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Conferences at IMTS 2018 Offer Valuable Insights, Real-Life Experiences

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From technical deep dives to high-level presentations, conference sessions appeal to engineers, operations managers and CEOs.

Educational opportunities abound beyond the show floor: the IMTS Conference and five co-located conferences enable IMTS 2018 visitors to take advantage of the unique gathering of industry experts.

“There’s no better way to get so much vetted, non-commercial insights and best practice information from credible experts, industry leaders and technical professionals, all in one building,” says Bill Herman, Director of International Exhibitions and Sponsorship for AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, which operates IMTS.

The IMTS Conference, jointly produced by AMT and GIE Media, features more than 72 sessions over four days at McCormick Place, from September 11 – 14. Each 50-minute session is focused on information that’s current and actionable for all manufacturers. Sessions cover current, relevant topics such as manufacturing process innovations, additive/alternative manufacturing, plant operations, automation/robotics, Industry 4.0/IIoT and quality/inspection/metrology.

“We want people to take what they learn at the conference sessions and return to their shop to implement these new techniques right away,” says Mike DiFranco, group publisher at GIE Media.

While planning for the show, set aside time to attend an educational session. “We organize the IMTS Conference into 50-minute sessions so that visitors can easily attend them without taking too much time away from the show floor,” adds Herman. “They are a unique way to network with like-mined professionals and gather information that will give your company a competitive edge.”

Herman notes that compared to the cost of traveling around the country to attend different education sessions, the IMTS Conference provides outstanding value. A one-day pass costs $275, a four-day pass is $475 and conference registration includes exhibit hall access for all six days of the show.

Visitors can check for specific session topics and times beginning in May. Advance registration may be required for some sessions.


In addition to the IMTS Conference, there are several other important events held at McCormick Place during the week of the show, organized by some of the top manufacturing thought-leaders in the country. These events include:

Additive Manufacturing Conference

Wed., Sep. 11 & Thu., Sep. 12, presented by Gardner Business Media
Held onsite at IMTS during show years, the Additive Manufacturing Conference focuses exclusively on the latest industry trends today: additive technologies for industrial part production. The day and a half event will include technical sessions, business networking, receptions and sponsor displays offering a practical, applications-based look at the machines, materials and methodologies being used to grow end-use tools and components.

For more information about attending the Additive Manufacturing Conference, visit www.additiveconference.com.

Applied AM-EOS Additive Day (formerly EOS User Day)

Wed., Sep. 12, presented by EOS North America
This event is a chance for professionals to have open discussions about 3D printing and additive manufacturing and share practical ways these technologies are being used today.

“Some industries are adopting 3D printing now, and there are many good stories to share,” said Patrick Boyd, director of marketing in North America for EOS. “The technology is becoming more widely accepted as part of the future of manufacturing, so now’s a good time to get in on the conversation.”

For more information about Applied AM — EOS Additive Day, contact Kristen Eisiminger, marketing and events specialist at EOS, 248.306.0143 x8103 or kristen.eisiminger@eos-na.com.

Top Shops Workshop

Thu., Sep. 13, presented by Gardner Business Media/Modern Machine Shop
The Top Shops event is the industry’s No. 1 source for best practice information in a variety of business areas, including the machining floor, the front office and human resources. “It’s a unique forum for leaders at best-in-class machining companies to share knowledge and get up-to-date on the technologies and techniques,” said Travis Egan, Group Publisher, Gardner Business Media. “This is a must-attend event for businesses wanting to propel to the top.”

For more information about attending the Top Shops Workshop, visit www.topshopsevent.com.

GAMS (Global Automation Manufacturing Summit)

Thu., Sep. 13, presented by Hannover Fairs
Stay on top of the fast-changing world of IIoT. Get the latest updates on the industry’s journey to operational IIoT systems, a game-changer that is poised to help manufacturers everywhere measure, manage and analyze plant floor data to optimize operations.

For more information about attending the Global Automation Manufacturing Summit, contact Adrienne Zepeda, show manager at Hannover Fairs, 773.796.4250 or azepeda@hfusa.com.

Industrial Laser Conference

Wed., Sep. 12, presented by Laser Institute of America
Learn about the many industrial applications of lasers and how to incorporate them into manufacturing processes to improve efficiency and profits. Hear best practices about applying lasers for applications such as additive manufacturing, cutting, welding, marking and more.

For more information about attending the Industrial Laser Conference, visit https://www.lia.org/conferences/industrial_laser_conference.

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