To stay current with technology and peer into the future of manufacturing, many metalworking professionals head to IMTS—The International Manufacturing Technology Show, to be held at McCormick Place in Chicago from Sept. 10 through Sept. 15.
“Because of the economic importance of the North American market, companies from around the world plan their new technology introductions to coincide with IMTS 2018,” said Tim Shinbara, vice president of Manufacturing Technology for AMT—The Association For Manufacturing Technology, which produces IMTS. “In addition, because of the velocity of technology expansion, products and concepts that were not ready for public consumption earlier in the year will debut in September at IMTS 2018.”
New technologies to explore at the show include the digital thread, robotics, automation, and additive manufacturing. They and other technologies will be explored at the ten “pavilions” set up by IMTS to group manufacturers by the products they produce. Tooling & Workholding Systems is one of the largest pavilions at IMTS, and it will be located in the West Building, Level 3.
New Workholding Products
There, visitors will be able to learn about and see new tooling and workholding products in action. For example, at Booth #432433, Kurt Manufacturing Co. (Minneapolis) will be showing its DX4 CrossOver vise, which features a 6.5″ (165-mm) jaw opening within the inside jaw position. The 80,000-psi (551 MPa) ductile iron vise body, which has a 5 x 12.50″ (126 × 317.5-mm) footprint, provides chip evacuation through the body to prevent chip build-up. In addition, the pneumatic zero-point clamping system uses a form-fitting clamping design with self-locking clamp segments and tapered plug design that creates a three-surface contact and lock-down force that pulls the plugs into the cylinders. The system uses 2880 lb (1306 kg) of pull-in force and 9000 lb (4082 kg) of retention force to hold the docking system in place.
Besides the trade show, IMTS 2018 has educational offerings to help explain the technology on the show floor. The IMTS Conference will be held Monday, Sept. 10, through Thursday, Sept. 13. Designed as a four-day technical “deep dive,” available with a four-day or one-day pass, the IMTS Conference features more than 70 sessions and is expected to be attended by more than 1500 IMTS visitors.
The technical subjects fall into the main categories of Manufacturing Process Innovations, Alternative/Additive Manufacturing, Plant Operations, Quality/Inspection/Metrology, and Systems Integration/Industry 4.0/IIoT.