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Position:The view from IMTS 2008

For everything else IMTS 2008 might be, says Rodger W. Pinney, president and CEO of United Grinding Technologies, it offers the chance to see and be seen. It is especially true when it comes to the latest innovations in manufacturing.

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"The IT revolution and its powerful impact on manufacturing productivity will be on full display" Pinney says. "Industry leaders will be exhibiting their newest IT solutions aimed at boosting manufacturing uptime and efficiency through the integration of floor performance data from multiple manufacturing processes with plant management ERP and real-time SPC systems."

The technology show will also serve as a platform for several machine tool manufacturers to launch: 1. their newest concepts pertinent to total cost of ownership; and 2. total lifecycle solutions business partnerships with their customers.

It will be a chance, says Pinney, to see the latest manufacturing solutions for exotic materials in some of the hottest products from aerospace to...

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