MRO Magazine

IMTS event’s Emerging Technology Center to focus on the future of manufacturing

Chicago, IL -- Visitors to the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), Sept. 8-15, 2004, at Chicago's M...


July 5, 2004
By MRO Magazine

Chicago, IL — Visitors to the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), Sept. 8-15, 2004, at Chicago’s McCormick Place, will be exposed to a unique experience in the show’s Emerging Technology Center. The exhibit will feature the sights and sounds of manufacturing’s future through a multimedia extravaganza produced through the cooperative efforts of AMT-The Association For Manufacturing Technology and GE Fanuc Automation.

After the show, visitors can enter a new exhibit area that will showcase companies and organizations that are researching and developing the next generation of manufacturing technologies.

“We have assembled what we believe to be some of the best and brightest developers of manufacturing-specific technologies in the country,” said Peter Eelman, vice-president exhibitions, AMT. “This is an unprecedented opportunity for manufacturers to touch and feel the technologies currently in the R&D stage that will affect their operations in the future. In addition, our partner in this project, GE Fanuc Automation, has moved their entire exhibit into the ETC.”

ETC exhibitors were invited to participate based on the strong relationship of their research to the near-term influence on the manufacturing sector. Participants include universities, business incubators, think tanks and business-education partnerships.


The exhibition that grew to become IMTS held its first show in 1927. The main goal of that event, the Machine Tool Show, as it was known then, was strictly to exhibit the new technology of the day. This year, the ETC will bring IMTS 2004 back to its roots. Invited entrepreneurs are expected to show innovative and enabling technologies in the areas of process, micro machines, nanotechnology and software, to name just a few.

Ultra small scale manufacturing, new automation techniques, cryogenic and dry machining, smart machines and alternative processes such as specialized lasers, friction stir welding and hydroforming are all expected to play a role in the ETC.

IMTS is held every even-numbered year in Chicago. IMTS 2004 will be among the largest industrial expositions in the world and the largest of its type in the Americas. This trade show is expected to attract 100,000 buyers and sellers from more than 40 countries. More than 1,200 exhibiting companies typically participate.

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