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.

Cutting Tools Resist Heat, Hold Size

By: Patrick Barney - October 17, 2018 at 12:00 AM

With so much happening in a busy show year between NPE2018, Amerimold 2018 and IMTS 2018, MoldMaking Technology is revisiting some of the technology that was on display. In case you missed it: At IMTS 2018, Crystallume had its Demon line of cutting tools, which is designed for extended cuts in difficult materials. 

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Fraunhofer, Ericsson and GF Machining Join Forces

October 12, 2018 at 12:00 AM

Fraunhofer, Ericsson and GF Machining Solutions have combined expertise in telecommunications and manufacturing to create a real-time process monitoring solution based on 5G technology to communicate with sensors and machines to reduce errors in jet engines milling production.

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GF Machining Demonstrated the Future of Manufacturing at IMTS

October 11, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Visitors at the GF Machining Solutions’ IMTS booth saw demonstrations of a range of technologies and machining that address manufacturing challenges.

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Wayne Hertlein: Dedication to Industry Honored by SPE Detroit

By: Cynthia Kustush - September 20, 2018 at 12:00 AM

SPE Detroit Section honors Wayne Hertlein as Outstanding Member 2018.

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7 Impressions of IMTS 2018

By: Peter Zelinski - September 17, 2018 at 10:17 AM

The up-and-coming technologies hinted at during previous shows have now arrived, and they are being accepted as part of the now-standard means of making parts.

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Cleaning Exhibits Emphasize Precision, Automation and Environmental Safety

By: Lori Beckman - September 15, 2018 at 10:10 AM

Some parts cleaning exhibitors say the biggest trends they are experiencing include more automated equipment, the need for precision cleaning for smaller particle counts than in the past and growing demands for using more green and neutral-based cleaners. 

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Labs Teach Students and Educators about Smart Manufacturing Technologies and More

By: Lori Beckman - September 15, 2018 at 9:57 AM

For educators, classroom-style Learning Labs offer instruction on smart manufacturing technologies and high-end technology, and students can interact with equipment on the show floor’s smaller Learning Labs. 

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The IMTS Balloon Gets Around

By: Scott Francis - September 15, 2018 at 4:00 AM

Where oh where has the IMTS balloon been? Find out if it blew through your hometown on its way to the big show.

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IMTS: Then and Now

By: Hannah Mason - September 15, 2018 at 2:00 AM

Mark Albert, editorial director of Modern Machine Shop, attended his first IMTS in 1980, when what is now McCormick Place was one building, spillover exhibitors were housed in a printing warehouse and PCs were just arriving on the scene.

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How Mazak's Multitasking Machine Uses Welding for Additive Manufacturing

By: Mark Albert - September 14, 2018 at 4:00 PM

Mazak’s VC-500A/5X AM HWD multitasking machine incorporates a “hot wire” additive manufacturing technology that applies sealing coatings or produces near-net shape part features while the workpiece has been mounted for machining.

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Absolute Marks 30 Years of Machining Evolution

By: Matt Danford - September 14, 2018 at 3:35 PM

Examples of process and setup consolidation include demos on twin-spindle five-axis machines and multi-slide CNC screw machines.

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A Literal "New Spin" on Hybrid Milling/Grinding Machines

By: Mark Albert - September 14, 2018 at 3:00 PM

Mitsui Seiki’s Vertex hybrid machine borrows a jig grinder’s motion to complement high precision five-axis milling.

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