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By Peter Eelman, Vice President of Exhibitions and Business Development at AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology, which owns IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show.

Sometimes I try to imagine what life was like before a New Year’s Eve that’s about to usher in an even-numbered year … which means welcoming in an IMTS year. I realize I can’t!

For me it was a lifetime ago and as we begin another even-numbered year (another SHOW year), I can’t help feeling the excitement and anticipation that our visitors, exhibitors, partners and staff all share. In just eight months we will begin moving into McCormick Place, and only 252 days after New Year’s Day the doors will open on IMTS 2018.

In a world of negatives, everyone involved in IMTS is focused on positives: marketing new products, finding new solutions, building better business relationships and just plain enjoying a vibrant dynamic in the midst of rapid and exhilarating changes for the manufacturing industry. Those changes will be on full display at IMTS 2018.

In addition to the more than 1,200 exhibitors showing the newest innovations, AMT’s Emerging Technology Center will be presenting a deep dive into the digital transformation of manufacturing, featuring AMT’s own contribution to the industry via MTConnect®, and for the first time, an IMTS version of our partner SME’s Smart Hub. The digital manufacturing theme will carry through the displays by our media partners GIE and Gardner Publications and will be connected to the ETC. This exciting technology will be located in the lobby area of the North Building at McCormick Place.

Also for the first time, the Emerging Technology Center will have a satellite location in the lobby of the West Building within the new, expanded Additive Pavilion and feature a display of some of the latest advances in additive manufacturing technology.

Finally, for those of you who remember the IMTS of years past, an old friend returns with the re-opening of the E Hall. This lower level hall, located in the East Building directly in front of the registration area, will host the Machine Components, Cleaning and Environmental Pavilion, as well as IMTS partners Hannover Messe's exhibits.

The countdown has begun! Lock in early-bird rates, register now for IMTS 2018.

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