AMT News - October 2016 - interactive pdf

- It's almost time: manufacturers, make the vote
- AMT and SME announce new regional event partnership
- IMTS 2016: Excitement, Engagement, Success
- Are you leveraging all that IMTS 2016 had to offer?
      … and much more

It's almost time: manufacturers, make the vote!

More than 80 million people watched the first Presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton – the most watched in television history. That tells me Americans are paying attention and are engaged. Now they must get to the polls. Please urge your colleagues, workers, family and friends to #MakeTheVote for manufacturing. Visit for important dates and election information in your state.  

AMT and SME announce new regional event partnership

AMT and SME have announced a major new partnership for a series of regional co-branded trade shows focused on the manufacturing technology industry. The collaboration encompasses the existing EASTEC, WESTEC, SOUTH-TEC, HOUSTEX, and Mfg4 events. 


IMTS 2016: Excitement, Engagement, Success

Show sees 115,612 registrants, most-ever exhibitors, ground breaking technology
“IMTS has grown not only in size, but in the overall scope of manufacturing,” says Peter R. Eelman, AMT Vice President – Exhibitions & Business Development. “There are more compelling reasons for people to attend. Whether they come to research new technology, evaluate vendors before purchasing, find solutions or connect with the leaders in the manufacturing industry, there is simply no substitute for attending IMTS.”  


AMT Experience – a place to relax

AMT hosted the first-ever AMT Experience and Member Lounge at IMTS 2016. The Experience provided AMT members and guests with a relaxing environment to escape the show floor, connect with other members and customers, and learn more about AMT’s offerings. Several meeting rooms were available where members could conduct private meetings with their customers and staff.  

Manufacturing brighter futures

Another IMTS has come and gone, and with it a new generation of the Smartforce Student Summit has been launched. More than 17,000 students, scouts, teachers, administrators, scout troop leaders and parents attended the Student Summit, and in a word, you could say that they were engaged.


Gene Haas Foundation grants $100,00 in scholarships

On the third day of the Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2016, the Gene Haas Foundation announced $100,000 in scholarships to 100 high schools who applied and attended the summit. 


Meet AMIE: The future of daily living

One of the more eye-catching exhibits at IMTS 2016 was the Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) project. Displayed in AMT's Emerging Technology Center, AMIE is comprised of a 3D-printed high-performance mobile home and 3D-printed natural gas-fueled hybrid-electric vehicle. Both work together to produce, consume and store renewable energy.   

WARDJet donates two waterjets 

The Missouri University of Science and Technology Machining Lab Team and the Laureate Machine and Automation Team were named winners of the Build It! challenge at the Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2016, each taking home a WARDJet waterjet cutting machine.

Are you leveraging all that IMTS has to offer?

The anticipation and prep work for exhibitors at IMTS is huge. The energy and excitement during the show is contagious and consuming. “Sell, sell, sell” is the theme of the week. And what a show it was! There was no shortage of global prospects this year with more than 115,000 people attending from 119 different countries. International visitors numbered in excess of 15,000. 

What does it mean to be a woman in manufacturing?

It was my fourth time at IMTS this year, and walking the halls in this most recent edition, I had two thoughts about the attendees. First: Wow, they are really getting younger! Second: There are a lot more women here, and (thankfully) they aren’t just “booth talent.”

What do the markets have in store after IMTS? 

One more IMTS is in the books and it proved to be another fantastic show for our industry with more than 115,000 attendees and a record number of exhibitors. And while the show may have been a great success and spurred millions of dollars in new orders, it’s important to be prepared for when the IMTS Effect wears off. 

Who did you miss at IMTS 2016?

IMTS 2016 was another blockbuster success with thousands of attendees pouring into McCormick Place for six days. Did you reach 100 percent of your target market? Did they all stop by your booth? These are the questions exhibitors start asking as they go through their post-show follow-up process.egions. 

Process chains: thoughts from CIRP's General Assembly 2016

In August, I spent a week at the General Assembly of the International Academy of Production Engineering (commonly known by its French acronym CIRP) in Guimarães, Portugal. The General Assembly is a venue to listen, observe and discuss the advancements in all things manufacturing. 

Export control definitions updated for materials process equipment

The Materials Processing Equipment Technical Advisory Committee advises the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Export Administration on technical questions that effect the level of export controls. MPETAC covers articles, materials and supplies of metalworking equipment, numerically controlled machine tools and robots.

Georgia Tech student takes first place in MTConnect Student Challenge

Ethan Wescoat of Georgia Tech was named the first-place, $10,000 winner of the MTConnect Student Challenge – Application Competition. Along with Wescoat, the second- and third-place winners and one finalist were named on the opening day of IMTS.

Can you hear me now?

It’s Monday morning, 9:45 a.m. on Sept. 12, 2016 — the first day of IMTS 2016. I’m standing in the middle of the Grand Concourse looking around, waiting for the opening ceremony and ribbon cutting, enjoying the frenzy and realizing that I can’t hear a darn thing. The din is literally overwhelming.  

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When was your last formal business review?

The formal business review is an essential process that sometimes gets overlooked because of day-to-day commitments and pressures to lead the organization, whether your job is CEO or Sales Leader. Any healthy, forward-looking organization should conduct a formal business review every three to five years.

Make your open house count

The process of planning an open house can be daunting. For any of us who’ve done it, at some point it’s likely we asked, “Is all this work really worth it?” And nothing is more worrisome than waking up the morning of the event and wondering, “Is anyone actually going to show up?”