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IMTS 2020 to focus on digital manufacturing


IMTS-2020Photo: IMTS

The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) returns to Chicago this September for five days of focus on digital and traditional manufacturing solutions.

IMTS 2020 runs Sept. 14-19 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

“The difference between IMTS 2020 and previous shows is that these core technologies now incorporate a digital component. IMTS 2020 represents the year the industry moved from conceptualization to implementation,” says Tim Shinbara, vice-president and CTO for the Association For Manufacturing Technology, which owns and produces IMTS.

“Visitors can learn how to capture data and transform it into useful information that allows them to make better decisions. In short, digital manufacturing is good for your business.”

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As an example, he points to “hybrid” machining centres that combine metal removal with an additive manufacturing or a joining process, a metrology process and automated part loading/unloading systems.

“These multi-tasking systems do more than just combine two or three processes to reduce set-up and handling time,” says Shinbara. “Hybrid technologies offer the ability to entirely re-imagine part design and production flow, radically reducing time to market.”

For almost every type of system, visitors can learn how to digitize operations in ways that measurably impact their business, such as using analytics to predict failure and have cloud applications automatically send maintenance alerts. Exhibitors will bring teams that combine skills to bridge the worlds of automation, manufacturing, IT, IIoT and data.

The conference will take place over nine technology pavilions: Abrasive Machining/Sawing/Finishing, Additive Manufacturing, Controls & CAD-CAM, Fabricating & Lasers, Gear Generation, Machine Components/Cleaning/Environmental, Metal Removal, Quality Assurance and Tooling & Workholding Systems.

Visitors will also find a host of digital technologies related to machine interoperability, networking, data analysis, data security, ERP systems, machine controls and CAD/CAM software.

They will notice that even basic “analog” products, such as a pneumatic valve, will now have an app available to adjust functions such as proportional pressure regulation, directional control, leak detection, timed motion, acceleration/deceleration and soft stops.