Published: Tuesday, 03 December 2013
Written by Super User
A few of us from Goodhart Sons, Inc. recently had the opportunity to be just a few of the record setting 40,667 attendees to FABTECH 2013 held in Chicago, IL. Visitors to this annual event were privy to 1,573 exhibitors displaying the latest in fabrication technology across the 650,000 square foot McCormick Place.
We were impressed with the record size and scope of the show and the number of new products and innovative technologies on display. The show provided a convenient “one-stop shop” like atmosphere where we were able to meet with world-class suppliers. FABTECH gave us the opportunity to see the latest industry products and new developments as well as find the tools we could use to improve our productivity and fabrication processes. Walking the North and South Halls of McCormick Place we were able to discover new solutions and ideas to our metal forming, fabricating and welding needs.Many of the suppliers were exhibiting robotic equipment which I found very interesting, particularly as it pertained to welding and cutting. I also found it interesting when the robotics were applied to painting applications. These are operations that we deal with on a daily basis, but being a custom steel fabricator and installer, the use of robotics doesn’t apply to us as much as it would to a manufacturer of widgets. This however didn’t make it any less interesting. We’ll keep an eye on new developments in the robotics to see how we can apply them to our shop’s fabrication processes.
We got to see the latest in welding equipment, protective gear and consumables. Miller Welders displayed one of their latest creations called the “FILTAIR Capture 5”, an innovative fume extraction system that is designed specifically for welding. Other equipment of interest to me were the laser cutters, water jets and benders just to name a few. I felt like the proverbial “kid in the candy store”.
This was our third trip to FABTECH and we’ve never come home disappointed. In fact, some of the new technology and equipment that we’ve added in the recent years is because of demonstrations and people we’ve met at FABTECH.