WOW! What an unbelievable first day. So this is my 4th IMTS, and every year I feel as if it gets bigger and better! From 3D printing an actual car (yes, this is really happening), to the amazing story we have behind NOVOsphere and the NOVO Optimize solution, this is already proving to be the best IMTS I’ve attended to date.
So, we want to keep all of our loyal blog readers up to date on some of the happenings at the show every day. I heard pieces of many conversations yesterday, and most of them were, of course, about NOVO. But not just NOVO, the digital data assistant. They were talking about how NOVO can connect with your ToolBOSS unit and inquire about in-stock tools in the unit. That means you get a fast and seamless way to find out if the job you are designing in the app powered by NOVO can be designed with tools you have in stock. This was a hot topic in the Kennametal booth!
I encourage those of you who haven’t stopped by to please do so and talk to our experts about this connection between NOVO and ToolBOSS. And when you come to the booth today, tell them Jennifer sent you. See the ToolBOSS team and try out a ToolBOSS unit … I’m not sure, but there may be something hidden in one of those tool drawers for you!
Well, here’s to another successful day at IMTS. If you’re at the show, stop by Booth W-1522 and say hello! Many more to come! – Jennifer Altimore
The best day of the show so far! Traffic was heavy in the West Hall today. The crowd gathered early in the day at our Kennametal Booth for an Industry Panel Discussion held with a few of the largest technology leaders out there, including: Haimer, Zoller, CGTech, and DP Technology. W-1522 was the place to be! Digital manufacturing took center stage with discussions centered on the Cloud and other advanced technologies that will help close the skills gap and change the world of manufacturing as we know it.
From that point on, our NOVOsphere Presentations kept IMTS guests rolling in for the remainder of the day — It seems that everyone wants to be a part of our digital revolution!
We wrapped up day 2 with a huge celebration for our customers and partners held at the House of Blues. It was GREAT night full of music, dancing, refreshments, and talk about what’s to come in this second half of IMTS! And, we even managed to pull together a special RSVP Meet & Greet for our #Machinist followers on Instagram! All in all, it was a really fun time for all that attended 🙂
Tomorrow is yet another busy day! And we have so much in store for you @ W-1522. Our crew of Different Thinkers on deck are eager for your questions and prepared for any challenge you want to throw at them. Or, just stop on over and take NOVOsphere for a test-drive… after all, aren’t you curious what all the talk is about!?
We’ll see you tomorrow IMTS! — Jennifer Altimore
Students, Students, Students — That was the Wednesday theme!
The Smartforce Student Summit has really been amazing at attracting the next generation of machinists, industrial engineers, and manufacturing technologists into the various halls. And one thing is for sure — the students of our future Industry are asking the right questions, are engaged, and seem to LOVE where Kennametal is going with NOVO!
Here’s to another successful day! – Jennifer Altimore
Day 4,5 & 6
Well, I’m back from another amazing IMTS Show, so wanted to summarize the last few days for you all. I really couldn’t believe the amount of traffic we saw. I’m curious to hear what the final number of attendance was for the show this year, as I can’t remember us having as much traffic, especially like we did on Day 5. Day 6 always proves challenging, as it’s on a Saturday, and most people are ready to get home after being there all week, however, I think we did a NOVO Demo at least every hour if not every half. It allowed me to walk the halls and see some of the amazing robotics and machines that are being developed. Most of these machines are “Internet Ready”, and are just waiting for somebody to connect NOVO Optimize to them. I talked to a few of the Machine Builders and they stated the same as I believed…. Best IMTS ever! They sold more machines, and loved the direction of the conversations they had, most stemming around the “Internet of Things” and how they could optimize their shop floor to gain productivity.
So that’s it… that’s all I have. I’m glad to be home and ready to get started on some of the amazing leads we took, but more importantly, I’m ready to continue telling the NOVOsphere conversation… what an exciting time for out Industry!
See you in 2016! – Jennifer Altimore
PS: Quick Edit – IMTS Counts are in…. 114,117 attendees. Wowza