North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating and finishing event, FABTECH, will return to the city of Chicago, Illinois, on Monday and will run until Thursday 14th November (2019).

More than 48,000 people are estimated to attend this year’s trade show which will be held at McCormick Place. The location will host three halls for the Fabtech event which will each be filled with technology and emerging trends in the industry. 

The centre of this year’s discussion will be 5G, IoT, Al, robotics and automation, as well as trending industry topics including workforce development, women in the industry, veterans filling critical industry roles and more.

Along with numerous educational sessions and presentations, Fabtech 2019 hosts a perfect opportunity for attendees to exchange information, participate in sessions, network with peers, as well as buy and sell new products and services. 

Programme speakers will bring thought-provoking insights, inspiration and expertise to conversations including managing tariffs, reshoring, cyber security, incorporating new technologies and best practices, maximising data for efficiency and more.

“Fabtech provides a unique platform for industry professionals to collaborate, discover innovation, and participate in education sessions that highlight solutions needed to transform their businesses,” said John Catalano, SME Senior Director, Fabtech.

“As the leading industry event, it’s our responsibility to bring innovation to life and ensure we provide content that allows manufacturers to be efficient, profitable and ultimately grow.”

Over 1,700 companies including Air Products, Computers Unlimited, Messer Cutting Systems, Hypertherm and Lincoln Electric will exhibit across the four-day period.

Sponsors of this year’s event include: Mitsubishi Laser, Mazak, UPG and Messer Cutting Systems.

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Source: Fabtech

Education Sessions

Fabtech 2019 will also offer a number of educational programmes. This year there will be over 175 educational sessions, all of which will last 90 minutes and provide attendees with takeaway, practical knowledge.

Some of the subjects that will be discussed at this year’s educational programmes include cutting, laser, finishing, forming and fabricating, and automation.

The educational sessions will allow attendees to learn how their companies can gain and improve necessary skills and strategies, how to improve tools and maximise efficiency, learn new strategies, and learn how to stay ahead of the market.

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Int’., SME, Precision Metalforming Association, American Welding Society and Chemical Coaters Association International will co-sponsor the educational sessions.

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Source: Fabtech

A full review of Fabtech 2019 will be published online and in the December issue of gasworld US.