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|Knowledge Bars Add to Collaborative Education at imX Event
IIn addition to Learning Labs and Industry Panels, Knowledge Bars will be located at imX directly on the event floor. The Knowledge Bars are designed as one-on-one interactive Q&A sessions and are facilitated by one of nearly eighty imX eXhibit Partners.
Scheduled on the hour each of the three days of imX, the Knowledge Bar learning sessions are a medium for eXhibit partners and eXecutive guests to share and discuss innovative solutions to manufacturing challenges. Knowledge Bar topics will range from lowering production and manufacturing costs and increasing production volume to improving quality, workflow or developing other manufacturing efficiencies.
The Knowledge Bars are hosted by the editorial and publishing team of Manufacturing Engineering. Sessions at the Knowledge Bars will facilitate a comfortable exchange of technical information and practical knowledge for no more than ten guests each in a three hundred square-foot “bar” which will include refreshments.
“Knowledge Bars will carry the imX theme of innovation, discussion and collaboration to every corner of the event floor,” said Steve Prahalis, experience manager, imX. “Our hope is for the relationships formed in these conversations and throughout imX to serve as a basis for the cooperative efforts that will secure the future of domestic manufacturing.”
The inaugural, by-invitation-only imX event will take place September 12 – 14, 2011 in Las Vegas.
Spring Technologies’ Digital Workshop® at imX 2011
Visitors to imX 2011 will have a unique opportunity to learn and experience the benefits of SPRING Technologies’ Digital Workshop® in booth 2721. Certain key aspects of the comprehensive software suite will be presented in interesting ways. Among these are NCSIMUL, a complete CNC machine G-code verification solution; OPTITOOL, a utility to optimize cutting conditions; and NCDOC, a module to standardize shop floor documentation. The company will host guest speakers from its headquarters in France, engage attendees with interactive displays, and conduct workshops throughout the three-day event. Spring Technologies will also run one of the Knowledge Bars at imX with a program entitled, “Improve your shop savings and productivity with numerical tools”.
More About the Product Solutions at imX
NCIMUL 8.9 is a toolpath viewer and simulator based on CNC G-codes. Three-dimensional graphics help machine operators avoid crashes, optimize cutting conditions, and standardize shop floor documentation. The latest version includes 100 customer-driven enhancements, including an accurate comparison tool, an improved display for large parts, new internal calculations to accelerate complex part simulations by 30%, and a new control editor. OPTITOOL 8.9 analyzes cutting conditions, dramatically reduces “air cutting”, optimizes federates, and allows users to create better cutting strategies. NCDOC permits users to produce technical documentation quickly, including customizable inspection reports; reference libraries; collaborative documents for customers, staff, and vendors; and PDF documents with encapsulated movies. For more information, visit imX booth 2721, or www.springplm.com.
Flexible Manufacturing Systems in Fastems’ InteractiveExhibit at imX 2011
Visitors to the imX event will take away a greater understanding of the benefits and the application of flexible manufacturing systems in Fastems’ booth 2700. “We will relay the why, where, and how of utilizing factory automation to stay competitive in today’s global economic environment,” says Mr. Tomi Ketola, President of Fastems, LLC, the North American subsidiary of Fastems Oy Ab, Tampere Finland. imX is a unique event. In keeping with the theme of imX, which is to emphasize learning and convey knowledge, Fastems willengage its customers and prospects with compelling “real world” information, interactive workshops and dynamic audio/visual presentations. Factory Automation Specialists with many years of experience improving and automating processes will be available throughout the show. “Visitors to our booth have an opportunity to extend their awareness of what flexible manufacturing systems, when combined with innovative engineering, will do for their businesses,” continues Mr. Ketola. “We are an open integrator with virtually every machine tool brand. Our installations are increasing because production automation is an effective way to increase productivity, reduce costs, and make a significant, positive impact on profitability while we create and maintain lifelong partnerships. This event is also an opportunity for us to expand our understanding of manufacturers’ needs. We are confident that imX will be a true exchange of ideas, expertise, and solutions.” For more information, visit imX booth 2700 or www.fastems.com.
Learn About New Methods to Machine New Aerospace Materials at imX 2011
Visitors to imX will take away a greater comprehension of the requirements to machine new aerospace engine and structural components in Mitsui Seiki’s imX booth 2500. “There is a tremendous amount of work coming down the pike to the aerospace supply chain, driven by new fuel-efficient jet designs,” says Scott Walker, President of Mitsui Seiki USA, Inc. “The challenge is 95percent of these high nickel superalloys and hybrid composite material parts cannot be machined with conventional CNC machining centers. We have been working in conjunction with the major aerospace OEMs for the last several years to develop the manufacturing equipment to process these new parts. At imX we will convey the latest information and technology available to machine these components.” In keeping with the theme of imX, which is to create a learning environment, Mitsui Seiki plans to engage its customers and prospects with guest speakers from the aero industry, host interactive workshops, present dynamic audio/visuals, and foster casual conversation in its booth. Walker continued, “The aerospace OEMs are very concerned that there isn’t enough manufacturing capacity to handle all the work that’s coming. Contract shops need the facts. We welcome the opportunity to provide them at imX.”