IMTS 2020 To Expand Q.A. Pavilion

The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) has unveiled a new floor plan for IMTS 2020 that dramatically increases the size of the Quality Assurance and Additive Manufacturing Pavilions. The plan also consolidates the EDM Pavilion into the Metal Cutting Pavilion, which has been renamed the Metal Removal Pavilion. IMTS 2020 runs from Sept. 14-19, will occupy all four buildings of Chicago’s McCormick Place and is poised to offer more than 1.42 million sq. ft. of exhibit space.

“The floor plan for IMTS 2020 reflects a renewal of the manufacturing industry, with growth powered by digitization, additive manufacturing, automation and software,” says Peter R. Eelman, Vice President & CXO at AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, which owns and produces IMTS. “Emerging technologies represented 38 percent of the exhibits at IMTS 2018, an incredible number considering less than 15% of IMTS exhibits just eight years ago were new technology based. That percentage doesn’t include new product introductions by exhibitors in the Metal Removal Pavilion, where connected and digitally-enhanced solutions emerged as the new norm.”

The number of exhibitor booths in the Quality Assurance Pavilion, located in the East Building, grew from 90 to 144 in eight years. An anticipate of 11 percent expansion for a total of 128,975 sq. ft. at IMTS 2020 “The capabilities of quality assurance systems and software continues to expand as manufacturers seek to reduce waste and bring products to market faster,” says Eelman. “Rather than a discrete activity that ends a process, metrology equipment has become an essential component of closed-loop systems.”

The excitement for manufacturing technology continues to build in 2019, especially with the U.S. adding 491,000 manufacturing jobs over the last two years,” notes Eelman. “We have already renewed almost 100 percent of exhibit space for IMTS 2020, and we are on track to challenge the records from last show.”

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