The Next Big Things in Advanced Manufacturing

Didn't make it to IME South? Here's a roundup of advanced technologies we saw at the show.

Daphne Allen

June 12, 2024

2 Min Read
Advanced Manufacturing Industry 4.0 IME South
Rhonda Huskins, regional vice president at South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (SCMEP), explored the benefits of manufacturing extension partnerships in the IME South session, “Industry 4.0: Readiness and Resources.” Daphne Allen

IME South 2024 welcomed the manufacturing industry in full force, bringing together technology innovators and engineers eager for the next solution. The event featured exhibitions in six co-located shows (D&M South, ATX South, MD&M South, SouthPack, Plastec South, and Powder/Bulk Solids South) along with multiple theaters for education.

The three-day show was packed with advanced manufacturing expertise on everything from scaling up to Industry 4.0 to smart manufacturing tools to sustainability to building a successful manufacturing career. Keynotes on AI and connected femtech provided glimpses into the digital future.

Here are some of the must-see technology demos we caught at the show.

Formlabs demonstrated its latest 3D printer, the Form 4, which is four times as fast as its Form 3 printer and offers 30% more build volume. Formlabs's Robert Vargo showcased its version for biomedical applications, the Form 4B:

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MotionAI demonstrated the AX10 Robotiq palletizer with a UR 10E robot for handling boxes up to 25 lb at a rate of 10 boxes per minute. The solution could work in end-of-line applications in food and beverage and other consumer goods, explained Chase Wentzky, robotics specialist for MotionAI:

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Rob Schmidt from SAB North America highlighted several specialty cables, including versions for continuous flex servo applications and multi-conductor control cables for machine installation:

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Microspec Corp. Founder Tim Steele showed the third-generation of a pediatric catheter tube, saying he has "high hopes" for this innovation as the previous generation had already become the global standard for pediatric tubes:

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Hal Wilson of Air & Water Systems explained several cooling and humidity control options for manufacturing environments and other industrial environments:

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Accumold detailed its micromolding capabilities for complex medical parts:

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Matt Jones, VP of US sales and operations for Micropsi, explained how the company is “trying to give a robot hand-eye coordination” with its AI-guided vision software for robots:

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McKinnon Ray of Jenike & Johanson explained how to model the flow of dry bulk solids (funnel and mass flow) to solve materials handling challenges:

And check out this video recap of the show:

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About the Author(s)

Daphne Allen

Daphne Allen is editor-in-chief of Design News. She previously served as editor-in-chief of MD+DI and of Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News and also served as an editor for Packaging Digest. Daphne has covered design, manufacturing, materials, packaging, labeling, and regulatory issues for more than 20 years. She has also presented on these topics in several webinars and conferences, most recently discussing design and engineering trends at IME West 2024 and leading an Industry ShopTalk discussion during the show on artificial intelligence.

Follow Daphne on X at @daphneallen and reach her at [email protected].

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