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

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Geometric will preview the latest version of its revolutionary solids-based CNC programming solution, CAMWorks® 2013, in Booth# E-3330 during the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS 2012) in Chicago, Illinois from 10 - 15 September, 2012.

CAMWorks 2013 raises the bar with several enhancements including a new Synchronous Machining Module (SMM) focused on simplifying programming of complex mill-turn machines. A first for the CAM industry, CAMWorks 2013 will also introduce the first cost effective true G-code machine simulator, giving its users the ability to create ‘first time right’ programs for mill-turn and other complex multi-axis machines.

Looking beyond into the future, CAMWorks 2013 provides users with the capability to fully automate CNC programming not only for families of parts, but also for families of features regardless of part configuration to simplify the 'Order-to-Part' process. To make this a reality, CAMWorks provides its users with full tool-path to solid model associativity, the ability to capture best practices of their best programmers and machinist, and a rich set of APIs allowing its users to automate the entire CNC programming process. Just as parametric, feature based solid modelling revolutionized mechanical design, CAMWorks parametric, feature based technology is revolutionizing CNC programming.

CAMWorks is the first Gold Partner CAM (computer-aided manufacturing) solution designed exclusively to operate in SolidWorks. CAMWorks is a unique parametric knowledge-based machining CNC programming software that uses patented technology to provide a smart, easy and efficient way to manufacture today’s products.

For more information, visit: www.camworks.com

Published in Geometric

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

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Manufacturing CAD/CAM software company BobCAD-CAM will show its new 5 Axis cnc software module at the IMTS show at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL September 10-15, 2012. Since the mid 1980's BobCAD-CAM has experienced steady growth as a developer and supplier of PC-based CNC programming software for CNC shops requiring technology for Milling, Turning, Wire EDM, Waterjets, Routers and more. "Over the past 25 years we have seen a large volume of change in CNC machine technology and automation and are proud to have played a major roll in developing CAD/CAM software for manufacturers," commented Mr. Chris Corbell, BobCAD-CAM VP Marketing.

The latest BobCAD-CAM software provides CAD design, CAM toolpath and G-Code programming for 2, 3 and 4th axis part types. The latest announcement indicates that their technical staff will be demonstrating the new 5 Axis machining module at the show. "With 5 Axis CNC machines becoming more popular as they have been over the past 10 years, we are very excited to have a powerful solution for 5 Axis machine programmers to take advantage of," said Greg Myers, the BobCAD-CAM Development Director. At the show, attendees will be able to see a wide range of proven 5 Axis machine strategies that include SWARF machining, 5 Axis contour machining, Flowline cutting, Multi-pass roughing and multi-surface finishing toolpaths that are all developed to provide flexibility and control in 5 Axis CNC Machining.

This year BobCAD-CAM will be demonstrating its latest CAD/CAM technology for CNC machining and part programming which includes CAD/CAM for:

  • 2, 3, 4 and NEW 5 Axis Milling
  • CNC Turning
  • CNC Routing, WaterJet, Laser and Burning
  • Artistic CAD/CAM
  • Part Nesting & Sheet Optimizing

You will be able to see new roughing and finishing toolpaths recently added to the core CAD/CAM software and learn how they relate to reducing cycle times, producing quality finished parts and how easy it is to correctly incorporate CAD/CAM into your shops productivity so that you get the best possible ROI. Stay connected to what BobCAD-CAM is doing for manufacturing and meet the staff.

BobCAD-CAM will also be at the NIMS Student Skills Center to meet students and educators from all over the world and introduce them to the NEW Manufacturers of The Future program that fully supports manufacturing education. Exhibits inside the 2012 Student Skills Center will include hands-on activities, videos, demonstrations and simulations, as well as interactive, engaging activities resulting in small prizes for correct answers. As in 2008 and 2010, the Student Skills Center will feature a daily raffle for various exhibitor-provided prizes, career profiles, and a resume-drop box. If you are a student or teacher, don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the Manufacturers of The Future and special “Work Ready” programs that are designed to support your students and your schools! The NIMS Student Skills Center will be open Monday, September 10 – Saturday, September 15 from 9am until 2pm. Attendees must check-in, attend the short Orientation Program, and visit the Skills Center exhibitors during these hours.

For more information, visit: www.bobcad.com or www.imts.com

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Delcam will launch the 2013 version of Delcam for SolidWorks, the integrated CAM system for SolidWorks, on booth E-3222 at the IMTS exhibition to be held in Chicago from 10th to 14th September.  The new release includes a new entry-level 3D milling option, plus many of the enhancements made to the 2013 version of the FeatureCAM feature-based programming system on which it is based.  As a Gold Partner CAM product, it is, of course, fully compatible with the latest release of SolidWorks.

The new entry-level 3D option includes all the 2D and 2.5D strategies available in Delcam for SolidWorks, plus the 3D single-surface strategies for Z-level roughing, with either offset or raster, and finishing with raster, isoline or spiral.  It is intended mainly as an introductory level program for companies new to 3D machining but will also be useful for users that only have an occasional need for 3D capabilities or that only machine softer materials.

A number of new strategies have been added to the high-speed machining module in Delcam for SolidWorks.  Step cutting has been added within area clearance to remove large terraces that can be left on the part when using deeper roughing cuts.  Extra toolpaths can now be generated that step back up the terrace with the existing large tool, adding extra cuts at intermediate levels.  This results in more material being removed, using the same tool within the same toolpath.

Automatic splitting of finishing between steep and shallow areas of the part has been enhanced with the ability to use the scallop height to control the stepover.  Using this value rather than setting a constant stepover distance gives better control of the surface finish.

Both roughing and finishing strategies now incorporate an “area filter” to remove small enclosed pockets within the part from the toolpath.  Any attempt to cut these areas risks damage to the tool, even though it is mathematically possible to remove the material.

Delcam for SolidWorks now gives the option of using bottom-up machining for Z-level finishing as well as the conventional top-down approach.  This can be useful when using a ball-nose end mill as it avoids cutting with the centre of the tool and so gives a better surface finish and longer tool life.

New five-axis strategies available in Delcam for SolidWorks 2013 include flowline machining between two curves, pencil machining and corner re-machining.  These options for simultaneous five-axis machining allow a better surface finish to be achieved as well as ensuring access to more areas within the part in a single set-up.

New options have also been added to give smoother five-axis machining.  A new look-ahead capability will remove any sudden tool-axis changes during automatic collision avoidance and, instead, ensure that a smooth transition takes place.  In addition, the ability to smooth the Azimuth and Elevation axes independently is now available, allowing excessive five-axis movement to be removed.  These options stabilise the rotary axis movement by maintaining a fixed tool axis as far as possible, thus replacing constant five-axis movement with a series of 3+2-axis segments having full five-axis transitions between them.

Enhancements have also been made to the turning and mill-turn modules within Delcam for SolidWorks.  In particular, support is now available for simultaneous b-axis turning for more complex turning operations.  This allows more positioning options to be used for a single tool, so minimising tool changes and the associated dwell marks or surface blends.

Delcam for SolidWorks combines the benefits associated with Delcam’s PowerMILL and FeatureCAM CAM systems.  It is based on Delcam’s proven machining algorithms that are already used by more than 35,000 customers around the world.  The software offers PowerMILL’s exceptional speed of toolpath calculation, plus the advanced strategies for high-speed and five-axis machining, to ensure increased productivity, maximum tool life and immaculate surface finish, even when cutting the hardest, most challenging materials.  At the same time, Delcam for SolidWorks has the same strong focus on ease of use as FeatureCAM, including all of the knowledge-based automation that makes that system so consistent and reliable.

Delcam for SolidWorks is fully integrated into the SolidWorks environment so that the program looks and behaves like SolidWorks.  It offers full associativity so that any changes in the CAD model are reflected automatically in the toolpaths.  However, this associativity is more intelligent than that offered in many other integrated CAM systems.  Delcam for SolidWorks doesn’t simply modify the existing toolpaths but also reviews the choice of cutting tools and machining strategies, and changes them if necessary.

For more information, visit: www.delcamforsolidworks.com

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ESPRIT® 2013, the latest version of the innovative computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software developed by DP Technology Corp., will be exhibited Sept. 10-15 at International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) 2012, which will take place at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois.

ESPRIT will be exhibited at booth No. E-3210, where visitors will receive one-on-one demonstrations and presentations of features available within the latest generation of the software. ESPRIT 2013 includes new productivity-enhancing technology for all CNC programmers and for all machining disciplines.

As the largest industrial exhibition in the Americas, the biennial IMTS is expected to represent 116 countries, host 1,500 exhibitors, and welcome a whopping 82,000 visitors to Chicago. Be sure to visit the ESPRIT at booth for big-screen presentations, customer workshops and special prizes.

This latest version of ESPRIT focuses on providing new and enhanced machining technology that ensures smarter, more efficient toolpath and new strategies for greater overall productivity. Featuring functionality that emphasizes higher cutting speeds, longer tool life and suitability to increasingly complex geometry, ESPRIT 2013 is comprehensive in its ability to handle today’s most advanced machine tools and demanding machining applications.

New ProfitMilling Pocketing

Experience better CAM programming with ProfitMilling, a smart and efficient toolpath that puts greater profit in your pocket. New to ESPRIT 2013, the patent-pending ProfitMilling strategy for 2-, 3- and 5-axis roughing cycles allows customers to remove more material in a shorter amount of time. Using highly advanced technology, the ProfitMilling strategy optimizes engagement angle, chip load, material removal rate (MRR), lateral cutter force and machine acceleration to achieve optimal results. This innovative machining cycle represents the “best of both worlds” by utilizing trochoidal tool motion and a traditional offset of the toolpath, allowing usage of the full tool flute length.

“Our tests have shown that ProfitMilling typically reduces cycle time by 70 percent, minimizes programming time, reduces energy consumption, and increases tool life by an average of 500 percent,” said ESPRIT Product Manager Kenyon Whetsell. “We’ve seen the most dramatic benefits in using the ProfitMilling strategies with light to medium-duty machine tools.”

Trochoidal tool motion pattern has been improved in ESPRIT 2013 to take you even faster through your cuts. Improvements include an optimized trochoidal strategy to reduce cycle time and additional tool lifts during transitional moves to reduce tool drag.

New Improvements to Lathe Grooving

ESPRIT 2013 offers new options for cutting grooves faster and more efficiently by taking advantage of the latest technology in grooving inserts. Among these upgrades is a new plunge setting added to the plunge turning (zigzag) cycle. Using a pre-plunge along walls reduces the tool load against walls and cuts wide grooves faster.

Also added is a lateral feed-rate setting that provides customers with more control and an option to perform extra-plunge along a profile to deliver fewer scallops for the finish pass. Also new in ESPRIT 2013 are two new strategies for the “Diagonal Zigzag” groove type: “Thin-to-Thick Chip” for a progressive engagement of the tool and “Thick-to-Thin Chip” that is particularly suited to ceramic inserts. It generates rapid metal removal without vibration, as well as improved finish and prolonged tool life.

Engraving

ESPRIT 2013 offers a completely new editable and customizable engraving machining cycle that allows customers to use “True Type” fonts, single-stroke fonts or features of the part geometry.

In addition to more conventional contouring and pocketing machining strategies, the ESPRIT 2013 engraving cycle introduces an available V- carving strategy. V-carving is dedicated to usage of engraving tools with tapered ends. This strategy, specific for use with tapered engraving tools, offers benefits that include more accurate and aesthetic designs, the ability to machine sharp corners, and reduced cycle time.

Advancements to 3- and 5-axis ESPRIT FreeForm Cycles

Numerous enhancements and additions have been made to 3- and 5-axis FreeForm cycles in ESPRIT 2013.

A new 5-Axis Roughing Cycle has been designed to quickly and easily rough a 5-axis part using the same familiar technology used to rough a 3-axis part, including the new ProfitMilling pattern. The 5-Axis roughing cycle automatically adjusts the orientation of any tool shape (end mill, ball mill, bull-nose mill) to keep the tool perpendicular to the underlying surface, thereby eliminating undercuts.

Also new to ESPRIT 2013 is a 5-Axis Port Machining Cycle dedicated to machining cylindrical apertures and devised to cut as deeply as possible into a port while containing tool swings. This cycle is aided by an automatic recalculation of tool points along a spine curve.

ESPRIT 2013 features improvements for all 5-axis cycles, including the new, patent-pending 5-axis channel-roughing cycle. By directly selecting channel walls without creating complicated features, machining channels between thin blades is faster and easier than ever before; simply select the walls on either side of the channel, set the incremental depth and go. Another important enhancement is the ability to generate multi-level cuts by input of an incremental depth of cut.

Improvements to the 5-Axis Blade Machining Cycle include the ability to optimally machine a single blade from one end to the other. A new hub-blending option eliminates unwanted interruptions in the cut that occur when the tool reaches the end of the blade and comes into contact with the hub surface.

Additionally, the Impeller Machining Cycle now includes built-in remachining, which allows for the complete machining of an impeller without concern for tool dimensions. The impeller cycle allows customers to machine as far as possible using the current tool before automatically stopping at the first unreachable level. The system retains the maximum depth increment machined, which is then used to start the next roughing remachining.

This flexible method allows multiple remachinings with decreasing tool sizes. The impeller cycle offers additional control over the tool orientation to avoid undesired table swing.

Built-in Collision Avoidance in Multi-Axis Milling

In ESPRIT 2013, new collision-detection strategies have been added to all 3-axis and 5-axis milling operations, which detect collisions while toolpath is being calculated instead of during the simulation process. ESPRIT can be instructed to recommend the minimal tool length to avoid collision, or to automatically trim away the colliding toolpath and reconnect with appropriate links.

New Geometry for Multi-Axis Machining

The machining of engine ports and turbine blades requires precise control of tool motion, and ESPRIT 2013 makes the task easier than ever before with new curves and surfaces to guide the tool.

A major enhancement unique to ESPRIT 2013 is a new “Mid Surface” function added to the Knitted Surfaces toolbar. The new “Mid Surface” function is perfect for blade machining, where it serves two purposes: allowing for the calculation of toolpath from a single source instead of multiple faces on the model, and controlling the orientation of the tool axis throughout the cut, rather than on individual surfaces of the blade.

The new “Spine Curve” option creates a curve along the centers of radial surfaces and is ideal for port machining, as it allows programmers to guide the tool as far as possible into the opening.

The “Curve From Surface” command has been enhanced in ESPRIT 2013 with a new option to create either a parametric curve or a spine curve.

New Improvements to Wrap Machining

“Wrap Pocketing” and “Wrap Contouring,” enhanced for ESPRIT 2013, now support the machining of non-cylindrical parts. In addition to wrapping a feature on a working diameter, a 3D feature chain may also be selected as an input, no longer necessitating “unwrapping” the feature. A distinct advantage over the legacy cycles, current wrap operations also offer the user the ability to apply a Y-axis offset in order to obtain the desired wall geometry.

For more information, visit: www.dptechnology.com

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Delcam will launch the 2013 release of its FeatureCAM feature-based CAM software on booth E-3222 at the IMTS exhibition to be held in Chicago from 10th to 15th September.  This will offer a new series of options for three-axis milling and enhancements in five-axis machining, plus improvements in the turning and mill-turn modules.

FeatureCAM was the world’s first feature-based programming software when it was launched in 1995.  Constant development since then has ensured that the system has retained its leadership in programming speed and ease of use, while an increased range of strategies has been added to provide more efficient toolpaths giving greater productivity on a wider range of machines.

The main change to the 2013 FeatureCAM product family has been the introduction of three levels of 3D machining functionality.  FeatureMILL 3D Lite offers single-surface machining with a basic range of strategies and so provides an introductory product for companies moving into 3D machining for the first time.  

FeatureMILL 3D MX provides a greater number of strategies, including spiral finishing, flowline finishing and rotary machining, support for multiple-surface machining and automated feature recognition.  It is aimed at companies with conventional machine tools and those that are machining softer materials.

FeatureMILL HSM also contains all of the options for rest machining, such as pencil machining and corner clearance, and high-speed machining, including trochoidal machining and Delcam’s patented Race Line Machining.  It maximises the benefits of any investment in high-speed mills with strategies that maximise machine productivity while protecting the part, machine and cutter from excessive wear.

FeatureCAM HSM also includes a number of new strategies.  Step cutting has been added within area clearance to remove large terraces that can be left on the part when using deeper roughing cuts.  FeatureCAM will now produce extra toolpaths that step back up the terrace with the existing large tool, adding extra cuts at intermediate levels.  This results in more material being removed, using the same tool within the same toolpath.

Automatic splitting of finishing between steep and shallow areas of the part has been available in FeatureCAM for a number of releases.  This option has been enhanced with the ability to use the scallop height to control the stepover.  Using this value rather than setting a constant stepover distance gives better control of the surface finish.

Both roughing and finishing strategies now incorporate an “area filter” to remove small enclosed pockets within the part from the toolpath.  Any attempt to cut these areas risks damage to the tool, even though it is mathematically possible to remove the material.

New five-axis strategies available in FeatureCAM 2013 include flowline machining between two curves, pencil machining and corner re-machining.  These options for simultaneous five-axis machining allow a better surface finish to be achieved as well as ensuring access to more areas within the part in a single set-up.

New options have also been added to give smoother five-axis machining.  A new look-ahead capability will remove any sudden tool-axis changes during automatic collision avoidance and, instead, ensure that a smooth transition takes place.  In addition, FeatureCAM now offers the ability to smooth the Azimuth and Elevation axes independently and so remove excessive five-axis movement.  These options stabilise the rotary axis movement by maintaining a fixed tool axis as far as possible, thus replacing constant five-axis movement with a series of 3+2-axis segments having full five-axis transitions between them.

A number of enhancements have been added to FeatureCAM’s turning and mill-turn modules.  Definition of the initial stock and part alignment has been improved, making it more similar to the set-up process for milling, support has been added for semi-finish canned cycles and curves of revolution can now be recognised from STL models.  A new method has also been introduced allowing b-axis rotary milling to be carried out on features that would otherwise require the use of excessively long cutters.

The options for multi-spindle, multi-turret machines have been improved by fully integrating part transfers into the FeatureCAM output.  Simulation and post-processing of these operations is also supported.  In addition, the handling of synchronisation points has been enhanced to simplify the optimisation of the machining sequence between the various elements of the machine.

For more information, visit: www.featurecam.com

Published in Delcam

Hexagon Metrology Inc. will feature innovations in measurement automation at IMTS (International Manufacturing Technology Show) 2012 being held at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL from September 10-15, 2012. In Booth E-5202, Hexagon will exhibit a full complement of metrology solutions with a spotlight on the new Cognitens WLS400A for automated measurement applications and  PC-DMIS 2012 inspection software. The company will also demonstrate recently released products: ROMER portable arms, Optiv Vision 321, Sheffield and Brown & Sharpe 4.5.4 SF CMMs, and PC-DMIS software.

In Booth E-5202, Hexagon will also showcase an official racecar from Hendrick Motorsports, winner of a record 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships. Hendrick Motorsports is a longtime user of Hexagon Metrology products for inspection and assembly of auto body, chassis and engine components for both pre-race adjustment and post-race evaluation.

New Product Announcements from Hexagon

At IMTS, Hexagon Metrology will debut the Cognitens WLS400A designed for automated inspection applications. The 3D optical measurement solution can transform a robot into a high-accuracy metrology device. Ideal for the motor vehicle or aerospace industries, the white light based system is used to accurately measure large components, analyze early root causes of potential assembly issues, and lower scrap costs during assembly ramp-up. The manual version of the system, the Cognitens WLS400M can also be utilized for rapid prototype part development, and used to certify holding fixtures and assembly tools.

The WLS400A uses digital stereo vision technology to generate highly accurate 3D data in vibration-prone shop floor environments. Due to the system’s ultra-fast data acquisition rate (less than 10 milliseconds), any vibration in frequencies up to hundreds of Hz do not affect the results. The device's performance is not impaired by variable lighting or temperature changes, making it a robust troubleshooting tool for complex engineering issues during product development or for automated measurement tasks. The 3D measurement solution can also be used to standardize quality criteria across global production facilities and with suppliers.

Hexagon will also feature PC-DMIS 2012, the company’s popular CMM software developed for the collection, evaluation, management and presentation of manufacturing data. The software is standard on all Hexagon Metrology measurement devices, and also available on non-Hexagon equipment. Incremental improvements and new enhancements have been added to PC-DMIS 2012, which is used to create, automate and customize inspection routines, and to build lean manufacturing operations. The extensive product line includes PC-DMIS CMM, PC-DMIS NC, PC-DMIS Planner, PC-DMIS Portable, PC-DMIS Vision, PC-DMIS Reshaper, PC-DMIS Gear, PC-DMIS Blade, PC-DMIS Retrofits, and DataPage.

For more information, visit: www.HexagonMetrology.us or www.imts.com

Published in Hexagon Metrology

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



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IMTS is the premier manufacturing technology show in the Americas. For 2012, the show is expected to bring together more than 82,000 visitors from 116 countries to see more than 1100 exhibitors from around the world.  This year, Haas will have 16 machines on display in 10,000 square feet of booth space, as well as 3 additional machines in vendor booths. Here’s a list of what’s new since last IMTS:

UMC-750 Universal Machining Center

The Haas UMC-750 is a versatile 5-axis 40-taper VMC with 30" x 22" x 20" travels and an integrated dual-axis trunnion table. The show machine is equipped with a 12,000-rpm inline direct-drive spindle, and comes standard with a 40+1 tool side-mount tool changer. The dual-axis trunnion can position parts to nearly any angle for 5-sided (3+2) machining, or provide full simultaneous 5-axis motion for contouring and complex machining. The 630 x 500 mm table features standard T-slots and a precision pilot bore for fixturing versatility, and the trunnion provides +35 and -110 degrees of tilt and 360 degrees of rotation for excellent tool clearance and large part capacity.
    
ST-10Y Compact Y-Axis Turning Center

The Haas ST-10Y is a small-footprint Y-axis turning center that provides 4" of Y-axis travel (±2" from the centerline) for off-center milling, drilling, and tapping, and comes standard with high-torque live tooling and a servo-driven C axis for versatile 4-axis capability. The machine provides a maximum cutting capacity of 9" x 14", with a swing of 16.25" over the cross slide. It is equipped with a 6.5" hydraulic 3-jaw chuck and a 12-station VDI turret. The ST-10Y’s A2-5 spindle nose has a 2.31" spindle bore and a bar capacity of 1.75". The machine’s 15 hp vector dual-drive spindle turns to 6000 rpm, and provides 75 ft-lb of torque.
    
ST-20SSY High-Speed Y-Axis Turning Center

The Haas ST-20SSY is a high-speed Y-axis turning center that provides 4" of Y-axis travel, and includes high-torque live tooling and a servo-driven C axis to perform secondary machining operations. The machine has a maximum cutting capacity of 10" x 21", and is equipped with a 24-station hybrid BOT/VDI turret. The A2-6 spindle turns to 5000 rpm, and features an 8.3" hydraulic chuck and a 2.0" bar capacity. A 30 hp vector drive system yields 140 ft-lb of torque.

ST-40 Large-Capacity Turning Center

The Haas ST-40 is the largest addition to Haas Automation’s line of new generation turning centers. It has a maximum cutting capacity of 25.5" x 44", with maximum swings of 34.5" over the front apron and 25.5" over the cross slide. The spindle bore is 4.62", with a bar capacity of 4". The machine’s 40-hp vector dual-drive spindle turns to 2400 rpm, and provides 1400 ft-lb of torque. The ST-40 features an A2-8 spindle nose and comes equipped with a 15" hydraulic 3-jaw chuck. A 12-station bolt-on style tool turret is standard, with an option for a hybrid BOT/VDI turret.

DS-30Y Dual-Spindle Y-Axis Turning Center

The Haas DS-30Y turning center combines dual-spindle turning with Y axis, C axis, and live tooling. The opposed spindles support fully synchronized turning, and allow on-the-fly part pass-off to reduce cycle times. The machine comes standard with high-torque live tooling and a servo-driven C axis, and provides 4" of Y-axis travel (±2" from the centerline) for off-center milling, drilling, and tapping. The DS-30Y has a maximum cutting capacity of 18" x 23", and is equipped with a 12-station hybrid BOT/VDI turret. The A2-6 main spindle features an 8.3" hydraulic chuck and a 30 hp vector drive system; the A2-5 secondary spindle also has an 8.3" hydraulic chuck, and is powered by a 20 hp vector drive system. Both spindles turn to 4000 rpm, and have a 2.0" bar capacity.

New 40-Taper Spindles

For 2012, Haas Automation increased the speed and performance of the standard spindle on its expansive line of 40-taper VMCs, and introduced several new optional spindles. All Haas VF-1 through VF-12 40-taper VMCs are now equipped with a powerful 8100-rpm inline direct-drive spindle that is driven by a 30-horsepower vector drive system. An optional 10,000-rpm inline direct-drive spindle is available for shops wanting higher spindle speeds. Both spindles yield 90 ft-lb of cutting torque.

For shops needing additional low-speed torque and wanting the flexibility of a gearbox, two optional gear-drive spindles are also available for standard Haas 40-taper VMCs. The optional spindles provide either 8100-rpm or 10,000-rpm, and feature a Haas-built, high-precision two-speed gearbox. Both geared spindles yield 250 ft-lb of torque.

For more information, visit: www.imts.com/visitor/exdir/exhibitor_details.cfm?exhid=00000725

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Okuma America Corporation today announced the equipment lineup to be shown at IMTS 2012. Okuma booth S-8500 will feature eight new machines, one of which is Okuma’s largest 5-axis machine to date. All machines on display will be equipped with peripheral equipment, software and accessories from members of Partners in THINC.

Okuma’s theme, “Go Beyond”, represents Okuma’s dedication to providing state-of-the-art innovation through strength of technology, depth of service and support, and expansive breadth of product. This empowers customers to increase productivity, improve quality and reduce costs.

“No matter the application, everyone will walk away with at least one new solution or idea that will help them increase their productivity while maintaining lean operations”, states Jim King, President and COO of Okuma America Corporation. Featured demonstrations and display parts will come from various industries including medical, aerospace, automotive, energy/oil and construction.

The following machines will be on display:

  • The MU-10000H CNC is the largest of the Okuma MU range of 5-axis horizontal high-speed machining centers. The machine has a large trunnion table with 1 meter square pallet with capabilities of high torque and high speed machining. It has a maximum work piece weight capacity of 5,500 pounds and work piece size capacity of 59.05” diameter by 44.29” high. The machine is designed for the most difficult applications while retaining Okuma’s high standard of design stability and accuracy, providing the user with a long lasting, efficient production platform. IMTS 2012 is the world debut for this machine.
  • The LT3000-EX offers three turrets for optimum flexibility and a balanced main and right spindle. The 16-station M-function turrets have bolt-mount tooling and allow for redundant tooling in order to best utilize back-up tools for lights-out manufacturing or high production runs. This machine features Machining-Navi and Collision Avoidance System. This will be the first time the Okuma 3-turrent machine has been on display in the United States.
  • The LU3000-EX provides high production tied with thermal stability. This machine incorporates the latest in live tooling technology where the tooling is bolted to the turret for optimum support and power engagement. The IMTS featured machine will showcase Machining-Navi, Thermo-Friendly Concept and harmonic spindle speed control (HSSC).
  • The MB-10000H is Okuma’s largest horizontal machining center. This machine is built on the Thermo-Friendly Concept and includes Thermo-Friendly TAS-S and TAS-C providing a highly-stable machine platform.
  • The VTM-1200YB 5-axis control vertical multitasking machine enables turning of relatively large, complex-shaped parts and process-intensive machining with 5-axis multitasking to achieve high production efficiency.
  • The Millac-33TU features a 2-axis rotary table and THINC®-OSP Control. This machine is a combination 5-axis vertical lathe/vertical machining center that performs heavy-duty milling and turning operations in one set-up.
  • The Multus B200II, is a general purpose, multi-function machine that is designed to reduce set-up time by virtually eliminating repetitive fixture. The IMTS machine features a sub-spindel (W), P300S control, Machining-Navi, Super NURBS, tool center point control and Blum gaging.
  • The Multus B750W features THINC-OSP Control, Collision Avoidance System, and Thermo-Friendly Concept. This machine is designed to hand the part from one spindle to the other to complete milling and turning operations without changing the part.

In addition to Okuma machines, members of Partners in THINC will be on hand demonstrating peripheral equipment, software and accessories. The Okuma THINC control will be featured, showcasing Advanced OneTouch and other software and applications. Representatives of the Okuma service network, Okuma CARE, will be on hand to demonstrate new technology and applications available to Okuma users.

For more information, visit: www.okuma.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



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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



Published in IMTS

Plans are well underway for the year 2012’s premier manufacturing event, IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, which will be held Sept. 10-15, 2012, at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

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 106 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.

Early results on participating exhibitors and exhibit floor square footage contracted, which are both ahead of the 2010 pace, reflect the strong resurgence of manufacturing.

“We are making an investment in innovative and strategic thinking to make IMTS 2012 the must-attend manufacturing event. From never-before-seen technology to an abundance of educational opportunities, IMTS is the place to be next September,” said Peter Eelman, VP-Exhibitions & Communications at AMT-The Association For Manufacturing Technology, which produces and owns IMTS.

To help guide visitors around the more than 1,000 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, plant tours 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 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 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.

Other highlights that are in planning for IMTS 2012 are the Emerging Technology Center (ETC), the IMTS 2012 Conference, the Advanced Manufacturing Center, the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Student Summit, and the co-located Midwest Clean Tech 2012 Conference.

The Emerging Technology Center (ETC) will bring the biggest ETC feature yet – a Local Motors 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 two other big features in the ETC: Additive Technology, and MTConnect®, the open-source communications and interconnectivity standard for manufacturing equipment and devices.

Additive Technology will feature the latest advances in this exciting manufacturing concept. These technologies actually "compress time" in that they dramatically reduce the time between design and production and eliminate certain processes associated with traditional machining, such as tooling.

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.

The IMTS 2012 Conference, which will be extended to a 5-day program, is slated to include more than 70 sessions that explore five topic tracks including materials engineering, manufacturing technology and trends, alternative manufacturing processes, metrology/quality and plant operations.

The Advanced Manufacturing Center presented by the University of Sheffield's internationally acclaimed Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, North America's premier metalworking technology magazine, Modern Machine Shop and Boeing will display new dimensions and new directions for advanced manufacturing including interactive presentations and multimedia displays exploring trends and technologies being adopted by leading manufacturers. In addition, the TRAM3 12 International Conference, presented by those same sponsors will be held during IMTS and will bring together industrialists and academics to explore material, new manufacturing processes and technologies, assembly and supply-chain management in the aerospace industry.

The popular National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Student Summit returns to IMTS to introduce students and educators to career opportunities in manufacturing through hands-on learning and networking with industry professionals. The Student Summit combines an interactive Career Development Center with a dynamic self-guided tour of the nation's greatest technology and manufacturing exhibition.

The Midwest Clean Tech program will exhibit excellence in clean technology innovation, products and services, and connect innovators with financiers, business management expertise and the international community. This high-powered event is supported by academic research organizations, business firms and government entities throughout the Midwest.

"At one year out, we can say with confidence that IMTS 2012 will feature the innovative and game-changing manufacturing technology, educational opportunities and quality networking with industry experts that people have come to expect," Eelman said. "We're looking forward to another great show."

For more information, visit: www.imts.com or www.youtube.com/imtsvideos

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