2016, at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Registration will open on February 1, 2016.

Early results on participating exhibitors and exhibitor floor square footage contracted for IMTS 2016 are both ahead of the IMTS 2014 pace at 1,382 exhibitors and 1.256 million net square feet (twenty-two percent increase and eight percent increase, respectively).

“After the largest IMTS in more than a decade in 2014, the IMTS 2016 show is building to be even stronger. IMTS 2016 will expand to five halls of McCormick Place with the addition of Hall C in the North Building. It is very exciting to see the continued interest and real growth in manufacturing in the United States,” said Peter R. Eelman, Vice President – Exhibitions & Communications at AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, which produces and owns IMTS. “The show is expecting more than 100,000 visitors from 112 countries who will come to gather ideas and see new technologies in action. IMTS is the place where innovation thrives.”

To help guide visitors around the vast exhibits and find their areas of interest quickly and easily, IMTS is organized into nine pavilions:

  • The Abrasive Machining/Sawing/Finishing Pavilion features technology for applications that require high tolerance and precision surface finish including grinding technology, as well as sawing and cutoff machines and a variety of finishing technologies, such as lapping, balancing, honing and polishing machines.

 

  • The Controls & CAD-CAM Pavilion offers the world of custom automation and the latest software needed to extract the maximum efficiency from machine tools to optimize plant operations and cost efficiency.

 

  • In the EDM Pavilion, everything from CNC wire EDM equipment to die sinking machines can be found by manufacturing professionals in the tool & die industry and especially those who specialize in one-off or specialty components.

 

  • The Fabricating/Laser/Additive Pavilion is devoted to showcasing the latest technology in fabricating, metal forming, laser, and waterjet-based machining and additive manufacturing, along with displays of welding, metal treating and marking equipment.

 

  • The Gear Generation Pavilion is devoted to gear cutting, forming and finishing, as well as broaching, shaping and slotting machines and will spotlight traditional applications such as auto, construction, mining and ship-building, plus the emerging alternative energy and wind power sectors.

 

  • Focusing on the myriad of goods needed to run a plant, the Machine Components/Cleaning/Environmental Pavilion will offer everything from the parts to service and monitor machines to the components necessary for safe and environmentally responsible operations.

 

  • The Metal Cutting Pavilion is the center of the very foundation of the machine tool industry. Here, visitors will find the latest innovations in metal cutting equipment including machining centers, turning centers and the entire range of metal cutting technology.

 

  • The Quality Assurance Pavilion features metrology equipment and systems that keep processes on track, as well as the equipment that will check the accuracy of machines.

 

  • The Tooling & Workholding Systems Pavilion offers all the necessities and innovative solutions to tooling challenges. Here, visitors can maximize the investment in their machinery and equipment by finding the latest technology that will allow for minimum setup and machining time, give new capabilities to older equipment and explore the latest in state-of-the-art workholding systems.


There are some exciting new additions to this year’s show from Hannover Fairs USA. They will bring three additional shows to IMTS, including:

1.)    Industrial Automation North America
The best in industrial automation solutions will be featured at Industrial Automation North America, a show that made its North American debut in 2012. Featuring factory, process, and building automation, this event is distinguishing itself as the place to see the automation industry’s most innovative solutions and technologies.

2.)    Motion, Drive & Automation North America
The inaugural Motion, Drive & Automation North America became a networking hub of North America’s power transmission, motion control and fluid technology sectors. Meet face-to-face with key suppliers from around the world and see first-hand the best new technology available.

3.)    Surface Technology North America
This event will cover the entire spectrum of industrial surface treatment and finishing – from cleaning and pre-treatment to coatings, paint finishes, and electroplating. Surface Technology will
surely provide a powerful platform for business development and expanding professional networks.

4.)    ComVac North America
Highlighting the latest product developments, technology, and plant & system components for all areas of compressed air and vacuum, ComVac will surely provide a great opportunity for networking and create a strong synergy with the already well-established Industrial Automation North America and Motion, Drive & Automation North America.

5.)    Industrial Supply North America
Covering the entire spectrum of industrial subcontracting and lightweight construction, this is the event where you will find supply solutions across the entire industrial value chain.

AMT’s Emerging Technology Center will return in the North Building showcasing advancements in the medical technology industry.

After building the first 3D-printed car, Strati, at IMTS 2014, Local Motors will continue to bring excitement to the show. This time with a race track, another addition to the Hall C, so visitors can take a ride in some of their most inventive automobiles, including the Strati, as seen on the Today Show and on the cover of Popular Mechanics. 

The Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC), brought to you by Gardner Business Media, Inc. and IMTS, will explore the top trends and technologies being adopted by leading manufacturers. A visit to the AMC in the West Building will give visitors knowledge they need to understand the application and relevance of these top trends in their plant/shop. The booth will also feature highlights from two dynamic conferences at IMTS 2016: The Additive Manufacturing Conference, which will focus on additive technologies for industrial part production, and the TRAM (Trends in Advanced Machining, Manufacturing and Materials) Conference, which is additionally sponsored by Boeing and the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre of the University of Sheffield.

Another featured booth in the West Building is the Today’s Technology Center (TTC), sponsored by GIE Media and IMTS. The TTC will again feature top advancements in each industry segment, including medical, aerospace, energy, and automotive. One of the highlights will be the Ohio State University’s EcoCar3 Challenge team which will bring its modified 2016 Chevy Camaro to the show and staff the booth with engineering and communications students. Students will explain how they’ve transformed the muscle car into a plug-in hybrid and how they hope to get top fuel economy and sports car performance levels at the same time.

There will be nine educational opportunities for visitors to attend. The four-day IMTS Conference runs Sept. 12-15, 2016, and is slated to include 69 sessions that explore topics including process innovations, manufacturing technology and trends, alternative manufacturing processes, metrology/quality and plant operations. Conferences sponsored by Hannover Fairs USA include: the Motion, Drive & Automation Conference; Global Automation and Manufacturing Summit; Industrial Supply N.A.; Surface Tech; and Fluid Power. EOS North America is offering its North American Users Conference. Gardner Business Media will once again sponsor the popular TRAM – Trends in Advanced Manufacturing Conference, along with the Additive Manufacturing Conference. Registration to any of the conferences affords participants access to the show floor. Conference registration opens in May 2016.

The Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS is designed to encourage the next generation of young people to consider a career in manufacturing. The bar was set high in 2014 when students, educators, administrators and parent chaperones from more than 450 schools and dozens of scout troops attended. The goal is to extend the reach of the Student Summit into more U.S. states to attract more students who will be nearing workforce readiness now and around IMTS 2016.

The Miles for Manufacturing 5K Walk/Run, presented by GIE Media and IMTS, will return to the show, where it got its start in 2014, to raise money for a school that promotes manufacturing to its students. Since the inaugural race, the Miles for Manufacturing 5K has been held at The MFG Meeting, March 5, 2015, and will be held at the Global Forecasting & Marketing Conference, October 13, 2015, in Cleveland, Ohio. It’s a great opportunity for IMTS attendees to get moving for a cause that supports workforce development in manufacturing.

“At one year out, we can say with confidence that IMTS 2016 will provide the environment for the industry to find solutions to their biggest manufacturing challenges and strategies to increase profits,” Eelman said. “Be sure to put IMTS 2016 on your calendar, Sept. 12-17, and join us in Chicago where you will see the latest in technology from leading manufacturing companies.”

For more information, visit: www.imts.com

Plans are well underway to make 2014’s premier manufacturing event, the 30th edition of IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, a must-attend event for manufacturing professionals from around the world. IMTS will be held at Chicago’s McCormick Place Sept. 8-13, 2014.

The show theme for 2014 is “Come Together” and is a call to action for the entire IMTS community comprised of more than 100,000 industrial decision makers from more than 119 countries to interact at IMTS and see the latest technology to get ideas and find answers to their manufacturing problems and challenges.

Reflecting the strength of manufacturing in the world economy, early results on participating exhibitors and exhibitor floor square footage contracted are both ahead of the IMTS 2012 pace at 1,117 (a 23% increase) and 1.151 million net square feet (an 8% increase) respectively.

“There is nothing like IMTS. It’s an entire industry of more than 100,000 manufacturing professionals in one place, at the same time, with one focus – advanced manufacturing,” said Peter Eelman, Vice President - Exhibitions and Communications at AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, which produces and owns IMTS. “They come together and leave inspired. From never-before-seen technology to educational opportunities and the pure fun of seeing technology in action, IMTS is the place to be next September. IMTS 2012 ranked highly on Trade Show Executive’s Fastest 50 Class of 2012 which recognizes top performing shows in each of three metrics — net square feet, number of exhibiting companies and attendance. We intend to repeat this success in 2014 by bringing the most inspiring industry event to our community.”

To help guide visitors around the vast exhibits and find their areas of interest quickly and easily, IMTS is organized into nine pavilions:

  • The Abrasive Machining/Sawing/Finishing Pavilion features technology for applications that require high tolerance and precision surface finish including grinding technology, as well as sawing and cutoff machines and a variety of finishing technologies, such as lapping, balancing, honing and polishing machines.
  • The Controls & CAD-CAM Pavilion offers the world of custom automation and the latest software needed to extract the maximum efficiency from machine tools to optimize plant operations and cost efficiency.
  • In the EDM Pavilion, everything from CNC wire EDM equipment to die sinking machines can be found by manufacturing professionals in the tool & die industry and especially those who specialize in one-off or specialty components.
  • The Fabricating/Laser/Additive Pavilion is devoted to showcasing the latest technology in fabricating, metal forming, laser and waterjet-based machining and additive manufacturing, along with displays of welding, metal treating and marking equipment.
  • The Gear Generation Pavilion is devoted to gear cutting, forming and finishing, as well as broaching, shaping and slotting machines and will spotlight traditional applications such as auto, construction, mining and ship-building, plus the emerging alternative energy and wind power sectors.
  • Focusing on the myriad of goods needed to run a plant, the Machine Components/Cleaning/Environmental Pavilion will offer everything from the parts to service and monitor machines to the components necessary for safe and environmentally responsible operations.
  • The Metal Cutting Pavilion is the center of the very foundation of the machine tool industry. Here, visitors will find the latest innovations in metal cutting equipment including machining centers, turning centers and the entire range of metal cutting technology.
  • The Quality Assurance Pavilion features metrology equipment and systems that keep processes on track, as well as the equipment that will check the accuracy of machines.
  • The Tooling & Workholding Systems Pavilion offers all the necessities and innovative solutions to tooling challenges. Here, visitors can maximize the investment in their machinery and equipment by finding the latest technology that will allow for minimum setup and machining time, give new capabilities to older equipment and explore the latest in state-of-the-art workholding systems.

IMTS 2014 will also feature two co-located shows, Industrial Automation North America at IMTS and Motion, Drive & Automation North America at IMTS. Industrial Automation North America made its debut as a co-located show with IMTS in 2012. Returning in 2014, it is sure to showcase the best in process, factory, and building automation. The 2014 introduction of Motion, Drives & Automation North America (MDA NA) further expands the range of technologies and solutions presented at IMTS by bringing together the power transmission, motion control and fluid technology sectors. Both of these events are being developed by IMTS partner, Hannover Fairs, USA.

The Emerging Technology Center (ETC) returns to IMTS featuring an amazing step forward in the production of energy-efficient vehicles. IMTS partner, Local Motors, has agreed to actually manufacture, not just assemble, its new city vehicle – the Boston Bullet – at IMTS.

A new manufacturing process - “Additive-Subtractive” - will utilize the new 3D printing/additive technology to produce major components that can then be machined to exacting standards. Several IMTS exhibitors are poised to contribute machinery and technology for the production of parts for the car which will be completed and ready to drive out of McCormick Place by the close of the show.

The ETC will also present interactive kiosks to highlight the new National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). These regional hubs are being funded by private-public partnerships to accelerate development and adoption of cutting-edge manufacturing technologies for making new, globally competitive products.

In addition to the incredible lineup in the ETC, Gardner Business Media’s Advanced Manufacturing Center and GIE Media’s Today’s Technology Center are both set to return to IMTS. The Advanced Manufacturing Center display, sponsored by Modern Machine Shop magazine, Gardner Business Media, Inc. and IMTS, will explore the newest trends and technologies being adopted by leading manufacturers, interactive presentations, exciting giveaways and much more. Also featured in the booth will be highlights from TRAM – Trends in Advanced Manufacturing Conference, which is additionally sponsored by Boeing and the Advanced Manufacturing Research Center out of the University of Sheffield. GIE Media’s Today’s Technology Center will spotlight end user products that result from the application of manufacturing technology.

The four day IMTS 2014 Conference runs Sept. 8-11 and is slated to include 69 sessions that explore topics including materials engineering, manufacturing technology and trends, alternative manufacturing processes, metrology/quality and plant operations. Conferences sponsored by Hannover Fairs USA during the week are the Motion, Drives & Automation Conference, ISA Inside: Training Sessions at Industrial Automation North America and the Global Automation and Manufacturing Summit. The CleanTech Conference will be offered by the Midwest Global Alliance. EOS North America is offering its North American Users Conference. Gardner Business Media will once again sponsor the popular TRAM – Trends in Advanced Manufacturing Conference. Registration to any of the conferences affords participants access to the show floor.

IMTS will once again welcome 9,000-plus students and educators to expose them to the career opportunities in manufacturing through hands-on learning and networking with industry professionals.

“At one year out we can say with confidence that IMTS 2014 will provide the environment for the IMTS community to come together for the innovative and creative manufacturing experience and the pure fun of seeing technology in action,” Eelman said. “Be sure to put IMTS on your calendar Sept. 8-13, and join us in Chicago where you will meet the minds that are  moving manufacturing forward.”

The largest and longest running manufacturing technology trade show in the United States is held every other year at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. IMTS 2014 will run September 8-13. IMTS is ranked among the largest trade shows in the world. Recognized as one of the world's preeminent stages for introducing and selling manufacturing equipment and technology, IMTS attracts more than 100,000 visitors from every level of industry and more than 119 countries. IMTS is owned and managed by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.

For more information, visit: www.IMTS.com

Monday, 10 December 2012 10:45

Crowley Webb Named Media Agency for IMTS 2014

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Show management for IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show has named Buffalo, N.Y.-based Crowley Webb as its media agency. IMTS 2014 will be held Sept. 8-13 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

Crowley Webb will handle media planning, negotiation and placement for future IMTS advertising, as well as other special show marketing projects for IMTS and its owner AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.

“From the minute we met the Crowley Webb team, it was clear that they had one central desire, and that is to use their skill sets as an agency and forge a relationship built on respect with our existing marketing team. Together, we will build the IMTS brand and continue to make the show a resounding success for both exhibitors and visitors,” says John Krisko, IMTS Director – Exhibitions.”

Crowley Webb CEO Jim Hettich says, “We are excited and enthused to be part of IMTS and focus our energy on promoting what is one of the world’s most important events in connecting global technology producers and consumers. We are eager to begin the IMTS 2014 planning process.”

The IMTS “team marketing” approach is a drastic departure from the standard. “We have successfully created a virtual team of very creative and talented professionals to support us in planning and implementing a focused approach to marketing our event,” Krisko continues. “Using this model, we are able to combine internal staff expertise with this talented group of dynamic partners to give us a truly unique program.”

The IMTS marketing team is comprised of the AMT Exhibitions and Communications staff; Clearly Write, a media relations and marketing services provider; Crowley Webb, an advertising agency; and ThinkingCap, a creative services firm.

The largest and longest running manufacturing technology trade show in the United States is held every other year at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill.  IMTS 2014 will run September 8-13.  IMTS is ranked among the largest trade shows in the world. Recognized as one of the world’s preeminent stages for introducing and selling manufacturing equipment and technology, IMTS attracts more than 100,000 visitors from every level of industry and more than 119 countries.  IMTS is owned and managed by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.

For more information, visit: www.IMTS.com

Wednesday, 19 September 2012 11:10

IMTS 2012 Registration Reaches 100,200

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Results for the 29th edition of IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2012 prove the continuing leadership of manufacturing in the overall economy as Show Management reports the strongest results in more than a decade. Hosting exhibitors and visitors from 119 countries, IMTS 2012, which ran Sept. 10-15 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, covered 1.248 million net square feet of exhibit space with 1,909 exhibiting companies.

Total registration for the six-day event was 100,200, which is a 21.6% increase over 2010, marking the largest show-to-show increase ever for IMTS.

Additive manufacturing, multi-spindle machines and multi-tasking machines were stars on the show floor. Spotlighted both in the IMTS Emerging Technology Center (ETC) and in several exhibitor booths, additive manufacturing continued to gain traction as a production process and excite visitors to IMTS. Recognized as the next major manufacturing breakthrough, this technology can reduce prototype and part development as well as eliminate waste.

"The energy level among visitors and exhibitors was at an all-time high," said Peter Eelman, IMTS Vice President – Exhibitions and Communications. "The most exciting take-away from IMTS 2012 is what it says about the prospects for manufacturing over the next year. The overall activity and buzz indicates that we are entering a period of sustained growth that will fuel economic prosperity and job creation. Visitors came to find solutions and innovative approaches to their manufacturing challenges. They found immediate answers throughout the four halls and long-term possibilities in the ETC."

Along with the IMTS 2012 Conference that featured 72 sessions and educated more than 500 participants, the show co-located six conference programs: IANA Global Automation & Manufacturing Summit, The International Society of Automation (ISA), The Motion, Drives & Automation, the EHS Today America's Safest Companies Conference, TRAM³ Aerospace Conference — Trends in Advanced Machining, Manufacturing and Materials, and Midwest Clean Tech 2012.

The NIMS Student Skills Center at IMTS was also a hugely successful event with 9,325 students and educators visiting the 27 student-focused exhibitors.

IMTS 2014 will run Sept. 8-13. "An enormous amount of strategic thinking, talent and energy went into making IMTS a major success," said Eelman. "As we look forward to 2014, we will move ahead with innovation and technology advances that will keep manufacturing technology growing and vibrant for generations to come."

For more information, visit: www.IMTS.com

Tuesday, 11 September 2012 11:25

Industrial Automation North America at IMTS

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Industrial Automation North America debuts this year in conjunction with IMTS at Chicago’s McCormick Place from September 10-15, 2012.  Hannover Fairs USA, Inc., a subsidiary of Deutsche Messe AG, one of the world’s top trade fair organizers and exhibition centers, announced that The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) 2012 pre-registration number surpasses total IMTS 2010 registration number of 82,411.

The largest and longest running manufacturing technology trade show in the United States is held every other year at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. IMTS 2012 will run September 10-15. IMTS is ranked among the largest trade shows in the world. Recognized as one of the world’s preeminent stages for introducing and selling manufacturing equipment and technology, IMTS attracts more than 82,000 visitors from every level of industry and over 119 countries.

“The inaugural Industrial Automation North America show sold out of exhibitor space this year with 30 percent more exhibitor space than our original commitment,” said Larry Turner, CEO of Hannover Fairs.  “This illustrates the fact that manufacturing is strong and that there is a need for innovative products to fuel continued growth.”

Industrial Automation North America showcases products and solutions for process, production and industrial building automation, complementing IMTS’ focus on machine tools, metalworking and precision manufacturing.  Industrial Automation North America is organized by Deutsche Messe AG and its U.S. subsidiary, Hannover Fairs USA, and runs parallel to IMTS every two years.

For more information, visit: www.ia-na.com

Early registration for IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2012, which is being held Sept. 10-15 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, will end Friday, August 10. At that time, registration prices increase from $30 per person to $50 for individual registration, and $15 per person to $30 for group registration (five or more registering from the same company).

IMTS will host 85,000 - 90,000 manufacturing industry professionals from more than 119 countries. IMTS attendees see more than 15,000 new machine tools, controls, computers, software, components, systems and processes that can improve their efficiency. They also gain valuable ideas and insights from the world’s leading equipment producers. They visit IMTS to learn, to look, to buy and to network.

“IMTS 2012 may prove to be the most exciting IMTS ever,” says Peter Eelman, IMTS Vice President – Exhibitions and Communications. “New for this show is the AMT Manufacturing Stage which will be the epicenter of morning activities at IMTS. We’re welcoming government VIPs and industry innovators to the stage. Add that to the 10 product/service pavilions, seven educational conferences, the Emerging Technology Center which will feature a Local Motors car built live right on the show floor, and IMTS becomes the place to be for manufacturing professionals from all over the world the week of Sept. 10-15.”

For more information or to register, visit: www.imts.com/show/exhibits.html

The 29th edition of IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2012 is on track to rank among the top five largest IMTS events covering almost 1.2 million net square feet of exhibit space with more than 1,800 exhibiting companies. The show will be held at Chicago's McCormick Place September 10-15, 2012.

IMTS Show hours vary from building to building.  The Lakeside Center (East) and West building hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily; the North and South building hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily.

IMTS will host 85,000 - 90,000 manufacturing industry professionals from more than 119 countries. They attend to see more than 15,000 new machine tools, controls, computers, software, components, systems and processes that can improve their efficiency. They also gain valuable ideas and insights from the world’s leading equipment producers.  They come to learn, to look, to buy and to network.

Enhancing the Value of IMTS for Both Visitors and Exhibitors

IMTS has teamed up with Deutsche Messe to co-locate the first-ever Industrial Automation North America (IANA) with IMTS. IANA will showcase products and solutions for production automation, complementing IMTS’ focus on manufacturing technology, metalworking and precision manufacturing. IMTS Vice President Exhibitions and Communications Peter Eelman says, “We are thrilled to reinforce the international nature of IMTS by having one of manufacturing’s premier trade show organizers join with us and this is a major step in expanding and strengthening the range of solutions available to IMTS visitors.”

To feed the hunger for education in the industry, IMTS is answering with an increased offering of educational opportunities that are offered in conjunction with the show. “It’s ironic because in the early years IMTS was actually an educational event and only turned into a buying/selling forum after World War II,” Eelman explains.

Along with the IMTS 2012 Conference, the show is co-locating six conference programs, two of which are part of the new partnership with Deutsch Messe, at IANA.

  • The IMTS 2012 Conference (Sept. 10-14) will focus on five topic tracks with 72 industry-specific sessions. Conference topics and presentations will focus on materials, manufacturing technology, alternative manufacturing processes, quality/metrology and plant operations.

  • IANA Global Automation & Manufacturing Summit (Sept. 12-13) is a collaboration between CFE Media and Hannover Fairs International presenting a two-day senior-level conference program at the inaugural IANA expo. Key topics in global automation and manufacturing will be highlighted, including: enterprise asset management, process optimization, energy management and sustainability manufacturing. Additionally, case studies on how plants have automated for profitability, improved performance of existing assets, and reducing maintenance costs will be presented.

  • The International Society of Automation (ISA), which is recognized worldwide as a leader in non-biased, vendor-neutral education, training and standards programs for automation professionals, will team with Hannover Fairs International to bring a multitude of one-day training and educational workshops for all attendees at IANA and IMTS (Sept. 13-14).

  • The Motion, Drives & Automation Conference (Sept. 10-11) put on by Penton Media's Design Engineering Group and the National Fluid Power Association will present two in-depth conference tracks — 1) Motion Control in Automation, and 2) Hydraulics and Pneumatics in Automation — for engineers and individuals tasked with improving performance, productivity, life, efficiency, and environmental footprint of manufacturing equipment and industrial automation systems.

  • The EHS Today America's Safest Companies Conference (Sept. 11-12) provides a comprehensive learning and networking experience that includes keynote speakers, panel discussions, 18 sessions across three industry tracks, the EHS Today America's Safest Companies awards ceremony, and various networking opportunities. EHS Today has been the premier advocate of safety excellence and leader in coverage of the safety and health industry since its inception more than 70 years ago.

  • TRAM³ Aerospace Conference — Trends in Advanced Machining, Manufacturing and Materials (Sept. 12-13) sponsored by Gardner Publications will delve into the rapidly evolving aerospace industry which provides a unique set of challenges and opportunities. As the industry focuses on maximizing performance at minimum cost, it introduces the need for new materials, machining processes, and manufacturing methods. TRAM³ will deliver discussions on all three of these topics that will help aerospace manufacturers be more effective today and more prepared for tomorrow.

  • Midwest Clean Tech 2012 is a one-day event (Sept. 12) that focuses on the clean technology community — technology providers whose products have a reduced impact on the environment through energy efficiency, reduction of waste or pollution, or other means. Attendees at this conference include clean tech industry leaders, government officials, clean tech-focused venture capitalists and financiers, potential customers, and corporate R&D and business development executives.

IMTS Organized to Make the Most of the Visitor Experience

It has become clear that the IMTS community comes to the show to see and learn the latest technology, to buy and sell equipment and products that directly impact productivity. The show theme for 2012 is “Be There” and is a call to action for the industrial decision makers from all over the world who will attend IMTS to get ideas and find answers to their manufacturing problems and challenges, but most importantly, to stay ahead of their competition.

To help guide visitors around the more than 1,300 exhibits and find their areas of interest quickly and easily, IMTS is organized into 10 pavilions:

  • The Abrasive Machining/Sawing/Finishing Pavilion features technology for applications that require high tolerance and precision surface finish including grinding technology, as well as sawing and cutoff machines and a variety of finishing technologies, such as lapping, balancing, honing and polishing machines.

  • The Controls & CAD-CAM Pavilion offers the world of custom automation and the latest software needed to extract the maximum efficiency from machine tools to optimize plant operations and cost efficiency.

  • In the EDM Pavilion, everything from CNC wire EDM equipment to die sinking machines can be found by manufacturing professionals in the tool & die industry and especially those who specialize in one-off or specialty components.

  • The Gear Generation Pavilion is devoted to gear cutting, forming and finishing, as well as broaching, shaping and slotting machines and will spotlight traditional applications such as auto, construction, mining and ship-building, plus the emerging alternative energy and wind power sectors.

  • New to IMTS 2012 is the IANA - Industrial Automation North America Pavilion.  World-class show organizer Deutsche Messe brings its global industrial event to North America to showcase all areas of industrial automation. Visitors can look forward to industry-specific conferences and educational workshops as part of this exciting pavilion.

  • Focusing on the myriad of goods needed to run a plant, the Machine Components/Cleaning/Environmental Pavilion will offer everything from the parts to service and monitor machines to the components necessary for safe and environmentally responsible operations.

  • The Metal Cutting Pavilion is the center of the very foundation of the manufacturing technology industry. Here, visitors will find the latest innovations in metal cutting equipment including machining centers, turning centers and the entire range of metal cutting technology.

  • The latest technology in metal forming, fabrication, waterjet and laser-based machining along with displays of welding, metal treating and marking equipment can be observed in the Metal Forming & Fabricating/Laser Pavilion.

  • The Quality Assurance Pavilion features metrology equipment and systems that keep processes on track, as well as the equipment that will check the accuracy of machines.

  • The Tooling & Workholding Systems Pavilion offers all the necessities and innovative solutions to tooling challenges. Here, visitors can maximize the investment in their machinery and equipment by finding the latest technology that will allow for minimum setup and machining time, give new capabilities to older equipment and explore the latest in state-of-the-art workholding systems.

The Emerging Technology Center Promises Exciting Features

The Emerging Technology Center (ETC) will have  the biggest feature yet – a Local Motors Rally Fighter car, built live right on the show floor, as part of the Collaborative Manufacturing section of the ETC. Local Motors is the first disruptive U.S. automaker to enter the market in decades, and is built on the principle of collaborative manufacturing. The designs for its cars come from an open source design community.

There will be three other big features in the ETC: Additive Manufacturing, MTConnect® the open-source communications and interconnectivity standard for manufacturing equipment and devices and lastly MTInsight the game-changing customized manufacturing business intelligence system.

Additive Manufacturing section will feature the latest advances in this exciting manufacturing concept. These technologies actually "compress time" because they dramatically reduce the time between design and production and eliminate certain processes associated with traditional machining, such as tooling. See it in the ETC, featuring The Ex One Company, 3D Systems, Objet, and Renishaw.

MTConnect® will return to the ETC in 2012. First introduced at IMTS 2008, this ground-breaking interconnectivity and communications standard is changing the way manufacturing equipment and devices are monitored and their productivity analyzed. The standard has been gaining widespread use throughout the industry because it allows equipment and devices to speak a common language.

MTInsight is a game-changing business intelligence tool specialized to the manufacturing industry. With a growing cache of apps, MTInsight has the potential to bring manufacturing business leaders data and insight never before possible. ETC visitors can try out the MTInsight demo and learn more about the important data it has to offer.

AMT Manufacturing Stage to Make Debut at IMTS 2012

The all new AMT Manufacturing Stage will debut on the Grand Concourse at IMTS. It will be the place where manufacturing VIPs spend a few minutes with visitors talking about hot topics. Some of the highlights we have scheduled so far include AMT President Doug Woods with Local Motors President Jay Rogers. The Reshoring Initiative's Harry Moser will share exciting and current reshoring stories that will provide take-aways so visitors can calculate total cost of ownership and move forward on their own reshoring efforts. Other exciting speakers will be announced as show time draws near.

Spotlighting the Exciting Results of Applying Manufacturing Technology

Exhibitors and IMTS' media partners have been increasingly spotlighting end use products that result from manufacturing technology.

GIE Media will be presenting its Today's Technology Center at IMTS and Gardner Publications will be returning with the Advanced Manufacturing Center. Both are bringing exciting exhibits.

GIE, mirroring their publications' content, has plans for a Wright Brothers plane and flight simulator as well as three Drones which will show the transition from the very birth of flight to today's pilot-free aircrafts. They also will feature a Buckeye Bullet car, which holds the land-speed record for an electric car, a simulated human body with which visitors can interact and a residential windmill.

Since its debut at IMTS 2008, the Advanced Manufacturing Center has brought a lot of technological eye candy to the show floor at McCormick Place. The AMC at IMTS 2012 will be no different, this time featuring a Boeing Fuel Cell Demonstrator Aircraft (FCDA), and a Lotus Formula 1 race car.

But it is not just the “wow factor” that makes the AMC a must-visit at IMTS. With a theme of “Celebrating Advanced Manufacturing,” the IMTS community can see exactly what is produced by today’s most ground-breaking technology.

The Boeing FCDA is the world’s first manned aircraft that utilizes fuel cells. The FCDA project is part of Boeing’s effort to develop environmentally friendly technologies for aerospace applications by reducing aircraft emissions.

The Lotus Formula 1 race car, powered by Renault (technical partnership by Boeing Research & Technology), can accelerate from 0 to 160 KPH and decelerate back to 0 in less than 4 seconds.

The Lotus F1 display vehicle that will be featured at IMTS replicates the car that will be driven by Kimi Raikkonen, one of the world’s most recognized (and well-paid) athletes in this year’s F1 Race of the Americas in Austin, TX. In addition to viewing the complete F1 car, attendees will also be able to view metal and carbon fiber car components displayed by Lotus.

Other features: The AMC will also feature the Virtalis Virtual Reality Theater, which will allow attendees to see the power of the relationship between design, manufacture, and data — all in virtual reality.

For more information or to register, visit: www.IMTS.com



In preparation for the building of an automobile on the show floor at IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2012, show management and Local Motors announce the start of the IMTS 2012 Rally Fighter Graphic CarSkin Competition. IMTS takes place Sept. 10-15 at Chicago's McCormick Place and features the most advanced manufacturing technology in the world.

To highlight the current and future impact of collaborative manufacturing, two Rally Fighters will be showcased at IMTS. One will be built at the Local Motors micro-factory in Chandler, Ariz., in March, where it will be wrapped in the winning Graphic CarSkin and will travel to various events on its way to IMTS in September. The other will be built live by the Local Motors team on the actual IMTS show floor as part of the Emerging Technology Center (ETC).

The Rally Fighter is the world's first open source production vehicle, designed and developed by a collaboration between a global community and Local Motors, a new American car company. This interactive manufacturing experience allows customers to actually build their own Rally Fighter with professional supervision. The process is efficient and sustainable at 10x faster development and 100x less capital intensity than traditional models.

The winning skin from this competition will be installed on the Rally Fighter being built in March. Another CarSkin competition in June will determine the skin for the IMTS Rally Fighter being built on the show floor in the ETC.

Entrants will have two weeks to submit their ideas. Voting by the community for the top three designs will begin on Feb. 22, with the final design choice of those three being made by IMTS show management. The designer of the winning skin will receive $1,050 along with highlighted status on The Forge and exclusive Local Motors winners gear. Designers can join the challenge by creating and entering a car graphic skin, or by collaborating with other designers via comments and votes.

"Collaborative manufacturing and disruptive technologies are shaping the future of manufacturing. We want to give the IMTS community a taste of collaborative manufacturing in anticipation of the show. We're encouraging everyone to get their illustration skills ready and join the competition' says Peter Eelman, Vice President – Exhibitions & Communications for IMTS. "We're excited to start this process that will culminate with a round-the-clock build of the Rally Fighter during the six days of IMTS this fall."

John "Jay" Rogers, Local Motors' CEO says his company and IMTS have shared aim, "Local Motors is an open source community dedicated to learning and innovation; in this way, we're quite aligned with IMTS. We're so excited to share a Rally Fighter build experience and this graphic skins challenge with both our community and the IMTS community. Together we'll create a Rally Fighter that is reflective of IMTS values and the current and future potential of collaborative manufacturing. We invite everyone to join as a designer or collaborator!"

Start Date: Tuesday, February 7th (00:00 -8UTC)
Submission Deadline: Tuesday, February 21st (23:59, -8UTC)
Community Voting Period Start: Wednesday, February 22nd(00:00, -8UTC)
Community Voting Period End: Wednesday, February 29th (23:59, -8UTC)
Winner Announcement: Monday, March 5th (06:00 -8UTC)

For more information, visit: www.IMTS.com/rallyfighter



Show management for IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show reports positive news for exhibit space sales for IMTS 2012, which runs September 10 – 15, 2012, at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. To date, over 1,030 exhibitors have contracted more than 1,116,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space for IMTS 2012, up almost 5 percent and 10.3 percent respectively from IMTS 2010.

"We're thrilled to see these continued strong numbers for IMTS 2012. This shows that manufacturing is going great guns and that the show is mirroring the market conditions," stated Peter Eelman, Vice President – Exhibitions & Communications for IMTS. "We are working with McCormick Place to release additional exhibit space in January 2012 to accommodate all companies that wish to exhibit."

The show theme for 2012 is "Be There" and is a call to action for the more than 82,000 industrial decision makers from more than 119 countries who will attend IMTS to get ideas and find answers to their manufacturing problems and challenges, but most importantly, to stay ahead of the competition.

For more information, visit: www.IMTS.com



Wednesday, 07 December 2011 09:28

IMTSedu Webinar: We want you...To Design Our Car!

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What do you get when you take imagination and creatitivity, focus it on a specialized topic or group of ideas, give it a platform for bringing all these ideas together, then multiply it by a factor of limitless possibilities? It looks something like a unique and growing process called collaborative manufacturing.

Rather than limiting ideas to one small group of company engineers, automaker Local Motors decided to throw open the doors to a whole design and engineering community — and that's how its cars are born. It's helped Local Motors build a base of passionate followers, and, as their slogan says, it's how they "build COOL cars"!

The IMTS community is getting its invitation to join this community through our car skin design competition. YOU can help design and select the skin that will appear on the IMTS car – to be built in the Emerging Technology Center at IMTS 2012!

Join us for a webinar on Thursday, December 15, at 11 a.m. ET, for a discussion on these fascinating topics.

For more information or to register, visit: https://www.signup4.net/Public/ap.aspx?EID=IMTS11E

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