Oh wow, IMTS seems awesome. There are going to be so many shiny toys at that show, should be a good way to meet some vendors!
I've talked to four of them in the past week. They've all been "You should go to IMTS. We only do it every two years and all the shops I would send you to to see our stuff are locked down and proprietary."
I know a really interesting dude in Chicago. Lemme know if you need a contact there.
I think I'll have about enough time to walk halls until I'm exhausted, eat room service, start again in the morning and hop on a plane but thanks.