Smart plastics add intelligence to Industry 4.0

igus preview edit_tmbVisitors to the igus stand at Northern Manufacturing 2017 will see a wide range of cost-effective, lightweight and maintenance-free bearings and cable management systems for a variety of applications.

Predictive maintenance is the cornerstone of Industry 4.0 and the factory of tomorrow, says the company. Its smart plastics warn of potential failure in good time before unplanned and very costly downtimes occur. New and improved smart plastics will be on show this year, including the isense EC.RC, a new system for monitoring e-chains, the CF.Q module for the intelligent chainflex cables that customers are using today, and the intelligent iglidur PRT slewing ring bearings.

Injection-moulded, 3D-printed or machined from bar stock, engineers have a range of possibilities to obtain self-lubricating parts, such as gears or plain bearings quickly and cost-effectively. During the show, a new process for the production of 3D printed injection mould tools will be introduced. It allows engineers to solve difficult technical challenges quickly. The entire range of 50 iglidur high-performance plastics is available using the process, including specialists for high load, food contact, underwater or high temperature applications. Depending on the iglidur material chosen, the mould is either SLA or SLS printed and then used immediately in the injection-moulding machine. Parts are ready for shipment within days. The material structure of the printed injection mould ensures that it can withstand high temperatures during injection moulding, which means that one mould can produce prototypes and small batches up to 500 pieces cost-effectively and quickly.

Optimum use of installation space, light weight and high stability are benefits of the E4.1L lean energy chain (pictured). The weight saving, compared to the E4.1, saves drive power. The chain can also accommodate more hoses and cables in a given space envelope. It is available from stock in a choice of interior heights and widths. An ESD version of the open energy chain, and a high-temperature option are also available.

Team members will be available to take visitors through the benefits and potential applications of bearing products and cable management systems.

To find out more visit igus at Stand D44 or check out

Toughened acrylic adhesive range is expanded

Permabond preview edit_tmbA range of thermally conductive adhesives, including a toughened acrylic adhesive for applications such as bonding heat sink fins to transformers, and a flexible epoxy hybrid will be demonstrated by Permabond at Northern Manufacturing 2017.

The company manufactures engineering adhesives for potting and encapsulation of electrical components, bonding heat sinks, magnets/ferrites to rotors and housings for electric motors, electrical transformers components, sealing transformer laminates, coating coils, wire tacking and attaching electronic dies.

Its adhesives have been formulated to maximise strength and impact resistance, as well as optimise thermal conductivity and withstand high temperatures and thermal shock. Many products pass the UL94-V-0 flame retardancy testing and comply with class H thermal resistance requirements. Non-corrosive formulations are available for sensitive electronics.

In addition to electronics and electric motor applications, adhesives are also provided for industries as diverse as composites, filters, medical devices, heat exchangers, lighting, aerospace, automotive, renewable energy and maintenance and repair.

The toughened acrylic range of adhesives has recently been expanded to include polyolefin bonders -TA4605 and TA4610 – for environmental resistance, and can be used under water; low odour – TA452 and TA4522 – providing low odour structural bonding with rapid strength development for workplaces where ventilation is difficult or staff are sensitive to smells; ultimate strength – TA4202 – a popular pink/green structural bonder, characterised by fast cure, high strength and structural performance; and TA4204 and TA4205 – crystal clear, non-yellowing structural adhesives for bonding clear plastics and other materials, where aesthetics are important.

Bring your components with you to the show, if possible, for the technical team to make the best adhesive recommendation.

Visit Permabond at Stand D61 or find out more at

25 years on and diversification brings new markets

LCL Electronics preview edit_tmb2017 sees Northern Electronics exhibitor, LCL Electronics, celebrate its 25th anniversary. The contract electronics manufacturer offers turnkey manufacturing, including design and prototype, small batch assembly, pre-production and medium-large volumes of PCBs, product build and cable harnessing.

The company is growing and diversifying into new markets such as leisure, education, energy, food processing and entertainment. It still operates in more traditional markets, including fire safety, gaming, automotive, audio and medical, where its quality and reliability is proven.

LEDs are still proving strong in electronics production. As they become smaller and more sophisticated, so the production and technology used needs to adapt, something that the experienced manufacturer has the skills, equipment and technology to do.

It claims to have the ability to achieve higher yields than other contract manufacturers, coupled with a technical team with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the LED assembly and production process.

Located at the heart of the country, in the Midlands, the company can help customers from the start of an initial product design through to testing and delivery, on-time and to budget. In addition, its global purchasing expertise can drive down component cost, which coupled with its technical capabilities, can lead to a reduction in time and cost.

Working to BSI ISO 9001:2008 accreditations and producing RoHS-compliant products, manufacturing and production benefits include reduced operating costs, freeing up of internal resources, allowing for fewer vendors to manage, reducing inventory and accelerating time-to-market.

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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

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

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.

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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.

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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 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”.

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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