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Constant Change Keeps IMTS Experience Fresh

Announcing the development of the Automation Sector at IMTS 2024 and SPS – Smart Production Solutions Atlanta 2025 trade show.
Jan 23, 2023

“Constant change” sounds like a bit of a contradiction, but it beautifully summarizes IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show. The “constant” part includes the show’s role as a preeminent resource for manufacturing technology. The “change” part comes with the evolution of leading-edge technology: visitors know that IMTS is the place to come to when they want to find new ways to change to improve their operations.

What visitors might not realize is how technology influences their show experience as well as the structure of the show itself. Changing technology brings a freshness to every IMTS experience. In some cases, technologies featured at IMTS become legendary, such as the Strati vehicle that was 3D printed live on the show floor at IMTS 2014 in the AMT Emerging Technology Center. From that watershed moment, IMTS evolved to feature an entire Additive Manufacturing (AM) Pavilion and multiple AM conferences.

Expanding Automation

Considered the show that demonstrated our industry’s resiliency, IMTS 2022 will be remembered as the show of a thousand robots, cobots, and other automated solutions. Put bluntly, digital technologies are essential for fueling manufacturing growth. The old model of throwing more machines, money, and people at a problem doesn’t work anymore. As much as I dislike cliches, you really do have to work smarter.

AMT is also working smarter. As part of our commitment to help manufacturers accelerate productivity and growing the U.S. manufacturing market, we are partnering with Mesago, a subsidiary of one of the world’s leading trade fair organizations, to create SPS – Smart Production Solutions Atlanta 2025, which will be held Sept. 23-25, 2025, in the Georgia World Congress Center; and the Automation Sector at IMTS 2024, which will be held Sept. 9-14 in McCormick Place, Chicago. The events, held in alternate years, will be supported by Gardner Business Media (GBM), the premier publisher for manufacturing in North America.

The Automation Sector at IMTS 2024, powered by SPS – Smart Production Solutions, will feature an expansive offering of automated, robotic, connected, and digital manufacturing technologies around manufacturing processes such as AM, CNC machining, metrology, and part handling. IMTS 2024 will have even more exhibits featuring advanced motion systems, vision and imaging, data analytics, systems integration, artificial intelligence, and cloud and edge computing.

The Atlanta event is an expansion of the SPS – Smart Production Solutions trade show held annually in Nuremberg, Germany. Produced by Mesago, a subsidiary of Messe Frankfurt GmbH, it has been Europe’s leading trade fair for digital industrial solutions since 1990. SPS 2022 attracted 44,000 visitors and featured about 1.2 million square feet of gross exhibition space and 1,000 exhibitors involved in advanced automation solutions. As an international meeting place for the industry and representing the complete spectrum of smart and digital automation, SPS – Smart Production Solutions Atlanta 2025 will benefit from the international network already established in Germany.

We will be releasing more details on the Automation Sector at IMTS 2024 and SPS – Smart Production Solutions Atlanta 2025 as we move closer to the events. We promise even more exciting changes to come – and that’s a constant you can count on. 

News, photos, and videos from IMTS 2022 will continue to be posted on IMTS.com. You can stay even more connected at IMTS+, our multi-media content destination. If you have any questions about this information, please contact Peter at peelman@IMTS.com.

Peter R. Eelman
Chief Experience Officer
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