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A C O L L E C T I O N O F P R O D U C T S F R O M O U R P A R T N E R S 2 Jedd Cole Associate Editor, Modern Machine Shop 6915 Valley Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45244 PH: 513.527.8800 FX: 513.527.8801 CEO Rick Kline Sr. Director of Custom Content Tom Beard Chief Data Officer Steve Kline Jr. President Rick Kline Jr. Group Publisher Travis Egan Director of Strategic Engagement Dave Necessary Chief Marketing Officer Melissa Kline Skavlem Treasurer Ernie Brubaker Director of Editorial Operations Kate Hand How to Make the Most of IMTS With only a month until the biggest manufacturing show of the year, it's time to plan your visit. Next month, my colleagues and I will be descending on Chicago, Illinois—along with some 115,000 other visitors—to attend the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), set to take place September 10-15. Why? through tens of thousands of exhibits, how can we both make the most of the short time we're at the show? In collaboration with AMT—The Association For Manufacturing Technology, Modern Machine Shop published a blog post back in February with five keys to doing just that. They were: 1. Plan your visit by registering, downloading the MyShow Planner mobile app (link) and taking a divide-and-conquer approach to prioritize must-see exhibits; 2. Listen to industry experts both in the booth and at one or more of the over 150 conference sessions scheduled; 3. Connect socially with fellow shop types and potential suppliers, as well as tap into the state of the industry by talking with industry thought leaders; 4. Watch live demonstrations on the show floor and presentations in booths and conference sessions; and 5. Apply what you learn later by documenting your experience as you go (keep a notebook, take pictures and video, etc.). Come to think of it, these tips are as useful for my purposes as they are for yours. Both of us are trying to understand developments in the industry, and that's what IMTS is all about. We're trying to understand developments in the industry, and that's what IMTS is all about. To learn. For me, the idea is to soak up as much as possible in order to share it with you, the reader, in the pages of Modern Machine Shop. But you're also going there to learn: about new products, new technologies, new processes, new faces. But with over a million square feet of ground to cover and hundreds of thousands of attendees weaving their way

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