Registration For IMTS 2018 Conference Is Now Open

Registration is now open for the IMTS 2018 Conference, a platform for manufacturing education at IMTS — The International Manufacturing Technology Show.

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McLean, VA — Registration is now open for the IMTS 2018 Conference, a platform for manufacturing education at IMTS — The International Manufacturing Technology Show. The IMTS 2018 Conference features 69 sessions over four days, Sept. 10-13, at McCormick Place in Chicago, and covers information that’s current and actionable for all manufacturers: manufacturing process innovation, alternative/additive manufacturing, plant operations, systems integration, Industry 4.0/lloT and quality/inspection/metrology.

“There’s no better way to get so much vetted, non-commercial insight and best practice information from credible experts, industry leaders and technical professionals, all in one building,” says Bill Herman, Director of International Exhibitions and Sponsorship for AMT — The Association For Manufacturing Technology, which owns and produces IMTS.

The IMTS Conference is organized into 55-minute sessions to assure that visitors can easily attend sessions without taking too much time away from the show floor.

“Many attendees choose to buy the four-day pass, allowing them to attend a variety of conferences on different days. They split their time between the conferences and the exhibition floor, which is a great way to go about it,” says Herman. A one-day pass costs $275, a four-day pass is $475 and conference registration includes exhibit hall access for all six days of IMTS, which runs Sept. 10 - 15.

Session abstracts submitted by exhibitors are evaluated by editors from GIE Media, an IMTS media partner, to ensure that they provide non-commercial insight and best practice information from credible experts, industry leaders and technical professionals. “Contracted exhibitors present on a variety of topics that cover industry needs and breakthroughs,” says Herman. “These aren’t product pitches. Conference sessions are technical deep dives that apply directly to the daily activities of engineers. That said, CEOs and shop owners often attend process-oriented sessions so they can keep an eye on industry direction, notably as it relates to additive manufacturing and Industry 4.0.”

All IMTS Conference sessions will be held in the West Building – Level 1 of McCormick Place. Visitors may register for conferences and check for specific session topics, times and room numbers by going to

Seven Co-Located Conferences

IMTS also hosts seven co-located conferences that will deliver a wealth of information. HANNOVER MESSE USA, will present the Integrated Industries Conference on Sept. 11, the GAMS (Global Automation & Manufacturing Summit) on Sept. 12 and the OPC Foundation Conference on Sept. 13. HANNOVER MESSE USA will also host presentations on automation, robotics and Industry 4.0 in the Solutions Theater and Digital Factory area, both located on Level 2 of the East Building.

Gardner Business Media, an IMTS media partner, will host the Additive Manufacturing Conference on Sept. 11 and 12 and the Top Shops Workshop on Sept. 13. EOS North America will present the AppliedAM — Where Additive Minds Meet event on Sept. 12. The Laser Institute of America will present the Industrial Laser Conference on Sept. 12.

A variety of pricing packages are available, including single-day sessions and full conference and joint discount packages. Registration for any of the co-located conferences includes full access to all IMTS exhibit halls for all six days of the show. For a complete list of conference details and pricing, visit

Additional Details On Co-located Conferences

Integrated Industries 

Presentations at the 2018 Integrated Industries Conference (IIC) will tie in closely with technologies on the show floor of HANNOVER MESSE USA. IIC offers three tracks: Track A – Motion, Drive & Automation; Track B – IIoT/Industry 4.0 and Track C – Integrated Industries. An outstanding lineup of global industry experts and thought leaders will share advanced manufacturing insights, best practices and new methods to help introduce new technology onto the factory floor.

For more information, visit

GAMS (Global Automation Manufacturing Summit)

Stay on top of the fast-changing world of IIoT by attending the Global Automation Manufacturing Summit (GAMS). Get the latest on the industry’s journey to operational IIoT systems, a game-changer that is poised to help manufacturers everywhere measure, manage and analyze plant floor data to optimize operations. Presentation topics include IIoT in discrete manufacturing, Maintenance and IIoT, “Embrace your robot: a guide to the future” and Cybersecurity.

For more information, visit

Additive Manufacturing Conference

Held on-site at IMTS during show years, the Additive Manufacturing Conference focuses exclusively on the hottest industry trend today: additive technologies for industrial part production. The day and a half event will include technical sessions, business networking, receptions and sponsor displays that offer a practical, applications-based look at the machines, materials and methodologies being used to grow end-use tools and components.

For more information, visit

AppliedAM – Where Additive Minds Meet

Hosted by EOS and featuring many industry luminaries, AppliedAM is a half-day, Additive Manufacturing (AM) applications-focused symposium where professionals will discuss how AM is being employed today and why AM is a cornerstone of true digital manufacturing and Industry 4.0. "Many organizations want to know how and where to begin to implement an additive program. Featuring panels and presentations with Boeing, Siemens, UDRI, EOS and many others, we've designed AppliedAM to connect those that already have highly successful AM programs with those that want to learn more by discussing shared challenges and success stories," says Patrick Boyd, Marketing Director at EOS North America. 

"Regardless of industry — aerospace, automotive, medical, electronics – AppliedAM is a unique event that will help manufacturers seeking to attain AM excellence."

For more information, contact Patrick Boyd, Marketing Director, EOS North America, or visit

Top Shops Workshop

The Top Shops event is the industry’s leading source for best practice information in a variety of business areas, including the machining floor, the front office and human resources. Travis Egan, Group Publisher, Gardner Business Media, says that, “The Top Shops Conference is a unique forum for leaders at best-in-class machining companies to share knowledge and get up-to-date on the technologies and techniques. Manufacturing facilities and job shops learn about areas where they can improve business, from the machining floor to the front office. This is a must-attend event for businesses wanting to propel themselves to the top.”

For more information, visit

Industrial Laser Conference

Learn about the many industrial applications of lasers and how to incorporate them into manufacturing processes to improve efficiency and profits. Hear best practices about applying lasers for applications such as additive manufacturing, cutting, welding, marking and more.

For more information, visit

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