Plan of Attack for Working IMTS 2018
So far, this year has been a big one for MoldMaking Technology. We celebrated our 20-year anniversary, partnered up for podcasts with The Manufacturing Alliance, produced video interviews, commemorated the 15-year anniversary of the Leadtime Leader Awards, conquered NPE2018 and once again hosted a successful Amerimold.
All of this activity and excitement has led to added exposure and a lot of interesting conversations about a multitude of moldmaking challenges, including:
- implementing a CRM,
- integrating simulation with existing CAD/CAM software,
- deciding between a vision system or a coordinate measuring machine,
- on-the-machine scanning technology,
- monitoring machine performance,
- increasing precision with the right controls,
- modifying machine designs,
- applying waterjet cutting,
- determining how to use 3D printing,
- making the move to five-axis machining,
- producing tool paths to increase efficiency and improve surface finish,
- using the cloud to improve levels of collaboration,
- adapting more complex machining strategies,
- achieving economy in finish milling,
- utilizing optimized roughing,
- attaining repeatability of processes and surface quality,
- reducing or avoiding hand polishing,
- making investments in hard-milling,
- expanding the number of vertical or horizontal machining centers,
- adding CAM software for toolpath optimization,
- using magnetic workholding for maximum workpiece access and
- employing deep-hole drilling and milling.
Technology can address many of these challenges, so it is a nice coincidence that we are closing out the big year with the nation’s largest manufacturing trade event. IMTS takes place next month from September 10–15 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, and is the perfect venue for checking out the latest in everything manufacturing so that shops can solve big and small challenges—from eliminating bottlenecks and increasing productivity to reducing downtime and improving quality.
However, with a show this size, you need a plan of attack. To help you focus your trip on the most moldmaking-relevant technology that will be on display in the halls and down the aisles of McCormick Place, check out New Products in the IMTS Zone for our exhibitor product showcase, which will continue in next month’s print issue as well.
Now go attack that technology!
The goal is efficient data transfer that significantly reduces mold build cycles and increases margins.
We are here at IMTS today! The second of six days pounding the pavement of the 1.3 million net square feet of exhibit space at McCormick Place in Chicago to visit some of the top moldmaking-related product, equipment and service providers of the more than 2,000 total exhibitors. Here is a sampling of what we've seen so far.
Automation is coming into the forefront as moldmakers are on the hunt to automate with software and equipment to streamline processes for optimal productivity—and quality.