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Anyone else ready for ADM?

September 28, 2021   Don Horne

Put on your mask and grab your passes – Advanced Design & Manufacturing (ADM) Toronto is back.

It feels like a century ago since we’ve been able to gather together IN PERSON for a trade show, conference… heck, even a face-to-face meeting without a piece of plastic separating us like the cone of silence on Get Smart.

ADM brings together five advanced manufacturing areas — Design & Manufacturing, Automation Technology Expo, PACKEX, PLAST-EX, and Powder & Bulk Solids – and it is just the sort of get-together that the process manufacturing sector needs to get the ball rolling for 2022.

This all-in-one event lets you explore the latest trends and technologies shaping the future in advanced design and manufacturing across automation, robotics, energy efficiency, packaging, plastics, processing and more to accelerate your business goals and grow your career.


And in the months to come, growth will be centre stage to capture new customers and markets as the economy finds its feet again.

ADM offers everything from 3D printing to new practices in energy efficiency, packaging innovations to safety testing, spanning five industries that share common interests, practices, and business needs.

Attendees can take advantage of more than 20 hours of educational sessions, and tour some 250 exhibitors among the expected 4,000 attendees who are anticipated.

During the lockdown, we’ve had the opportunity to do a lot of reading.

And I mean a lot.

If you are like me, you have read about the latest equipment and processing methods that are out there; now it’s your opportunity to watch live demos and talk directly with 200 suppliers, and find manufacturing solutions all on one show floor.

A few highlights to keep an eye out for are:

  • Centre Stage – the epicenter of the expo floor for panel discussions, live demos and thought leadership presentations;
  • Startup Stadium – where up-and-coming innovators walk you through their latest creations;
  • Product Showcase – where you can see live, interactive demos at exhibitor booths as suppliers provide a first-hand look at their latest products; and
  • Tech Theatre – featuring during live demos of the latest innovations and solutions presented by exhibitors, and where you can ask questions and get expert insights.

There are so many working parts and special interest areas at ADM, it can be a bit daunting to take it all in at once.

You can experience the latest innovation and technology across product design at D&M Toronto, which is a part of the show. From 3D printing to robotics, sensors to automation and design software, this is where solutions intersect, and the community pushes the industry forward.

The industry’s leading automation solution providers meet at ATX, which is also a part of ADM. Here you can watch equipment in action and find innovations that can transform your business and increase your bottom line, from 3D printing to motion control to assembly.

And don’t pack up to leave before checking out PACKEX. From packaging design and materials, to automation and turnkey packaging lines, PACKEX is Canada’s only dedicated packaging event for suppliers and buyers to discover innovation, engineer new technology, and build a better tomorrow.

The only show in Ontario dedicated to Plastics, PLAST-EX, is your chance to discover the industry’s latest innovations, processes, and material and learn how they can improve your products…. and increase your bottom line.

And last but not least, Powder & Bulk Solids at the show is your chance to discover the industry’s latest innovations, processes, and materials from material handling to regulation and safety, silo and bin design to combustible dust hazards and mitigation.

It can be a bit dizzying, but you’ll find it all on the expo floor.

It seems appropriate that ADM is the first big convention to return, despite the stubborn efforts of COVID to keep us at more than arm’s length. The adage “Go Big or Go Home” seems appropriate here, as there is a will and desire throughout the industry to come together and return to what may not be normal, but a new normal where we can interact and learn and share what is best in the industry.

If we make it safe and secure, and follow the pandemic protocols that have been proven to work over the past year, we can make this work and look forward to many more shows in the months to come.

See you there. I’ll be smiling, but it will be behind a mask, so we can do this again next year.

Don Horne, Editor, IPP/T magazine

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