If you have any ties to manufacturing, then I am sure you have heard of IMTS. Just in case you haven’t it is only the largest Manufacturing Technology show in the states and it is going on this week, in Chicago at McCormick Place. The show has all of the latest and greatest in manufacturing and technology under one roof. Not only can you see the newest products but you can also educate yourself through the IMTS edu booth. Needless to say, if you aren’t there, get there. That is unless you have a good excuse like me, wife could be having a baby at any moment.
It just so happens that EXAIR has a team that is en route to IMTS right now. You may know them by their Twitter accounts, @EXAIR_JP, @EXAIR_KE, and even @ProfPenurious. The three of them will be at the IMTSedu booth starting at 4:30 PM CST discussing social media in manufacturing. This is the same time that the IMTSedu booth is hosting a tweetup. Not only does this give you a chance to meet some of our crew face to face but it may also help you see how social media could help your business and brand. Not to mention you may even get to hear a few of the infamous #DearJoe sayings, and see Professor Penurious outside of his lab.
When I was fresh out of college with very little idea of what I wanted in a career or a job, I landed a job in the machine tool industry. This was for a small company that was a master distributor of CNC metal-cutting machines. The job title I had was, Product Specialist. This job encompassed everything from unloading the machine from the truck, inspecting the machine, adding options / customizing the machine if needed, testing, packaging, and shipping the machine. I would then go to the customers site, install, test again, train the staff there and then provide on-site and over-the-phone technical support and warranty work. As the business evolved, the requirements grew and more responsibilities were added.
One of the best parts of the job was trade shows. It was always hectic, but to see something come together in a small amount of time and see the finished product always made you feel good. The largest show I would travel to was IMTS, which just happens to be going on in another month. This is the largest machine technology show in the states. I would always be running a machine cutting some kind of trinket or sample part. The main piece I was cutting my first year there was a light bulb out of aluminum.
As my knowledge of the machinery grew, I came to realize the part wasn’t that complicated but it still amazes me to this day.
A lot of our products here at EXAIR do the same thing to people who have never encountered them. They are absolutely amazed by the Cold Gun’s ability to drop your compressed air temperature by 50° F while having no internal moving parts and only using compressed air. Just today, I had a customer come in for a demonstration and couldn’t believe he had been struggling with a heat problem for so many years when we were right down the highway from him.
So if you have an application that is impeding your process, or if you have an interesting use for some of our products don’t hesitate to contact us. Maybe even stop over at our Facebook page and drop us a note or some pictures. You might be surprised at what you get in return.