MT360 Conference to Bridge Gap Between Manufacturing and Technology Communities


Event provides practical guidance on implementing advanced yet available technologies, exposes high tech firms to market opportunities available in manufacturing.

by Andrea Kuchinski, Director – Brand and Marketing of AMT

MCLEAN, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--To accelerate the integration of emerging technologies into manufacturing applications, AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology has created the MT360 Conference. Held May 12 – 14, 2020, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, Calif., MT360 will feature more than 30 TED-type talks. Presentations focus on four transformative technologies: additive manufacturing, augmented reality, cognitive automation and the digital thread. A simulated factory will provide demonstrations and a forum to interact with representatives from leading legacy and 16 start-up companies.

Event sponsors include Cisco Systems, Mazak, Autodesk, AM Ventures, Heidenhain, Makino, Athena and Additive Manufacturing, Modern Machine ShopManufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and SMART Manufacturing magazines. Presenting companies include Oracle Corporation, HP, Ready Robotics, EOS, Humatics, ThyssenKrupp, IBM Watson, GE Global Research and others (see agenda). Keynote presentations will be delivered by John B. Rogers, Jr., CEO and co-founder of LM Industries (Local Motors) and Mickey McManus, a research fellow in the Office of the CTO at Autodesk as well as principal and chairman of the board at MAYA Design, a technology design and innovation lab.

Those who should attend include tech companies looking to apply their innovations, venture capital providers and manufacturing leaders responsible for driving company growth, including operational directors, CTOs, CIOs and senior manufacturing, engineering and R&D personnel. The event is limited to 600 participants. Visit for details and registration.

“The Silicon Valley and manufacturing technology communities evolved separately and don’t routinely interact. We created MT360 to bridge the gap so they can leverage each other’s strengths and market potential,” says Douglas K. Woods, President of AMT.

MT360 is organized into two primary venues: concise presentations in the Tech Theatre and the simulated factory for demonstrations of the technologies presented in the theater. Tech Garages (knowledge centers) enable attendees to interact with subject matter experts and get hands-on assistance for their businesses.

“Where other events focus on selling products or learning concepts, MT360 provides practical guidance on integrating technology innovations that manufacturers can immediately use to transform their business,” says Tim Shinbara, Vice President – Technology for AMT.

AMT-The Association For Manufacturing Technology represents and promotes U.S.-based manufacturing technology and its members—those who design, build, sell, and service the continuously evolving technology that lies at the heart of manufacturing. Founded in 1902 and based in Virginia, the association specializes in providing targeted business assistance, extensive global support, and business intelligence systems and analysis. AMT is the voice that communicates the importance of policies and programs that encourage research and innovation, and the development of educational initiatives to create tomorrow’s Smartforce. AMT owns and manages IMTS — The International Manufacturing Technology Show, which is the premier manufacturing technology event in North America.

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