IMTS 2018

The biennial International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) is the largest and longest-running manufacturing technology trade show in the United States. Taking place in even-numbered years in September at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, the show is a blend of the here-and-now and the what’s-to-come in terms of manufacturing technology. At last count, it covered more than 1.3 million square feet of exhibition space and included more than 2,400 exhibiting companies. This Zone houses information about the show, including products on display, as well as commentary from the Modern Machine Shop editors about trends and technology presented there.

Dual-Swivel Band Saw Designed for Versatility, Precision

By: Hannah Mason - July 20, 2018 at 4:38 PM

IMTS 2018: DoAll’s DS-600SA StructurAll-series dual-swivel band saw is designed for cutting linear or angular material.

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Micro TIG Welder Speeds Mold, Die Repair

By: Hannah Mason - July 20, 2018 at 4:26 PM

IMTS 2018: Gesswein’s PUK U5 micro TIG welder has been developed for same-day mold and die repair without pre-welding heat treatment.

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Updated Gear Machines Increase Speed, Productivity

By: Patrick Barney - July 20, 2018 at 3:40 PM

IMTS 2018: Bourn & Koch Inc. adds the 100H-T gear hobber and updated Fellows 10-4 gear shaper to its lineup of gear manufacturing and precision grinding machines.

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Multi-Axis Heads Consolidate Machining

By: Patrick Barney - July 20, 2018 at 2:47 PM

IMTS 2018: Setco’s line of multi- and single-axis heads integrate into machine tools to combine manufacturing operations.

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Metal 3D Printer Saves Weight, Minimizes Postprocessing

By: Patrick Barney - July 20, 2018 at 2:43 PM

IMTS 2018: Big Systems showcases Markforged’s Metal X 3D printer, designed to avoid the safety risks of powder-based printers and to be easily installed on shop floors. 

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Workholding Technology Reduces Operations, Scrap, Labor

By: Hannah Mason - July 20, 2018 at 2:37 PM

IMTS 2018: Blue Photon’s photo-activated adhesive workholding system is said to save time and money by reducing the number of operations, scrap and labor.

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Contour Drive System Speeds Throughput, Improves Accuracy

By: Hannah Mason - July 20, 2018 at 2:07 PM

IMTS 2018: Mahr Inc’s MarSurf contour drive (CD) is the first in a series of surface finish and contour measurement systems.

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Tool Speeds Cross-Bore Deburring

By: Patrick Barney - July 20, 2018 at 12:43 PM

IMTS 2018: Heule Tool’s COFA deburring tool is designed to provide front and back deburring on even and uneven surfaces.

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Rack-Based CNC Series Improves Machine Performance

By: Patrick Barney - July 20, 2018 at 12:26 PM

IMTS 2018: Mitsubishi Electric Automation expands its MELSEC iQ-R automation platform with the introduction of the C80 series CNC.

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A Little Look Ahead

By: Chris Koepfer - July 20, 2018 at 11:27 AM


Mark your calendars for two important upcoming events: IMTS on Sept. 10-15 and Manufacturing Day, which will be held nationwide on Oct. 5.


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Pallet Handling System Expands to Support Production Changes

By: Hannah Mason - July 20, 2018 at 11:11 AM

IMTS 2018: Liebherr is displaying its PHS Allround pallet handling system, designed for enabling flexible production with four- and five-axis machining centers.

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Plan to Learn about Automating Processes

By: David Suica - July 20, 2018 at 10:18 AM

Having a good partner company that is knowledgeable in all the automation and integration pitfalls can be a business saver.

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