Published in the MDNA News, 2014 Summer Edition- Written By Jennifer Gray, MDNA
The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS 2014) is from September 8-13, and anticipates to see over 100,000 people from countries all over the globe marching their way into Chicago’s McCormick Place to view the latest technology, tools and services, of close to 2,000 exhibitors, network with the industries power players, and meet the faces of their competitors. Among those exhibitors will be a handful of proud MDNA member companies who welcome you to stop by and visit their booth during the show.
We contacted those member companies to find out some of the cool things they plan to exhibit and also asked them to explain what IMTS does for their business.
Broaching Machine Specialists Co. first became a member of MDNA in 1951 and re-established membership again in 1973. This year BMS will be exhibiting a machine they manufacture themselves called the BMS ELECTRO-MATE Electric Drive Vertical Table-Up Internal Broaching Machine. The machine has 15 ton pulling capacity with 54 inches cutting stroke. The machine is electro mechanically powered (not hydraulically powered which is traditional for most). It is an ideal machine for high volume internal broaching operations such as splines or other internal forms.
BMS has been building table up broaching machines since 1994 and they have over 50 of them operating in manufacturing facilities throughout the world. These machines are available in capacities ranging from 5 tons to 50 tons and 36 inches to 90 inches. BMS has been exhibiting at IMTS since 1996.
“It is a great way to get exposure. IMTS is attended by manufacturers from all over the world and the exposure lasts a long time. We’ve had the occasion of a customer calling and saying, ‘I picked up your literature at IMTS 6 years ago and now I am in the market for a broach.’ ” —Matt Egrin, President BMS
BMS Booth: N-7229 Pavilion: Gear Generation
RP Machine Enterprises, Inc., a gear machinery dealer, with both used and new gear machinery has been a member of MDNA since, 2003. RP also reconditions and services gear machinery as well as retrofit gear machines with CNC controls. RP represents several new machine lines including G&E (Gould & Eberhardt), Hera, and TTi. G&E are large capacity gear gasher and hobbers, Hera is a large line of CNC gear hobbers, TTi has a large line of gear inspection machines. Mitch Springer, Business Manager for RP Machines says “We have been exhibiting at IMTS since 2000 and every show since. At our booth this year, we will have a TTi 600H gear inspection machine and a Hera 350 CNC gear hobber.”
RP Booth: N-7030 Pavilion: Gear Generation
Midwest Tool Inc., an MDNA member company since 1997 is proudly celebrating 25 years in business this year and have been exhibiting at IMTS every year since 1992. President of Midwest Tool Inc., Mitchell Zamost says “It’s all in the buy” for them and “We want end users surplus machinery.” He speaks about how beneficial the IMTS show has been for their business stating that they “walk away with a lot of leads by being exhibitors there.” He says his secret is the pounds and pounds of brightly colored M&M candies he keeps stocked at his booth and that “people fight their way to get there!” If you are looking to meet Mitchell during IMTS this year you probably won’t find him under the name Midwest Tool Inc. as he focuses on marketing the name “sellusedmachinery.com.”
MT Booth: N-6337 Pavilion: Fabricating / Laser / Additive www.Sellusedmachinery.com
Prestige Equipment, Corp. an MDNA member company since 1992, started exhibiting at IMTS in 2004. This year they will have video monitors and computers for visitors to browse extensive inventory and learn about their full scope of industrial services. They plan to bring many Prestige team members to staff their booth, in order to give potential buyers the opportunity to meet them. They exclaimed that they “feel this is still an important way of communicating as opposed to simply being on the other side of an email or phone conversation. “
“We feel it’s important to keep the Prestige Equipment brand shows…this give us an opportunity to offer an affordable alternative to the new machinery on the show floor. IMTS in particular attracts thousands of potential machinery buyers, many of them decision-makers, under one roof and provides us with a great opportunity to introduce ourselves to new customers as well as reestablish a personal connection with familiar ones. In addition, it allows us to meet with business partners in an environment that fosters collaboration and long-term relationships. The show gives us the chance to receive direct feedback from both current customers and potential prospects.” – Paul Lashin, Vice President
PE Booth: N-6470 Pavilion: Fabricating/ Laser/ Additive www.prestigeequipment.com
Other MDNA members who will be exhibiting that you should stop by and see are: DiPaolo Machine Tools Ltd. at booth: S-8384 Pavilion: Metal Cutting , Allways Precision, Inc. at booth: N-6651 Pavilion: Abrasive Machining/ Sawing/ Finishing And due to the generosity of Allways Precision, Inc. the Machinery Dealers National Association will be exhibiting at IMTS 2014! MDNA Booth: N-6651 Pavilion: Abrasive Machining/ Sawing/ Finishing
We look forward to seeing you all at IMTS!