Among the highlights:
- The first-ever Hannover Messe USA, a co-located show presented in conjunction with Hannover Messe, one of the world's largest trade fairs;
- Digital Factory, focusing on integrated processes and IT solutions for plant operations;
- IMTS Conference, featuring more than 72 sessions focused on manufacturing process innovations, additive/alternative manufacturing, plant operations, automation/robotics, Industry 4.0/IIoT and quality/inspection/metrology;
- Emerging Technology Centres, exploring current and future technologies in connectivity and additive manufacturing;
- Smartforce Student Summit, featuring hands-on challenges that focus on IIoT, five-axis machining, collaborative robotics, additive manufacturing, generative design, metrology and MTConnect, a communication standard for advanced manufacturing technology.
“Factors include the exponential rate of technology advances, the need to use technology instead of manpower to boost productivity and the strongest manufacturing economy in a decade,” he said. “Businesses have more money and will continue boosting their investment in capital equipment and R&D. Coupled with higher consumer confidence, manufacturers need to increase production to meet strong demand.”
IMTS 2018 runs September 10-15.