IMTS 2006—Equipped For A Strong Manufacturing Future


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The rapidly changing global marketplace is often compared to the Industrial Revolution, when an economy based on manual labor was replaced by one dominated by power-driven machinery. The development of machine tools was an innovation in technology that made it easier to make things and get work done. The wealth of important changes that took place in a short period of time parallel today’s large-scale industrial transformation.

One of the greatest challenges U.S. companies face in meeting the demands of a booming international marketplace is products with outdated equipment and processes, a scenario that puts them at high risk for failure. Each year, the pace of change quickens. Manufacturers with a leading competitive advantage have clearly risen to the occasion with an ongoing pledge to implement better manufacturing technology and to increase output and quality and reduce labor costs.

U.S. manufacturers continue to demonstrate their need for highly capable new equipment as shown by the 18-percent increase in U.S. manufacturing technology consumption in the first 4 months of this year. The increasing demand for manufacturing technology is now well into its third year. Consumption rose 8 percent in 2005, following a rise of more than 43 percent in 2004. This puts U.S. manufacturing output at an all-time high.

With explosive global growth, business visionaries should be sharply focused on what’s new, improved and top of the line at IMTS – the International Manufacturing Technology Show, September 6-13 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

The number of exhibitors buying space at IMTS 2006 is up. The fact that more than 1,300 leading producers set up across 1.2 million square-feet of exhibit space is a testament that U.S. manufacturers continue to demonstrate a need for highly capable new equipment as shown by the 22-percent increase in U.S. manufacturing technology consumption in the first quarter of this year.

While the trade show is committed to showcasing the world’s most advanced machine tools, IMTS 2006 will explore the future of products and services with the return of the Emerging Technology Center (ETC). This year’s theme, “Any Size, Any Time, Any Where,” is a topic at the forefront of the international playing field where industrialists continue to track new approaches to producing goods of high quality, at a low cost, in a short time to compete for business worldwide. The ETC will present thinking from some of the most innovative researchers of manufacturing-specific technologies nationwide on new initiatives, capabilities in the next 3 to 5 years and most importantly, what the industry needs to do now to prepare.

Researchers will tap into simulation modeling, knowledge-based systems, challenges and opportunities of new materials and complexities of processes in an opening ETC multimedia presentation. The show runs three times per hour between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily. Following the show, representatives from prominent learning institutions, government laboratories and the private sector will be on hand to share their work in a series of displays. Because of the tremendous response in 2004 and expanded exhibits at the upcoming show, the ETC will move to a larger space in McCormick Place, Hall B, lobby area off the North Hall.

The ETC is also launching a new speaker series featuring hot topics from industry experts with talks on designated days. For more information, go to www.IMTS.com for a full schedule of events.

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers will once again bring together experts to share up-to-date technical information during the Competitive Manufacturers Conference at IMTS 2006. The conference will focus on keeping manufacturing operations competitive.
We also invite you to have some interactive fun experiencing smashing and crashing robots. BattleBotsIQ, an exclusive road show version of the popular television robot battles, makes a stop with exciting demonstrations and contests for visitors and exhibitors. BattleBotsIQ is the educational program created by the producers of the BattleBots series, where students gain practical knowledge of math, science, engineering and manufacturing through hands-on activities.

Global economists foresee the return of a strong manufacturing future on the horizon. Modernizing manufacturing equipment lays the groundwork for growth and each new process makes other advances possible. IMTS 2006 is primed to stage a vast demonstration of advanced machine tools, controls, computers, software, components, systems and processes. Register at www.IMTS.com for one of the largest industrial trade shows in the world and learn how to work smarter and better.