C-class components serve healthcare and automotive

OPTIMAS ReviewStandard and specialised components for a wide range of applications could be found at the Optimas Components Division stand.

The business supplies an extensive range of over 14,000 standard parts, with most specialised towards electro-mechanical applications. The range includes cable management solutions, wiring hardware, enclosures, cable glands, conduits and fittings, threaded and non-threaded fasteners, finishing products and access hardware. Visitors were invited to pick from a selection of component samples, allowing for a first-hand appraisal of the range.

Highlights included a range of specialised components for stringent hygienic applications, such as in the food processing, medical and healthcare sectors.

These components will also be supported by parts designed specifically for automotive and lighting applications. Complementing this will be components for transportation, domestic appliances and HVAC.

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


Consultancy advises with workshops

think_choose_forge_useIndependent consultancy, Thinkers, gives advice and support to manufacturers, when you need to invest in software, such as ERP and MRP systems.

Whether replacing old, legacy systems or enhancing existing software, retailer-independent advice is available. The company offers two-day workshops, a three to eight day package to assess requirements across all user groups and help in assessing requirements, creating a full technical product brief and running vendor demonstrations to preferred supplier stage. There is also longer-term onsite support from ERP software selection and implementation, through to user training and documentation.

Using a framework to align the project with your business strategy, the company guides you through a selection process that is clear, short, cost effective and most importantly, will result in good choices for your business. To forge a new system to suit a business, it helps plan the project, and then commissions, configures and customises the system.

Find out more about Thinkers – www.thinkers.co.uk

Power packs can be bespoke

Euro Energy Resources Preview EditCustom-designed battery packs, batteries, chargers and test equipment can be supplied by Euro Energy Resources to a wide range of industries, including OEMs, distributors and medical organisations.

The company has established a strong reputation over 35 years, built on service, product quality and prompt delivery. It has focused and dedicated technical, customer service and sales teams operating from its Leicester base.

The UK designer and manufacturer of custom battery packs for OEMs offers a comprehensive product range, with products from Panasonic, Sanyo, PBQ, ARTS Energy, Saft, GP, Yuasa and all leading edge technology battery developers. The company pride itself on being able to fulfil requirements for both one-off specialist projects and large volume production.

To design and manufacture battery packs and charging solutions in many configurations, the in-house technical team looks at the application, electrical and environmental requirements. It is then able to provide bespoke battery packs with the most appropriate chemistry for any battery application – the company never takes a ‘one size fits all’ approach. It can also support with tests to simulate the extremes of operating conditions, to minimise the risk of in-service failures.

Euro Energy Resources – www.euroenergy.co.uk

Five VMCs meet choice of environments

Dugard review_tmbFive vertical machining centres (VMCs) from Dugard’s  popular XP range were highlighted at Southern 2018.

The mid-range VMCs range from 762 to 2060mm x axis travel. They feature bigger ballscrews and bigger guideways for a more robust working environment. There are also machine options like fourth axis units, Renishaw probing and toolsetting as well as Fanuc, Siemens or Heidenhain control options, designed to meet a variety of machining environments.

The smallest is the 760XP, which has a 762/435/520mm x/y/z axis travel, a powerful 16.5kW, 12,000rpm spindle and 28-station, side-mounted toolchanger. It has a compact footprint of just 2696 x 2200mm. Next is the 1000XP. This one metre machining centre has 1050/540/560mm x/y/z axis travel, 12,000rpm spindle, 44m/min rapids in x and y and 25m/min rapids in z, 36-station BT40 toolchanger and swarf auger as standard. The other models, the 1350XP, 1600XP and 2000XP are suitable for larger component manufacture. Standard features are 36 tools, BT40 and 12,000rpm spindle.

As part of a core range, models are always in stock, says the company, for quick delivery.

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

Thermal imager camera is compact

Optris ReviewClaimed to be one of the most compact thermal imaging cameras available, the Optris PI 640 has an optical resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. The company claims the VGA infra red camera delivers pin-sharp radiometric pictures and videos in real time.

The body measures just 45 x 56 x 90mm (1.77 x 2.20 x 3.54 inches) and weighs only 320g (11.3 oz), including the lens.

Operating temperature range is -20 to +900°C or -4 to 1652°F, which can be extended to +1500 °C (2732°F). The spectral range is 7.5 to 13µm and the frame rate is up to 125Hz.

The camera can be delivered with industrial thermal imager equipment and it comes with an extensive license-free thermography software package.

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

Support helps gain ISO certification

IMSM Logo 2017Organisations around the world are supported by IMSM in gaining ISO certification and new business opportunities.

An ISO certification is a recognised mark of quality through producing consistent standards of quality to meet customer’s requirements. By streamlining internal processes and adopting a strong customer focus, it will improve competitiveness.

The company’s experienced assessors offer a flexible approach, delivering design, documentation, and internal audit training, fitting around a business’ requirements and schedule to ensure the steps to ISO certification are achievable and hassle-free.

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

Advocating induction heating

brazing-thumbAt Southern Manufacturing 2018, representatives from Ambrell were on hand to advise and discuss with visitors how induction heating can enhance manufacturing processes.

The company manufactures induction heating systems from 1.0 to 500kW, and believes it can help manufacturers whether they need to braze a small tube or hot head a large rod.

Over the last 30 years, the company has installed more than 12,000 systems in over 50 countries.

Find out more at www.ambrell.com

Tube bending machine suits prototype volumes

Unison review_tmbTube bending custom products, tailored to specific customer requirements, account for a significant proportion of the Unison business, for aerospace, automotive, marine, oil and gas, energy and bespoke products.

Showcased at this year’s show was the EB1000, high precision, CNC controlled manually operated bending machine, suitable for bending tubes up to 16mm. It is suitable for low volume production and prototypes in demanding applications.

The tube bending machine specialist claims to offer the most extensive range of all-electric tube bending machines in the market. The standard range accommodates tube diameters from 16 to 180mm. A custom machine is capable of bending 10-inch schedule pipe with an outside diameter of 273mm.

Advanced software tools provide an end-to-end tube bending service, and feature Opt2Sim, 3D simulation which allows users to analyse, optimise and validate programs without needing access to the physical machine.

TubeWorks tube bending CAD/CAM software package enables users to automatically extract manufacturing information such as bend angles and rotations from a native SolidWorks model or a common CAD file format to reduce the time required to develop programs for CNC tube bending dramatically, from hours to just minutes.

Sister company, Ingenium Integration, provides automation solutions and a design consultancy service from robotic cells to integrated production lines. Turnkey automated systems are designed to save customers time and money.

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

Cables and services add value

LEMO review_tmbElectrical, electronic and fibre optic interconnect solutions were displayed by Lemo at Southern Electronics 2018. The company highlighted its range of products, including the B and T series connectors (pictured) and value-added cabling services.

Servicing a range of end markets, from auto-sport, military, oil and gas, test and measurement, broadcast and medical, Lemo UK has an experienced team of industry specialists to offer customers advice.

The company has further invested in its UK operation, based in Worthing, now offering extended engineering services to support the development of high-reliability electrical and fibre optic cable assembly, as well as a rapid turn-around bespoke connector service.

The company’s premium range of electrical and fibre optic interconnect solutions are for use in demanding environments. They are designed and manufactured in Switzerland, with all components manufactured in automated factories to exacting standards.


Abrasive range covers metal and plastics finishing

MICROMESH-MX-90Salisbury-based Moleroda Finishing Systems has been trading since 1981. It has invested in its own production factory to allow it to offer great control quality.

The factory team designs bespoke products. The abrasive range stretches from industry roughing / grinding to 0.25µm finishing and polishing grades.

The company is the UK agent for Micro-Mesh, manufactured in the United States. Various forms are available to suit finishing/deburring or polishing needs, whether aluminium, stainless steels or precious metals, and the grades to finish plastic, acrylics, glass and corian to a showroom finish.

The Micro-Mesh kits have been approved by Boeing and McDonell Douglas and also have UK military approvals.

The company says its Eneska 600 micro motor machine replaces the noisy, heavy Dremel-style polish/deburr machines. Compared to handheld devices, this is powerful, quiet, precise and reliable. The company supplies consumables to Tier One companies within aerospace, F1, defence and other high reliability industries.