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Thursday, August 28, 2014

It’s Time to Start Planning for IMTS 2014

It’s never too soon to plan trade show attendance and participation. When it comes to a marquee event such as the biennial IMTS (International Manufacturing Technology Show), Sept. 8-13, 2014, at McCormick Place in Chicago, industry professionals should begin preparations now.

Last year, 86,102 pre-registered for IMTS, and 100,200 attended the industry event. With many metalworking markets growing, chances are that turnout will be higher in 2014.

More than 1,900 exhibitors will display products and technologies over 1.2 million sq ft of space in McCormick’s giant halls. In addition to the latest advances in metalcutting, forming, and fabrication equipment, specialty finishing processes, computer-generated design software and controls, and a bevy of automation will be on display. Add systems for quality assurance, environmental compliance, and other operations; extensive conference sessions; and ever-present opportunities for networking and attendees can walk away with equipment, ideas, and contacts that will help grow their businesses and revenue.

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Scenes from the last IMTS (click to enlarge). Credit: IMTS and AMT

The primary focus of IMTS 2014, which is owned and managed by the Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT), will be on aerospace, automotive, medical, power generation, and green energy, as well as machine shop productivity. To simplify exhibitor visits and optimize attendees’ time at show, booths and displays will be formatted by pavilions, set up largely by category.

New and emerging applications show the way how advanced technology builds capabilities and generates revenue. Expect to see numerous examples of this on display by exhibitors and at the Emerging Technology Center.

Co-located shows will again be featured. Industrial Automation North America, which debuted last year in partnership with trade show company Deutsche Messe AG, is being reprised. Reaction to the premiere event was positive, and IMTS is adding space to it in 2014.

In addition, another Deutsche Messe-owned event, Motion Drive & Automation North America, will debut, focusing on technologies and products for power transmission, motion control, and fluid technology applications.

Spending time at IMTS is an investment in business development, industry knowledge, and professional and personal relationships. Plan for it early and carefully to get the most return.

Before IMTS 2014…

Later this fall, Deutsche Messe will conduct its major metalworking industry trade show in Europe, EMO Hannover 2013. The show, which will occur in Hannover, Germany, Sept. 16-21, also spotlights metalcutting and forming machinery, production systems, automated material flows, computer technology, and industrial electronics and accessories.

This year’s EMO Hannover theme is Intelligence in Production, which will showcase the bandwidth of today’s high-tech metworking technology. Professionals from the automotive, aerospace, shipbuilding, and medical industries are expected to attend. In 2011, EMO Hannover drew more than 2,000 exhibitors and around 140,000 attendees from more than 100 countries.

Stateside, AMT will stage imX, or the “interactive manufacturing eXperience,” in Las Vegas, Nov. 18-20. The imX will be centered around learning for attendees and collaboration between them and machining and production technology thought leaders in a more intimate environment than IMTS. The forum, with one-on-one time between engineers and customers, is intended to facilitate knowledge share and know-how for solutions to technical challenges and applications success.

MAG Americas, Makino, and FANUC are the headliners of the event thus far, as “eXperience Partners.”

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