MetalForming Explores FABTECH 2017--Day 1

Monday, November 6, 2017
FABTECH: Explore the Floor
FABTECH: Explore the Floor

November 6, 2017

Daily News

FABTECH—Your One Stop for All Things Metalforming, Fabricating and Coating
Welcome to McCormick Place, home to FABTECH, the largest North American event dedicated to everything needed for turning sheetmetal into finished products. Here you will find 1700+ world-class suppliers of tools, equipment and software across 750,000 sq. ft., an expanded metalforming education program with 35 expert-led sessions on myriad topics, a newly added 3D/Additive Manufacturing Pavilion, and special events that include the FABx Tech Talks keynote presentation, modeled after the TED Talks concept, and an Industry Night reception at Soldiers Field, home of the NFL's Chicago Bears.

So get ready to be wowed, along with 50,000+ attendees, as you experience the latest industry products and developments, learn how to increase profits, and discover tools to improve productivity and solutions to your metalforming, fabricating, welding and finishing challenges.

In short, this is your opportunity to gain the information and industry contacts necessary for ensuring your company’s continued success.

Monday, November 6: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Tuesday, November 7, and Wednesday, November 8: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Thursday, November 9: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Please be sure to stop by the PMA booths and visit with the staff of MetalForming, Fabricating Product News magazines (A5631) and 3D Metal Printing magazine (B83).

Get Ready To Be Inspired
Monday’s keynote presentation at 8:45 a.m. in the S100 Ballroom promises to excite as visionary leaders will be part of the FABx Tech Talks. If you’re a TED Talks fan, you won’t want to miss this. Speakers include Adam Genei, founder of Mobsteel; Jesse James of West Coast Choppers; Karen Kerr, executive managing director of GE Ventures; sculpture artist Albert Paley; Jacques Panis, president of Shinola; and Michael Walton, industry solution executive-manufacturing industry for Microsoft.

Following the keynote at 10 a.m., FABTECH 2017 will launch with the unveiling of two collaborative Paley/James metal sculptures. At 10:15, Adam Genei, creator of Mobsteel, will be available for a meet and greet in Ballroom S100. And from 12:30 to 1:30, attendees can benefit from Advanced Manufacturing for the Next Industrial Evolution, an expert panel session that includes Sridhar Kota, executive director of MForeseight; Jerry Foster, chief technology officer at Plex Systems; Karen Kerr from GE Ventures; Jacques Panis from Shinola; and Michael Walton from Microsoft.


Visit M1 by ECi Solutions
Booth A4943

M1 announces the release of version 9.2 for its ERP software solution, built specifically for small and medium-sized manufacturing businesses. Version 9.2 includes enhanced features for cost of goods sold (COGS) for precise job costing, and first-in first-out/last-in first-out (FIFO/LIFO) inventory control, and functionality for scheduling, which enables better constraint, labor, and equipment management, according to David Christensen, vice president of sales. The extended capabilities of M1 lets business owners and managers see details inside their various business operations and provides access to meaningful information helping manufacturers analyze trends and be proactive. M1 customers gain a competitive advantage with better insights that help them make informed decisions for their business.

Visit M1 online at http://ecim1.com/


Visit Komatsu
Booth A5231

Visit the Komatsu booth in FABTECH’s METALFORM technology area to watch the micron accuracy of the servo press technology in action. Digital technology links the entire production cell for remote monitoring. On the fabricating front, Komatsu displays its Twister cutting machine and its Quick Gas option. Quickly change over from cutting 1/8- to 1-in.-thick steel with fine plasma to oxyfuel cutting 2-in.-thick plate with a mere 30-sec. nozzle change.

Visit Komatsu online at www.Komatsupress.com and www.Komatsuplasma.com.

NEW! 3D/Additive Manufacturing Pavilion
Stop by the 3D/Additive Manufacturing Pavilion and visit with exhibitors offering printing machines, hybrid equipment, materials, software and other AM-related products and services. Also, there will be presentations and, of course, networking opportunities. And be sure to visit 3D Metal Printing magazine, published by the Precision Metalforming Association, at Booth B83.

Today's Videos

Welcome to Chicago

FABTECH 2017, North America's largest metalforming, fabricating, welding and finishing event, begins today, at McCormick Place. More than 50,000 attendees are expected to visit the more than 1700 exhibiting companies. The keynote presentations start at 8 a.m., the event launches at 10 a.m.

Don’t Forget the App

Before making your way to the show, please be sure to download the FABTECH mobile app, where you can search exhibitors, navigate the show floor, receive alerts regarding show events, and view and build your schedule. And, you can use the app to browse Chicago's dining options and stay connected via social media.

Welcome Video

Conference Reports

The FABTECH 2017 Education Program provides valuable learning experiences for every member of your team. Technical sessions are presented by the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Society of Manufacturing Engineers and Chemical Coaters Association International. Among the topics covered: cutting, finishing, forming and fabricating, management, job-shop solutions, automation and robotics, stamping, and tube and pipe. And, the American Welding Society presents a comprehensive lineup of welding education, including the Resistance Welding School.

PMA’s technical sessions allow attendees to learn from leading industry experts, exchange best practices and explore new technologies. Today’s sessions at 8 and 10:30 a.m. will address deep-drawing and die-sensing technologies. At 1:30, metalforming tracks address lubrication selection and application and in-die assembly, monitoring and adjustments.

Here’s your complete Schedule at a Glance.


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See also: ECI Software Solutions, Komatsu America Industries, LLC Press Technology Division

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