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Options to the International Manufacturing Technology Show

International Manufacturing Technology Show

Due to the recent global health crisis, the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) has decided to officially cancel the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS). 

Originally set to open its doors from September 14-19, 2020 in Chicago, the organizers chose public safety over the event.

While metalworking enthusiasts everywhere are most likely very disappointed, the IMTS will be offered as a duo of comprehensive digital programs instead of an in-person event. So, keep your spirits high as our experts here at Dake explore the alternative options with you.


IMTS Network and IMTS Spark

While we understand that a virtual program isn’t the same as an in-person event, there are some advantages. IMTS Network and IMTS Spark will serve as ways to get new knowledge and innovative products into the metalworking and manufacturing industries.

IMTS Network will be a live-stream of human interest stories hailing from the Manufacturing Technology industry. Meanwhile, IMTS Spark will be a brand new program that connects attendees to exhibitors by providing a digital platform for networking and education in the field.

If you have already registered to attend the IMTS, you have the option to request a refund or allow your registration to be used as a donation to Miles of Manufacturing. Of course, this donation would be tax-deductible, and the money would go to educational programs designed to get students ready for a career in the manufacturing technology field.


IMTS Pavilions

If you had planned on visiting the IMTS, then you were most likely looking forward to the various exhibits.

The IMTS was well known for hosting an array of pavilions such as Abrasive Machining, Metal Removal, Machine Components, Gear Generation, Quality Assurance, and so much more. With the IMTS Spark digital program, you can still see what these vendors would have offered had the show taken place.


The History of IMTS

Since 1927, the IMTS has been a place for metalworking professionals and enthusiasts to network and learn about new innovations in the industry. The National Machine Tool Builders' Exposition took place in September of 1927, and it attracted more than 12,000 attendees.

It was held again in 1929, and it brought in over 25,000 people from all across the globe. Visitors from Germany, France, Belgium, England, and Czechoslovakia even dropped by to represent their nations’ advancements in the field of manufacturing and metalworking.

After six years had passed, the 1935 exposition was the last one before World War II hit. It wasn’t until 1947 that the show was given a green light to continue. For the next 20 years, the exposition was only held once every five years.

It wasn’t until the 1970s that the show began to come up more often. Since the dawn of the new millennia, the IMTS has opened its doors every two years for experts and beginners to explore the latest trends in manufacturing equipment and procedures.

In 2018, the IMTS drew in 129,415 people, setting the record for the largest event of its kind. With 2,563 companies represented over 1,424,232 sq. ft. of floor space, this draw-dropping exposition set the bar high. If IMTS 2020 had not been canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak, it may have set a new record for the industry.


Online Learning

The IMTS is not only a great place for networking and exploring new technologies, but it is also a wonderful learning environment.

No matter what your skill level in metalworking is or how long you’ve been in the business, there is always something new just around the corner. Luckily, IMTS 2020 is offering webinars and podcasts that cover marketing, social media, and manufacturing technology.


As of now, you can register for the “Rethinking a Tech-Powered Supply Chain” webinar hosted by Steve Miller. It’s set for June 23, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. ET. Guest speaker Oisin Lunny will also be a part of this webinar.

Topics will include:

  • Streamlining your business approach after the COVID-19 crisis,
  • Amazon’s stranger for maintaining supply chains,
  • What role 5G plays in your future business plan, and so much more.

It’s a great online course to enroll in if you are looking to reorganize or streamline your business practices after the global pandemic.


Learning with Dake

Here at Dake, we value high-quality machinery and education. That’s why we offer a product line of metalworking machines that last for generations. We also have an expansive online video library that is available for the general public.

You don’t have to register or enroll to see our instructional videos. Our product pages are full of machines such as arbor presses, bandsaws, hydraulic presses, belt grinders, and more. For your convenience, our videos cover just about every type of machine we offer.


The History of Dake

While the IMTS may have been around in one form or another since 1927, we’ve been around for much longer. Our company was founded 1887 by William F. Dake. As the inventor of the double-reciprocating square-piston steam engine, Dake is considered to be a founding member in the metalworking industry.

After surviving multiple wars, Dake has managed to thrive even in the new Digital Age. We hosted one of the earliest test sites on the web, and our company’s products have been featured on numerous television shows such as The Great Biker Build-Off, X-treme 4x4, Orange County Choppers, and many more.

Over the last 133 years, we have cultivated a reputation for building long-lasting, reliable machines for metalworkers around the world.

While we are sad to see the International Manufacturing Technology Show canceled for 2020, we understand that it’s for the best. Public health and safety take precedent over anything else.

However, you can still learn about metalworking machines and advancements right here on our website. Visit our video library for instructional how-to clips or explore our informative blog to read up on the latest Dake product info.

For questions about our product lineup or to request a customized metalworking machine, get in touch with our experts today.

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