Manufacturing Brighter Futures

Over 17,000 students visited the Smartforce Student Summit during IMTS. On Wednesday, September 10, the majority of the crowd was made up of students ranging from grades 6 to 8 who attend the Azuela School located on the southwest side of Chicago. Thanks to Principal Carmen Navarro, 350 of her students rushed into the Summit early Wednesday, eager to learn more about future careers in manufacturing technology.

Eric Sarb, a sixth and eighth grade Earth and physical science teacher, believes that the hands-on knowledge offered at the Smartforce Student Summit was the most effective way for his students to learn about manufacturing technology. “This is the world they live in,” Sarb explains, “these students grew up with cell phones and computers.” Although their generation is highly technological, they still need to work hard to achieve success for their futures. The Azuela School’s population is largely children of Mexican heritage whose parents immigrated to the United States. Sarb explains that, because the students have seen their parents work hard to give them a good education in the U.S., “school is their job,” and they take their education seriously. Speaking highly of his students, Sarb states, “I have no doubt in my mind that they’ll go to amazing colleges. These kids are going to change the world someday.”

Along with the Azuela students, the summit captured the attention of others as well.

Brandon, Jake, and Sid are all freshmen at Huntley High School who attended the summit to learn more about future careers in engineering. “This is exactly why I want to go into engineering,” Sid shared, “I want to use technology to make lives easier.”

Stephanie and Beth, a senior and junior at Elkhorn High School in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, enjoyed visiting the FIRST booth, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, where they were able to see robots built by students play a game. “This was very worthwhile,” Stephanie commented, “Seeing it makes me more interested in the field.” Both of the students were very thankful to Precision Plus Inc. for sponsoring the transportation to get schools like Elkhorn to IMTS.  




Relive IMTS Via Social Media

IMTS 2014 is a wrap! If you take a look at our social media feeds, it’s easy to see that the show was a huge success, both on and off-line. Social media had a large presence at IMTS from Social Media Central, to the IMTS hashtag, to the social media contests! We hosted four different social media contests over Facebook and Twitter. The first was a Facebook daily trivia contest in partnership with The Berghoff Oktoberfest celebration, which asked questions about the history of Oktoberfest and the first person to answer correctly won a prize.
The next contest was more interactive and paired with IMTSTV’s iSpy series starring AMT’s own Andrew Taggard. The concept was simple; visitors who spotted Andrew could snap a photo of him and share it on social media using #iSpyAndrew. In addition, visitors could tweet Andrew tips about the coolest things on the show floor to inspire his next iSpy video.
The final contest, which was definitely the most interactive, was the RoboQuest Challenge. Throughout the show, we hid two robots, Roxie and Ripley, in different locations every day and tweeted hints about their whereabouts. If visitors found a robot, they posted a photo on Twitter and used #RoxieRobot or #RipleyRobot; the winner was selected at random. Congratulations to all of our winners and thank you to everyone who participated in our contests!
Check out the activity on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram profiles. 

The Fusion of Art and Technology

If you haven't seen the 1971 Ford Torino Art Car yet, make it a must-see! Sitting at the front of AMT's Emerging Technology Center, it's hard to miss. The work was created by Romanian artist Ioan Florea using 3D-printing capabilities, nano-materials and his proprietary transfer technique to create a customized Ford Torino. Florea is proud of his ability to take a classic vehicle created on an assembly line in the Second Industrial Revolution and use innovative technology from the Third Industrial Revolution to turn it into a piece of art. The 3D printer was used to create the unique pattern that covers the car's exterior. Florea covered this layer with his own liquid metal finish creating the reflective appearance. This car, Florea says, will drive us into the future.

Announcing - the #IMTSsummit Social Media Contest!

Students - we can't wait to see you at the Smartforce Student Summit! We want to hear about your experiences at the show. We've got great prizes too! Here's how to play:

  • Follow @IMTS_summit on Twitter to earn 5 points
  • Original tweets and Instagram posts using the #IMTSsummit hashtag are worth 5 points
  • Retweets and reposts are worth 2 points

Every tweet and post must include the #IMTSsummit hashtag to be eligible, and we're keeping this limited to students only. (Sorry, grown-ups!)

The daily cutoff time is 2 pm, so get going early! We will have a winner each day during IMTS (one each for Twitter and Instagram), and an overall winner announced at the show's conclusion. Plus, watch for our daily bonuses - they're always changing! Details will be announced at the morning orientation when students arrive.

Daily prizes include great stuff like a saltwater cell fuel car, a build-your-own V-twin steam engine kit, and even brainwave controlled cat ears. Our grand prizes are a Crazyflie Nano Quad Copter and a Rovera 2WD Arduino Robot Kit!

Get ready to connect with us ... and don't forget to include #IMTSsummit!

Make a Powerful Connection at IMTS 2014

Factories of the future must incorporate more digital manufacturing solutions, including data analytics, intelligent machines and system monitoring, into their operations to be able to effectively compete on a global scale. Such an example is MTConnect, and we will use IMTS 2014 to demonstrate how this powerful open communications protocol can improve your productivity, equipment utilization and efficiency. 

And we will start by offering presentations titled “Getting Started with MTConnect,” hosted by Neil Desrosiers, Mazak applications engineer/developer. According to Neil, if you want to calculate your overall equipment efficiency, monitor all of your equipment from one system, reduce your production losses and identify lean manufacturing strategies, you can’t afford to miss attending one of these presentations in our Discover More With Mazak Booth (S-8300). 
Also in our booth, we’ll show you, through real-time monitoring of the equipment inside our Kentucky manufacturing plant, how MTConnect took the production of our machines to the next level of productivity. In fact, we were the first in the machine tool OEM industry to completely convert our manufacturing plant over to the MTConnect protocol. For our customers, this plant improvement ensures they are provided with the advanced technology they need as quickly as possible to keep pace with today’s increased manufacturing production demands. 

Overall, you’ll find we are an ardent supporter of MTConnect. So much so, we currently build our machines to be MTConnect ready as well as offer moderately priced adapters for older Mazak machines in the field.

If you’re ready to maximize your productivity via digital manufacturing solutions, be sure to come see us at IMTS 2014 in Booth S-8300! You’ll also have the opportunity to see 22 of our latest machine tools performing advanced turning, milling, 5-axis and Multi-Tasking operations.

 Guest post submitted by Mazak Corporation.



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