The 2014 International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) is set for September 8 to 13 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. The show floor features over 1 million sq ft of exhibit space, with more than 1,900 exhibitors, including several fluid-power manufacturers.
IMTS will showcase more than 15,000 new machines, tools, controls, computers, software, components, systems, and processes that can improve efficiency. Attendees can compare machines, capabilities, prices, and service. The show will feature nine pavilions, each focusing on specific industries, technologies and solutions. This years pavilions are: abrasive machining/sawing/finishing; controls and CAD/CAM; EDM; gear generation; machine components/cleaning/environmental; metal cutting; fabricating/laser/additive; quality assurance; and tooling and workholding systems.
The four-day IMTS conference runs September 8 to 11. This year’s focus is on continuous improvement in the industry. Conference sessions will explore innovative and revered technologies; business development and optimization; and workforce efficiency and productivity. The conference offers five topic tracks: alternative manufacturing processes, plant operations, process innovations, quality/metrology, and systems integration. Multiple conferences will be held in addition to the IMTS conference, which include: Trends in Advanced Machining, Manufacturing, and Materials (TRAM); Additive Manufacturing Workshop; Motion, Drive, and Automation Conference (MDA); EOS North America User Day (EOS NAUD); Global Automation and Manufacturing Summit (GAMS); and ISA Inside.
Two additional shows will be colocated with IMTS: Industrial Automation North America and Motion, Drive & Automation North America. The MDA show features an exhibit area dedicated to fluid power called the IFPE Fluid Power Zone. Companies to look for in the Fluid Power Zone are: Argo-Hytos Inc., Bimba Mfg., Festo, Hawe Hydraulics, IC Flow Controls Inc., Lynch Fluid Controls Inc., National Fluid Power Association, SKH Hydraulics, Sommer Automatic Inc., Spectronics Corp., Thermal Transfer Products, and Wandfluh of America Inc.
The show offers visitors a chance to see applications of new technologies. At IMTS 2012, the IMTS Rally Fighter was built in the Emerging Technology Center (ETC); in the ETC this year a 3D printer will construct an electric car. The Advanced Manufacturing Center will have displays and presentations on additive manufacturing, automation, automotive 2025, benchmarking and data-driven manufacturing. In Today’s Technology Center, visitors will see technology from the aerospace, automotive, medical and energy sectors.
The Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS runs September 8 to 13. The summit brings students, educators, administrators, and parents together to experience advanced-manufacturing technology. Students have the opportunity to tour interactive exhibits and interact with professionals in the manufacturing industry. Attendees will also hear from Project Lead the Way, National Math and Science Initiative, and Sally Ride Science.
The IMTS hot air balloon will return to the 2014 show. A new event this year is the Miles for Manufacturing 5K; all proceeds from this run/walk will go to the Austin Polytechnical Academy.
IMTS is holding an “IMTS: Everywhere You Look” photo contest. The challenge is to spell I-M-T-S using manufacturing technology, and then post the photo on social-media sites using the #IMTS hashtag. Visitors and exhibitors are encouraged to take the challenge; winners will receive gift cards and be featured on the IMTS website.
FOR MORE information on IMTS, visit www.imts.com.
IMTS Fluid Power Exhibitors
|A&A Mfg. Co. Inc.||W-1228, E5724|
|Advanced Machine & Engineering||
|Assofluid-Italian Fluid Power Assn.||E-4848|
|Atlas Copco Compressors||E-5672|
|Baldor Electric Co.||E-5748|
|Bijur Delimon International||N-7186|
|*Bimba Mfg. Co.||E-5030|
|Bosch Rexroth Corp.||E-5283|
|Continental Hydraulics Inc.||E-4850|
|Euchner USA Inc.||E-5738|
|*Festo Corp.||E-4936, C-869|
|Fuchs Lubricants Co.||W-1646|
|Greenerd Press & Machine Co. Inc.||N-6031|
|Hercules Sealing Products||E-5850|
|Houghton International Inc.||W-1850|
|Hydraulics & Pneumatics||N-6076|
|Hytec/Power Team, SPX Brands||W-2234|
|*IC Flow Controls Inc.||E-5026|
|Kaeser Compressors Inc.||N-6693|
|Kitagawa-North Tech Inc.||W-2412|
|Kurt Mfg. Co.||W-2423|
|Lube USA Inc.||E-5383|
|*Lynch Fluid Controls Inc.||E-4932|
|Mobil Industrial Lubricants||S-9292|
|MTS Systems Corp.||E-5554|
|Nachi America Inc.||W-2279|
|Ningbo Airtop Pneumatic Hydraulic Co. Ltd.||W-1791|
|Plymouth Tube Co.||W-1696|
|Quaker Chemical Corp.||W-2094|
|Sandvik Materials Technology||W-1251|
|*Sekwang Hi-Tech (SKH Hydraullics)||E-5034|
|Smalley Steel Ring Co.||N-6300|
|SMC Corp. of America||E-5745|
|*Sommer Automatic Inc.||E-5038|
|Sunnen Products Co.||N-7400|
|*Thermal Transfer Products||E-5027|
|Tobul Accumulator Inc.||E-5044|
|Total Lubricants USA Inc.||W-1086|
|Tox Pressotechnik LLC||E-5060|
|VDMA||W151, W-154, W-221|
|Von Ruden Mfg. Inc.||W-1306|
|*Wandfluh of America Inc.||E-4928|