The Main Event: FABTECH 2012, Las Vegas
While many had thought manufacturing might throw in the towel, it's come out swinging--and this annual show is in its corner
By Sarah A. Webster
Editor in Chief
With manufacturing on the rebound, FABTECH 2012 to be held in Las Vegas from Nov. 12 to 14, is shaping up to be an exciting one-stop shop to learn about the latest industry developments, mingle with world-class suppliers and find the tools to improve productivity and increase profits.
North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event, FABTECH is expected to cover more than 400,000 net ft² (37,200 m²) and host more than 25,000 attendees and 1100 exhibiting companies.
FABTECH serves the smallest job shops looking for a competitive edge to the largest Fortune 500 manufacturers seeking innovative solutions to complex problems.
High‐level company executives, manufacturing and engineering professionals and business owners from major industries—including aerospace, agriculture, appliance, automotive OEMs and their suppliers, construction, heavy equipment, military and defense, mining and utilities, recreational equipment, and non‐automotive transportation—attend FABTECH to discover new technologies and source products to improve their business.
Educational sessions, informative keynote speeches and other special events keep show visitors returning to FABTECH every year.
To guide attendees to products and services easily, the show floor is organized in Pavilions that are geared toward specific industries and technologies. FABTECH will encompass both the Central and North Halls at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
The Central Hall houses Pavilions dedicated to Forming & Fabricating, Laser, Metalforming, Tool/Die, Tube & Pipe and Finishing.
The North Hall houses Pavilions dedicated to Welding and Thermal Spray.
The event is cosponsored by the American Welding Society (AWS), Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA), Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) and Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI).
Visitors must register to receive a show badge to attend the event. Advance registration is free of charge through Nov. 9. Beginning Nov. 10 the cost to attend the exhibits is $50. No one under 16 years of age will be admitted.
The FABTECH education program has been expanded for 2012. The program now features over 50 new sessions, presentations in Spanish, and expanded management and lean manufacturing tracks. For the first time, a preshow Lean Manufacturing Overview Workshop will be offered on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012 (see below for further details).
Individuals who attend AWS education programs are awarded one PDH (Professional Development Hour) for each hour of education program attendance. Individuals seeking FMA Recertification Credits will be awarded two credits for each conference session attended (forming & fabricating, cutting, or finishing tracks) plus an additional two credits for attending the show. Individuals who attend SME education programs may be eligible to receive one credit per hour attended toward their SME-managed recertification requirements.
For more information on the educational program, including the schedule and pricing, go to http://tinyurl.com/fabtechedu. ME
This article was first published in the November 2012 edition of Manufacturing Engineering magazine. Click here for PDF.