IMTS 2018 is the 32nd edition of the premier manufacturing technology show in North America. More than 2,400 exhibiting companies are expected to occupy 1.37 million net sq ft of exhibit space at the McCormick Place complex in Chicago, IL. This event is held every even-numbered year in Chicago and attracts more than 115,000 buyers and sellers from over 117 countries. This year’s show runs from September 10-15. On-site registration opens Monday, September 10 through Saturday, September 15, in all four buildings of McCormick Place:
- East Building Level 2 & West Building, Level 3 Annex 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
- East Building Level 3 & West Building, Level 3 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
- North Building Level 3 & South Building, Level 3 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
To help you plan your trip to the show, here are technical reviews of some of the machinery, tooling, systems and accessories that will be exhibited in the Machine Components, Cleaning, Environmental Pavilion to help you navigate the show floor and manage your time while you’re there:
Cutting Edge Ventilation Control Technologies
The latest process control ventilation, dust collection and duct gate technologies from IVEC optimize air quality and reduce energy costs by up to 85 percent for both small and large operations.
High Speed Spindles for Milling, Cutting and Grinding Applications
For medical and dental machining applications, the 62 mm HF 62 high speed spindle from IBAG offers speeds to 140,000 rpm, is suitable for automatic tool changing operations, and utilizes the P6 Collet System.
Multi-Sensor Unit for Drawbar Inspection
The MSU sensor system from Advanced Machine & Engineering combines a distance measurement system, a piston position monitor, and optional leakage detection into one compact, built-in multi-sensor and electronic evaluation system in the unclamping unit of a drawbar.
Faster and Easier Machine Tool Sump Cleaning
The Sump Shark SE15 single-phase electric and SA5 air-operated sump cleaners from CECOR help maintain machine tool coolant by filtering dirty coolant and making the cleaning process faster and easier.
Metal Chip Processing, Fluid Filtration, Industrial Water and Wastewater Treatment Systems
For full-scale metal turnings and chip processing capabilities, PRAB offers the Dualpak Briquetter with enhanced 3D digital animation, the Diagonal-Shaft Wringer, the Guardian Coolant Recycling System, the Paper Bed Filter and EVALED Vacuum Evaporation and Distillation for industrial water and wastewater treatment.
Maneuver Materials in Tight Floor Space Where Forklifts Won’t Fit
The Magliner LiftPlus battery-powered lifting system from Magline is a versatile all-in-one system with an electric screw drive system for smooth and quiet operation and a narrow footprint that fits through doorways and into tight spaces, eliminating the need for a fork truck when not required.
Intelligent Systems for Process Optimization
SmartMONITOR for manufacturing and AndonSPEED for the warehouse are process optimization systems from WERMA that reduce disruptions and downtime during operations.
Effective Vacuum Cleaning of Metal Debris and Recovery of Metal AM Powders
Vac-U-Max provides advanced systems for vacuuming the inside of the machine tool and large parts being machined, and recovery and reuse of metal powders used in additive manufacturing.
INDEX Launches iXacademy Online Training Platform
iXacademy was created in direct response to customers’ needs. “The design of this platform and schedule of courses have been developed to efficiently and effectively meet that need,” said Cris Taylor, president and CEO of INDEX.
Manufacturing Technology Orders Exceed $650 Million in November 2021
The value of orders was up nearly 14% from October 2021 and more than double the value of orders received in November 2020.
Walter Surface Technologies Expands Its Solution Expert Team Coverage Across the United States
The company is doubling its field team of solution and process experts across North America to support the additions of brands such as ArcOne (welding PPE); Triumph (cutting tools); Drillco (cutting tools); and Allegro Industries (safety equipment).