Grand Concourse Main Stage

Arriving early at McCormick Place pays off with special live presentations from 9:30 to 9:50 a.m on the Grand Concourse Stage, located between the North and South Buildings on Level 3.

Each day IMTS features a different topic, including reshoring, the digital revolution, and live MakingChips broadcasts daily. We encourage you to grab a coffee and enjoy these free events as you wait for the show to open. Presentation details are located below.

September 10 – 15, 2018
Location: Grand Concourse Level 3, stage below the Jumbo Tron, McCormick Place

Monday  |  Tuesday  |  Wednesday  |  Thursday  |  Friday  |  Saturday


Monday, September 10, 2018

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.

IMTS Opening Day Ceremony and Ribbon Cutting

Speakers:

  • The Power of Collaboration for Innovation
    Doug Woods, President, AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology
  • HANNOVER MESSE Comes to the U.S.
    Dr. Jochen Koeckler, Chairman of the Managing Board, Deutsche Messe AG

MakingChips

Time: 12:00 p.m.
What are we doing to educate and onboard the next generation of manufacturing leaders?

Eighty-four percent of manufacturing executives agree – there’s a massive talent shortage in U.S. Manufacturing. If the skills gap is our biggest challenge, what are we doing as a community of manufacturing leaders to educate and onboard the next generation?

Join us at noon on Monday, September 10, 2018 as we bring together a diverse panel of the best and brightest minds to brainstorm the different ways we can inspire our future colleagues and solve this massive challenge.

Panelists:

  • Titan Gilroy – CEO & Advocate for American Manufacturing – TITANS of CNC
  • Toni Neary – Director of Education – Morris Group Inc. – Haas Division
  • Jess Giudici – Manager of Talent & Culture – Smalley Steel Ring Company
  • Federico Sciammarella – Interim Mechanical Engineering Chair – NIU

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.

Rolling Out the Red Carpet for America's Young Innovators

Speakers:
Tracy Frost, Director, U.S. Department of Defense Manufacturing Technology Program
Mike Burg, Executive Producer, Science + Innovation Awards inspired by Manufacturing USA


MakingChips

Time: 12:00 p.m.
What’s on the Manufacturing Horizon?

During times of rapid growth, long-term thinking can easily take a back seat to the next urgent task. Many manufacturing leaders lack the ability to see beyond the immediate future to think more clearly about manufacturing a decade from now. So we’re asking the prophets of manufacturing what our industry will look like in 10 years.

At noon on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, envision the future as our expert panelists cover topics like:

  • Workforce
  • Automation
  • technological innovations
  • domestic and global political regulations

Panelists:

  • Lonnie Love – Group Leader, Manufacturing Systems Research Group – Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Jay Rogers – CEO & Co-founder – Local Motors Industries
  • Adrian Allen – Executive Director – Advanced Manufacturing Research Center (AMRC)

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.

Importance of Manufacturing in Illinois

Speakers:
The Honorable Bruce Vincent Rauner, Governor of the State of Illinois
Peter Eelman, Vice President, Exhibitions & Business Development, AMT
Larry Turner, President & CEO, Hannover Fairs USA, Inc.


MakingChips

Time: 12:00 p.m.
Social Media Marketing for Manufacturers

Growing a metalworking brand with social media is a mixture of art and science. For many manufacturers, social media is nothing more than a distraction, but savvy brands understand how to leverage social platforms to build authentic connections that drive tangible business results.

Learn the tips and tactics used by the most prolific social influencers in the metalworking community at noon on Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Panelists:

  • Aisha Rasul – Founder & CEO – SociStory
  • Corey Koepnick – Owner & Operator – BadAssMachinists
  • Tom Fetcho – VP of Operations – MariTool Inc.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.

Manufacturing USA®: Enabling the Digital Revolution

Speakers:
Mike Molnar, Director, Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office
Caralynn Nowinski Collens, M.D., CEO, UI Labs

Technology is constantly changing the way we work and live. Manufacturing processes and products can be transformed by digitization and automation. This talk will capture some of the collaborative innovations underway through DMDII (Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute) and other Manufacturing USA institutes' work with industry, education, and public partners.


MakingChips

Time: 12:00 p.m.
What keeps you awake at night? 4 hot topics that will help you snooze better

We believe that manufacturing is challenging, but our community of metalworking leaders have pinpointed these four topics as most likely to keep them up at night.

Listen in at noon on Thursday September 13, 2018 as four of your peers share their experiences with:

  • Succession Planning
  • Technology
  • Culture
  • Sales & Marketing

When we connect as a community of leaders, it makes it easier for all of us to get more sleep at night.

Panelists:

  • Barry Walter – COO – Barry E. Walter, Sr. Co.
  • Dietmar Goellner – CEO – Advanced Machine & Engineering / Hennig Inc.
  • Craig Zoberis – Founder & President – Fusion OEM
  • Teresa Beach-Shelow – President – Superior Joining Technologies, Inc.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.

How to Increase Manufacturing by 40% Without Tariffs

Speaker:
Harry Moser, President, Reshoring Initiative


MakingChips

Time: 12:00 p.m.
Manufacturing Perspectives – How a machine tool manufacturer, tooling manufacturer and a CAD/CAM company work together to elevate a manufacturing business.

What is a community without collaboration?

Connecting technologies is the key to making progress in our industry. With technology advancing faster than ever before, how can manufacturing leaders unite and combine expertise to seamlessly produce results for the end user as we advance through the fourth industrial revolution.

Join us at noon on Friday, September 14, 2018 to learn how a machine tool manufacturer, a tooling manufacturer, and a CAD/CAM company join forces to elevate manufacturing businesses.

When we connect as a community of leaders, it makes it easier for all of us to get more sleep at night.

Panelists:

  • Jim King – President & COO – Okuma
  • Andrew Benson – CMO & GM – Iscar Metals
  • Meghan West – President & CEO – CNC Software, Inc. / Mastercam

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

MakingChips

Time: 12:00 p.m.
IMTS Wrap-up

Six days of IMTS is enough to make your head spin! Do you have the IMTS Hangover? We’ve got the remedy!

We’ve spent an entire week exploring the future of manufacturing technology while connecting dreamers and doers. Saturday’s session brings the IMTS experience to a close as we rehash the most important takeaways from the week.

Jason & Jim Wrap up the show with AMT leaders, Peter Eelman and Larry Turner at noon on Saturday, September 15, 2018.

Panelists:

  • Peter Eelman – VP of Exhibitions & Business Development – The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT)
  • Larry Turner – President & CEO – Hannover Fairs USA

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