IMTS 2012: Sept. 9 - 15, McCormick Place, Chicago.
The classic IMTS icon inflates in the courtyard separating the west wing of McCormick Place.
Halls at McCormick place were crowded with over 100,000 visitors.
Universal Robots are busy bringing easy-to-program robots to the U.S. Note the lack of safety fencing around the robotic arm -- a key feature in the new technology.
Mitsui Seiki proudly displayed a "sold" sign on its HU100-5X machine tool.
Fanuc's yellow robots drew an impressive crowd every day of the show.
MAG's cryogenic technology was the showstopper at the booth.
Makino makes what matters.
Mazak's booth represented the clean, well-lighted 21st-century machine shop.
A clean, well-lighted place indeed! Mazak's staff donned white tuxedos to drive home the point.
Siemens' daily presentations and demonstrations sought to prove that anything is possible.
The ETC highlighted additive manufacturing, collaborative manufacturing, MTInsight and MT Connect.
At the ETC's collaborative manufacturing center, teams built this year's IMTS Rally Fighter Car.
A pair of Fanuc's giant robots, hard at work.
Robots dealt cards, machined parts and flexed their "muscles" in the Motoman exhibit.
A photo gallery of some of the most memorable sights at this year's International Manufacturing Technology Show.
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This would be valid if only colleagues could interact. I have seen many workplaces in large organizations where only management can interact. All infomation must flow through managers. To make it worse the work layout does not support interactions. ... If you want the benefits of co-location you have to have the right management structure and the right physical structure!!!