IMTS 2018

MakingChips on the Main Stage

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Jason and Jim met in 2013 as guests on a radio show. Aligned by a shared passion for leadership, marketing, and the metalworking community, they had the idea to make radio waves of their own.

Soon after, the MakingChips podcast was born.

Each week, Jason and Jim interviewed prominent metalworking leaders who provided best practices to listeners on how to tackle the biggest challenges in manufacturing, all while sharing a laugh or two along the journey.

During IMTS 2018, Jason and Jim will be live on the mainstage of the grand concourse hosting daily panel discussions with their peers from Metalworking Nation and sharing their insights with the audience.



What are we doing to educate and onboard the next generation of manufacturing leaders?

Eighty-four percent of manufacturing executives agree – there’s a massive talent shortage in U.S. Manufacturing. If the skills gap is our biggest challenge, what are we doing as a community of manufacturing leaders to educate and onboard the next generation?

Join us at noon on Monday, September 10, 2018 as we bring together a diverse panel of the best and brightest minds to brainstorm the different ways we can inspire our future colleagues and solve this massive challenge.




What’s on the Manufacturing Horizon?

During times of rapid growth, long-term thinking can easily take a back seat to the next urgent task. Many manufacturing leaders lack the ability to see beyond the immediate future to think more clearly about manufacturing a decade from now. So we’re asking the prophets of manufacturing what our industry will look like in 10 years;

At noon on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, envision the future as our expert panelists cover topics like:

  • Workforce
  • Automation
  • technological innovations
  • domestic and global political regulations


  • Lonnie Love – Group Leader, Manufacturing Systems Research Group – Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Jay Rogers – CEO & Co-founder – Local Motors Industries
  • Adrian Allen – Executive Director – Advanced Manufacturing Research Center (AMRC)



Social Media Marketing for Manufacturers

Growing a metalworking brand with social media is a mixture of art and science. For many manufacturers, social media is nothing more than a distraction, but savvy brands understand how to leverage social platforms to build authentic connections that drive tangible business results.

Learn the tips and tactics used by the most prolific social influencers in the metalworking community at noon on Wednesday, September 12, 2018




What keeps you awake at night? 4 hot topics that will help you snooze better

We believe that manufacturing is challenging, but our community of metalworking leaders have pinpointed these four topics as most likely to keep them up at night.

Listen in at noon on Thursday September 13, 2018 as four of your peers share their experiences with:

  • Succession Planning
  • Technology
  • Culture
  • Sales & Marketing

When we connect as a community of leaders, it makes it easier for all of us to get more sleep at night.




Manufacturing Perspectives – How a machine tool manufacturer, tooling manufacturer and a CAD/CAM company work together to elevate a manufacturing business.

What is a community without collaboration?

Connecting technologies is the key to making progress in our industry. With technology advancing faster than ever before, how can manufacturing leaders unite and combine expertise to seamlessly produce results for the end user as we advance through the fourth industrial revolution.

Join us at noon on Friday, September 14, 2018 to learn how a machine tool manufacturer, a tooling manufacturer, and a CAD/CAM company join forces to elevate manufacturing businesses.

When we connect as a community of leaders, it makes it easier for all of us to get more sleep at night.




IMTS Wrap-up

Six days of IMTS is enough to make your head spin! Do you have the IMTS Hangover? We’ve got the remedy!

We’ve spent an entire week exploring the future of manufacturing technology while connecting dreamers and doers. Saturday’s session brings the IMTS experience to a close as we rehash the most important takeaways from the week.

Jason & Jim Wrap up the show with AMT leaders, Peter Eelman and Larry Turner at noon on Saturday, September 15, 2018.


  • Peter Eelman – VP of Exhibitions & Business Development – The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT)
  • Larry Turner – President & CEO – Hannover Fairs USA


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