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Strength in Numbers: FABTECH 2018

Thursday, November 15, 2018
More than 1500 exhibiting companies and nearly 34,000 attendees from 75 countries took over the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, November 4-6, as part of FABTECH 2018, known as North America’s largest metalforming, fabricating, welding and finishing event.

With more than 650,000 net square feet of exhibit space, visitors had the chance to network, learn and explore three exhibit halls full of new products, technology and the latest manufacturing innovations. The event showcased several emerging technologies, including additive manufacturing, automation systems, advanced fiber laser cutting machines, and more. Attendees benefitted from hands-on product demonstrations and expert insight into current and future manufacturing trends.

The educational lineup included more than 130 expert-led presentations and sessions covering the latest and best practices in the meta forming, fabricating, welding and finishing industries. The most popular education tracks focused on automation, robotics, cutting and lasers, welding fabrication, lean, and workforce development. Attendees learned solutions to make their businesses more productive and profitable.

New show-floor features included the Smart Manufacturing Hub with displays and daily presentations on advanced manufacturing technologies, including automation, IoT and 3D printing and more. An expanded 3D/Additive Manufacturing Pavilion introduced an Ask the Experts Knowledge Bar, which hosted small group sessions designed to provide answers to specific 3D/additive manufacturing challenges.

“Eastern Metal Supply (EMS) had a great week of meetings, conversations and collaborations with a large and diverse group of attendees within the metal fabrication industry at this year’s FABTECH,” said Anthony Rockecharlie, EMS. “The show served as the perfect place to meet with several of our existing clients and build relationships with many new prospects from across the country and continent alike. FABTECH is an expansive, all-inclusive, well-organized, showcase of the best suppliers in the metal fabrication arena, and we were thrilled to be there as an exhibitor and be associated with such high caliber vendors! If you are not part of FABTECH, then you are really missing out on a great opportunity!”

Other special events took center stage as well, including the FABx Tech Talks opening session, an inspirational keynote by NASCAR icon Kyle Petty, and an informative panel discussion on the next generation entering the workforce. Recordings of the keynotes and panel discussion are available for purchase.

FABTECH 2019 is set for November 11-14 at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL, with registration beginning in spring.


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