Operators of machine tools pause, however briefly, every time the phrase “manufacturing technology” is used to describe their work,
their industry, their corner of the world. Manufacturing
technology is the label now applied to the industrial sector
that cuts, turns, grinds, finishes, and does so much more
to produce critical component parts. It’s a label that’s still
a little ill-fitting, but they’re growing into it.
The International Manufacturing Technology Show
is proof of that growth. Never mind that it’s still “the
machine tool show” to lifers; now in its 91st year, IMTS
has become a gathering of designers, engineers, phys-
icists, experts in material science, information tech-
nology, electronics, hydraulics, and machinists too—as
well as the financiers, marketers, buyers, and sellers
that make manufacturing big business. When it opens
September 10 in Chicago, IMTS 2018 will draw up to
120,000 people for whom manufacturing represents
the present and future of high technology.
Douglas K. Woods may be the one person among
the many thousands who will have a clear vision of
all that is happening there. He is one of those lifelong
manufacturing professionals with extensive personal
associations with machine shops and machine tool and
cutting tool developers. He’s held executive positions
and directorships for commercial enterprises, in business
development programs like the Reshoring Initiative and
the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Ma-
chining, and for technology initiatives like M TConnect (the
manufacturing interoperability standard) and MTInsight
(a manufacturing business intelligence platform.)
As the president of AMT—the Association for Manu-
facturing Technology—since 2009, Woods has led the
IMTS sponsoring organization over the four most recent
iterations of the event, including the past two years of
planning and preparation.
IMTS 2018 will be a convergence of machinery,
data, automation, innovation, and opportunity.
AMT president Douglas K. Woods explains how
it all comes together.
FROM THE COVER
By Robert Brooks
TECHNOLOGY, To gethe r