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lapping, balancing, honing and polishing machines. Also sharing the North Building’s Hall B will be the Gear Generation Pavilion. If you are interested in hobbing, skiving, cutting, shaping and grinding of gears for anything from automotive manufacturing to producing components for wind turbines, Hall B will have something for you.


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If that weren’t enough, Hall B will be home to the Fabricating & Lasers Pavilion as well. There will be more here than is captured in the two words that name this pavilion. Waterjets, welding equipment, press brakes, tube bending equipment, stamping and punching equipment, the list—and the exhibits—go on and on. Head downstairs to the North Build-


ing’s Hall C and you’ll find the Machine Components/Cleaning/Environmental Pavilion. According to the IMTS Web site, “many exhibitors here plan to focus on plug-and-play modularity, integrated automation, the application of real-time data management to reduce consum- able waste, and cleaning methods that reduce user exposure and provide in- creased recycle and reclamation oppor- tunities.” Material handling and storage systems will be found in C Hall, as well as safety and filtration equipment, parts cleaners and motion control equipment. Go back upstairs and cross the Grand Concourse and you will see the heart of IMTS, the Metal Cutting Pavilion in the South Building. The machine tool industry, after all, is built upon metal cut- ting. While some of the technologies to be found here in 2016 have their roots in what was shown in 1927 in Cleveland, the equipment of the 21st


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little if any resemblance to what was available in the Roaring Twenties. That’s because milling and turning, drilling and boring and other forms of metal removal have taken a new twist thanks to the evolution and revolution of those numeri-


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