One of the largest manufacturing tradeshows in North America opens next month at McCormick Place in Chicago. As it does in every even-numbered year, the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) will host more than 100,000 visitors from 112 countries during Sept. 8 to 13.
More than 1,900 exhibitors from the metalworking industry will display their products and productivity solutions in displays covering 1.2 million net square feet of show floor space in product category pavilions, including:
- Metal cutting—contains everything from machining centers and assembly automation to flexible manufacturing systems and lathes.
- Tooling and workholding systems—features jigs, fixtures, cutting tools of all types and related accessories.
- Metal forming and fabricating/laser processes—includes waterjet, plasma-arc and laser systems, welding equipment, heat treating and more supporting equipment.
- Other pavilions include abrasive machining/sawing/finishing; controls and CAD/CAM; EDM; gear generation; Industrial Automation North America (IANA); machine components/cleaning/environmental and quality assurance.
The IANA pavilion will showcase the newest technologies focusing on new ideas and topics ranging from resource-efficient manufacturing and network security to secure industrial control systems and big data. In addition to more than 120 vendors from 16 countries, who will demonstrate their products and services, IANA will host the Global Automation and Manufacturing Summit, Motion, Drive & Automation Conference, and ISA training program.
For more information on IANA, go to www.ia-northamerica.com. For more information on IMTS 2014, go to www.imts.com.