CNC investment enhances components

5771868_origHigh quality parts and components that have been engineered precisely are a vital commodity within many industries. Finding a reliable supplier which can supply these to exact specifications can be crucial to the success of a business advises Northern Manufacturing 2017 exhibitor, Mintdale Engineering.

The family-run business has been supplying precision engineered parts to clients though out the UK and internationally in a variety of industries for over 40 years. It has moved from producing one-off specials to medium volume, automated production.

Investing in the latest CNC technology it now has turning centres with sub-spindles, live tooling and magazine bar feeds to enable one-hit machining. Working to customer drawings and in most metals and plastics, the company can produce items at one-hit without complex jigs and fixtures adding to the cost and lead time.

There are also machining centres with rotary axis for complex machined items, and the company sub-contract manufactures turned and milled components to all industries and provide clean assembly and assembled brazed items for the medical industry. The company produces items for the medical, brewery, aircraft, shop fitting and office furnishing industries.

A quality management system is to ISO9001-2015.

Visit Mintdale Engineering at Stand A68 or find out more at

CamdenBoss adds universal enclosures and more sizes for Takaichi range

camdenBoss_tmbCamdenBoss, the interconnection and enclosures specialist, has launched a new range of Takachi high quality flanged comms boxes featuring removable end panels and added more sizes to two other Takachi lines.

The new 94 series flanged comms boxes are available in 24 case sizes offering both low and deep profiles and are designed for surface mounting communications equipment such as WiFi routers, access points, measuring equipment and controllers. Moulded in off-white, UL94-V0 flame resistant ABS, the 94 series enclosures offer IP40 protection and feature built-in bosses for PCB mounting. Each standard unit includes top cover, flanged base, two detachable panels and four self-tapping screws. Operating temperature range is -10 to +60°C.

Sizes range from 67.3 x 124.3 x 22.5mm up to 240.5 x 270.5 x 60mm and CamdenBoss can provide additional customisation services such as CNC milling, drilling and cutting, silk-screen and digital printing, external painting, surface finishing and EMC shielding.

CamdenBoss has also announced new sizes for two further Takachi product lines. The 92 series comms boxes feature over 20 additional models taking the total available to 30 while the 91 series IP67 heavy duty enclosures series expands with 10 new options.

92 series comms boxes are stylish ABS plastic cases available in off-white or dark grey UL94-V0 flame resistant ABS. Supplied with four rubber feet, these universal enclosures are suitable for applications such as free-standing WiFi access points, measuring equipment, controller and communication products. The new sizes extend the range which now encompasses dimensions from 67 x 100 x 22.5mm up to 240 x 240 x 60mm.

The Takachi 91 series heavy duty range offers high quality low profile IP67 waterproof enclosures that are ideal for use in tracking/monitoring applications in harsh and outdoor environments. White enclosures are moulded from ASA UL94-HB plastic for high UV resistance while dark grey models are made from ABS UL94-V0 for high flammability rating. The 10 new sizes extend the range to 16 in total now covering 65 x 52 x 18mm up to 175 x 135 x 30mm. Standard units include lid, base, gaskets and fixing screws. A new size mounting kit option has also been added enabling smaller 91 series enclosures to be fixed to poles, pillars, posts and lamp posts.

Signal switching can be customised

Pickering preview edit_tmbModular signal switching and simulation for use in electronic test and verification will be highlighted by Pickering Interfaces at Northern Manufacturing & Electronics 2017. It believes it offers the largest range of products in the industry for PXI, LXI and PCI applications.

The company also offers a range of supporting cables and connectors and has an in-house software team that has created its application software and drivers.

All module and cabling manufacturing processes are carried out on flexible manufacturing lines in two factories, allowing simple customisation. It is also claimed to be the only switch provider with in-house reed relay manufacturing capability.

Consistent heavy investment in R&D has led to over 1,000 PXI modules, ranging from its BRIC high-density switching matrices, RF/microwave and optical switching products, to precision programmable resistor networks for sensor emulation.

Products have a history of longevity, typically 15 to 20 years, and are supplied with a standard three-year warranty and include guaranteed long-term support.

Visit Pickering Interfaces at Stand E61 or go to

CEM welcomes manufacturing’s return

Trojan preview edit_tmbFollowing its successful participation in Southern 2017, Trojan Electronics is exhibiting for the first time at Northern Manufacturing & Electronics 2017. The firm says it’s looking forward to seeing its many customers in the region as well as being able to introduce its wide range of services to new potential customers in the North.

The company offers a comprehensive CEM service from design to final product build, services include surface mount and through-hole assembly, cable assemblies, electro-mechanical assemblies and box build. Continued growth has led to the decision to relocate from three sites in 2015, to occupy a new, purpose-built 180,000 sq.ft development in Swansea. This consolidates the three business units, return and repair, e-tail sales and fulfilment and contract electronic manufacturing (CEM). The new facility provides additional surface mount lines, extra capacity for through- hole assembly, as well as enabling large increases in box build output. Experience from its e-tail division means it can package and despatch box built products direct to consumers worldwide.

Basic economies around the cost of labour have traditionally driven swathes of manufacturing overseas, the Far East for consumer products and eastern Europe for industrial products. Trojan reports that it is now seeing this trend reversing. Concerns about the cost of offshore production, a desire for better quality, shorter lead times and more flexibility are just some of the principal motives that have prompted many companies to move manufacturing back to the UK, it says. Its CEM department can accept both free issued components, procure parts, or a mixture of both. The purchasing department uses its established, approved supply chain to source worldwide. All parts are tracked from receipt to utilisation.

The company continually reviews its procedures, invests in training, equipment and manufacturing systems to deliver a quality product on time, every time.

Visit Trojan Electronics at Stand A55 or go to

Get ready for GDPR at Northern Manufacturing 2017

Northern-00640_smlThis week the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport announced plans to grant the public greater control over the use of personal data through the strengthening of UK data protection law. The announcement sets out how the European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be transferred to UK law following the UK’s departure from the EU. Features of the bill include criminal offences to deter organisations from creating situations where someone could be identified from anonymised data. There will be new rules on data protection and anyone handling data will be made more accountable for the data they process. A crucial feature of the new legislation is the very severe penalties for non-compliance, and all companies that handle any form of personal data will be risking potentially catastrophic fines if they don’t prepare for the new rules that come into effect next Spring.

One of the ways you can get ready for GDPR is to attend the free seminar session at Northern Manufacturing & Electronics 2017. Running on both days of the show, the one-hour session aims to deliver an overview of the new regulations from the particular viewpoint of SME’s, how those regulations will affect your business and the steps you need to be taking now towards compliance. Places are limited, so secure yours today by registering at

Latest ultrasonic cleaners take centre stage

Ultrawave preview edit_tmbAccredited to ISO9001 and ISO13485 (medical device manufacturing), all Ultrawave ultrasonic cleaners are designed and manufactured to the highest standards in Cardiff, South Wales.

At Northern Manufacturing 2017, the company will be showcasing its new IND-Series. These robust ultrasonic cleaners are designed for demanding manufacturing and maintenance environments. They are high performing and durable to help increase production efficiency and cleaning quality.

For high precision cleaning requirements, the company offers the Neon series. Built with advanced features with high quality design, the modular, precision, ultrasonic system can be specified to meet the highest cleaning standards. The integral recirculation helps maximise cleanliness whilst running costs and environment impacts are kept to the minimum.

Since its foundation in 1990, the precision ultrasonic cleaning equipment manufacturer has supplied over 55,000 ultrasonic cleaning systems across a wide range of industries, both in the UK and internationally.

Its 27 years’ of experience in ultrasonic cleaning solutions enables the company to overcome cleaning challenges across a range of industries including electronics, automotive, aerospace, engineering, moulds and castings and medical device manufacture.

The company offers a three-year warranty across all equipment, supported by a dedicated after sales team.

Visit Ultrawave at Stand D86 or find out more at

Take the next step in bending with Bystronic

Bystronic preview edit_tmbNow available with a mobile automation module, the Xpert 40 press brake is the next evolutionary step in the field of bending, says Bystronic. The firm will be demonstrating the solution live at Northern Manufacturing 2017.

In production, the form, size, and number of parts that are to be bent varies. A central goal is always to produce these parts as quickly and cost-effectively as possible, the requirements placed on a modern bending system are to adapt to this variety, help the user to produce quickly, automate as many processing steps as possible while providing the possibility to work manually when required.

The Mobile Bending Cell provides an answer to all of these requirements. The technology behind the bending cell is the Xpert 40 and bending robotics – a combination between fast press brake and mobile automation. Users process large series with the automatic bending mode, yet can also manually bend small series and individual parts whenever necessary.

This bending automation system provides users with a great deal of freedom for varying order situations. Using the plug-and-bend principle, means that the compact Xpert 40 can be set up and put into operation in virtually any environment, claims the company. If required, it can also quickly be moved to another location. The mobile automation solution seamlessly interfaces with the Xpert 40. Users can set up the robotics system on the Xpert 40 in just a few minutes. When not in use, the bending robotics can simply be moved to one side.

Visit Bystronic at Stand D38 or find out more at

Thick film hybrids a speciality for Corintech

corinCorintech travels from its base in Hampshire to showcase its electronics manufacturing and design services at Northern Manufacturing & Electronics 2017. With manufacturing facilities in both the UK and the Far East, the firm is able to offer both small batch and high volume productions.

Capabilities include all types of surface mount and conventional assembly, including specialist techniques such as thick film hybrid design and production, and wire bonding. The focus at this year’s Northern Manufacturing we will be the firm’s broad range of SMT assembly capabilities, with particular focus on thick film hybrids.

Find out more on the Corintech stand B43 or visit

Push-pull connectors from Fischer suit harsh environments

FischerConnectors_preview editSeamless connectivity will be the focus for Fischer Connectors at Northern Manufacturing & Electronics 2017. The firm provides push-pull connectors for a variety of industrial applications, including machine control systems, robotic technology, sensors and inspection.

Its electrical and optical circular connectors feature a rugged design tough enough to perform in the harshest environments to minimise vibration, withstand temperature extremes and resist moisture. To meet diverse constraints, like size, weight, power and data volume or speed, the company offers a range of contact configurations, including low and high voltage, fibre optics, hybrid connections for transmitting gas or fluid in the same body and features such as IP68, IP69 and hermetic sealing, high speed data transfer, 360° EMC shielding, push‐pull locking system for fast, easy, reliable connections, and over 10,000 mating cycles guaranteed.

At Northern Manufacturing 2017, the team will be happy to advise on connectivity challenges face and how products can help you, including combining high-speed signal and power in applications with limited space.

The miniature, high‐density Fischer MiniMax series now includes an even smaller connector, MiniMax 06, which combines up to 10 signal and two power (5A) contacts in a footprint of just 10mm. Rugged, light and easy to use, it ensures premium performance in any weather, says the company.

For safely transporting and storing sensitive data in harsh environments, there is a new USB 3.0 version of the Rugged Flash Drive. This miniature and lightweight memory stick is durable and designed for people on the go who need to download and securely transfer confidential data, images or videos from devices used in extreme environmental conditions or in hard‐to‐reach areas.

Finally, to ensure high optical performance and easy cleaning even in the field, the FiberOptic series now includes a single fibre optic connector, the FO1. This miniature, lightweight, rugged connectivity solution has IP68 sealing (mated) and UPC and SM APC polishing, making it easy to use and clean.

Visit Fischer Connectors at Stand B7 or go to to find out more

Sturdy and compact vacuum is introduced

TRIVAC_D16T_31256TE_2_tmbLeybold UK will showcase its recently introduced Trivac T series at Northern Manufacturing 2017. The firm says it is distinguished by compact and sturdy construction, offering a new economical solution for OEMs from the company, which has many years of experience in the development and manufacture of oil-sealed rotary vane vacuum pumps.

The company’s many other vacuum solutions, including the central vacuum station Vacube and claw pump Clawvac, high vacuum solutions, vacuum measurement and the Phoenix range of helium leak detectors, will also be highlighted at the show. There is also a vacuum service for all brands, both on-site and in-house with fully-trained experienced engineers, with the option to develop a maintenance contract suited to a customer’s needs.

To find out more visit Leybold UK at Stand F43 or go to