JIMTOF 2018: Making the Right Connect

Save your dates to be part of one of the largest machine tool exhibitions in the world, JIMTOF 2018. Organized by Japan Machine Tool Builders’ Association and Tokyo Big Sight Inc., the 29th Japan International Machine Tool Fair will be held at Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo from November 01 - 06, 2018. Here’s what’s waiting for you at the event…

Hailed as one in the league of prominent technology exhibitions in the world, JIMTOF has been introducing the latest and most cutting edge technologies and products in the area of machine tools for over 50 years since 1962. The biennial event has been significantly contributing to the development of the industry and trade promotion by providing an ideal platform for international transactions and technical exchanges of machine tools and their related equipment.

Numbers mirror growing response

JIMTOF has steadily gained a reputation of being one of the most sought after mediums used by manufacturing companies to expand their business and reach out to potential buyers. That its popularity is growing can be gauged by the fact that its expected number of visitors this year is 147,602, which breaks its 2016 record of 140,000. The number of overseas visitors is 11,533 at the current edition. In addition, over 70 percent of the visitors belongs to the manufacturing industry.

The sprawling total exhibition space area of 98,540 sq mt will have a net exhibit space of 49,500 sq mt and will host 969 exhibitors including 284 overseas exhibitors. Fourteen international associations will also be partaking the event.

JIMTOF 2018 is slated to feature the biggest-ever scale of products from a variety of industries including Machine tools (Metal cutting and Metal forming); Machine tool accessories, High speed steel tools; Diamond, CBN tools; Grinding wheels and Abrasives; Gears and Gear devices; Oil Hydraulic, Water Hydraulic and Pneumatic machinery; Precision Measuring machines and instruments; Optical Measuring instruments, Testing machinery, and Controller and related software (CAD/CAM, etc.).

CONNECT, the theme

The current edition of JIMTOF has ‘CONNECT’ as its theme to highlight the value created by different kinds of connections in ‘Connected Industries’, a trend realized by proactive measures of the public and private sectors.

“At JIMTOF 2018, with the theme of ‘CONNECT by technology for the future’, you will see a lot of attractive Visualization System solutions conforming to the times through the ‘connection’ on the IoT platform. Indian companies with their excellent IT engineers would realize the momentum of IoT innovation and a breakthrough solution making full use of IoT at the event,” said Masayoshi Amano, President, Japan Machine Tool Builders’ Association (JMTBA).

“Moreover, through the touch and feel of the latest technology at JIMTOF, the visitors can obtain the tools for contributing to productivity improvement and preventive maintenance etc.,” he added.

The event’s features comprise the following six connects:

  • Connecting cutting-edge technology with the visitors — This enhances the appeal of the event as an international technology trade show;
  • Connecting the visitors with the exhibitors — JIMTOF extends a platform that provides strong support for business meets;
  • Connecting technology experience with the visitors — Through joint programs and special exhibits, the show brings state-of-the-art technologies closer to visitors and helps them gain a handle on them;
  • Connecting Japan with the world — JIMTOF spares no effort in attracting overseas exhibitors and visitors and get them to know Japan and vice versa;
  • Connecting students with the future — The trade event offers a conducive environment for students to develop projects that can further give their talent a boost;
  • Connecting people with a space they can feel comfortable in — JIMTOF, by providing high-quality services to the visitors, ensures they are well taken of.

Knowledge sharing

Since trade events make for an excellent place for the exchange of knowledge, JIMTOF 2018 will be holding 31 sessions of conferences and seminars to offer the attendees a grasp on the latest in technologies.

While Hideyuki Sakamoto, Director, Executive Vice President, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd, will speak on the ‘Technological innovation needed for EV performance improvement’, Chiaki Ito, Former Vice Chairman, Fujitsu Ltd, will throw light on ‘Monodukuri Revolution with AI and IoT’.

Seiji Yamada, Professor, National Institute of Informatics, will talk on the current hot topic of ‘Building Adequate Relationship between Humans and Machines - Current state of AI applications and the possibility in future’. Whereas, ‘The daughter of the small local factory – taking over her family business’ is what Takako Suwa, President & CEO, Daiya Seiki Co., Ltd, will be speaking about.

In alignment with the theme ‘CONNECT’, a Special Exhibit will connect the displayed machines and the Special Exhibit booth by taking advantage of the exhibitors’ IoT platforms already in use. Visitors can see the potential of IoT by, for example, checking the status of a connected machine on a large screen.

At another Special Exhibit at JIMTOF 2018 titled, ‘Fighting for the Win – innovation and evolution in motor sports manufacturing’, Honda’s racing machines and engines that are actually being used in races will be displayed. Visitors will be able to take a close look at the sophisticated design and advanced engineering behind the products.

Why you should not give it a miss

Japan is far ahead in the game when it comes to technological innovation. The host country has been offering technological creativity that the world just loves to emulate. That JIMTOF 2018 will display the hitherto unheard of technologies is a given. Hence, a firsthand experience on this thrilling technological ride is highly recommended.

JIMTOF has become one of the most sought after mediums used by manufacturing companies to expand their business and reach out to potential buyers.

 

“Indian companies with their excellent IT engineers would realize the momentum of IoT innovation and a breakthrough solution making full use of IoT at JIMTOF 2018.”

Masayoshi Amano

President

Japan Machine Tool Builders’

Association (JMTBA)

 

The sprawling net exhibit space of 49,500 sq mt will host 969 exhibitors including 284 overseas exhibitors. Fourteen international associations will also be partaking the event.

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