PMTS: Connect to Improve

The Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA) is pleased to present the eighth biennial Precision Machining Technology Show (PMTS) from April 21-23, 2015, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.

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The Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA) is pleased to present the eighth biennial Precision Machining Technology Show (PMTS) from April 21-23, 2015, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. The largest concentration of precision machining talent in the industry will gather in three exhibition halls.

PMPA, the PMTS Committee, and our co-sponsors (including Production Machining, Modern Machine Shop, and Products Finishing) are committed to the continuous improvement of this show. Recently recognized by Trade Show Executive as a “Fastest 50” event in number of exhibitors, net square feet, and attendance, PMTS continues to be the essential show for the precision machining industry.

The precision machining industry suppliers who have chosen to exhibit at PMTS are professionals committed to customer support and driven to demonstrate that they can provide world class technical service. It’s a venue to challenge them with your issues. Use this time as an opportunity to get multiple inputs and ideas on how your shop can be more productive; you will be given a paradigm shift that will clarify your thinking and allow you to reframe your concern and get to the optimal resolution.

Technical presentations will take place on the show floor. A variety of machining demonstrations and Knowledge Center topics will be featured, showcasing the latest and greatest in technologies. The programming of both the National Technical Conference and PMTS was selected by the men and women of PMPA member companies. These industry professionals ensure that relevant content is defined, balanced discussions take place, and the latest technologies are highlighted.

There is a cornerstone technical session that is part of the preceding National Technical Conference (April 19-21) open to the entire industry, called, “I Have a Problem.” The premise of the session is for machine shops to bring the toughest issues they face in their shop for others to share in the brainstorming process. It is a distributed problem solving session where the voice of other machining professionals can contribute to the ideas of the shop with the problem. 

Many times, a different approach or reframing of the issue is the spark that provides the “ah-ha” moment for the shop looking to further their understanding of the issue. Participants do not go into the session with the hope of being provided “the” answer. They listen to the ideas of others and filter that input to supplement their vision and thoughts. Often, a slight adjustment of perspective can offer the desired clarity.

PMTS is the chance for you to take your “problem” to our exhibitors. View these exhibiting engineers and experts as a working member of your problem solving team. Treat each visit as a distributed problem solving opportunity with the best and brightest in the industry. Bring your issues to the show floor and go back to your shop with the solutions.

More than 200 exhibitors and 4,000-plus attendees will be available to answer your questions. Use the PMTS website,, to locate the exhibitors that can make your shop more productive. Search by category or keyword to focus in on your concerns, and then create a map of “your” show for best time management. Call those exhibitors that you want to visit—any of them can send you a VIP pass for your free entry to the show. Benchmark your current performance to the ideas you get from the technical sessions at the conference and from the suppliers on the show floor. Get the most out of your experience, and start now by pre-planning. 

We are fortunate to have technology that connects us in ways never thought possible, even a few shows ago. But be sure that when you enter the exhibit halls, you keep your head up and your phone down. We have great upward and forward reaching technology, but unfortunately we sometimes get caught with our heads down to retrieve the feeds, and we lose the personal connections. The best and the brightest are there to connect and show you the tools you need to succeed. You can’t touch that on YouTube.

See you in April.

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