IMTS 2004: Manufacturing technology innovations, Sept. 8-15

IMTS could stand for "innovations in manufacturing of technological significance," since the every-two-year event always includes state-of-the-art advances in machining and manufacturing. The acronym actually stands for International Manufacturing Technology Show and is worth a day or more of your time during its Sept. 8-15 run at McCormick Place in Chicago. More than 85,000 people attended IMTS in 2002, say show organizers, and timing may be right to expand that in 2004.

07/22/2004



IMTS visitors appreciate robotics, among many other live demos, as shown in this IMTS-provided image from the last show, in 2002.

IMTS could stand for "innovations in manufacturing of technological significance," since the every-two-year event always includes state-of-the-art advances in machining and manufacturing. The acronym actually stands for International Manufacturing Technology Show and is worth a day or more of your time during its Sept. 8-15 run at McCormick Place in Chicago. More than 85,000 people attended IMTS in 2002, say show organizers, and timing may be right to expand that in 2004.

Manufacturing in North America is gearing up for a 25-year high, says John B. Byrd, III, President of AMT—The Association For Manufacturing Technology, organizer of IMTS. Byrd predicts a major upswing in North American manufacturing production within the next 12 months. Drivers include rising international shipping rates, continually improving North American productivity, changes in currency values, and the escalating demand for raw materials, he says, placing North American manufacturers in a position to bid for contracts competitively against manufacturers overseas.

IMTS 2004 visitor page includes information about registration, pavilions, hours, the Emerging Technology Center, show history 1927-2002, photos, Junkyard Wars, and travel information.

Ten pavilions at IMTS 2004 are: Abrasive Machining/Sawing/Finishing; Controls & CAD-CAM; EDM; Fluid Power; Gear Generation; Machine Components/Cleaning/Environmental; Metal Cutting; Metal Forming & Fabricating/Laser; Quality Assurance; and Tooling & Workholding Systems.

I like the live machine demos, not to mention new technology introductions, conference sessions, and special events (sometimes with free food). If you go for just for one day, let me know if you don’t want to go back for another. For a smattering of products expected there, see separate item, " IMTS 2004 products: Baldor, GE Fanuc, Rexroth…. "

—Mark T. Hoske, editor-in-chief, Control Engineering, MHoske@cfemedia.com





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