Emerging Technology Center Showcases Promising New Technology at IMTS

'Sci-Fi' for Modern Manufacturing

Sep 09, 2004, 01:00 ET from International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS 2004) from ,AMT - The

    CHICAGO, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Technology that may seem more like
 something out of science fiction than out of a manufacturing facility fills
 the Emerging Technology Center (ETC) at the International Manufacturing
 Technology Show (IMTS 2004) that runs September 8-15 at McCormick Place in
 Chicago.  The ETC results from a partnership between GE Fanuc Automation and
     "ETC previews manufacturing's future," says Peter Eelman, Vice President -
 Exhibitions for show sponsor AMT - The Association For Manufacturing
 Technology.  "Big picture, this widely ranging technology means enhanced
 manufacturing capabilities: greater productivity through increased
 efficiencies, higher quality, faster speeds, and lower costs.
     "IMTS has always been a showplace for the newest and best equipment and
 technologies currently available in the industry. With the rapid advances in
 technology, we knew it was important to take it a step further this year,"
 says Eelman.
     Among the technology being exhibited by an elite group of universities,
 research labs, and government services are:
     -- Nanotechnology -- building items molecule by molecule
     -- Smart Machine Technology that lets equipment of various brands and
        functions communicate efficiently to streamline manufacturing
     -- Software that manages and monitors multiple CNC machine tools and
        supports operations such as parts machining, data collection, remote
        diagnostics and state-change monitoring as well as enabling quick
        recovery should a failure occur.
     -- Intelligent robotic "solutions" that can weld, assemble, transfer
        parts, tend machines and much more.
     -- Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems (RMS) that incorporate the right
        mix of products with the right technical capabilities for quick
        changeovers of product mix and volumes.  Each of which may vary
        significantly and frequently.
     -- Machining on the micro level
     -- Cryogenic and dry machining
     -- Alternative processes including specialized lasers, friction stir
        welding and hydroforming.
     Launched in 1927, IMTS has become the largest industrial trade exhibition
 in the Americas and among the largest in the world. The show, then and now,
 has exhibited the latest technology at the time.
     IMTS is held every other year at McCormick Place in Chicago.  Recognized
 as one of the world's preeminent stages for introducing and selling
 manufacturing equipment and technology, IMTS attracts more than 100,000
 visitors from some 40 countries.

SOURCE International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS 2004); AMT - The