The IMTS Experience - Practical Tools for Planning Your Shop’s Future

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Join North America's largest manufacturing community in search of the latest technology, new ideas and complete solutions. Find them at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS).


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It’s simple. Studies show that shops with new technology are more productive and profitable. The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) is the place to address your immediate and future technology needs. It’s North America’s leading showcase for machine tools, tooling and workholding, software, automation and covers the entire manufacturing value chain. Regardless of the size of your shop, discover the latest products and processes and learn how to apply them now.

The IMTS experience emphasizes the need to understand new trends, forward-looking technology and how it fits into your existing operations. It’s where manufacturers from around the globe gather for glimpse of the future. Meet the world’s leading technology experts and envision what’s possible with your operation in an ever-changing industrial landscape.

Network with suppliers. Learn from your peers. Feel a part of the industry.


New Technology

It’s time to identify the need for new. Discovering new technology and new ideas is the # 1 reason attendees register for IMTS. Visitors arrive ready to discover the latest products and processes and how to apply them.

Organized by AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology, IMTS 2018 kicks off September 10 - 15, 2018 returning to McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois.

Registration is officially open and over 1,700 exhibitors have already reserved their booth space. It’s time to start thinking ahead.

Whether your company is a small job shop or large captive operation, innovation starts with identifying best practices and deciding to make a change.


Industry Trends

IMTS is at the forefront of the latest trends, providing an opportunity to discover never-before-seen developments in areas such as:

  • Data-Driven Manufacturing
  • Industry 4.0
  • IIoT
  • Automation and Robotics
  • Additive Manufacturing

IMTS covers these trends in relation to the topics you care about most such as machining, tooling, workholding, software and more.

IIoT is more than just a vision and a strategy. IMTS introduces you to resources driving digital connectivity forward, such as MTConnect, a set of open-source interoperability standards that establishes a common language for equipment and devices to interact on the factory floor. The benefits of data-driven systems, like those using the MTConnect standard, offer increased productivity, detailed system monitoring, and real-time data to make informed decisions.

Looking to the future, attractions such as AMT’s Emerging Technology Center add another dimension to the IMTS experience, devoted to ground-breaking disruptive technology making waves in manufacturing.

Concepts like digitalization and automation are becoming a reality for many. As a result, there is increased demand for immediate, practical and market-ready solutions that can easily integrate into a company’s existing operations.


Actionable Insights

Explore ideas on the show floor to implement today and prepare for tomorrow. IMTS provides the resources needed to control, leverage and optimize technology on the shop floor that will ultimately make your business more productive.

Managing new and evolving technology can become a challenge. That’s why IMTS serves as the leading solution-based event for visitors looking to solve a problem, connecting solution-seekers to industry experts with the answers.

86% of solution-seekers found the answer at IMTS.

The manufacturing industry is evolving. As more manufacturers become committed to IIoT, the demand for highly skilled workers continues to grow. An evolving workforce and favorable economic climate is leading companies to invest in smarter processes.

Attendees can learn how to keep up with these changes at the IMTS Conference or any of the co-located shows that cover the complete range of manufacturing solutions. Gain actionable insights that complement what you see on the exhibit floor including:

  • Market Data
  • Economic Forecasts
  • Government and Policy News





Smart manufacturing goes beyond applying new technology. It’s when technology and expertise meet, the combination of smart people and smart machines.

The IMTS experience offers a network of solutions, delivering the largest display of global manufacturing technology in the Western Hemisphere to one of the largest manufacturing communities in the world.

Join the IMTS community and find direct access to people and ideas with:

  • Over 115,000 attendees
  • Over 2,400 exhibitors
  • Over 1.3M square feet of exhibit space
  • Over 117 countries represented

IMTS has established its reputation as the global meeting place for customers, suppliers and industry experts alike. With several opportunities for networking, IMTS connects qualified buyers to new products and potential prospects. 

64% of attendees make new business contacts.

As the premier industrial manufacturing technology event, IMTS attracts businesses from around the globe representing sectors like aerospace, automotive, medical and energy.

Businesses come ready to talk shop, share ideas and see those ideas in action. From live demos to exclusive product introductions, attendees get to see touch, and analyze the technology featured on the show floor.


Experience IMTS

The full IMTS experience bridges people and technology, and ultimately celebrates creativity, innovation and the exchange of ideas.

Experience the home to the most comprehensive manufacturing technology show in the Americas at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. As the largest in North America, the convention center is surrounded by a variety of acclaimed dining and entertainment options to elevate your trip. 

IMTSTV, gives you an exclusive tour of the city with its Around Chicago video series, showcasing the places and entertainment to put at the top of your to-do list. Explore the city and enhance your trip with a guide to some of the Windy City’s most exciting hot spots and activities.

Registration is officially open. With less than a year away, it’s time to start planning your IMTS experience.

Still need convincing? Share our Template Letter with your team to get IMTS into your budget today.