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 IMTS. "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 processes. -- 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.
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