Conferences at IMTS 2018 offer valuable insights


The IMTS conference will offer valuable insights and real-life experiences.

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 organizes IMTS.

The IMTS Conference, jointly produced by AMT and GIE Media, features more than 72 sessions from September 11 – 14. Each session focuses 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-minded 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.

Events include:

Additive Manufacturing Conference – presented by Gardner Business Media on Tuesday – Wednesday, September 11 – 12 focuses exclusively on additive technologies for industrial part production, and takes a practical, applications-based look at the machines, materials and methodologies used to grow end-use tools and components.

AppliedAM – Where Additive Minds Meet – presented by EOS North America on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 features industry luminaries delving into cutting edge applications helping shape the future of additive manufacturing in medical, aerospace, industrial, electronics, and automotive among other featured industries.

GAMS (Global Automation Manufacturing Summit) – presented by HANNOVER MESSE USA on Wednesday September 12, will update manufacturing leaders on where the industry is at in the journey to operational IIoT systems and will explore issues such as cyber security and operational change management. Theme: Connecting the Dots.

Industrial Laser Conference – presented by Laser Institute of America on Wednesday September 12 will teach you how to incorporate lasers into your manufacturing processes to stay competitive in the current high-tech market. We will cover industrial applications of lasers.

Top Shops Workshop – presented by Gardner Business Media/Modern Machine Shop on Thursday, September 13 will demonstrate how emphasis should not just be on the products and the processes that are driving manufacturing. More importantly, visitors will learn from and interact with their peers.

Visitors can check for specific session topics and times. Advance registration may be required for some sessions.  Registration for the IMTS Conference will open on May 15, 2018.


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