The Fabtech 2019 metal forming and fabrication event is scheduled for November 11 – 14 and will take place in Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center. With the inclusion of additionally featured exhibitors, the 2019 event is highly anticipated among industry professionals. United Lens Company (ULC) will participate in Fabtech once again this year and will be exhibiting at Booth #A3188.
Fabtech is the largest event of its kind, having experienced significant growth since 2018. This year, an excess of 50,000 attendees are expected at Fabtech, and they will have the opportunity to connect with nearly 2,000 exhibiting companies. Additionally, Fabtech has updated its Featured Technologies Pavilions and will provide various educational sessions, which will discuss the latest innovations of the metal forming, fabricating, finishing, and welding industries.
Fabtech 2019 will showcase the following Featured Technology Pavilions:
- Robotics and Industrial Automation (New) – According to data from the previous Fabtech event, 44 percent of attendees expressed interest in robotics; this interest stems from the fact that fabrication and welding of metal parts have a strong correlation to automated manufacturing processes. The goal of Robotics and Industrial Automation is to examine how new technology can alleviate workforce deficiencies while increasing overall manufacturing efficiency.
- Tube & Pipe Producers and Suppliers – Sponsored by Fabtech and other groundbreaking tube & pipe organizations, this pavilion caters to small contract manufacturers, Fortune 500 manufacturers, and everything in between. Last year, more than half of Fabtech attendees visited the Tube & Pipe Pavilion, with 85 percent of those professionals having influence over company purchasing decisions. This pavilion will provide attendees with equipment needs and raw materials, as well as generate sales leads for international and U.S.-based suppliers.
- 3D/Additive Manufacturing – Nearly a third of 2017 Fabtech attendees expressed interest in this technology, and 3D/Additive Manufacturing was the most popular education topic of the entire event. According to Fabtech, 81 percent of those interested in 3D/Additive have purchasing power, making this pavilion ideal for professionals seeking to invest in this highly innovative manufacturing technology. The “Ask the Experts” educational session is slated to return this year, which will offer further insight on the growth and practice of 3D/Additive.
This year’s Fabtech event will also feature an Education Program, replete with 130 distinct sessions across 13 technology tracks. Each education session will be two hours long, providing attendees practical knowledge that can be utilized immediately to benefit their companies. Some of these sessions will include Tech Tours, which blend classroom-style instruction with guided tours of the exhibition floor.
Sessions on cutting, finishing, forming and fabricating, automation/smart manufacturing, and workforce development will be co-sponsored by several renowned industry leaders, including the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association (FMA), the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), the Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI), and the American Welding Society (AWS). AWS will also present a series of welding education sessions that discuss the top practices and latest trends in welding and thermal spray.