IMTS 2010 Loaded with Metalforming Technology

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Here’s just a small sampling of the metalforming-technology exhibitors slated for IMTS 2010; view the complete exhibitor list, and search by technology, at
Presses, Feeds, Loading Equipment and Automation
Beckwood Press Co

Bunting Magnetics

Creative Automation, Inc.
Fanuc Robotics
Fortress Interlocks
Gudel Inc.
Kuka Robotics
Magnetic Products, Inc.
Motoman Inc.
Tox/Pressotechnik LLC
Walker Magnetics

Software—Die Design, MEP, etc.
Cimatron Technologies
Epicor Software Corp.
Exact JobBoss
Global Shop Solutions
Henning Industrial Software
Plex Systems

Die and Mold Components
Carr Lane Manufacturing
Ceratizit USA
Hardcoating Technologies Ltd.
Penn United Technologies

Punch Presses, Laser Cutting Machines
Mazak Optonics Corp.
Murata Machinery USA
Prima North America
Trumpf Inc.

Welding Machine and Equipment
Bluco Corp.
Esab Welding & Cutting Products
The Lincoln Electric Co.
Weldsale Co. 
From Sept. 13 to 18, IMTS 2010 will welcome more than 1100 exhibiting companies occupying 1.2 million net sq. ft. of McCormick Place exhibit. All told, more than 90,000 attendees from more 100-plus countries will get a good look at leading-edge technology in nine product-category pavilions, including:

• Metal Cutting—Everything from machining centers and assembly automation to flexible manufacturing systems and lathes.

• Tooling & Workholding Systems—Jigs, fixtures, cutting tools and related accessories.

• Alternative Manufacturing Processes—Waterjet, plasma-arc and laser-cutting systems, welding equipment, heattreating and more.

Other IMTS pavilions feature equipment for abrasive machining and sawing, controls and CAD-CAM, wire-EDM, manufacturing software and quality assurance.

Visitors also will see leading-edge manufacturing technologies in 3D, at the Emerging Technology Center (ETC). Presented by AMT—The Association for Manufacturing Technology in partnership with the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), knowledge-based ETC technologies on display include:

• Additive Manufacturing

• Cloud Computing

• Nanotechnology and Micro Manufacturing

Also in 3D, and starring at the IMTS Advanced Manufacturing Center, will be a virtual-reality presentation where visitors can operate and interact with the Trent 1000 aircraft engine being used to power the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Those looking for more aerospace head-turning technology also will appreciate Lockheed Martin’s exhibit of a full-scale model of the F-35 Lightning aircraft—the world’s premiere strike aircraft—during the show. Learn about plane’s construction and the manufacturing technology behind it.

Learning Opportunities Abound

In conjunction with the exhibition, the IMTS Industry & Technology Conference promises to be an educational smorgasbord for attendees hungry for knowledge. Those who indulge will come a with fresh ideas to enhance their businesses, and will return to their employers with a whole new perspective on how to overcome day-to-day and long-range challenges. On the agenda:

• Innovative and revered technologies;

• Business development and optimization; and

• Workforce efficiency and productivity.

Special emphasis will be placed on maintaining focus on your short- and long-term goals during these tough economic times.

Also on tap is an impressive lineup of keynote speakers, who will present their programs at the first-ever IMTS Industry Inspiration Day, on Monday, Sept. 13. Taking the stage will be:

• Aerospace: Allan McArtor, Chairman and CEO, Airbus Americas

• Automotive: Jim Tetreault, VP of North American Manufacturing, Ford Motor Company

• Energy: Denise Bode, President/CEO, American Wind Energy Association

• Medical: Rene van de Zande, President/CEO, Emergo Group

Also making a keynote presentation (on Sept. 14, 9:30 a.m.) will be National Association of Manufacturers president and CEO John Engler. Engler will discuss how investment in innovation, technology and technical skills are critical to a strong U.S. manufacturing sector. MF


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