IMTS spotlight: Three major events under one roof bring the world to Chicago
2014 IMTS Show combine machine tools, automation, motors and drives into a can’t miss biannual event
IMTS at a Glance
Dates: September 8-13, 2014
Location: McCormick Place, Chicago
The 30th edition of the International Manufacturing Technology Show will feature more than 1,900 exhibitors and more than 1.24 million sq ft of exhibit space, making it the largest manufacturing show in North America.
Even more important, IMTS is having a growth spurt.
In 2012, IMTS saw its attendance grow 25% to more than 100,000 people from 112 countries. The improving economy gets some of the credit, but IMTS expanded in 2012 to include the first Industrial Automation North America (IANA) pavilion, which also is credited with broadening the appeal of the event.
In 2014, Hannover Fairs USA, which produced the IANA event in 2012, also will present the first Motion, Drive & Automation North America (MDANA) event as part of the 2014 IMTS Show.
The machine tool industry long has been the backbone of IMTS, and 2014 will be no exception. There will be product pavilions in such areas as metal cutting, tooling and workholding systems, metal forming and fabricating, controls and CAD/CAM, and others.
IANA, MDANA at a Glance
Dates: September 8-13, 2014
Location: McCormick Place, Lakeside Hall, Chicago
Following its very successful 2012 launch, Industrial Automation North America (IANA) at IMTS is well on its way to becoming North America’s leading trade show for process, factory, and building automation.
In 2014, Motion, Drive & Automation North America (MDANA) will be launched at IMTS. This event further expands the range of technologies and solutions presented at IMTS by bringing the power transmission, motion control, and fluid technology sectors together. The event is expected to attract buyers from such industrial groups as machinery and equipment, aerospace, automotive, transportation, construction and mining. Other pavilions include:
Motion, Drive & Automation Conference
The Motion, Drive & Automation Conference will once again bring industry experts to discuss best practices in motion control, power transmission, and fluid power. Helping manufacturing professionals to increase efficiency and productivity, this year’s program will cover industrial communications, robotic control, guidance and inspection, linear actuators, 3D printing, and 3D machining.
ISA Inside: Training Sessions at Industrial Automation North America
The International Society of Automation (ISA) course provides a detailed look at how the ANSI/ISA99 standards can be used to protect your critical control systems. It also explores the procedural and technical differences between security for traditional IT environments and those solutions appropriate for SCADA or plant floor environments.
Summit at a Glance
Date: September 10, 2014
Location: McCormick Place, Room
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The 2014 Global Automation and Manufacturing Summit on Wednesday, Sept. 10, will feature a series of presentations on how plant managers are using automated systems to deliver improved safety, reliability, and productivity to their operations.
The one-day event is presented by CFE Media, which publishes Control Engineering and Plant Engineering magazines and their respective websites, in conjunction with Hannover Fairs USA, which presents the 2014 Industrial Automation North America (IANA) event at the 2014 IMTS Show.
Both the Global Automation and Manufacturing Summit and IANA build off a successful inaugural event in 2012. The 2014 Summit will feature a day of thought leadership from plant managers and industry leaders from around the country.
The Summit kicks off with a breakfast keynote from Karen Kurek, McGladrey’s global manufacturing lead, who will discuss results from the newly released McGladrey Manufacturing Monitor. At the luncheon keynote, Mick Wilz of Sur-Seal in Cincinnati will discuss how Legos helped his company deliver greater employee engagement during its facility expansion.
Other presentations during the day will focus on:
- Delivering maintenance excellence
- Plant floor connectivity
- Mobility and productivity
- Logistics and MES.
CFE Media will sponsor the 2014 Global Automation and Manufacturing Summit on Sept. 10 starting at 8:15 a.m. in Room W190 in the West Wing of McCormick Place.
To learn more about IMTS, the IMTS 2014 Conference, and to register, visit IMTS.com. Conversations within the IMTS community are going on at:
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Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.