Ninety-three days and counting until IMTS
Those of us preparing to exhibit at IMTS 2012 look at the number of days left until the show and then at our to-do list and start to sweat a little – so much to do, so little time.
How about you? Have you started making plans to attend? If not, it’s probably time you got started. I attended a regional AMT meeting in the Chicago area Wednesday and learned that rooms at the officially sanctioned show hotels have already sold out. Show organizers are scrambling to find more rooms. Two years ago I had to book rooms in Janesville, Wisconsin for some procrastinators in my company. At that time, all of the hotels from the suburbs to past Rockford, Illinois were full. The drive in the morning wouldn’t be too bad from there, probably around two and half hours. The drive back out at rush hour would be ugly. Trust me; I drive the middle section of that trip every day.
Sold out hotels are indications that IMTS 2012 is going to be a good show. Apparently, exhibitors are feeling optimistic as well. Floor space is not only sold out, exhibitors have paid the final invoices. I was told that hadn’t happened in quite a while. During the last several shows exhibitors delayed final payments as long as they could.
AMT’s updated show website can help you organize your plans. There are links for registration, hotels and parking. “My planner” will help you locate exhibitors on the floor plan and add them to a follow-up list so you can maximize your time at the show. Many listings with in the exhibitor guide contain information regarding machine tools and tools that will be featured in the booths. Watch a machine video or glance through product news as you make your must see list.
Star SU has two booths this year – one in the gear pavilion in the north hall and another in the west hall among cutting tool manufacturers.
In N-6924 you’ll see the following:
MAG’s H 400 CNC hobbing machine
Hob up to 400 mm diameter gears in small or large batches. Watch a video demo, learn more about the machine and plan to visit our exhibit by going to info.star-su.com/h400.
Bourn & Koch 100 H CNC horizontal hobbing machine
Hob multiple gearings on workpiece with single setup. Learn more about the 100 H, request a budget quote and plan to see it at IMTS by visiting info.star-su.com/100h.
Star PTG-6L tool and cutter grinder
Engineered to manufacture complex cutting tools the new Star PTG-6L tool and cutter grinder is a five axis, CNC controlled grinder with an integrated linear motor for grinding, sharpening and reconditioning a wide variety of cutting tools. Learn more about the PTG-6L, request a quote and plan to see it at IMTS by visiting info.star-su.com/ptg-6l.
Gear cutting tool solutions
Star SU not only carries a wide variety of new gear cutting tools we also offer precision tool re-sharpening services and advanced coatings, including Oerlikon Balzer’s Alcrona Pro, which can extend the life of your tools and lower your costs. Need more help managing your tool room? Let Star SU monitor the life cycle of your tools and re-sharpen, re-coat and replace them as needed. Visit info.star-su.com/plan-to-attend-imts-2012 and request a meeting with us to discuss how we can help you with your gear cutting operation.
In W-1385 you’ll see the following:
Star SU carries a full line of gundrills and deep hole drills, including: single flute gundrills; solid carbide single flute gundrills; two-flute two-hole gundrills; double jet gundrills; double crimp gundrills; and bi-tip gundrills.
Solid and Brazed Construction Carbide Drills & Reamers
We offer a wide range of precision solid carbide drills and reamers, including: solid and braze construction carbide drills and reamers; core drills; Super Round Tool (SRT) reamers; valve guide reamers and multi diameter cavity machining tools.
Carbide Blanks & Preforms
Star SU offers a wide variety of tungsten carbide blanks and preforms from H.B. Carbide. Using only the highest quality raw materials and employing state-of-the-art, computer controlled vacuum furnaces and vacuum Sinter-Hipping furnaces, these cemented carbide preforms can be used for cutting tools, dies and wear parts in a variety of specialized applications.
Visit info.star-su.com/plan-to-attend-imts-2012 and request a meeting with us. We’d be happy to set something up.
With more than 1,000 exhibitors, IMTS 2012 will provide many enticing reasons to visit Chicago. Join an expected crowd of more than 82,000 industrial decision makers from more than 119 countries at the show and get ideas and find answers to your manufacturing problems and challenges. Most importantly, learn ways to stay ahead of your competition. It doesn’t hurt that Chicago is also home to great restaurants, sporting venues, museums, the Magnificent Mile and a gorgeous lakefront.
We'll be there. Will you?