PMTS 2013: Bigger, But Still Focused

The latest edition of the Precision Machining Technology Show will be the largest. As always, taking time to attend the show is time well-spent.


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The seventh edition of the Precision Machining Technology Show (PMTS) held in April will feature more than 230 exhibitors, the most the show has offered its attendees. That said, its focus remains the same: highlighting specific equipment, services and ideas that can enable shops to more effectively produce precision turned and machined parts.

PMTS is presented by the Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA) in collaboration with Modern Machine Shop and our sister publication, Production Machining. What’s interesting about this biennial show’s targeted approach is that it serves to energize users of screw machines, Swiss-types, multi-spindles and the like who share a kindred spirit and face similar business challenges. But in a practical sense, PMTS’s manageable show model enables those in the precision-machining community to make the most effective use of their time as they investigate solutions for improving their processes.

Unfortunately for me, I’ve missed the last two show editions due to other commitments. However, I’ll attend this year’s event, which runs April 16 to 18 in Columbus, Ohio. In fact, thinking about what I’ve missed has brought to mind some of the ways the show has evolved over the last few years.

For example, this will be the second time that the complementary (and complimentary) Parts Cleaning Expo (PCx) will be co-located at PMTS. PCx will include a dedicated pavilion with conference sessions covering topics such as parts-cleaning fundamentals and imminent environmental regulations that shops may encounter. This is helpful, because parts cleaning often is the process that immediately follows machining.

PMTS also will offer free technical programs about select precision-machining topics. These include educational sessions, presentations at the event’s Technical Theater, and demonstrations and presentations in many exhibitors’ booths.

On April 18, the National Institute for Metalworking skills will host Student Day, designed to teach youngsters interested in STEM careers about precision machining. Students and teachers can take part in an orientation session followed by a show tour led by industry experts.

The online MyShow planner is again offered to help attendees streamline their visit. MyShow is more than just a map designating booth locations. The free utility also is designed to help generate a personalized itinerary that automatically highlights selected booths and keeps attendees up-to-date on appointments and events.

Ultimately, PMTS offers a clear picture of what precision machining looks like today. You can preview some of the new equipment that will be on display by flipping to the special show section that starts on page 146. Take a look, and then go to pmts.com to register for the show.