A Sure Bet: FABTECH 2016 in Las Vegas to Showcase Advanced Manufacturing Technology and Innovation

Attendee and Media Registration Now Open for North America's Premier Metal Forming, Fabricating, Welding and Finishing Event

LAS VEGAS, July 20, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- FABTECH 2016, North America's largest collaboration of technology, equipment and knowledge in the metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing industries, will return to Las Vegas for the first time in four years this Nov. 16-18. The expo will take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center, hosting more than 1,500 exhibitors and 28,000 attendees for three action-packed days.

Boxing legend, successful entrepreneur and author Sugar Ray Leonard will help kick off FABTECH 2016 as the show's opening keynote speaker. He will share his inspirational story of achievement with attendees and how his approach to life can help others strive for greatness.

"We are very excited to come back to Las Vegas for this year's show," said John Catalano, SME show co-manager, FABTECH. "Every year FABTECH attracts the best that the metal fabricating industry has to offer and that especially holds true when we visit Las Vegas. Attendees from any manufacturing background will find value in attending all three days of the event through exploring new innovations, networking with prospective business partners and broadening industry perspectives."

With more than 550,000 net square feet of exhibit space, attendees will encounter the metal industry's latest ideas and technologies at FABTECH's live product demonstrations, keynote presentations and expert-led panels. Visitors can compare products side-by-side and find strategies and solutions for becoming more competitive.

Amid this year's unique program offerings, attendees will have ample opportunity to network face-to-face with industry executives, leaders and expert speakers to share knowledge and expand new business opportunities.

Special Events
Some of the numerous presentations, keynotes and panel sessions available to attendees at FABTECH 2016 include:

The Power to Win!
State of the Industry: Post-Election Analysis
Women of FABTECH Breakfast with Tech Tour
Development Trends in Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing
Advanced Manufacturing: Creating Competitive Advantages for Fabricators
RUN4MFG 5K Walk/Run
Shop Talk with "Counting Cars" Cast
Welders Without Borders: Welding Thunder Team Fabrication Competition
Education Series
FABTECH 2016 will deliver attendees more than 100 education sessions through all three days of the event. The array of session topics are designed to offer relevant information to all exhibitors and attendees, no matter their manufacturing disciplines.

The programs will help give participants the necessary tools to explore new business strategies and empower their companies to improve best practices.

To register to attend and find more information about FABTECH 2016, please visit fabtechexpo.com.

FABTECH is North America's largest collaboration of technology, equipment and knowledge in the metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing industries. The event provides a powerfully aligned hands-on, face-to-face business growth experience, attracting more than 1,500 exhibitors and 28,000 attendees. The event is made possible by its five co-sponsors, all of whom representing the varied and diverse makeup of the manufacturing industry. They include SME, the American Welding Society, the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International, the Precision Metalforming Association and the Chemical Coaters Association International . Read more about FABTECH's co-sponsors here.

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The ST Robotics Workspace Sentry robot and area safety system are based on a small module that sends an infrared beam across the workspace. If the user puts his hand (or any other object) in the workspace, the robot stops using programmable emergency deceleration. Each module has three beams at different angles and the distance a beam reaches is adjustable. Two or more modules can be daisy chained to watch a wider area. "A robot that is tuned to stop on impact may not be safe. Robots where the trip torque can be set at low thresholds are too slow for any practical industrial application. The best system is where the work area has proximity detectors so the robot stops before impact and that is the approach ST Robotics has taken," states President and CEO of ST Robotics David Sands.