Microscope has intuitive software interface

Ash Tech preview edit_tmbAn integrated digital microscope system designed specifically for production and quality control environments will be showcased at Southern 2019 by Ash Technologies. The Inspex II has an intuitive software interface which simplifies operation and control of the system, increasing efficiency, control and traceability of inspection, says the company.

The ergonomic, fully integrated, standalone system does not require a PC. The AshCal auto-calibration feature removes the need for time-consuming recalibrations for each zoom change. 2D point-to-point precision line measurements and annotations can be captured on images for qualification and documentation whilst on-screen overlays enable the go/no-go rapid inspection of samples. Users can streamline the production processes and prevent human error with user access privileges and programmable preset options for controlled and standardised inspection processes.

The Inspex II also has interchangeable illumination options and a one-click autofocus on-screen indicator. Image stamping with time, date, user and magnification level allows for traceability throughout the inspection process.

Irish company, Ash Technologies was established in 1994, specialising in digital magnification and imaging solutions. Its inspection solutions can improve production process quality and fault detection, improve cost efficiencies, increase operator performance and productivity and aid training, claims the company.

Visit Ash Technologies – Stand A220 www.ash-vision.com Get your free tickets to Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2019 by visiting www.industrysouth.co.uk


JLF Manufacturing: a long-established firm with an eye to the future

CLUTCH3A leading UK presswork manufacturer JLF Manufacturing has been supplying precision made metal parts and welded assemblies for over 90 years. Drawing on its deep experience in a comprehensive range of general and precision presswork, welded assemblies, deep drawn pressings, automotive sumps, ball floats and bubble caps, it is able to understanding the demands of a diverse range of manufacturing sectors and provide solutions to a range of cross-sector customers. JLF operates to the highest standards of quality control throughout its processes and has invested significantly in presses, tool room and people.

Having an in-house tool room the firm can produce hard tooling for new projects, as well as adapting and repairing existing tooling for ongoing production runs. From assistance with the initial drawings, through to production, assembly, finishing and delivery, JLF can assist with most presswork and component requirements.

Offering several advantages when compared to alternative manufacturing methods such as press braked parts, JLF say’s that its presswork is the ideal solution for producing medium to high runs of metal parts and components, offering both cost-savings and increased precision. With the capability to produce a range of pressed products from basic pressings through to complex welded assemblies and fabrications, JLF has considerable experience working across many sectors, including automotive, white goods, yellow goods and more.

JLF’s large manufacturing facility offers a wide selection of presses ranging from 30 to 500 tonnes – largest bed size 2.7m x 1.5m. Operational abilities include blanking, forming, piercing and deep drawing in all types, grades and size of materials.

For more information, visit https://jlfmanufacturing.com/

X-series becomes CamdenBoss’ toughest enclosure range

P1855 X-series marketing imageCamdenBoss has extended its range of robust enclosure options with the new X-Series. The X8, X7 and X6 series are now CamdenBoss’ most robust electrical enclosures with IK09 impact resistance rating. Together with IP66/67 class sealing, the X-series is ideal for indoor and outdoor applications such as control panels, junction boxes and distribution boards.

Each series is available in either polycarbonate or ABS. Polycarbonate is UV-light resistant, when exposed to the sun, the enclosure is less likely to appear faded and worn over time. ABS is a cost effective option for indoor use without compromising on quality. Both polycarbonate and ABS have identical quality ratings.

The firm says the design of  its X8 series is particularly noteworthy; Available in 16 sizes, the enclosure is fitted with a hinged lid. This type of lid provides easy access into the enclosure, without removing any screws. The lid latches can be fastened securely with a padlock or, for increased security, the lock accessory can be added. For control panels, the dual door allows direct access to the control panel without struggling with screws or latches. The dual door is perfect for utilising CamdenBoss’ 22mm pushbutton switches and E-stops, which can be mounted within the enclosure.For DIN Rail modules, the X8 series can have inspection windows CNC machined in-house to a customer’s individual specification for a fully bespoke solution. 

The X7 series features 12 different sizes with rigid corners, the series embodies strength and is strong enough to deal with any heavy knock, even a forklift clash. Featuring brass inserts, they can be accessorised with PCB and other component mount options such as steel mounting plates and for keeping it cool against the heat, two sizes of vents are available in polycarbonate and ABS.

Hassle-free enclosure knockouts are an important feature of the X6 series, these are industry-sized and provide effortless entries for cables. There are 10 sizes available in this series, each enclosure is fully customisable with steel mounting plates, wall/surfaces mounting brackets and quick release screws. The series also features polarised lids, with a choice of solid grey or transparent.

For more information on the new X-series, and the huge range of other solutions available from CamdenBoss, visit  www.camdenboss.com

Investments and quality is a winning formula for Jenks & Cattell

jenks Cattell preview edit_tmbSpecialist in sheet metal fabrication of low-high volume, Jenks & Cattell has offered service and quality for 131 years.

The company specialises in laser cutting, metal fabrication, pressings/stampings and welded assemblies. it has invested in both machinery and people in recent years, including a new 400 tonne progression press, 250 tonne coil fed press, four additional robotic welders and one additional laser cutting machine.

Alongside this investment, it has employed over 30 additional employees since 2014 and introduced a double shift to the working day.

According to the company, the engineering investments provide customers with a higher quality of component completed to enhanced manufacturing efficiency time.

2016-2017 has been a particularly good year for quality standards as the company retained its TS 16949, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 and achieved customer specific quality and service awards from Caterpillar and Cummins Engines. Visit Jenks & Cattell www.jcel.co.uk

Flexible approach serves demanding industries

banner-02_cropPhase One Electronics has been providing CEM services since 1988 for a diverse range of industries which include marine, medical, military, leak and gas detection, automotive and communications. It is certified to J-STD-001 and builds to IPC-A-610.

The company prides itself on the quality of workmanship and customer service, and has grown organically over the years mainly through recommendations. It specialises in small to medium batch builds. Its flexible approach provides surface mount and conventional PCB assembly with AOI capabilities, from prototype to production

Whether it is cable assemblies, box build or test, the company is always ready to listen and help.


LCL Electronics offers complete service

LCL Electronics preview edit_tmbLCL Electronics 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.

Visit LCL


International supply for castings

case-study_rolesSpecialising in investment casting for over 70 years, Polycast, has grown into a supplier of quality metal components. Its head office and foundry are on the south coast of Hampshire and it has engineering teams in India and China, to provide cost-effective manufacturing.

The company can work with partners to supply everything from rapid prototypes, using the new print and cast solution to mass production, from cast blank castings to fully finished machined, treated and coated components.

It sources metal components using many different methods and is currently shipping sand castings, forgings, metal injection moulded and machined from solid parts, from India and high and low pressure die casting from China.
Casting and finished parts are exported around the world including central and eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Central and North America. All projects are managed from the UK in conjunction with teams in the country, from single item to mass-production and to meet budgets and time scales.


Air management system heralds Industry 4.0

bcs_global_hero-image-310x380Operators can manage, optimise and improved compressed air-based services, using a cloud-based, air management plaform from Gardner Denver. The CompAir iConn is available through distributor BCAS. It delivers advanced analytics, which enable operators to stay in control of their installation. The system can provide historic, real-time, predictive and cognitive analytics, enabling users to rectify potential issues before they happen.

Users can monitor compressor performance from a single location, via a mobile device, tablet or PC. It helps minimise fault incidences for increased uptime, and also provides detailed machine parameters and over-time trend analysis to enable plant managers to optimise system performance.

Compressor or ancillary asset data can be transferred securely via GSM, Ethernet or Wi-Fi to a range of connected devices. The secure cloud-based services allow users to view real-time analytics or access data via open application programmable interfaces (APIs).

For entry level installations, there is iConn Assess, which provides a detailed overview of compressor system performance, helping operators to view and analyse key operating data online and take action to rectify any potential issues.

iConn Protect features a predictive maintenance-scheduling tool, which notifies the customer of any anticipated machine faults and enables service to be scheduled in advanced.

iConn Manage offers an insight into compressor performance, and a 24/7 service option, providing advanced analytics, remote monitoring and efficiency audits.

Available as standard on new CompAir machines, it can also be retrofitted to compressor installations. The system will also support ancillary and non-Gardner Denver-based products.


Customised heat treatments earn place in aerospace

carbolite Gero preview edit_tmbIn addition to the wide range of standard products, Carbolite Gero is an expert in the development of customised equipment for complex heat treatment processes. Solving customers’ individual application requirements has earned it a place in aerospace, engineering, materials science, medical, bioscience and contract testing laboratories globally, says the company.

It supplies products with standards-compliant furnace and oven designs (e.g., Nadcap heat treatment processes – AMS2750E), and traceable certification for control, measurement, recording and data acquisition devices, issued by an independent UKAS accredited laboratory.

The GPC 13/300B retort furnace (pictured) is suitable for customers involved in rapid prototyping, manufacturing one-offs or small batches using an additive manufacturing process which require heat treatments up to 1100oC. It is designed with a modified inert atmosphere for annealing and sintering of additive manufacturing applications and can be optionally fitted for compliance to AMS 2750E Class 1 (±3°C) and can also be equipped with Instrumentation type A, B, C or D. The final part the furnace has a swing door for ease of loading and unloading. The furnace continually monitors inert gas flow volumes and has forced cooling for faster cycle times.

There are two manufacturing and sales sites, one based in Derbyshire, where Carbolite has been manufacturing laboratory and industrial ovens and furnaces up to 1800°C since 1938; and one in Neuhausen, Germany, where high temperature furnaces up to 3000°C with options for vacuum and other modified atmospheres have been manufactured since 1982.

Find out more at Carbolite Gero www.carbolite-gero.com

Plastics moulder manages stock supply

JSP_BM_087Specialist plastic moulder, Broanmain Plastics, used Southern Manufacturing 2018 to exhibit the benefits of a full, Kanban, just in time (JIT) supply system. The company works in supply chain partnerships with its customers and currently supplies 50% of its deliveries straight from stock holding.

To ensure production efficiency or to overcome space limitations, it is able to receive orders for high volumes of parts and supply small, regular volumes to the customer, invoicing at the time of delivery.

The company offers a full end-to-end service and supports customers from prototype stage through to high volume production runs.

It specialises in thermoplastic injection, vacuum forming, thermosetting injection, compression and transfer moulding, providing a personal service for a range of industries, including electronics, aerospace, defence, science and consumer goods.