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INDUSTRIAL

INNOVATION

additive manufacturing, tooling technologies and surface coating
will feature heavily at the upcoming imts event.
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Manufacturers from around the world will descend on Chicago
in September to catch a glimpse of the future of their industries at the
International Manufacturing Technology Show.
The 31st biennial event will take place at McCormick Place
from Sept. 12-17. More than 2,000 exhibitors will show off the
latest in manufacturing technology to 114,000 buyers and sellers from more than 100 countries. The 1.3 million square feet of
show space will feature three major pavilions divided by category: metal cutting, tooling and workholding systems and fabricating/laser/additive. Smaller pavilions will include abrasive
machining, sawing and finishing; controls and CAD; EDM; gear
generation; machine components/cleaning/environmental
and quality assurance.
"For every machine innovation, you'll find a corresponding tooling and workholding technology advance at IMTS
2016," Jack Burley, vice president of sales and engineering of
Illinois-based BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling, said in a press
release. "For example, this year you'll see the introduction of
smart tooling that uses Bluetooth technology. Everyone has a
smart phone on their hip, so why not develop apps that enable
supervisors to wirelessly check tooling status and operators to
download installation instructions and parameter settings?"
The West Building will be a must visit for businesses looking into new tooling technologies. "Companies can be good
at everything, but they cannot be great at everything," Burley
said. "While shop owners might want a single source solution,
they get better results by tapping into the core competencies of
many different providers."
Visitors this year can expect to see tools with increased automation, digital displays and higher precision that reduce the
likelihood of operator error.
Another highlight of IMTS 2016 will be the showcase on Additive Manufacturing, Smart Manufacturing and Integrated
Energies at the Association For Manufacturing Technology's

Emerging Technology Center (ETC). The exhibit features
three displays on the benefits of 3-D printing:
* The additive bionic human, which will demonstrate additive manufactured medical implants and body parts;
* The Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy project,
which will show how additive manufacturing can be used to
connect a natural gas powered hybrid vehicle to a high-performance building that produces, consumers and stores renewable energy; and
* Electric powered reproductions of a Shelby Cobra and 1952
Willys Army Jeep made within 24 hours using Big Area Additive Manufacturing.
The 2016 event will continue the ETC's legacy of showcasing
automation through automobiles. Two years ago, the world
first 3-D printed vehicle, Strati, was built live on the ETC floor.
This year, the area will take it a step further by featuring test
rides in 3-D printed cars made by Local Motors.
In addition to the innovative technologies on display at the
show itself, several related events will be co-located at IMTS.
Surface Technology North America 2016, in its inaugural year,
will showcase coating processes and treatments for various
metals, plastics, glass and ceramics. The event will also feature
electroplating, industrial plasma-based surface treatment and
micromachining, according to the IMTS.
"Surface Technology North America is a perfect complement to IMTS because surface treatment is the next step in the
manufacturing process after parts cleaning, especially in the
metalworking industry where products need some final surface finishing process," said Larry Turner, president and CEO
of Hannover Fairs USA. mt
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