Given the scope of exhibitors at IMTS 2016, and the number of attendees expected (over 114,000 for the previous event in 2014), it’s not surprising that many of the world’s top developers of manufacturing technology will choose the September stage to debut their latest offerings. New CAD and CAM programs will be demonstrated, new network functions will be revealed, and new tooling will be available. Most visibly, new milling, turning, and cutting machines will be unveiled.
Some of these will be new names to many IMTS attendees, like the SmartDriveComau 800L horizontal machining center, or the FZH400 5-axis HMC from F. Zimmermann GmbH; others will be new capabilities offered by familiar brand names, like GF Machining Solutions’ new AgieCharmilles CUT 2000 X advanced wire EDM system.
Some of the most influential new technologies will be found as part of larger development programs — advanced capabilities that serve as access points for shops seeking new capabilities, or production programs seeking new levels of performance.
That is certainly the case for Mazak Corp., which will demonstrate a wide portfolio of new machine designs and production process capabilities — as is its custom for a large-scale event like IMTS 2016.