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IMTS' Goal: A 'One-Stop' Showplace for Manufacturing Technology

The 30th edition of the biennial International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) takes place Sept. 8-13 in Chicago. With less than two months to opening day, the organizer, the Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT), in McLean, Va., reports that 2,000 exhibitors will occupy 1.25 million sq ft of space in McCormick Place, filling all four halls. Attendance, which totaled 100,200 in...

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Flow International Reveals Waterjet Cutting Lineup at IMTS

Among the major suppliers of waterjet cutting systems that will exhibit at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago this September is Flow International Corp., of Kent, Wash. The company plans to feature three versions of its Mach Series machines: the Mach 4c, Mach 3b, and Mach 2c. Each provides various process benefits. The Mach 4c is a high-productivity unit whose...

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Marposs Will Debut Two Metrology Devices at IMTS

The International Manufacturing Technology Show, or IMTS, is only about two months away. During the biennial exposition in Chicago's McCormick Place, Sept. 8-13, multinational exhibitors will display their latest equipment and technologies for metal fabrication. While large and fast horizontal and vertical machining systems, lathes, gear grinders, laser cutters, and waterjet cutting machines will...

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Methods Debuts EDM Innovations from Fanuc at Metal Storm

[Editor's Note: This is continuing coverage of the recent Metal Storm machining technology event, of which ThomasNet News was invited to attend.] Fanuc's RoboCut electric discharge machining (EDM) systems and controls were among the draws at Metal Storm, a biennial equipment and technology open house presented earlier this month by Methods Machine Tools in Sudbury, Mass. One machine on display...

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VISIONx Digital Inspection System Unveiled at Metal Storm

Digital optical comparators are vital inspection and measurement tools for making sure that machined parts meet CAD specifications. The latest model in the market is the VisionGauge 700 Series from VISIONx Inc. of Pointe-Claire, Que., Canada, an automated system with five axes of motion - X, Y, Z, B (rotary), and A (tilt) - that allow parts to be inspected from all sides and angles. Officially...

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22-Yr-Old Shows Machining Is Great for Women, Too

Bailey Pinch is a young woman with a can-do attitude. She's mechanically inclined, doesn't want to spend a career sitting behind a desk, and likes challenging work that calls for innovative thinking, attention to detail, and problem solving. Most of all, she's "able to run with the big guys," as she puts it, when it comes to getting things done - which is important since her interests and...

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Ahead of IMTS, Metal Storm Highlights Latest Array of Technologies

This year's really big machining and manufacturing show, the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), is three months away (Sept. 8-13, in Chicago). For those anxious to get an early taste of what some exhibitors will have on display at McCormick Place, or get a sense of business trends and equipment developments, there is a two-day regional event next week in Massachusetts that will...

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Cooperative Networks Are Avenues for Skilled Talent Development

Developing local and regional cooperative networks that promote the education, training, certification, and placement of qualified workers is one way of addressing manufacturing's need for skilled labor. Shop owners, educators, equipment manufacturers, and OEMs that establish such coops will go a long way toward recruiting and developing employees for the skills necessary to keep their employers...

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CT Scanning Aimed as Machined Part Validation Method

Machine shops invest sizeable sums of money and time in guaranteeing that the parts they produce meet specifications - especially those used in high-performance industries such as automotive, aerospace, electronics, and medical. One way they do this is by using advanced metrology and related inspection procedures. Third-party providers often conduct these analyses with specialized equipment and...

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IMTS 2014 Preview: Exhibitors Begin Promoting New Equipment

Early announcements of new equipment that will be on display at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS 2014) are beginning to appear. The biennial show, Sept. 8-13, will occupy McCormick Place in Chicago, showing the latest developments in metal production systems, automation, software, process technology, and related areas. Among the companies releasing information about new...

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