Be there or be unaware: IMTS 2004.
Because this show is massive, taking space in all three of the halls of McCormick, it is conveniently organized into pavilions, or areas where the equipment is arrayed like with like. Specifically, there are pavilions for:
* Abrasive Machining/Sawing/Finishing
* Controls & CAD/CAM
* Fluid Power
* Gear Generation
* Machine Components/Cleaning/Environmental
* Metal Cutting
* Metal Forming & Fabricating/Laser
* Quality Assurance
* Tooling & Workholding Systems
In addition to which, as this is also an event that is focused on the future of manufacturing, there is a special pavilion:
* Emerging Technology Center
All in all, there are literally over 1,000 companies exhibiting, and the space covered is impressive: the Metal Cutting pavilion, for example, will be some 550,000-[ft.sup.2].
Also, AMT and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) are sponsoring Manufacturing Conference at IMTS from September 8 through the 10th.
Among the subjects to be covered are:
* Lean manufacturing
* Supply chain management
* Sustainable manufacturing
* Product lifecycle management
* Machine tool justification
The bottom line on all of this is that IMTS offers a place where equipment can be speced and sourced, where the latest information regarding developments in manufacturing can be realized in an efficient manner.