The International Manufacturing Technology Show held in Chicago, Illinois in September set new records. The 32nd edition of IMTS drew a record breaking registration of 129,415 people, 1,424,232 sq. ft. of exhibit space, 2,563 exhibiting companies and 2,123 booths. Bonnie Gurney, director of industry partnerships for AMT credited a rapidly transforming industry stating, “exponential technology advances and a strong economy propel North America’s premier manufacturing show.”
With the International Manufacturing Technology Show ─ IMTS ─less than five weeks away, Mark Gearding, vice-president and co-founder of AIMS Metrology, talks about what manufacturers need most and how coordinate measuring machine technology stacks up to the challenges
The biennial International Manufacturing Technology Show, also known as IMTS, concluded September 17, 2016 (and our feet have finally stopped hurting). The show just released final attendance numbers for this 31st edition, which are:
- 115,612 registrants (3rd highest)
- 1,370,256 net sq. ft. of exhibit space (3rd largest)
- 2,407 exhibiting companies (the most ever)
- 76 million pounds (the weight added to McCormick Place after IMTS exhibitors moved in)
It was AIMS Metrology's first time exhibiting at IMTS, and we were pleased with the excellent booth traffic. Demonstrations on the Revolution Series LM, which employs linear motors with a Renishaw 5-axis scanning system, and the HB shop floor machine, the industry’s only mobile 5-axis CMM, attracted a lot of visitors. AIMS Metrology also had a presence at two other booths: Machine tool builder Mazak displayed the HB while Renishaw showcased the LM.
With the International Manufacturing Technology Show, aka IMTS, less than three months away, I interviewed Dave Delph, president and co-founder of AIMS Metrology. He talks about what manufacturers need most and how coordinate measuring machine (CMM) technology stacks up to the challenges.