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Everybody Wants to Drive the Robot: Students Explore Manufacturing at IMTS 2014

Contributing Editor Ilene Wolff


Students from middle school to college level gathered in Hall C at McCormick Place during the jam-packed IMTS show to see what the industry has to offer.The Smartforce Student Summit – which welcomed more than 17,000 students this year, according to an event representative – gave the next generation a chance to learn, through interactive exhibits, demonstrations, and conversations with professionals in fields to which they might aspire. Full Article

IMTS 2014: Manufacturing’s New Virtuous Cycle

Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster


The bellboy at my hotel said it all. He told me there wasn’t a hotel room to be found in the city of Chicago, and many suburban hotels were sold out, too. He seemed a bit surprised: All of this for a manufacturing show?! Yes, with attendance at IMTS over 109,000 as of press time, and two days left to go, it’s clear that we’ve entered a new era of cutting-edge manufacturing technology that is ready to change the global economy in new ways. Full Article

IMTS 2014: How Manufacturing Can Both Separate and Attract

Executive Editor James D. Sawyer


Two encounters at IMTS 2014 demonstrate the global reach and impact of manufacturing.The first was a conversation with Dan Zimmerman of Eriez Manufacturing at the company’s booth in the North Building of Chicago’s McCormick Place. “Our key technology is separation,” said Eriez director of business development. Full Article

Former Astronaut Wendy Lawrence Emphasized Science Education at IMTS 2014

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


Students lose interest in science-related education during the fifth through eighth grades, former astronaut Wendy Lawrence said at an IMTS event on Wednesday.“We’ve got to figure out how to plug this leak,” Lawrence told a gathering of high school students. Full Article

IMTS 2014: Manufacturer Profits from Hurco Chipmaker Challenge

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


Hurco Cos., the Indianapolis-based maker of machine tools, is giving a $100,000 device to an entrepreneur from its home state as part of a promotion at IMTS on Tuesday.Philip Paull, owner of Excavating Solutions LLC (Noblesville, IN) was named the winner of Hurco’s Chipmaker Challenge. His company produces systems that “auto steer” excavating machines so they dig more efficiently. Full Article

IMTS 2014: Chinese Machine Tool Maker Considering US Factory

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


Chinese machine tool maker SMTCL is considering whether to build a U.S. factory, which would supply customers in North America, the company said Monday at the International Manufacturing Technology Show. Full Article

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