Preview: IMTS 2018 Pro­vides Techno­logies Essen­tial for Success

It looks like IMTS could use some traffic lights on the Grand Concourse on the opening day (Source: O&A)

To stay current with global technology introductions and peer into the future of manufacturing, there is no better venue than IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, held at the McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, USA, from 10 – 15 September, 2018.

“Because of the economic importance of the North American market, world-class companies plan their new technology introductions to coincide with IMTS 2018,” says Tim Shinbara, vice president manufacturing technology at The Association For Manufacturing Technology AMT, which produces IMTS. “In addition, because of the velocity of technology expansion, products and concepts that were not ready for public consumption earlier in the year will debut in September at IMTS 2018.”

Dominant technologies to watch at IMTS 2018 include an increasing digital thread, robotics and automation, quality assurance, and additive manufacturing.

AMT’s Emerging Technology Center (ETC) has become renown for exposing visitors to technologies and concepts that shape the future of manufacturing. At IMTS 2018, the ETC will showcase a physically and digitally connected machine tool, robot arm, and coordinate measuring machine (CMM). “For those who want to see and experience a federated system of distributed manufacturing, the ETC digitized data demonstration provides a look into the technology trends that will dominate the next 15 years of manufacturing,” says Shinbara.

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He explains that open standards like the MTConnect protocol and the ROS-Industrial (Robotic Operation System) architecture, both of which are featured in the ETC, lower the barrier for operations that want to coordinate data flow and data management between different models and makes of equipment. “To attain the next level of productivity, decision makers need a higher level of visibility into discrete and disparate data points, as well as a holistic visualization of their operation,” says Shinbara. “Today, many visitors come to IMTS seeking to automate physical activities. In the future, they need to digitally connect equipment and automate data management. At IMTS 2018, we’ll show them how to make that possible.”

IMTS essential for business today and tomorrow

In addition to the exhibitions, Shinbara notes that, “The conferences and technical sessions at IMTS provide a concentrated educational opportunity for engineering, operations and management-level personnel to gain knowledge that can improve their competitive position.”

The IMTS Conference features more than 72 sessions that run from September 11 – 14. Each 50-minute session is focused on information that’s actionable for all manufacturers. Sessions cover current, relevant topics such as manufacturing process innovations, additive / alternative manufacturing, plant operations, automation / robotics, Industry 4.0 / IIoT, and quality – inspection – metrology.

IMTS also hosts five co-located conferences that will deliver a wealth of information: the Additive Manufacturing Conference on September 11 and 12, the Applied AM-EOS Additive Day on September 12, the Top Shops Workshop on September 13, the Global Automation Manufacturing Summit GAMS, presented by Hannover Messe USA on September 13, and the Industrial Laser Conference on September 12. Hannover Messe USA, a co-located show with IMTS 2018, will also host presentations on automation, robotics, and Industry 4.0 in its Solutions Theater and Digital Factory area. (Source: TEMA)

Links: IMTS – International Manufacturing Technology Show, Chicago, The Association For Manufacturing Technology AMT, McLean, Virginia, USAGlobal Automation Manufacturing Summit GAMS, HANNOVER MESSE USA

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