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MCLEAN, VA-Plans are well underway for the year 2012’s premier manufacturing event, IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show , which will be held Sept. 10-15, 2012, at Chicago’s McCormick Place.
The show theme for 2012 is “Be There” and is a call to action for the more than 82,000 industrial decision makers from more than 106 countries who will attend IMTS to get ideas and find answers to their manufacturing problems and challenges-but most importantly-to stay ahead of the competition.
Early results on participating exhibitors and exhibit floor square footage contracted, which are both ahead of the 2010 pace, reflect the strong resurgence of manufacturing.
“We are making an investment in innovative and strategic thinking to make IMTS 2012 the must-attend manufacturing event,” says Peter Eelman, vice president of Exhibitions & Communications at The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), which produces and owns IMTS. “From never-before seen technology to an abundance of educational opportunities, IMTS is the place to be next September.”
To help guide visitors around the more than 1,000 exhibits and find their areas of interest quickly and easily, IMTS is organized into 10 pavilions:
Other highlights that are in planning for IMTS 2012 are the Emerging Technology Center (ETC), the IMTS 2012 Conference, the Advanced Manufacturing Center, the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Student Summit, and the co-located Midwest Clean Tech 2012 Conference.
The Emerging Technology Center (ETC) will bring the biggest ETC feature yet-a Local Motors car, built live right on the show floor, as part of the Collaborative Manufacturing section of the ETC. Local Motors is the first disruptive U.S. automaker to enter the market in decades, and is built on the principle of collaborative manufacturing. The designs for its cars come from an open source design community.
There will be two other big features in the ETC: Additive Technology, and MTConnect, the open-source communications and interconnectivity standard for manufacturing equipment and devices.
Additive Technology will feature the latest advances in this exciting manufacturing concept. These technologies actually compress time in that they dramatically reduce the time between design and production and eliminate certain processes associated with traditional machining, such as tooling.
MTConnect will return to the ETC in 2012. First introduced at IMTS 2008, this ground-breaking interconnectivity and communications standard is changing the way manufacturing equipment and devices are monitored and their productivity analyzed. The standard has been gaining widespread use throughout the industry because it allows equipment and devices to speak a common language.
The IMTS 2012 Conference, which will be extended to a five-day program, is slated to include more than 70 sessions that explore five topic tracks including materials engineering, manufacturing technology and trends, alternative manufacturing processes, metrology/quality and plant operations.
The Advanced Manufacturing Center presented by the University of Sheffield's internationally acclaimed Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, North America's premier metalworking technology magazine, Modern Machine Shop and Boeing will display new dimensions and new directions for advanced manufacturing including interactive presentations and multimedia displays exploring trends and technologies being adopted by leading manufacturers. In addition, the TRAM3 12 International Conference, presented by those same sponsors will be held during IMTS and will bring together industrialists and academics to explore material, new manufacturing processes and technologies, assembly and supply-chain management in the aerospace industry.
The popular National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Student Summit returns to IMTS to introduce students and educators to career opportunities in manufacturing through hands-on learning and networking with industry professionals. The Student Summit combines an interactive Career Development Center with a dynamic self-guided tour of the nation's greatest technology and manufacturing exhibition.
The Midwest Clean Tech program will exhibit excellence in clean technology innovation, products and services, and connect innovators with financiers, business management expertise and the international community. This high-powered event is supported by academic research organizations, business firms and government entities throughout the Midwest.
"At one year out, we can say with confidence that IMTS 2012 will feature the innovative and game-changing manufacturing technology, educational opportunities and quality networking with industry experts that people have come to expect," Eelman says. "We're looking forward to another great show."
To learn more about IMTS 2012, visit www.IMTS.com .