Boeing Headlines Advanced Manufacturing Center

This year’s Advanced Manufacturing Center 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.


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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:

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 will display the latest in virtual reality and advanced visualization technologies. Virtalis’ interactive demo will enable attendees to see the power of experiencing the relationship between design, manufacture and data in virtual reality.

MMS Top Shops Presented by: Modern Machine Shop
The AMC@IMTS will recognize 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.

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

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

Presented by BlueSwarf & The Reshoring Initiative
From tool monitoring to total cost of ownership, the AMC will feature leaders in shop management technologies and strategies. BlueSwarf will introduce the Tooling Cloud, an online shop and tool management system. BlueSwarf will also feature 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.

Presented by: Gardner Research & TechSpex
In addition to business benchmarking, Gardner Research will distribute 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 will be 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.

 “The Shop”
Presented by: Modern Machine Shop & TRAM3
Modern Machine Shop’s “The Shop” will offer 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 presenters 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 Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC) in Booth W-160 to experience and celebrate advanced manufacturing!