Need to Know: IMTS 2012
The 2012 International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) marks the 29th edition of the event which will take place Sept. 10-15 at McCormick Place in Chicago. More than 1,800 exhibiting companies will take over 1.1-million ft2 of exhibit space, attracting between 85,000 and 90,000 manufacturing industry professionals from more than 119 countries.
Exhibitors will be on hand to showcase more than 15,000 machine tools, controls, computers, software, components, systems, and processes. While you are checking out the show floor, you’ll have an opportunity to network with company representatives and fellow attendees to discuss what’s happening in manufacturing to find ways to efficiently and effectively do your job while staying ahead of the competition.
Exhibitors at the show are organized into 10 pavilions geared toward specific industries, technologies and solutions: Abrasive Machining/Sawing/Finishing; Controls & CAD-CAM; EDM; Gear Generation; IANA—Industrial Automation North America; Machine Components/Cleaning/Environmental; Metal Cutting; Metal Forming & Fabricating/Laser; Quality Assurance; Tooling & Workholding Systems.
In addition to the tradeshow, the IMTS 2012 Conference schedule has 72 industry-specific sessions with experts discussing the five topic areas: materials, manufacturing technology, alternative manufacturing processes, quality/metrology, and plant operations. The sessions, scheduled for Sept. 10-14, are set up to explore innovative technologies, business development and optimization, plus workforce efficiency and productivity. Special emphasis will be placed on maintaining focus on your short- and long-term goals during a tough economic environment. For complete conference details, go to imts.com/conference.
IMTS has teamed up with Deutsche Messe to co-locate the first Industrial Automation North America (IANA). IANA will showcase products and solutions for production automation, complementing IMTS’ focus on manufacturing technology, metalworking and precision manufacturing.
The Emerging Technology Center (ETC) will feature a Local Motors (localmotors.com) Rally Fighter car, built live 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. The ETC will also address the technologies of additive manufacturing, MTConnect, and MTInsight.
For complete information on the 2012 IMTS event, visit imts.com.
NEED TO KNOW: IMTS 2012
IMTS: Fast Facts
Where: McCormick Place; Chicago, IL
When: September 10-15, 2012
Building Show Hours:
East Hall: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
West Hall: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
North Hall: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
South Hall: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
• $30 per person—
through Aug. 10
• $50 per person—
Aug. 14 – Sept. 15
(5 or more; same company; all registering at same time)
• $15 per person—through Aug. 10
• $30 per person—through Aug. 11 – Sept. 15
When: Monday, Sept. 10 –
Friday, Sept. 14
Where: McCormick Place—
West Building, Level 1
Pricing: Full pass—$495
How: Go to imts.com/visitor/reg.html for registration and other details
Walter USA—Booth W-1700