IMTS Conference Highlights Additive Manufacturing, Connectivity
The four-day IMTS Conference, held in conjunction with IMTS 2018, features technical presentations from exhibiting companies.
The four-day IMTS Conference, produced by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology and GIE Media, runs Monday through Thursday. Seventy sessions presented by leaders and experts across the manufacturing industry are expected to attract more than 1,500 IMTS visitors over the course of the conference.
According to Bill Herman, director of international exhibitions and sponsorship at AMT, the largest benefit that attendees get from the IMTS Conference is that all the presenters they hear from in the sessions are also exhibitors they can visit on the show floor. “Because The IMTS Conference features only exhibiting companies, no paid speakers, it brings extraordinary product and process expertise,” Herman says. “It’s a very valuable combination for a visitor to IMTS to be able to hear a knowledgeable speaker discuss a new process or product and then be able to go out on to the show floor and see and compare a range of those products in the booths.”
Presentations fall into one of five categories: manufacturing process innovations, alternative/additive manufacturing, plant operations, quality/inspection/metrology and systems integration/industry 4.0/Industrial Internet of Things.
According to Herman, two trends to look for in IMTS Conference presentations this year are additive manufacturing and digital/connected manufacturing. “Whether it is a large company with a fully automated factory or a smaller shop taking its first step on their digital journey, the ability to hear from product experts who are implanting these changes in real time is very beneficial,” he says. “The depth of knowledge in the conference speakers provides our attendees with very relevant examples regarding systems integration, process innovations and quality issues. Their collective insights give attendees processes they can take home and implement immediately.”
The IMTS Conference, once a series of product-specific meetings during IMTS events in the 1980s, has grown since its formal beginnings in 2008 into the re-imagined, four-day event it is now, Herman says. Attendance has grown from fewer than 200 participants in 2008 to more than 1,500 in 2016.