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Manufacturing Group | August 16, 2014

IMTS – the International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014 promises to be the place to 'Come Together.'

Epic manufacturing event

McLean, Virginia – The 30th edition of IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014 is on track to rank among the four largest IMTS events covering more than 1.2 million net square feet of exhibit space and hosting more than 1,900 exhibiting companies. The show will be held at Chicago’s McCormick Place Sept. 8-13, 2014.

IMTS show hours vary from building to building. The East (Lakeside Center) 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

The show theme for 2014 is “Come Together” and is a call to action for the entire IMTS community. IMTS will host more than 100,000 industrial decision makers from more than 110 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.

Co-located shows enhance the value of IMTS for both visitors and exhibitors
Industrial Automation North America made its debut as a co-located pavilion with IMTS in 2012. Returning in 2014 as a co-located show, it will showcase the best in process, factory, and building automation.

The 2014 introduction of Motion, Drive & Automation North America (MDA NA) as a second co-located show will further expand the range of technologies and solutions presented at IMTS by bringing together the power transmission, motion control and fluid technology sectors. 

AMT’s Emerging Technology Center
The number one "wow" factor in AMT’s Emerging Technology Center (ETC) is sure to be the complete construction of a 3D-printed electric car by IMTS partner Local Motors. Local Motors will build and deliver the first direct digital manufactured vehicle at IMTS 2014. 

Designed by the company's global community, and built using the material science and advanced manufacturing techniques available at the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Local Motors will produce an electric vehicle purpose-built for the urban transportation needs of Chicago.

The team will start from scratch employing direct digital manufacturing techniques and technology integration to make the parts and assemble the vehicle. This is a real-world demonstration of achieving sustainable manufacturing by using emerging technologies, such as additive manufacturing, all integrated in a digital environment.

Making certain that U.S. manufacturers can compete globally remains a hot topic. Also part of the ETC will be the Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation that make up the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. They will show how regional hubs leverage public-private partnerships to strengthen the position of U.S. manufacturers. The community can expect to see examples of innovations from: 

  • America Makes, focused on growing capabilities, collaboration and strength in additive manufacturing technologies;
  • Power America, revolutionizing energy efficiency for everything from electronic devices to electric vehicles; 
  • Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute, which will be located on Chicago’s Goose Island, will work toward the application of digital technologies to reduce the time and cost of manufacturing; and
  • American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute, concentrating on both the development of lightweight alloys as well as developing automated manufacturing processes to promote energy efficiency.

Conferences feed hunger for continuing education
IMTS will feature seven conference opportunities.

1) The IMTS 2014 Conference will feature 69 one-hour presentations over four days that will provide solutions to current manufacturing problems, such as improving productivity, improving part quality, and developing a stable, competent workforce to lower the costs of manufacturing in the United States and create new levels of market demand. The five topic tracks are:

  • Process Innovations
    • Composites
    • Exotic Materials
    • New Materials
    • R&D
    • General Cutting (turning, milling, drilling, etc.)
    • Grinding
    • Tooling / Workholding
  • Alternative Manufacturing Processes
    • Additive / 3D Printing
    • EDM
    • Fastening / Joining
    • Laser
    • Waterjet
    • Welding
  • Plant Operations
    • Cost Justification
    • Energy Efficiency
    • Government Initiatives
    • Lean Manufacturing
    • Life Cycle Management
    • Training / Workforce
  • Quality / Metrology
    • Inspection
    • Measuring
    • Optical / 3D
    • Standards
    • Testing
  • Systems Integration
    • CAD / CAM
    • Motion Control
    • Robotics
    • Software
    • Vision Systems

2) The goal of the Additive Manufacturing Workshop at IMTS on Sept. 9 is to bring together manufacturing professionals who are interested in or are already applying additive manufacturing as a production resource. More than a 3D printing seminar, this workshop will focus on industrial applications of additive technologies for making functional components and end-use production parts.

3) On Sept. 9, the second MDA Conference will once again bring industry experts in order to discuss best practices in motion control, power transmission and fluid power. Helping manufacturing professionals to increase efficiency and productivity, this year’s program will cover industrial communications, robotic control, guidance and inspection, linear actuators, 3D printing and 3D machining.

4) For the first time ever – the EOS NAUD is open to both EOS customers and all attendees of IMTS. On Sept. 10 participants will learn about the latest developments in industrial 3D printing/Additive Manufacturing including direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) and plastics laser-sintering directly from EOS - the world leader in laser-sintering solutions, our customers and partners. 

5) On Sept. 10, the Global Automation & Manufacturing Summit 2014 will focus on industrial automation, mobility and modern maintenance practices. Speakers from Alcoa, Chrysler and McGladrey will share their expertise to help end-users increase their productivity and to meet their current and future manufacturing challenges.

6) The ISA Inside Sept. 10-11 course provides a detailed look at how the ANSI/ISA99 standards can be used to protect critical control systems. It also explores the procedural and technical differences between the security for traditional IT environments and those solutions appropriate for SCADA or plant floor environments. Participants will receive 1.4 CEU Credits. 

IMTS organized to make the most of the visitor experience
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 an 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.

Today’s Technology Center plan exciting features
Today’s Technology Center (TTC) presented by GIE Media is the IMTS stop where visitors can immerse themselves in incredible technology from the aerospace, automotive, and medical sectors. Visitors to the TTC can expect to see:

•Two excellent representatives demonstrating advanced manufacturing in aerospace. There will be a 1/3 scale model of the Dream Chaser Space Utility Vehicle being developed between Sierra Nevada Corp (SNC) Space Exploration Systems product line and Siemens PLM Software Group. The aerospace display also spotlights aerial target drones, built by Composite Engineering, Inc., capable of flying at various altitudes and speeds that serve the needs of the U.S. Department of Defense and friendly nations around the world. 

  • Two all-American car dreams stand out. A 2015 Chevrolet Corvette that pushes the boundaries of materials, engine and transmission technologies is sure to excite the community. And, Stewart-Haas Racing, an exciting team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series, is bringing the No. 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet SS, which can reach a top speed of over 200 m.p.h.
  • Medical device technology that can be a small as implants that are invisible to the naked eye or as large as an MRI machine, or even larger. Knee, hip, and shoulder implants; stents, pacemakers, and implantable defibrillators; bone screws, plates, and so much more will be incorporated into a clear, life-sized display showing medical manufacturing’s impact on people’s quality of life. Beyond the implants, medical technology can mean cochlear implants, diabetes pumps, medical tubing, bionic eyes, and prosthetics.

Miles for Manufacturing 5K debut set
On Wednesday, September 10 at 7 a.m. the Miles for Manufacturing 5K run/walk hosted by GIE Media and IMTS will make its debut. Registration is open for the run/walk.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Austin Polytechnical Academy located on Chicago's West Side, which is a college and career prep high school with a focus on manufacturing and engineering. Austin Polytech was founded by the Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance Council in 2007 to educate the next generation of leaders in advanced manufacturing. Students learn about careers in all aspects of the industry, from skilled production and engineering to management and company ownership.

Peter Eelman, AMT vice president – exhibitions and communications said, “As we plan IMTS , we work hard to offer our exhibitors and visitors a complete experience. This is a great way to bring our community together outside the show floor and enjoy the beauty of September in Chicago. We’d love to see the entire IMTS community come out for this event. Even if you are not a runner or distance walker, come cheer us on.”

Source: IMTS 

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