Plant managers, safety managers, maintenance specialists, and operations managers from manufacturing and warehousing businesses across the U.S. converged on the Kansas Speedway for 3 days in September for the 4th Tech X 500 tradeshow. The show, hosted by IBT Industrial Solutions, is the biggest MRO (maintenance, repair, and operations) tradeshow in the Midwest.
“This is a great way for us to show our appreciation to our customers,” said Stephen Cloud, Chairman of the Board at IBT.
Seminars Cover Wide Variety of Topics
More than 65 industrial vendors and suppliers participated at the event, showing off new technology and doing demonstrations for customers. Featured specialties included conveyor systems, bearings, industrial motors, drive shafts, and safety equipment—among others. Suppliers included Siemens, Baldor/Dodge, MCR Safety, and Georgia Pacific.
Participants also attended 20 different live, 1-hour seminars on such diverse topics as safety, personal protective equipment (PPE), leadership, and fluid power management.
New Industrial Technology
Chelsea Anderson, a Senior Service Engineer for Timken, presented a 1-hour class on “Bearings Maintenance and Lubrication” to 116 participants on Day 1. This was her first Tech X 500, driving in from Dallas, Texas the previous evening.
“I am new to this territory, so Tech X has been a great opportunity for me to meet new customers,” Anderson said. “As a service engineer, my primary focus is damage analysis, root cause analysis, and troubleshooting installation issues.”
Anderson’s team brought a wide variety of drive chains, installation tools, housed units, and quick-flex couplings for customers. They also showed off a sample of their brand new cage styles for cylindrical and spherical bearings. “I love getting to network with the other individuals here at Tech X from other industries, and see what they’re doing,” she added.
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4th Tech X a Success
The tradeshow marks the 4th time that IBT has hosted the successful Tech X 500 tradeshow. The original was held in 2004, to mark the company’s 55th anniversary.
“What I love is seeing all of the vendors and the new products,” said Dennis Murphy, the CSS Operations Manager for IBT. He has attended all four tradeshows. Last week, Murphy volunteered to resupply ice and water bottles throughout the 3-day event, especially in the 94F heat of the first day.
“IBT is a great company to work for,” he said. “I love how it’s family-owned, and I still look forward to coming to work every day, even after 21 years.”
“Live” Race Cars
Participants enjoyed Ride-Alongs in NASCAR cars at 155 mph with a professional driver, provided by Richard Petty Driving Experience—as well as a barbeque food buffet and live music.
“The customers really enjoy coming out here,” said Jane Garrett, Assistant to the President and CEO, who volunteered to assist at the registration booth for the day. “I love meeting the people, and getting to see many of them face-to-face for the first time. That’s my favorite part.”