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Why FABTECH 2019?

Oct 22, 2019 11:19:28 AM

Chicago in November means uncertain weather, frustrated Bears fans and FABTECH 2019. I can’t do anything about the weather. I won’t even touch the Bears with a 10 foot I-beam. I will talk about FABTECH 2019.

From Monday, November 11 to Thursday, November 14, you can find Qnect at Booth #A3490. We’re there to share Qnect with structural steel fabricators who seek a more efficient workspace, fab shop and relationships.  

We’re excited. We’re excited to showcase our initiatives that have resulted in some big savings.

Some numbers that Qnect recently shared in our October webinar (view the blog with video and transcription) include:

  • Shop Drawing Production: Preventing schedule drift 
    • Qnect creates buffer time to deal with changes and mitigate schedule drift.  Eg: A16-week schedule creates a buffer time of 3 to 5 weeks. 
  • One Station Fabrication 
    • Qnect will use its patented software and proprietary process to manage end connections to maximize the number of pieces that need one station fabrication versus two.
  • Reducing time to fabricate (and associated cost)
    • Qnect reduces time to fabricate by reducing bolts and holes to drill anywhere from 20% to 50%.

"I believe it saved us over 30% on modeling time in this project...This project really proves how much advantage that we can get by using Qnect." ~ Sang Chin, President, SNC Engineering, Inc 

So what’s FABTECH all about? Well, you must be new to the industry but here you go directly from their website

"FABTECH brings a wealth of innovation and technology solutions to Chicago November 11-14, 2019. More than 48,000 attendees and over 1,700 exhibiting companies are expected to gather once again to celebrate metal manufacturing at its best. The event also provides educational sessions and expert-led presentations covering the latest trends and technology in the metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing industries."

Show Hours:

Monday, Nov. 11:

10 AM* — 6 PM

Tuesday, Nov. 12:

9 AM — 5 PM

Wednesday, Nov. 13:

9 AM — 5 PM

Thursday, Nov. 14:

9 AM — 3 PM


This is the first show that we’re attending since the editorial in MSC was released. If you missed that here’s the quote and here’s a deeper look into the article:

“Qnect is revolutionizing connection design and conservatively reduces the time it takes design engineers and fabricators to collaborate on approved shop and erection drawings by more than 70%.”  ~ Scott Melnick, Editor

We look forward to visiting with you. If you cannot make it and have interest in learning more about Qnect, please contact us. We'll leave you with information on the featured speakers for the event, which we took directly from the FABTECH website as well as a few pictures from FABTECH 2018.

A few featured speakers:

Featured speaker Chad Hennings; through a 9-year NFL career and 3 Super Bowl Championships, 45 successful combat missions with the Air Force, and as one of the most decorated college football players in NCAA history, Chad represents the philosophy that he lives by—that excellence is not a destination, but an identity.

Frank Abagnale

Cybersecurity Expert, Bestselling Author & Subject of “Catch Me If You Can”

Renowned international cybersecurity and fraud-prevention expert Frank Abagnale—known as one of the world’s most famous con men—will present a two-part keynote. During the first part of his speech, appropriately titled “Catch Me If You Can”, Abagnale will provide entertaining insight into his life as the notorious imposter of the 1960s. He will then instruct attendees on how to protect themselves and their businesses from fraud during the second part titled the “Stealing Your Life”. Audiences will experience an emotional roller coaster ride as Abagnale takes them on a hilarious and poignant journey of his time as a criminal being pursued and speaks of his personal transformation.

Grant Imahara

Former Host on Discovery’s Mythbusters & Animatronics Engineering Expert

On stage, Grant provides a behind-the-scenes look at his work on various sets and productions while also touching on the importance of advancing the engineering/manufacturing industry. This animatronics engineer and Industrial Light & Magic alum (Matrix sequels, A.I., Galaxy Quest, Terminator 3, Van Helsing, and Star Wars: Episodes 1-3) brings audiences inside the thrilling world of science and entertainment as only the former host of Discovery Channel’s “Mythbusters” can and shares his experiences in science, which includes a current consulting role for Walt Disney Imagineering, where he works on next-generation robots to go into Disney's theme parks. He has been on the cover of ROBOT Magazine, IEEE Spectrum, and MAKE Magazine. Grant’s additional skill set includes electronics design and fabrication, machining, CAD layout, laser cutting, mold making, and machining.

A Session worth attending:

Leadership Exchange - Emerging & Advanced Technologies for Manufacturing 2020

12:30 - 1:30 PM

Advanced manufacturing is transforming the economy and jobs, using cutting-edge technology and new manufacturing processes to accelerate innovation. Learn how companies are using advanced “cutting edge” technologies to stay at the forefront of manufacturing. Listen to our panel of experts to hear how other organizations are using advanced manufacturing for technology adoption in both products and processes. The panel discussion will highlight the ability to use that technology to remain competitive and add value to your organization.


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