Advances in technology reduce set-up and turnaround times

Amada-preview-edit_tmbExhibiting once again at Northern Manufacturing & Electronics, Amada will show advances in both standalone press brake technology, automated press brake technology and supporting software, that have “vastly reduced” daily set-up times, with rapid turnaround between jobs.

Built on the solid foundation of the HFE series, the HFE3i 1003 press brake includes additional production-enhancing features and an innovative touch-screen AMNC 3i interface. An 18.5-inch multi-touch display offers multiple modes of data entry (angle, depth, 2D and 3D) for programming flexibility. A user-friendly graphic interface and tool library assist operators in the quick set-up of complicated parts.

Also on the stand will be the HG-ATC. The company engineered this for variable lot sizes and difficult tool layouts. The automatic tool changer (ATC) can load even the most complex tool layout within three minutes, and allows operators of varied experience levels to efficiently use this bending system.

The company’s software meets challenges of today’s global environment, where companies are facing the competitive challenge of analysing and converting engineering data into business-critical information for a faster time to market. The software enables customers to collect and easily access large volumes of data. There is a suite of software products available that is integrated and focused on applications for the sheet metal industry.

Visit Amada UK at Stand E38 or find out more at www.amada.co.uk

Rotatable connections from Lemo

Lemo preview edit_tmbAt this year’s Northern Manufacturing & Electronics, Lemo (UK) will exhibit the high performance Anglissimo range of rotatable, right-angled connectors. This versatile range of push-pull connectors offers users the ability to configure cable exit angles during installation and therefore can minimise system costs with simplified assembly and a consolidation of the connector variants required.

Besides exhibiting its new additions to its interconnect portfolio, the company will also be showcasing an overview of its recently expanded cable assembly design and manufacturing capabilities. This service includes the design of complex cable assemblies requiring the precise termination of a vast array of cable and wire types including fibre optics, for use in harsh environments were failure or even signal degradation cannot be tolerated.

Along with the latest products and services available, will be demonstrations of the latest breakthrough technologies available from the group, which include the NiCorAl – plated interconnection products – an awarding-winning, high performance, true alternative to cadmium surface treatment.

Lemo UK’s cable manufacturer, Northwire, will also be on hand to highlight its BioCompatic II cable for medical applications.

Visit Lemo (UK) at Stand F7 For more information go to www.lemo.com

Detector tests up to three LEDs simultaneously

ingunTesting the on/off status of up to three LEDs simultaneously was demonstrated at Southern Electronics 2017, courtesy of the LED detector from Ingun.

The LED detector consists of three phototransistors to test LEDs from 420 to 1130nm, three fibre optic cables, each approximately 300mm long, and three receptacles for customised assembly on the unit under test.

Space-saving assembly of the LED detector can be from the bottom as well as the top in the test fixture.

Outer dimensions are 50 x 30 x 63mm, with a fibre optic cable bend radius of 25mm, minimum. The phototransistor operates at 200mW, with a switching time of 7.4 to 10μs.

Find out more at http://www.ingun.com

Plastic choices include medical manufacturing

WHP Paul Bobby_tmbTackling the most challenging aspects of tight tolerance technical injection moulding and sub-assembly manufacture, White Horse Plastics (WHP) greeted engineers, specifiers and buyers over the three days of the Southern Manufacturing show this year.

The company showed visitors the full spectrum of manufacturing services offered. Current technical competencies include a fleet of over 30 injection moulding machines, processing the full array of thermoplastic polymers from the commodity to the exotic, says the company. There are also CAD/CAM facilities, CNC optical measurement, CMM systems, insert loading and camera inspection, a fully-equipped tool room and a dedicated medical manufacturing space. Further development of the ‘white room’ moulding area is planned for this year.

WHP was founded in 1973. Services range from development, design, and in house tool-manufacture through to lean-manufactured serial production. In addition to ISO9001, ISO 14001, and TS 16949 it has ISO 13485 accreditation, the key standard for suppliers of med-tech manufacturing services.

Find out more http://www.whitehorseplastics.co.uk

Yamazaki Mazak brings 5-axis machining to life at Northern Manufacturing 17

3Exhibiting from their VARIAXIS range, Mazak will have a multi-tasking machine in live cutting action on stand throughout the show.

Designed for multi-surface machining, Mazak says the VARIAXIS range delivers high-accuracy and high speed productivity with fast set-up and minimum floor space requirement.

Mazak has a long history of providing advanced manufacturing solutions to the UK’s manufacturing base, in particular the aerospace sector which is very strong in the North of England and demands the highest levels performance, productivity and accuracy. From this, Mazak comments that it believes the Northern Manufacturing & Electronics show is the ideal platform to showcase its machines’ capabilities.

See for yourself on stands D26 and H14 or visit www.mazakeu.co.uk to find out more.

Emsea showcases cutting skills on Robot Wars

emsea review edit_tmbFresh from its TV appearance on BBC2’s Robot Wars 2017, Emsea highlighted its cutting services at Southern Manufacturing 2017. The company sponsored Aftershock, the robot which made its debut appearance on the TV programme in March.

In order to give Team Shock the best chance of winning the title of Robot Wars Champion 2017, sponsor Emsea, cut Team Shock’s precision parts on its Waterjet Machine, Flows Flagship Mach 4, the most technically advanced machine in the industry, says the company.

The cold cutting process produces accurate parts without any heat damage and  can cut through materials up to 200mm thick with a geometric accuracy of ±0.1mm.

Chris Sweet, director at Emsea observed: “Whilst some of the parts could have been cut on our laser machines we felt that due to the nature of the material and the purpose of the venture the waterjet would provide the very best quality cut and finish.”

“We are excited to be a part of Team Shock and wish them luck in their endeavour to become the ultimate fighting bot!”

Sweet added “We are always keen to promote engineering and projects such as Robot Wars are a fantastic way to get people inspired and may help to fill the skills shortage in the future”.

Find out more at http://www.emsea.com

3D printer support for all needs and budgets

cadventure3D printers were front and centre on the Cadventure stand at Southern Manufacturing 2017 The company offers a range of 3D printers to fulfil a variety of needs from conceptual models, form and fit to final pre-production quality.

It also offers a full bureau service. Its team of 3D professionals can produce a 3D model from supplied files, or create an item from scratch. It also has an online 3D consumables store.

The latest 3D printer-enabled modelling software is supplied and supported, including ANSYS SpaceClaim – a new generation of software that offers an intuitive interface and ability to work with 3D geometry to enable you to sketch in 3D software and then mutate without conventional constraints. It can be used to create, edit and repair 3D content, or users can reverse engineer scan data using the software tools. Also showcased was LimitState:FORM software that uses SpaceClaim as its CAD platform. This software generates high fidelity, optimised forms directly and unlocks the potential of additive manufacturing – a step forward for designers using traditional manufacturing methods.

The company also offers a full consultancy and training service. Find out more at www.cadventure.co.uk

RF power amps a speciality

acturusElectronics manufacturer, Acturus, showcased its specialisation in RF power amplifiers for the defence, medical and general commercial sectors at Southern Electronics 2017. The firm undertakes sub-contract PCB assembly and test for SMT and through-hole electronic assemblies, using its own, automated placement machine and RF test equipment. It is also pleased to offer NPI (new product introductions), build to print and can provide obsolescence solutions.

More information at www.acturus.co.uk

Hybrid laser debuts

At Southern 2017, Technifor exhibited its new Hybrid laser for the first time.

techniforDescribing itself as a world leader in the design and manufacture of dot peen, scribe, engraving and laser marking equipment for the aerospace, automotive, medical, general engineering, and oil and gas industries, Technifor has over 30 years of experience.

The company provides permanent traceability solutions using direct part marking through Data Matrix codes or human readable text across various manufacturing sectors. From VIN numbers at OEMs to the smallest component part, its traceability solutions provide a key element in enabling the automotive supply chain to maintain and improve its quality standards.

Direct part marking (also known as etching, engraving or scribing) and traceability is playing an increasingly important role in manufacturing. Increasing numbers of companies are automating their marking processes whether through data matrix codes or human readable text. If properly integrated into the production process, part marking can provide a platform for improved quality control and traceability that can reduce costs and improve yield, says the company.

Technifor is part of the Gravotech group, and the inventor of dot peen. More information at http://www.technifor.com/

Machine shop casts and fabricates too

005_tmbM J Allen highlighted the impressive range of services offered from base in Ashford, Kent. Operating foundries and a welding facility alongside its machine shop, M J Allen is driven to provide a quality, integrated casting, machining, fabrication and assembly service. It supplies fully-machined castings and fabrications to defence, medical, marine, machine tool, original equipment and automotive (Ford) industries in the UK, Europe and North America. It is certified to ISO9001, 14001 and 18001. Their ferrous foundry produces high quality, grey iron and SG (spheroidal graphite) iron castings to 3000kg and has expertise in complex core assembly work.

The non-ferrous foundry produces precision sand castings in aluminium and bronze alloys to 1000kg for the most demanding applications. 

An aluminium gravity die foundry enables volume casting to 50kg to the highest integrity. 

The foundries have extensive in-house facilities for heat treatment, chemical and mechanical analysis, x-ray, dye penetrant and ultrasonic inspection and pressure testing.

The machine shop operates CMM inspection and jig boring in temperature controlled environments for the tightest of tolerances. The latest CNC equipment includes a Doosan twin pallet, horizontal machining centre and Johnford bridge mill, covering machining in X-axis of 3.1m, Y-axis 1.8m and Z-axis 1.6m.

Coupled with paint and assembly facilities, all at the Ashford site, sourcing of machined and finished castings and fabrications of almost any size and volume is achieved with a single order.

Find out more at www.mjallen.co.uk