3/12/2018 | 1 MINUTE READ

Manufacturing News of Note: March 2018

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IMTS 2018 opens registration, partnership enables remote access to CNCs, and other industry news.


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Registration is now open for the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) 2018, which will take place September 10-15 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. As of January, 1,803 exhibitors had secured 1,307,230 square feet of exhibit space.

With U.S. manufacturing expanding at its fastest pace since 2004 and capital equipment investment likely to follow, this year’s show is expected to be one of the busiest ever, says Peter R. Eelman, vice president of Exhibitions and Business Development at AMT–The Association For Manufacturing Technology, which produces IMTS.

“In a growing economic environment, more manufacturers attend IMTS,” Mr. Eelman says. “To stay competitive, they know that there is no better place to research new technology, find productivity-enhancing solutions, evaluate vendors and connect with industry leaders.” Read more.

Here is more news to note:


  • Machining: Trade or Technology?

    The answer has to do with how people view the job. Maybe reframing machining as a technology could better reflect the exciting progress the trade has made over the decades. 

  • Developing Shopfloor Talent: Why "Vocational" Is Not a Dirty Word in Europe

    Employing apprentices is a smart move because they can be trained to develop exactly the skills and knowledge your company wants them to have. But how do you find these apprentices and why does this concept work better in some countries than in others? A closer look at the German system and the Grob Group’s approach to training, which has replicated its Germany apprenticeship approach in the United States, reveals some insights.

  • Does This School Have the Formula for Mfg Education?

    A high school in Wisconsin runs its manufacturing vocational program as a business. Students make parts for paying customers. The program is thriving, cash flow is strong, and local manufacturers can now hire recent graduates who already have experience in meeting customer demands.