Boeing Headlines Advanced Manufacturing Center

IMTS is the event that connects the people, the products and the processes responsible for manufacturing industry innovation and growth.

Article From: 9/10/2012 Modern Machine Shop, , from Gardner Business Media

IMTS is the event that connects the people, the products and the processes responsible for manufacturing industry innovation and growth. This year’s Advanced Manufacturing Center (Booth W-160) celebrates that connection with a display that offers attendees and exhibitors the opportunity to network, collaborate, learn and, most importantly, join together in celebrating a revitalized, active manufacturing industry.

Presented by Boeing, Lotus F1, IMTS and Modern Machine Shop, the Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC) features technologies impacting all aspects of the manufacturing business. From operational benchmarking to machine tool monitoring, business networking to workforce development, process innovations to new product selection, AMC visitors can connect with resources that will help them overcome their challenges.

AMC highlights include:

Innovation
Boeing Fuel Cell Demonstrator Aircraft presented by Boeing
The Boeing FCDA is the world’s first fuel-cell-manned aircraft. A global leader in aerospace and aviation manufacturing, the FCDA project is part of the Boeing Co. effort to develop environmentally friendly technologies for aerospace applications and to reduce airplanes polluting emissions.

Lotus Formula 1 Race Car presented by Renault / technical partnership by Boeing Research & Technology
A marvel in precision engineering and advanced materials manufacturing, the Lotus Formula 1 race car can accelerate from 0 to 160 kph and decelerate back to 0 in less than 4 seconds. This Lotus F1 display vehicle replicates the car that will be driven in this year’s F1 “Race of the Americas” in Austin, Texas.

Virtalis Virtual Reality Theater presented by Virtalis
Featuring a customer list ranging from BAE Systems to Boeing, the Royal Navy to several of the world’s premier R&D outfits, Virtalis is displaying the latest in virtual reality and advanced visualization technologies. Virtalis’ interactive demo enables attendees to see the power of experiencing the relationship between design, manufacture and data in virtual reality.

Benchmarking
MMS Top Shops presented by Modern Machine Shop
The AMC@IMTS recognizes the 2012 Modern Machine Shop Top Shops. The annual Top Shops Benchmarking Survey identifies optimal shopfloor practices, as well as operational and business metrics that define world-class competitiveness in discrete parts manufacturing. Companies ranging from small job shops to large captive operations can see how they compare against the country’s leading machining businesses, which enables them to make sound decisions to emulate those identified as top-performing operations.

Knowledge
Presented by Gardner Business Media
Multimedia displays from Modern Machine Shop, MoldMaking Technology, Production Machining, Automotive Design & Production and CompositesWorld enable attendees to engage with and sign up to receive technical and business content from North America’s premier publications.

Education
Presented by Modern Machine Shop and The Edge Factor
The AMC is featuring multiple components dedicated to education. Specifically, Modern Machine Shop is introducing a video feature complementing its September cover story, “Manufacturing Education,” that explores a one-of-a-kind manufacturing education program. The AMC also is displaying “Metal & Flesh,” the latest trailer from The Edge Factor, a program dedicated to promoting manufacturing technology and manufacturing education.

Management
Presented by BlueSwarf and the Reshoring Initiative
From tool monitoring to total cost of ownership, the AMC features leaders in shop management technologies and strategies. BlueSwarf is introducing the Tooling Cloud, an online shop and tool management system. BlueSwarf also is featuring the DARPA-funded Machine Tool Genome Project.

For companies interested in learning more about reshoring and total cost of ownership, Harry Moser, founder of the Reshoring Initiative, will be available in the AMC throughout the show.

Research
Presented by: Gardner Research and TechSpex
In addition to business benchmarking, Gardner Research is distributing results from a number of leading industry reports and surveys that deliver insights into where the manufacturing business is and where it is going. Complementing Gardner Research’s market research, featured AMC partner TechSpex is demonstrating a searchable, online database that enables manufacturers to locate machines based on a number of criteria, including axes, top RPM, feed rate, table size, horsepower and more.

Networking
“The Shop”
Presented by Modern Machine Shop and TRAM3
Modern Machine Shop’s “The Shop” offers networking and knowledge transfer opportunities for attendees and exhibitors in an open, informal lounge. Visit “The Shop” to have a drink and meet with leaders from all the AMC presenter company and technology partners, including participants from TRAM3, which brings together the premier minds in aerospace manufacturing.

As you enter the West Hall, be sure to visit the AMC in Booth W-160 to experience and celebrate advanced manufacturing. 

See what you missed at IMTS!

Check out IMTSTV for segments about the show and what’s new in the world of manufacturing technology, then watch Shop Talk to get the Modern Machine Shop editors’ take on IMTS, the trends they’re seeing, and what’s coming next in your industry.

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