High quality cabling from prototypes to production

Nothern Mft_tmbWireco will highlight its expertise as cable harness assembly specialists at Northern Manufacturing & Electronics this week. The firm designs and manufacture wire harnesses and wiring looms as well as offering a flexible, reliable and high quality solution for bespoke cable assembly requirements.

Wireco says that its flexible approach enables it to deliver an efficient short-run service, ideal for producing R&D models (prototyping), whilst retaining the capability to go on to deliver the full production project.

From military specification wiring for aerospace, to wire and cable harnesses fitted for commercial use, Wireco offers a solution for any manufacturer of electronic or electrical systems, from simple interconnections to the most complex cable harness. The firm also specialises in wiring systems for use in extreme environments, designed to withstand water ingress and to maintain mechanical endurance.  All cable assemblies are built by an experienced team of operatives who are trained to IPC/WHMA-A-620, now widely recognised within the industry as the manufacturing standard.

Find out more on the Wireco stand, A37 or visit http://www.wireco.co.uk/

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Foam packaging plays a part in Bloodhound project

MSA Foams PREVIEW EDIT_tmbSpecialising in the design and manufacture of protective packaging, MSA Foams, part of the Peli Group, produces foams that protect components or delicate equipment. Designing foam inserts that are cut to size for individual tool kits has been part of the business for over 20 years. The company is delighted to have been chosen to provide tool control for the Bloodhound SSC supersonic car engineering project. The vital tools for this record breaking attempt on the world land speed record are stored and transported in foam from MSA.

Inserts organise tools efficiently and, using coloured foam, ensure missing items are easily identified, eliminating the risk of foreign object damage. Durable custom foam ensures tools are secured in position and fully protected in transit.

There is a wide range of returnable packaging and protective/presentation cases available. The sales presentation cases have a professional finish, with branding enhanced through corporate colours. Logos can also be laser-engraved with intricate detail in the foam.

The stand at this year’s Northern Manufacturing show showcases the various colours and foam densities available. The in-house design team has created the stand to demonstrate the product range, the design service and manufacturing capabilities to exhibition visitors. The separate panels interlock neatly using jigsaw tabs for the visible joints of the wall’s panels, showing the precision of the foam cutting and finish, in addition to strengthening the connection between the stand panels.

Many features of the stand, such as a complex water-jet cut map of the UK, showing the areas of the business development team, to the laser engraved, precision-cut Aztec design, demonstrate the cutting technology at the 31,000 sq ft facility.

Visit MA Foams at Stand E8 or find out more at www.msa.co.uk

Connector and cabling is bespoke

CIE Connectivity preview editProviding a design, manufacture and stocking service to manufacturing and installation markets, CIE’s connectivity division offers bespoke connector and cabling solutions for customers’ requirements and projects. The firm will be highlighting its capabilities at Northern Manufacturing & Electronics 2017.

The connectivity team is committed to fully understanding the individual needs of each customer and to providing exemplary service and the highest quality cable and connector products.

As well as a significant UK stock holding of professional connector products from companies such as Switchcraft and EDAC, it also offers Custom Connectivity service and supply.

Using a global network of sourcing, supply and manufacturing partners, the company works closely with customers to fully understand each project, to ensure that the solution delivers on-specification, on-time and on-budget.

Visit CIE Connectivity at Stand J38 or find out more at www.cie-group.com

Advice for corporation tax

Mewburn Ellis - preview edit_tmbWould you like to reduce the corporation tax you pay? Mewburn Ellis invites visitors to Northern Manufacturing 2017 to learn more about a UK Government tax relief initiative designed to help if you are developing or improving a new product or process, including creating new software.

You could be eligible to halve your corporation tax to 10% on worldwide profits derived from sales or use of these new or improved products and processes.  This initiative is different to the R&D tax credits that you may already know about, counsels the company, which has extensive experience working with start-ups and SMEs in the manufacturing, technology, software and electronic engineering sectors, protecting, exploiting and managing companies’ valuable assets.

Visit Mewburn Ellis at Stand F79 or find out more at www.mewburn.com

Point of sale expertise on show

fastrakNorthern Manufacturing 2017 exhibitor Fastrak Retail is an industry expert in retail Point of Sale (POS) design and construction. The firm offers in-depth knowledge of every aspect of POS design and manufacturing processes, including prototyping, toolmaking, plastic injection moulding, print and metal fabrication. 

Fastrak Retail bases its approach on a ‘most appropriate’ manufacturing philosophy, designed to tailor a solution in line with its customer’s needs, whether they be creative, commercial, process or lead-time driven.  The unique combination of talented designers with many years of experience in POS and a fully-equipped engineering production team in-house means the firm can deliver a truly dynamic bespoke solution to any POS challenge.

Fastrak Retail is an international business with presences in the UK, Asia, Australasia and the USA, making it ideally positioned to support all types of businesses, from global brands to local companies. Visitors to Northern Manufacturing 2017 are invited to come and meet with Fastrak Retail and find out more about what this highly creative manufacturer has to offer.

Meet Fastrak Retail on stand B19 or go to www.fastrakretail.co.uk

Prototype machines meet R&D and education needs

Axminster preview edit_tmbWith over 40 years’ experience, Axminster Tools & Machinery should be on the visit list for any Northern Manufacturing visitors interested in machinery. The firm says it selects the best manufacturers with which to work, so that customers can be certain of the reliability, availability and serviceability of its range of machines.

The company is continually enlarging and updating its range of metalworking tools and machinery. Recently, it has developed the Axminster CNC Technology range. Working closely with manufacturing partner Sieg, this is a core range of CNC metalworking mills and lathes that fill an important niche in the market, the company believes. The machines are manufactured in high-grade cast iron, giving a stable and absorbing platform. All are supplied with software which is compatible with Windows 7, 10, XP and Vista.

At this year’s Northern Manufacturing & Electronics, the company will showcase some exciting products. On display will be its own brand machines, including Axminster CNC Technology Series iKX3 mill and iKC6 lathe, together with a range of pillar drills from the Axminster Engineer Series SB-16, SB-25, SB-250 and SB-25-TC. All are suitable for prototype and light engineering, small production workshops and component makers, fabrication works for testing, R&D and the education sector including university technical colleges.

The company also has exclusivity in the UK for the Jet Elite range of mills, lathes and bandsaws. These efficient and powerful machines offer precision, durability and safety which widely exceeds market standards, claims the company.

Visit Axminster Tools & Machinery at Stand H20 or go to www.axminster.co.uk.

Great British Marketing launches at Northern 2017

gmbGreat British Marketing, an initiative to support and share best marketing advice across the northern manufacturing industry, is being formally launched at Northern Manufacturing & Electronics 2017.

Delivered by FIG, an award-winning B2B marketing and communications agency that specialises in helping manufacturing businesses grow, Great British Marketing is offering expert advice at the show with its free marketing publications.

Explained FIG’s managing director, Helen Duncan: “While the national press have been reporting on how well the sector is performing – with Markit CIPS UK recently reporting that the UK manufacturing sector had recorded its fastest growth for three years – they have also included notes of caution about the degree to which this growth can be sustained against a backdrop of Brexit, political uncertainty and market volatility. For over 15 years, FIG has been working with North West manufacturers to help them to achieve their business goals, whatever the economic climate.

“In 2017, the threats to the manufacturing sector are many, but so too are the opportunities, and we felt the time was right to do our bit to help manufacturing companies across the North West and East Midlands not only to survive the volatile climate, but to thrive.”

Attendees at the Northern Manufacturing & Electronics Show can visit Great British Marketing at stand D27 for their free publication ‘Your Guide to Lean Marketing’ which offers manufacturers some fundamental marketing advice, such as establishing clear marketing objectives, identifying the necessary resources and planning to achieve those goals, along with some of the latest social media trends and top tips for the manufacturing sector when using LinkedIn.

Starting life in 1996 as copy writing and communications business, FIG was the winner of the 2016 CIM northern large agency award and is ranked among Prolific North’s 2017 Top 50 PR agencies. The firm provides in-house creative, digital and PR solutions for its clients across a wide range of B2B sectors, including manufacturing, food and drink, transport, industry and technology.

Find out more about FIG and the Great British Marketing initiative on stand D27 or visit www.fig.agency/great-british-marketing  For more information about FIG, visit www.fig.agency or call 01457 857111.

Silicon-on-Sapphire sensor technology redefines strain gauge measurement

ESI Technology preview edit_tmbSpecialising in the design and manufacture of pressure transducers and pressure transmitters, ESI Technology was established in 1985. At Northern Manufacturing & Electronics 2017 the firm will highlight specialist applications using sensing technologies such as an innovative silicon-on-sapphire strain gauge.

Expertise in such a niche field means the team is able to analyse and interpret customer specific requirements and create a product that meets – and often exceeds – the exact needs of the application in order to eradicate any compromise from the customer.

The most outstanding developments from the company are the silicon-on-sapphire sensor technology and the new GD4200-USB digital pressure transducer. Silicon-on-sapphire sensor technology has redefined the performance capability of pressure measurement instrumentation in the industry, says the company. It demonstrates excellent insulation properties, performance with high over-pressures and virtually no hysteresis, repeatability and chemical compatibility.

The GD4200-USB makes pressure measurement simple and portable, reducing the need for expensive data loggers. It has all the advantages of silicon-on-sapphire, sample rate of 1000Hz and is available in ranges up to 5000bar. Supplied software features the capability of measuring multiple inputs and also customised test certificate generation.

The company’s portfolio has solutions for applications in oil and gas, subsea, aerospace, defence, hydraulics, depth/level, hazardous area, automotive, process and industrial, test calibration and OEM markets.

Visit ESI Technology at Stand D50 or go to www.esi-tec.com

PACE Europe BGA/SMD rework system accelerates throughput

PACE_preview edit_tmbAmong the new products to be displayed by Pace Europe at this year’s Northern Electronics show will be the TF 1800 BGA rework system (pictured) and PH 100 pre-heater.

The rework system incorporates a top-side inductive-convection heater. The patent-pending heater technology provides rapid heat-up and active cooling of the solder joints, resulting in faster throughput and greater process control. Its high efficiency, low thermal mass design takes far less power to operate and is more reliable than conventional heaters, claims the company. A stepper motor drives an automated reflow head for smooth, precise, repeatable movement, with no drift, allowing for soft landing of components and 28µm (0.0011-inch) placement accuracy.

A vacuum pick/shaft design with optical sensor is counterweight-balanced to eliminate placement pressure on components, and uses precision high temperature linear ball bearings for highest sensitivity in placement and pick-up.

The adjustable height, bottom-side infra red pre-heater allows safe, closer proximity to the PCB for challenging high thermal mass boards. User-friendly software guides operators through an intuitive interface that virtually automates the process.

Visitors will also exhibit the PH 100, a high powered (1600W), non-contact infra red heating system. Its ergonomic, low profile design allows operators to safely pre-heat PCBs for fast and easy soldering, rework or repair on the highest mass, lead-free assemblies.

The ADS200 AccuDrive production soldering station will be introduced at this year’s show. The rugged, high-powered soldering station provides thermal performance, to allow accurate adjustable temperatures to be set with no calibration required.

Visit Pace Europe at Stand A110 or go to  www.paceworldwide.com.

Inspection is drawn to Scandinavian quality

VisionAid Preview edit_tmbFor over 20 years, VisionAid has provided quality digital magnification systems. At Northern Manufacturing & Electronics 2017 it is showcasing a range of high quality, 1080P, 60-frame/s, Scandinavian digital magnifiers, microscopes and inspection solutions with magnification up to 750x. The collection combines superior optics, claims the company, with advanced features such as precise measurement, focus stacking, image and video capture.

The vision equipment is ideal for tasks including R&D, inspection, quality control, service and rework. It is quick and easy to share critical information between co-workers and departments with both computer connectable and standalone systems, for training, responsive quality control, comparison and documentation.

A highlight is the FHD Zap, which the company describes as its most flexible space saving digital microscope. It can be attached to a variety of fully adjustable monitor arms to meet specific requirements. Pure optical magnification range is 1.3x to 65.8x (24-inch monitor). USB 3.0 computer connectivity is provided for live viewing, recording video and saving images for rapid information sharing. The precision laser pointer is a visible target indicator allowing for fast, accurate zooming on a subject.

All of the systems offered improve productivity and users’ posture when combined with the company’s specialist ergonomic products, such as posture seating, height adjustable workstations and accessories.

See VisionAid at Stand C26 or visit www.visionaid.co