In the 1959 film Some Like It Hot, two male musicians witness a mob hit and flee the state disguised as women in an all-female band. Of course, things begin to heat up as further complications set in. Job shops are also looking to avoid the heat or "coefficient of thermal expansion" when it comes to needing a mobile coordinate measuring machine (CMM) that can withstand temperature variations on the production floor.
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.