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IMTS 2020 Canceled in Compliance with Coronavirus Precautions

The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) has canceled its 2020 edition, originally scheduled for September 2020, due to health and safety requirements instituted by the state of Illinois for holding conventions. The requirements include the availability of a vaccine for COVID-19 or a highly effective treatment protocol, neither of which are available. It is the first time IMTS has had to cancel a show since World War II. 

Over the next several months, IMTS will offer two comprehensive digital programs, IMTS Network and IMTS Spark, to assist exhibitors and the manufacturing community.

CNC Data Feeds Make Social Distancing Easier

As the economy continues to open, I continue to count myself among the fortunate. Beyond being healthy and employed (so far), I’ve been grateful that much of my work lends itself to isolation. In fact, I’d often seek out isolation before it became easier to find, whether that meant shutting my office door, retreating to a park, or working from home to create the mental space I need to think and to write.

Adapting hasn’t been as easy for those I write about, but there are tools at their disposal. For instance, automation has helped machine shops practice what is effectively a form of social distancing for years. And, not unlike the digital tools I use to connect with the office, machine monitoring systems can make these shops even better equipped for an era when lights-out machining is about safety as well as economics.

Breaking News: IMTS 2020 Cancelled

Doug Woods, president of AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, posted this video message announcing “We will be canceling IMTS 2020.” The following letter from AMT vice president and chief exhibitions officer Peter Eelman now appears on

The AMT Board of Directors and AMT staff have been closely monitoring the impact COVID-19 has had on its members, IMTS exhibitors and visitors, and the industry. We sincerely hope that you, your family and your business remain healthy and safe.

Has COVID-19 Made a Case for Automation? Taught Us About People Instead

This month, I have some things to say about unattended or lightly attended manufacturing, and then some things to say about people.

A theme we’ve been exploring in recent articles is automation, one of the major ongoing trends reshaping machining. Does the COVID-19 crisis make the case for even greater use of automation in manufacturing, particularly in CNC machine shops?

Quality Control Process Improved with Real-Time Data Collection, Analysis

In late 2017, Pinnacle Machine Works embarked on a mission to transform and improve productivity as the company grew. This involved a reorganization of the manufacturing plant, the rollout of lean initiatives and an investment in new tooling. As this transformation progressed, additional opportunities for improvement came into view. In particular, it became clear that focusing on inspection alone would not be enough to improve the overall quality of the company’s products.

Pinnacle manufactures oilfield couplings ranging in size from 4.5 to 10.625 inches and provides threading services of full-length pipe in the same size ranges. Established in 2013, the company has more than 100 employees and is housed within a state-of-the-art facility located in Houston, Texas, that is licensed with American Petroleum Institute (API) 5CT (casing and tubing specification) and API Q1 (quality management) standards.