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It's not a show title that rolls off the tongue, but the Industrial Automation North America and MDA NA @IMTS 2014 show nevertheless may well be one to remember.
Where to find the gearboxes, bearings, couplings and other components.
What was once targeted specifically toward the machine tool and metalworking industries, IMTS 2014 in Chicago spent a great deal of time and resources on automation, controls, mechanical components, self-diagnostics and an increase in productivity on the shop floor.
Most of you probably think you know what IMTS is about—machine tools, cutting tools, and various manufacturing processes. And if you stick to the North, South and West halls, you’ll be mostly right. But there’s a substantial group of exhibitors in the East building that are dedicated to automation, motion control and mechanical components.
The U.S. is a very attractive market for international firms with manufacturing solutions, and we see that trend continuing. This year (Hannover Fairs USA has) secured a tremendous amount of interest from international exhibitors and attendees, which demonstrate growing interest in the U.S. manufacturing sector.
“[Motion, Drive & Automation] at Hannover Messe is the place where the future is determined.”
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With the addition of Industrial Automation North America (IANA) as well as Motion, Drive & Automation North America(MDA NA), IMTS 2014 has greatly expanded its range of manufacturing technology services. These co-located shows complement the metalworking solutions found at IMTS by bringing in key suppliers from around the world.
The glass is at least half-full—and there is no hole in the glass. While fiscal cliff disaster is a possibility, we’re thinking more fiscal pothole.
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it's hard not to think of the smorgasbord most of us experience on America's most food-centric holiday. If your family celebrates like mine, then there's always plenty of food—and more importantly—plenty of choices.
Defined in rudimentary terms, an electric motor is a device that uses electricity to create mechanical force. But in 1834, when our story takes place, most people would have trouble understanding the ramifications. That was the year that one of the earliest DC electric motors was invented—by a blacksmith.
A new preventive maintenance program at a leading New England Ivy League university demonstrates how the push for more sustainable "green" building management has led to a growing awareness of a chronic, widespread problem with HVAC motors—electrical bearing damage and failure.
I robot. You robot. He robot. Robots are everywhere. For decades, they have been as prevalent on TV and in science fiction novels and movies as they are now on the world’s factory floors—and operation rooms. Fiction is now fact.
It is a simple fact: better lubrication can lead to dramatic energy savings and an improved bottom line. This ought to interest any plant manager who is looking for ways to reduce operating costs, and it is especially significant at a time when stricter government regulations are in direct contradiction to reducing costs. Lubrication reliability is the solution; this article will describe how manufacturing plants can use “lubrication reliability best-practices” to reduce their energy consumption, emissions and operating costs—all at the same time.
Maximizing packaging machine productivity and performance is imperative to success and is driving OEMs to adopt and invest in the latest technologies that can meet their customers’ challenges. At the forefront of these performance-driven technologies is an integrated control system—or programmable automation controller (PAC)—and latest-generation motion solutions.
News Items About MDA
1 MDA Preview: ZF (August 12, 2014)
ZF has pooled its comprehensive knowhow for the new hollow shaft drives from the Duoplan model range. Consequently, the ZF-Duoplan 2K 150...
2 MDA Preview: Festo Corp. (August 21, 2014)
Festo (Booth E-4936) will be showcasing the HGPLE electric gripper in an end-of-arm-robotic-tooling demonstration at IMTS. The HGPLE elec...
3 Fluid Power Track Offers Energy Efficiency, Productivity and Machine Safety at MDA North America (July 25, 2016)
Senior level discussions about the latest innovations in hydraulics and pneumatics equipment utilized to lower manufacturers’ energ...