On Display at Eastec 2019
Here is an overview of some of the CNC machining and other technology showcased at the biennial manufacturing trade show.
As metalworking trade shows go, Eastec is a little different. The biennial event is hosted in West Springfield, Massachusetts at the Eastern States Exposition Grounds, where it is not uncommon to see livestock in areas not occupied by CNC machining technology. Nonetheless, that technology is sourced globally, and show attendees hail from all over North America and even abroad. Local flavor aside, even a regional show can reveal much about the state of the broader industry.
For one, the show was busy. With initial forecasts predicting 13,000 attendees, Eastec’s more than 700 booths (not to mention vendors’ coffee and food lines) stayed busy for most of the show’s three-day run May 14-16. Attendees seemed optimistic — an anecdotal observation, but one that is in line with recent economic data about the general mood in the industry.
For another, conversation at the show seemed dominated by a handful of topics: automation (particularly as a means of coping with the skills shortage), additive manufacturing, and the possibilities of interconnecting manufacturing equipment with embedded sensors and computers. Regardless of whether manufacturers’ economic optimism proves justified, their futures will likely depend on their understanding of how advances in these areas can benefit them.
Events like Eastec are a great venue to obtain the necessary education, and to put technology in the proper context. Organized by The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and AMT-The Association For Manufacturing Technology, this particular show returns in 2021. Meanwhile, the picture gallery above provides a glance at some of what you may have missed.