IMTS Makes Its Way to Chicago

Aug. 12, 2014
The biannual manufacturing show highlights the latest in machine-tool technology.
The 2014 International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) is set for September 8 to 13 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. The show floor features over 1 million sq ft of exhibit space, with more than 1,900 exhibitors, including several fluid-power manufacturers.
IMTS will showcase more than 15,000 new machines, tools, controls, computers, software, components, systems, and processes that can improve efficiency. Attendees can compare machines, capabilities, prices, and service. The show will feature nine pavilions, each focusing on specific industries, technologies and solutions. This years pavilions are: abrasive machining/sawing/finishing; controls and CAD/CAM; EDM; gear generation; machine components/cleaning/environmental; metal cutting; fabricating/laser/additive; quality assurance; and tooling and workholding systems.
The four-day IMTS conference runs September 8 to 11. This year’s focus is on continuous improvement in the industry. Conference sessions will explore innovative and revered technologies; business development and optimization; and workforce efficiency and productivity. The conference offers five topic tracks: alternative manufacturing processes, plant operations, process innovations, quality/metrology, and systems integration. Multiple conferences will be held in addition to the IMTS conference, which include: Trends in Advanced Machining, Manufacturing, and Materials (TRAM); Additive Manufacturing Workshop; Motion, Drive, and Automation Conference (MDA); EOS North America User Day (EOS NAUD); Global Automation and Manufacturing Summit (GAMS); and ISA Inside.

Two additional shows will be colocated with IMTS: Industrial Automation North America and Motion, Drive & Automation North America. The MDA show features an exhibit area dedicated to fluid power called the IFPE Fluid Power Zone. Companies to look for in the Fluid Power Zone are: Argo-Hytos Inc., Bimba Mfg., Festo, Hawe Hydraulics, IC Flow Controls Inc., Lynch Fluid Controls Inc., National Fluid Power Association, SKH Hydraulics, Sommer Automatic Inc., Spectronics Corp., Thermal Transfer Products, and Wandfluh of America Inc.

Experience IMTS

The show offers visitors a chance to see applications of new technologies. At IMTS 2012, the IMTS Rally Fighter was built in the Emerging Technology Center (ETC); in the ETC this year a 3D printer will construct an electric car. The Advanced Manufacturing Center will have displays and presentations on additive manufacturing, automation, automotive 2025, benchmarking and data-driven manufacturing. In Today’s Technology Center, visitors will see technology from the aerospace, automotive, medical and energy sectors.

The Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS runs September 8 to 13. The summit brings students, educators, administrators, and parents together to experience advanced-manufacturing technology. Students have the opportunity to tour interactive exhibits and interact with professionals in the manufacturing industry. Attendees will also hear from Project Lead the Way, National Math and Science Initiative, and Sally Ride Science.

The IMTS hot air balloon will return to the 2014 show. A new event this year is the Miles for Manufacturing 5K; all proceeds from this run/walk will go to the Austin Polytechnical Academy.


IMTS is holding an “IMTS: Everywhere You Look” photo contest. The challenge is to spell I-M-T-S using manufacturing technology, and then post the photo on social-media sites using the #IMTS hashtag. Visitors and exhibitors are encouraged to take the challenge; winners will receive gift cards and be featured on the IMTS website.

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IMTS Fluid Power Exhibitors


A&A Mfg. Co. Inc.      W-1228, E5724
Advanced Machine & Engineering

W-2405, E-5718

Aidro SrL


*Argo-Hytos Inc. E-5040
Assofluid-Italian Fluid Power Assn. E-4848
Atlas Copco Compressors E-5672
Baldor Electric Co.    E-5748
Balluff Inc.      E-5167
Bijur Delimon International N-7186
*Bimba Mfg. Co. E-5030
Bosch Rexroth Corp. E-5283
Continental Hydraulics Inc. E-4850
Deublin Co. E-5391
Dura-Bar W-1272
Enerpac W-2377
Engis Corp. N-6751
Essentra Components W-2222
Euchner USA Inc. E-5738
*Festo Corp. E-4936, C-869
FMC Hydraulic E-5079
Fuchs Lubricants Co. W-1646
GBSA Inc.       N-6396
Greenerd Press & Machine Co. Inc. N-6031
*Hawe Hydraulics      E-4930
Hercules Sealing Products E-5850
Houghton International Inc. W-1850
Hydraulics & Pneumatics N-6076
Hytec/Power Team, SPX Brands W-2234
*IC Flow Controls Inc.          E-5026
Igus Inc. E-5677
Kaeser Compressors Inc.    N-6693
Kitagawa-North Tech Inc. W-2412
Koolant Koolers       N-6270
Kurt Mfg. Co. W-2423
Lexair Inc. W-1322
Lube USA Inc. E-5383
*Lynch Fluid Controls Inc. E-4932
MFP Seals      E-5052
Milwaukee Cylinder W-2377
Mobil Industrial Lubricants S-9292
MTS Systems Corp. E-5554
Nachi America Inc. W-2279
Ningbo Airtop Pneumatic Hydraulic Co. Ltd. W-1791
Plymouth Tube Co. W-1696
Quaker Chemical Corp. W-2094
Sandvik Materials Technology W-1251
Schunk Inc. W-2000
*Sekwang Hi-Tech   (SKH Hydraullics) E-5034
Smalley Steel Ring Co. N-6300
SMC Corp. of America E-5745
*Sommer Automatic Inc. E-5038
*Spectronics Corp. E-5028
Sullair LLC N-6969
Sunnen Products Co. N-7400
*Thermal Transfer Products E-5027
Tobul Accumulator Inc. E-5044
Total Lubricants USA Inc.    W-1086
Tox Pressotechnik LLC         E-5060
VDMA W151, W-154, W-221
Von Ruden Mfg. Inc. W-1306
*Wandfluh of America Inc. E-4928

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