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FABTECH 2017 to Showcase Advanced Manufacturing Technology

The latest innovations in metalforming, fabricating, welding and finishing will be on display at FABTECH 2017, at Chicago's McCormick Place November 6-9. The expo is expected to attract more than 50,000 attendees and 1,700 exhibiting companies.

Education Programs

With 100 all-new sessions and more than 400 presenters, including industry experts and leading consultants, the expanded lineup of education programs held at FABTECH 2017 will address the growing number of issues shaping the future of manufacturing.

New education programs will focus on developing trends, such as Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), automation, robotics, 3-D/additive manufacturing, Industry 4.0 and the future of manufacturing. There are also expanded management and workforce development tracks, which cover in-demand executive and upper management concerns, such as tackling the manufacturing skills gap, economic outlook, reshoring and new leadership strategies.

"Education is one of the most important aspects of FABTECH. With the increasing complexities of the processes and the business of manufacturing, we expanded our programming beyond the show floor to ensure we cover the needs of all industrial professionals with topics that affect their companies and careers," said John Catalano, FABTECH show co-manager and SME Senior Director. "The expertise of the presenters, coupled with access to the latest technologies, will provide attendees a wealth of knowledge."

In total, FABTECH 2017 will have more than 150 educational sessions. The sessions are organized by track. This year's tracks are 3-D/additive manufacturing; automation/smart manufacturing; cutting; finishing; forming and fabricating; job shop; lasers; lean; management; stamping; structural steel/plate; welding; and workforce development.

New session titles include "Automating with Laser Technology," "3D Additive Applications for Fabricators," "The Evolving Technology of Powder Coating" and "Attract, Develop and Build a High-Performance Millennial Team."

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Keynote Presentations

The keynote speeches at FABTECH will be held during the morning of the event's first three days. Each presentation will address a different topic, but all will be aimed at motivating and inspiring the audience of manufacturing industry professionals.

The keynote presentations kick off on Monday, November 6, with a new format of short inspirational TED-style talks given by industry leaders.

Richard Rawlings, co-host of Discovery Channel's popular "Fast N' Loud" series and founder of hot rod shop Gas Monkey Garage, will be the keynote speaker the morning of Tuesday, November 7. Rawlings will speak about the business challenges and opportunities that he has faced as well as the discipline and persistence required to be successful with an emphasis on innovating and risk taking.

Matthew Luhn, one of the original story creators at Pixar Animation Studios, will speak on Wednesday morning. Luhn will discuss how audience members can inspire creativity in the workplace by revealing how Pixar built and has sustained its creative culture. In doing so, he will share strategies on how to create a company culture that encourages and nurtures new ideas, and embraces fear and failing as part of the creative process.

Tube and Pipe Pavilion

New this year at FABTECH 2017 will be an expanded Tube and Pipe Pavilion and 3-D/Additive Manufacturing Pavilion giving visitors the opportunity to explore more technology than ever before. The expanded Tube and Pipe Producers and Suppliers Pavilion is a collaboration between Messe Düsseldorf and FABTECH.

In addition to the technology on the show floor, FABTECH 2017 will offer a host of networking opportunities, including an Industry Night celebration to be held on Tuesday, November 7 at Chicago's Soldier Field.

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