Trio showcases production and verification services

Encompass_tmbThe three technical engineering companies in the Encompass Group, Termate, kA Testing Facility and 3 Phase Design showcased their collective range of production and verification service expertise at Southern 2018.

Termate has been manufacturing electrically insulating components since 1956 in Nottingham. In the first quarter of 2018 it will add CNC fabrication. It will produce bespoke products within technical and quality assured processes and to offer support and technical guidance from a CNC prototype into full production.

kA Testing Facility is a UKAS-accredited, independent testing laboratory offering a range of product proving tests. In the first quarter of 2018 it will invest in additional test equipment to broaden its testing capabilities and offer testing services to a wider range of sectors.

3 Phase Design is a product compliance specialist. Engineers work alongside companies from the beginning of a project or enter at any point as required. It offers assistance with CE marking, understanding EU directives, understanding product standards both national and international, product development support, technical training and pre / post test inspections.

Find out more at the Encompass Group website


Quality stands the test of competing market

Ingun preview edit_tmbSince 1971, Ingun has been a leading supplier in the field of test equipment and sophisticated testing strategies.

At Southern 2018, the firm showcased a small sample of its impressive 20,000 test probe and test fixture product lines. The spring-loaded test probes guarantee reliable, secure contacting for consistent testing accuracy. Parts are produced exclusively at the company headquarters in Constance, Germany for a worldwide network of subsidiaries and agents.

The company’s test fixtures provide both standardised and customised solutions for every test requirement, says the company. With a wide range of text fixture accessories, it offers a variety of individualised customising options.
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Displays on display

craftExamples from the Craft Data electronic display range on show at Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2018 ranged from simple alphanumeric LCD modules, through monochrome graphic modules, character and graphic OLED to full colour TFT LCD including four-wire resistive and projected capacitive touch versions, as well as high brightness sunlight viewing options, there will also be versions featuring wide viewing O-Film technology.

Additions to the ‘stretched’ or ‘bar-type’ TFT LCD were also seen. These letterbox format displays have high brightness LED backlights, wide operating temperature range and use the latest IPS panel technology to provide wide viewing angles on all axes. They are suited to automotive and aerospace markets as well industrial equipment manufacturers.

Also on show were examples of the thermal printer range, from simple printer mechanisms and their associated driver boards to panel mount or embedded versions. Alongside these were a selection of printers from the mobile thermal printer range incorporating both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi wireless interfaces.

Visitors to the stand were able to see and handle two, three and four-inch versions from simple, low cost options for entry level printing requirements, to full IP54- certified versions designed for hostile or rugged applications.

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Complex chemical problems solved

Rutpen_preview edit_tmbRutpen spent three days at Southern Manufacturing 2018 discussing solutions to visitor’s chemical dilemmas, be they sourcing bespoke liquid and powder or solvent blends for a production need, solvent waste recycling, or outsourcing chemical contract manufacture.

Clients range from major brand owners, and industrial and highly technical manufacturing businesses through to start-up entrepreneurs with great ideas. Typical examples include metal treatment products used in all engineering sectors, wood treatment products and process treatment chemicals, all of which can be in anything from small bottles to tank fills.

The company also recycles waste solvents from production processes in the automotive and other industries.

It can help clients wanting to develop a new product, find a new source for an existing product or solve a chemical-related problem. The expert technical team can work with your chemical formulations or develop bespoke solutions to meet exact needs, taking projects from the lab to full-scale production. Find out more by visiting Rutpen online at

Eurofins acquires UK calibration and EMC specialists

180208192711101The Consumer Products Testing division of Eurofins Scientific has announced the acquisition of Electronic Test and Calibration (ETC) Ltd, a premier supplier of calibration services and EMC compliance solutions, and Hursley EMC Services Ltd, a leading provider of EMC testing and certification services. The combined acquisitions, providing a range of complementary and extended services, supports Eurofins’ continued growth plans and accelerates entry into new and adjacent markets.

ETC has provided accredited calibration services for over 25 years from its base in Bideford, Devon. It has built an unrivalled reputation for client focused service, fast turnaround times and technical competence and is trusted by manufacturers and test laboratories alike both in the UK and overseas. Its commercial and military EMC testing services attract customers from all over the UK.

Becky Scott, ETC Managing Director, commented “The stability and backing of one of the world’s leading testing and certification companies will enable ETC to deliver the benefits of new and innovative services to its clients.”

Hursley EMC Services has been at the forefront of EMC testing, certification, and compliance solutions for over 20 years. Operating from two sites in Southampton and led by Rob St John James and Julian Jones, both of whom remain with the company, they have built a loyal and growing client base by providing exceptional client service.

Managing Director, Rob St John James commented, “Joining the Eurofins network was a natural progression for Hursley EMC Services and we are excited about the prospect of joining a respected and progressive international company. This provides a major growth opportunity for our business as well as providing extended services to our clients from the wider Eurofins network.”

The acquisitions bring the number of Eurofins E&E product testing sites in the UK to 6, enabling easy access to services for manufacturers throughout the UK.

“The acquisition of ETC and Hursley further demonstrates the ambition of Eurofins be the market leader in calibration, testing and certification, following the 2017 acquisition of York EMC Services” explains Nick Wainwright, Managing Director of Eurofins E&E Product Testing UK and Chief Executive of Eurofins York, “The new acquisitions support our shared plans to meet increasing demand, as well as offering the most comprehensive range of calibration, testing, certification and compliance solutions.”

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Renishaw focuses on metrology and 3D printing at Southern Manufacturing 2018

REVO_SFP2_crankshaft_renishaw54343_tmbRenishaw, the global engineering technologies company, exhibited a range of metrology and additive manufacturing (metal 3D printing) products at Southern Manufacturing 2018.

Centrepiece of the stand was its new, improved surface finish measurement probe (SFP2) for use on its REVO® -2 5-axis measurement system. Combining surface finish measurement and dimensional inspection on the CMM presents unrivalled advantages over traditional inspection methods requiring a separate process, said the firm. Powered by 5-axis measurement technology, the SFP2’s automated surface finish inspection offers significant time savings, reduced part handling and greater return on CMM investment.

The Renishaw Equator™ flexible gauge was also demonstrated and is now offered with IPC (intelligent process control) software, providing the functionality to fully automate tool offset updates in CNC manufacturing processes. Improved capability in precision part machining, reduced setting and process adjustment time, and integration with automation systems, are some of the benefits that users can now expect.

The company also showed a range of fully dense, complex parts that have been built using its pioneering additive manufacturing (3D printing) process. The system uses a range of metal powders, including aluminium, titanium and inconel. The laser melting technology involves fusing the metal powder in layer thicknesses ranging from 20 to 100 microns using a high powered yterrbium fibre laser.

Also on the stand was the XM-60 multi-axis calibrator, a highly accurate laser system that incorporates, says Renishaw, unique technology with a patented optical roll measurement and fibre optic launch system, allowing the measurement of all six degrees of freedom from a single set-up.

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Acquisition expands test facilities across France

Shaker in action_tmbUKAS-accredited environmental test laboratory. Product Assessment And Reliability Centre (PARC), offers vibration / shock, high / low temperature, humidity, thermal shock, corrosion, altitude, ingress protection, impact and HALT tests.

The company conducts testing for various industry types including rail, aerospace, automotive, medical, defence, telecommunications, marine, oil and gas, electronics, highways and power generation.

Through a recent acquisition, it now joins forces with the Sopemea Group, adding three accredited testing sites across France.

Recent investments have enhanced test capabilities with three key new pieces of equipment: a combined temperature / altitude / humidity test facility, a rapid temperature cycling chamber achieving up to 20°C/minute and an IPX9/9K high pressure / jet wash test rig.

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Standard components mix with custom manufacturing

Rencol preview edit_tmbFounded in 1923, Rencol Components has a tradition of manufacturing standard components. At this year’s show, the company showcased its growing range of plastic and metal knobs, handles, hand wheels, clamping handles, levers, index plungers and levelling feet. Also on show was an expanded range of positioning hinges, lift-off removable hinges and stainless steel toggle latches.

Three new positioning hinges complement the Model 01 HI adjustable torque positioning hinge. They feature either a constant torque or detents for applications where doors must be held open at any angle.

Five new removable lift-off hinges for cabinet construction give quick, easy door removal for aerospace, catering, construction equipment, computer/IT, exhibition, industrial machinery and tools, marine, medical, railway and telecomms applications.

Stainless steel toggle latches secure enclosures, cases and cabinets, several have a locking or spring mechanism.

Rencol Manufacturing, the custom manufacturing division of the Rencol Group, were also on hand at the show. Services are driven by British engineering expertise, produced by trusted Chinese partners, and delivered via a global supply chain. The division works with a range of processes, from plastic injection moulding to die casting and CNC machining. Teams in the UK, US and China provide intelligent support throughout a project, from optimising design concepts to prototyping, tooling, mass production and logistics.

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Selective soldering system handles larger boards

Pillarhouse preview edit_tmbSelective soldering systems were centrepiece of the Pillarhouse International stand at Southern 2018. The company has been designing and manufacturing specialist soldering equipment for the electronics industries for over 30 years and offers an extensive range of selective soldering solutions from low cost, flexible, standalone, benchtop, entry level systems through to advanced, high speed integrated inline production cells.

The company offers the latest developments in soldering technology, backed by a global network of technical sales and support specialists.

On the stand at this year’s show was the Jade MK IV, the hand-load selective soldering system. New process features include increased board handing size, enhanced PillarCOMM interface, nozzle conditioning system and bottom-side instant IR heater.

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Magnetic components now available in UK and Ireland

SW receptionFollowing an exclusive UK distribution agreement with Superworld Electronics, Jauch Quartz UK announced at Southern Manufacturing 2018 that it is now the sole strategic partner for direct supply in the UK and Ireland, serving as technical, demand creation distributor for the region.

Nicholas Ribton, managing director, Jauch Quartz UK said: “With Superworld’s innovative new products in the areas of wireless charging and LAN magnetics, comprehensive custom transformer manufacturing capability and wide ranging coverage in magnetic and EMC components, alongside Jauch Quartz UK long established technical and logistics skills . . . [we] are looking forward to a long and prosperous collaboration.”

Edwin Chan, senior sales manager, Asia and Europe, Superworld Electronics said: “This exclusive agreement enables us to leverage Jauch’s formidable field application engineering team in the UK alongside our prototyping and manufacturing resources to bring these benefits to many more customers in UK and Ireland.”

Find out more – Jauch Quartz UK