Machine Design

Design-engineering conference kicks off IMTS

The Motion, Drives and Automation Conference

Engineers interested in the latest techniques for improving machine efficiency, predicting failure and downtime accurately, and getting a look at CNCs and motion controllers of the future should consider attending The Motion, Drives and Automation Conference, to be held September 10th and 11th in Lakeside Hall of Chicago’s McCormick Place.

The conference kicks off the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), which takes place September 10th to 15th in Mc- Cormick Place. The conference is organized by MACHINE DESIGN and Hydraulics & Pneumatics, along with Hannover Fairs USA, the Assn. for Manufacturing Technology, and the National Fluid Power Assn.

Motion, Drives and Automation will feature two in-depth conference tracks running simultaneously, Motion Control in Automation and Hydraulics & Pneumatics in Automation. Attendees who register for this two-day conference will have access to both tracks. Researchers, executives, and engineering experts will speak on topics ranging from reducing costs and boosting machine precision to advances in technology and security in industrial automation.

Individual sessions in the Motion Control in Automation track will include:
• Methods for increasing machine efficiency.
• Advances in predictive technologies for assessing machine health.
• Security in industrial automation, including how to maintain machines remotely while protecting intellectual property and preventing unwanted intrusions.
• A look at next-generation machine controls.
• Mechanical and structural factors engineers should consider when designing high-speed, highprecision motion systems.

Other topics include “Think like a machinist.” This session addresses the fact that many designers and engineers learn solid modeling in universities or technical schools and then start designing machines and components without considering whether the 3D CAD component can actually be made. The result: The machinist is often confronted with parts that are unnecessarily difficult or impossible to make. This discussion will offer practical tips on how engineers and CAD/CAM users can design easierto- manufacture components that cost less, and offer faster turnaround and higher quality.

The Hydraulics & Pneumatics in Automation track will include sessions on closed-loop position and force control, improving reliability, reducing noise, and designing systems that use less energy.

With current pressures on performance, efficiency, security, and the environment, engineers are more pressed than ever for the most up-to-date educational information on manufacturing equipment and industrial automation systems. The Motion, Drives and Automation Conference offers the perfect opportunity to obtain critical content during IMTS. Learn more at

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