Motion, Drive & Automation North America 2016: Focus On Process Improvement through Smart Technology and Single Sourcing

Hannover, Germany and Chicago, IL—Process improvement holds the spotlight at the upcoming Motion, Drive & Automation North America (MDA North America), co-located at IMTS from September 12–17, 2016, at McCormick Place in Chicago.  The show offers attendees opportunities to discover the latest advances in process improvement and shifts to single sourcing from a variety of exhibitors, including Bimba Corporation, Hiwin Corporation and SolidCAM.

The show, which doubled in size from 2014, provides a networking hub of electrical and mechanical power transmission and control, hydraulics and pneumatics.  As in every area of manufacturing, the impact of technology and the quest for improvement continues to ignite change.

Process Improvement through Technology Advancements

The blending of software with equipment presents new ways for manufacturers to monitor performance and improve quality.

“As manufacturers continue to add smart technologies to their equipment, many opportunities exist to improve process efficiency, reduce downtime and increase product quality.  However, just because you have more data doesn’t mean you are going to make better decisions,” said Jeremy King, product marketing manager Sensing Technologies, Bimba Corporation.  “Manufacturers need to partner with suppliers that not only provide new and different data but also provide actionable insights into their equipment.”

“Manufacturers are looking to do more with less to keep competitive.  In the CNC world, this trend means more and more multi-axis and mill turn machines are being purchased, eliminating the need for multiple setups or several different CNC machines.  We’ve been laser-focused on getting the most output from these machines with the easiest programming,” said Shaun Mymudes, COO, SolidCAM.

Shift to Simpler Sourcing

In addition to process improvement, MDA North America will offer the latest solutions to help manufacturers optimize their sourcing approach.

“The number of requests for out-of-the box solutions has increased.  Sourcing components from multiple vendors can save money if you have time and can work with integrating components,” said Shawn Lawrence, product marketing manager, Hiwin Corporation.  “To save time and increase dependability, many buyers now look to their vendors to be a single source for components such as motors, drives and sensors. Motion control manufacturers are working to integrate more components into single systems and integrated sensors for preventative maintenance and safety.”

“Many U.S. and Canadian companies are finding that the perceived advantages of outsourcing to Asia do not come to reality,” said Mymudes.  “To solve this, more companies are buying machines to do their own parts and molds.”

Latest Trends Available at Motion, Drive & Automation North America

Show attendees can learn more about advances in process improvement and the growing number of options for single sourcing, including:

  • Bimba Corporation will show the recently introduced IntelliSense®, an award-winning technology platform combining sensors and software to deliver real-time performance data for pneumatic actuators. What makes IntelliSense® unique is the focus on the actuator—the parts of the machine doing the work vs. a macro level approach to monitoring.
  • Hiwin Corporation will present its recently introduced KK single axis robot which combines both ballscrew and guideway to achieve better performance on accuracy, stiffness, rapid installation and space saving. The optimized U-rail both guides the movement and serves as a structural component when assembled into a multi-axis motion system.
  • SolidCAM will feature a unique and innovative steel & hard material live CNC mill cutting to showcase its revolutionary iMachining technology. A unique wizard takes the guesswork out of optimizing each CNC program by providing optimal CNC machine settings like feeds & speeds as well as depth of cut.

“With so much change occurring in power transmission, hydraulics and pneumatics, it’s no small challenge to keep up with trends and best practices,” said Larry Turner, president/CEO of Hannover Fairs USA, a subsidiary of Deutsche Messe, the organizer of HANNOVER MESSE. “The dynamic program at MDA North America 2016 on the tradeshow floor as well as the conference program will provide a wealth of resources and solutions on today’s big changes.”

According to surveys conducted in 2014 at IMTS, Industrial Automation North America and MDA North America indicated that 86 percent of visitors found solutions to specific manufacturing problems, 85 percent planned to make a purchase within one year and 64 percent initiated new business contacts.

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About Industrial Technology Events North America

Industrial Automation North America, MDA North America, ComVac North America, Industrial Supply North America, and Surface Technology North America are organized by Deutsche Messe’s U.S. subsidiary, Hannover Fairs USA, Inc.. The five events run parallel to IMTS 2016 and belong to Deutsche Messe’s HANNOVER MESSE Worldwide portfolio.

About Deutsche Messe AG

From its headquarters in Hannover, Germany, Deutsche Messe AG plans and stages leading capital goods trade fairs around the globe. The company ranks among the five biggest tradeshow organizers in Germany, with projected revenue of 335 million euros in 2015. The company’s event portfolio includes such world-leading events as CeBIT (digital business), HANNOVER MESSE (industrial technology), BIOTECHNICA/LABVOLUTION (biotechnology and lab technology), CeMAT (intralogistics and supply chain management), didacta (education), DOMOTEX (carpets and floor coverings), INTERSCHUTZ (fire prevention, disaster relief, rescue, safety and security), and LIGNA (woodworking, wood processing, forestry). With approx. 1,200 employees and a network of 66 representatives, subsidiaries and branch offices, Deutsche Messe is present in more than 100 countries worldwide.

About Hannover Fairs USA

Hannover Fairs USA (HFUSA) develops and manages marketing programs at Deutsche Messe events in Hannover, Germany and the United States, as well as in such key emerging markets as China, India and Turkey. Working closely with its clients, Hannover Fairs helps them maintain their competitive position on and off the event floor.  The company’s programs reflect the global scope of Deutsche Messe’s activities.

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