Published: Monday, 21 November 2011
Written by Super User
We just returned from Fabtech, North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, finishing and welding event. This years show returned to McCormick Place in Chicago. An estimated 30,000 visitors came to this annual event to see the 1,200 exhibiting companies covering more than 450,000 square feet of floor space.
We covered the entire 450,000 sq feet, zeroing in on a hand full of exhibitors. Our key area of interest was on metal forming and robotic automated welding equipment. We also made it a point to sit in on FARO Technologies Inc.’s demonstration of their Laser Tracker ION.
A visit to the FICEP booth to learn more about their beam drill lines proved to be very informative and was time well spent. Another stop high on our list was to the Pandjiris exhibit to gain some insight on their Manipulators. We should have more information to report about this in the coming weeks.
In past years we have always returned with new and exciting ideas. This year was no different. We came back with great information from large press breaks, tubing and pipe bending equipment, right down to the small stuff like pneumatic grinders. We also came back with a few ideas on green technology for recycling and reclaiming SAW flux’s and slag.
Like past years, this event has opened our eyes to some new technology and ideas. It was well worth the trip and we look forward to returning next year.