International Manufacturing Technology Show 2018

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Last week from September 10th-15th, The Association for Manufacturing Technology held its 32nd edition of the International Manufacturing Technology Show. The International Manufacturing Technology Show is held every other year—on even-numbered years—at the McCormick Place complex in Chicago where individuals from 117 countries around the world gather to display and view new and upcoming technology in the world of manufacturing. According to the IMTS 2018 Post Show Report this year’s show was record breaking, IMTS shattered their records for the number of registrations, square feet of exhibit space, exhibiting companies and number of booths.

The IMTS 2018 Post Show Report has a quote from Peter R. Eelman, Vice President—Exhibitions & Business Development at The Association for Manufacturing Technology—regarding their record breaking show. “IMTS 2018 set records because manufacturing technology has grown exponentially since last show,” he continues on to say in the report that, “The rapid growth of digital technology, automation and additive manufacturing are especially driving interest. The booming manufacturing economy means visitors have capital and are ready to invest.”

Three members of Marten Machining’s leadership team were in attendance this year, Alan Marten—President, David Marten—Vice President, and Shawn Demski—Shop Manager. Their feedback was that IMTS 2018 was a huge success and are excited for Industry 4.0!

When asked what he found interesting at IMTS, David Marten responded with “The most interesting part of the show was seeing the different concepts companies are putting together to address Industry 4.0.” While in attendance David had spoken with representatives at the Hermle booth and another at the HighQA booth, “their philosophy for Industry 4.0 is getting data to appear in the places that it needs to appear, in the format it needs to appear. When the data does this it allows humans to be the most efficient with their time and their decision-making process.” David’s perspective on this is, “it will be the arena where the new technologies of collaborative automation will be tested, modified and improved as they become more widespread in machine shops here in the US and around the world.”

Shawn Demski went into detail on the many different concepts relating to Industry 4.0. “Linear glass scales in boring heads that are extremely accurate and can transfer data right to your phone, cutting tools with vibration dampening features and machines that can automatically adjust speeds and feeds based on vibration, and robotic arms with many gripper options.” Shawn continues on to describe that, “Some can even work right alongside people with no guarding and are referred to as ‘cobots’.” Alan Marten commented on a conversation at the Rollomatic booth that, “discussed grinding wheels that make cutting tools, not as cutter themselves, but as a tool ‘that acts like multiple tiny hammers’.”

There is only one IMTS and Marten Machining is always excited for the opportunity to see and experience innovation within the manufacturing industry. We are also excited to bring into our new facility the innovative technology that will have a positive impact on our company in all facets.  

Click Here to see our video highlights from IMTS 2018 that features the new technology mentioned above.