In total, more than 2,500 visitors attended conference sessions during the week of IMTS. The largest event, in terms of both content and visitors, was The IMTS Conference.
Presented by AMT and managed by GIE Media, The IMTS Conference attracted more than 850 people and featured 71 different sessions, each selected by a review board. Collectively, The IMTS Conference and the co-located events provided IMTS visitors with more than 142 hours of educational programming.
“The two most popular themes from the conference sessions were additive manufacturing and connected/digital manufacturing,” says Bill Herman, Director, International Exhibitions and Sponsorship, AMT. Many conference attendees were looking for ways to begin their “digital journey” within their shops or how to implement next steps, as well as how they might harness additive manufacturing into their processes.
“The Additive Manufacturing Conference was a tremendous success and our largest event to date with more than 575 attendees,” adds Travis Egan, Publisher, Additive Manufacturing magazine. “This included both current and future adopters of AM technology looking to deepen their knowledge base and learn more about the latest technologies in order to grow their manufacturing businesses.”
Based on feedback from the job shop and contractor community, IMTS created a program to address the challenges they face to help diminish their daily struggles.
“Our new Job Shops program attracted 405 participants,” Michelle Edmonson, Senior Director – Exhibitions Operations & Marketing, AMT. “With such strong interest at this show, we plan to continue our focus on jobs shop at IMTS 2020.”
Presentations included a seminar on the unending search for qualified labor hosted by four job shop owners. “The part of the discussion on reaching out to high school-level and community college students was good. I hadn't thought about going to those sources to find kids interested in manufacturing,” says Aaron Collier, General Manager of Liberty Bottleworks in Yakima, Washington.
EOS' “Applied AM – Where Additive Minds Meet” half-day symposium drew more than 300 people. In a sign of how far AM has progressed, topics included a session on AM digital supply chain readiness.
Co-Located Conferences at IMTS
In addition to the IMTS Conference, there were several other important presentations that were held during the week of the show, organized by leading manufacturing thought-leaders. These events included:
- Additive Manufacturing Conference – presented by Gardner Business Media
- AppliedAM – Where Additive Minds Meet – presented by EOS North America
- Digital Transformation Conference – Presented by Women in Big Data
- GAMS (Global Automation Manufacturing Summit) – presented by HANNOVER MESSE USA
- OPC Foundation Conference – presented by HANNOVER MESSE USA
- Integrated Industries – presented by HANNOVER MESSE USA
- Industrial Laser Conference – presented by Laser Institute of America
- Top Shops Workshop – presented by Gardner Business Media/Modern Machine Shop