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Posted on: 3/18/2013

Turning Point

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Chris Koepfer

A tradition continues as PMTS cranks up on April 16-18 in Columbus, Ohio. This year’s seventh biennial edition is the largest show yet with 231 exhibitors signed up as of the end of February.

And there is good reason for this growth: The show is worth it. As focused as it is on the precision machined parts industry, many exhibitors demonstrate their products, processes and services exclusively at this event. It is a big deal, and it is specifically for our industry. 

Moreover, the interest in PMTS 2013 reflects the state of our industry, which is the strongest climate for manufacturing in many years. The key to success for this or any exhibition is you.

While we exist in an interconnected world of email, smart phones, social media and teleconferencing, all of these technologies presuppose some understanding of the subject being communicated. But how does one discover the subject?

That’s one of the reasons this magazine exists and why a trade show like PMTS continues to thrive. They are discovery tools that enable readers and visitors to uncover products, processes and services that they might otherwise have been unaware of.

This issue of Production Machining is dedicated to covering the PMTS in print. It is in your hands ahead of the show and contains numerous product write ups from exhibitors as well as interviews from principals in exhibiting companies.

The goal is to briefly introduce you to some of what is on display in hopes that your interest to find out more is piqued. Building a “hit” list of booths that you want to visit is fall out from this exercise, and a visit to pmts.com will take you deeper into the discovery process. There is also a useful “Map Your Show” tool available at pmts.com.

But all that only gets you a list of subjects to explore. For sure, the companies you want to see staff their booths with the people you want to see. Exhibitors at PMTS bring the largest concentration of precision machining talent to engage in face to face communication with you. For our complex manufacturing industry, it’s still the best way to ask and answer technical questions. All you need to do is stop by.

Education continues to be an important aspect of the PMTS experience. You’ll have access to a variety of complimentary technical and educational sessions. Educational opportunities include:

Educational Classroom Sessions that take place on Tuesday from 8:15 – 10:30 a.m. and are produced under the technical direction of show sponsor, the PMPA.

Technical Theater Presentations that take place on the show floor in the Technical Theater throughout the day on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Showfloor demonstrations that allow you to see real machines, in-action, with technical presentations in exhibitor’s booths. Check them out at pmts.com/zones/techsessions.

Once again, the Parts Cleaning Conference (PCx) will co-locate with the PMTS. In its pavilion are leading companies supplying this important segment of the precision machined parts industry. It, too, will present a robust conference program on proper parts cleaning processes as well as products and services designed to save time and money.

All work and no play is rarely a good thing, so to that end, PMTS will be hosting a happy hour on the show floor on Tuesday and Wednesday from 4 – 5 p.m. in the back of hall D, just outside the Technical Theater. You’ll be given a map when you arrive to PMTS to help you find each of the ten PMTS Happy Hour sponsors who will have free drink tickets to give away. Be sure to visit their booths to receive a ticket.

I think of PMTS as an industry reunion. Every 2 years, this critical manufacturing segment comes together at a venue that is just right. The show is focused and manageable, yet has technological depth for our industry that is unique in North America.

If I haven’t yet met you, I’d like to use PMTS as the opportunity. For those in the industry I already know, it will be good to catch up. Either way, Columbus in mid April is where you need to be. One industry in one place. It just doesn’t get better than that. 



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