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Trade Show Preview: Advanced Technologies Promise to Pique Imaginations at IMTS
Jul 10, 2014
- America Makes, focused on growing capabilities, collaboration, and strength in additive manufacturing technologies
- Next Generation Power Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute, aimed at raising energy efficiency for everything from electronic devices to electric vehicles
- Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute, which will be located on Chicago's Goose Island and will work toward the application of digital technologies to reduce the time and cost of manufacturing
- Lightweight & Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation Institute, concentrating on both the development of lightweight alloys as well as automated manufacturing processes to promote energy efficiency.
- Two examples demonstrating advanced manufacturing in aerospace. There will be a1/3-scale model of the Dream Chaser Space Utility Vehicle (pictured at top) being developed between Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) Space Systems and Siemens PLM Software. The aerospace display also spotlights aerial target drones built by Composite Engineering Inc., capable of flying at various altitudes and speeds that serve the needs of the U.S. Department of Defense and its allies around the world.
- Two all-American dream cars, one of which is a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette, which pushes the boundaries of materials, engine, and transmission technologies. Stewart-Haas Racing, an exciting team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series, is bringing the No. 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet SS, which can reach a top speed of over 200 mph.
- Medical device technologies that can be as small as implants invisible to the naked eye or as large as an MRI machine or even larger. Knee, hip, and shoulder implants; stents, pacemakers, and implantable defibrillators; bone screws, plates, and other implements will be incorporated into a clear, life-sized display showing medical manufacturing's impact on people's quality of life. Beyond the implants, medical technology can mean cochlear implants, diabetes pumps, medical tubing, bionic eyes, and prosthetics.
- Additive manufacturing, with displays of DMLS parts from Linear Mold & Engineering and RPM Innovations, a presentation by Greg Morris of GE Aviation, and a 3D-printed model aircraft machine. Visitors will get to see firsthand the technology that makes it possible for manufacturers to economically produce complex components in small quantities.
- Automation that, rather than being a replacement for employees, increases the value of an individual employee by freeing this person to focus attention on the work that requires human knowledge or human judgment. A display and presentation by Rethink Robotics in partnership with the co-located Industrial Automation North America trade show will introduce attendees to the Baxter robot.
- Automotive 2025, which will have a display incorporating General Motors' Chevy Silverado body in white and a presentation by Ron Krupitzer of the Steel Market Development Institute, a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute. Krupitzer will share insights on moving to structures that are strong, light, and capable.
- The results of Modern Machine Shop's Top Shops benchmarking survey. Results from this year's survey will be presented with Top Shops Honors Program winners being announced for the survey's four main categories: machining equipment, shop floor practices, business strategy, and human resources. Representatives from those four shops will be on hand to participate in a presentation and a Q&A with visitors.
- Data-driven manufacturing, in an exhibit provided by ITAMCO's "Google Glass & MTConnect" and XOEye and a presentation about how emerging technology is enabling both people and equipment to collect and process the facts they need to achieve better results.
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