3/9/10 – Emerging Technology Center to Feature at IMTS 2010
3 September 2010
The Emerging Technology Center (ETC) at IMTS 2010 will display the most advanced developing technologies critical to the future of manufacturing. This year’s ETC will include; MTConnect®, cloud computing, nanotechnology and additive manufacturing.
Attendees of the ETC will receive a 3-D video, which gives an overview of these four leading-edge technologies and will include in-depth interactive demonstrations.
MTConnect is an open, royalty-free standard developed to improve communication between machine tools. It first appeared at the ETC at IMTS 2008, and increasingly companies have begun pilot programs with the technology.
A live demonstration of MTConnect will appear at IMTS 2010 focusing collecting data from machines and devices and how that data can be used. The MTConnect Institute will be using examples from its registered members for a real-time demonstration via the Internet.
Cloud computing is the outsourced management and storage of data on remote Internet server farms. Companies benefit from this software technology as users no longer need to maintain their own servers, only pay for what they use and software updates and security are done automatically.
Nanotechnology is the development of materials and devices sized 100 nanometers or smaller. Nanotechnology is relevant in electronics, medicine and aerospace.
Additive manufacturing is the process of building objects based on thin, horizontal cross-sections from 3-D computer models. It allows design flexibility previously unknown and even impossible in traditional subtractive processes. This technology means faster production processes, as well as materials flexibility, and is ideal for sophisticated, low-quantity parts.
AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology
“Encouraging innovation and investment in emerging technologies is critical to the future and health of manufacturing,” says Douglas K. Woods, President of AMT-The Association For Manufacturing Technology, which is the sponsor of IMTS. “IMTS is the ideal forum to showcase the future of manufacturing and offer hands-on experience to all who attend the show.”
Founded in 1902 as the National Machine Tool Builders’ Association, AMT supports and promotes the U.S. manufacturing technology industry. AMT provides U.S. builders of manufacturing systems with news on technical developments, trade and marketing opportunities, as well as economic issues. It also gathers information about world markets, promotes its members’ products and acts as a representative for manufacturing technology to government and trade organisations globally.
For Those Attending
The President and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), John Engler, will give a keynote address in the ETC on day two of IMTS, Tuesday, September 14 at 9:30 a.m.