Southern Manufacturing 2019 expands in size and scope

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics, the UK’s largest annual engineering show, returns to Farnborough from February 5th to 7th 2019. The move to a new permanent venue last year proved a resounding success with both visitors and exhibitors, prompting a surge in stand bookings for the 2019 show. The organisers are forecasting a 20% increase in exhibitors for 2019, which will bring the show to its maximum capacity.

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Along with a record number of exhibitors expected, the show has formalised links with several influential industry organisations, including Composites UK, the Confederation of British Metalforming, Farnborough Aerospace Consortium, The British Gear Association, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and the Gauge and Toolmakers Association. The partnerships will enable the roll-out of new show features and access to authoritative technical expertise via the show’s comprehensive free technical seminar programme, open to all visitors. Some of the new areas to be addressed as part of the 2019 programme include a look at incremental sheet forming processes, automated mould design and large scale 3D printing.

Visitors to Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2019 will recognise many regular exhibitors, among them Bystronic UK, C. Dugard, Matsuura and YMT Technologies, plus some notable returnees to the show. Citizen Machinery UK will exhibit for the first time since 2007, joined by other major former exhibitors such as Mitutoyo (UK), SCHMIDT Technology, Rapid Electronics and LNS Turbo amongst others. New exhibitors for 2019 include Instrutec Controls, Oemeta UK and Polydist UK. The 2019 event has also seen a remarkable 26% increase in non UK-based exhibitors, giving visitors the chance to meet a truly international selection of suppliers.

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2019 opens from February 5th to 7th. Admission to the show is free. More information and tickets are available from www.industrysouth.co.uk. Farnborough Exhibition and Conference Centre offers free on-site car parking and is easily reached by road, air or public transport.

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Papers invited for EcoComp 2019

NetComposites Ltd, the organiser of EcoComp 2019, has issued a call for papers. Ecocomp 2019, which takes place at the Coombe Abbey Hotel, Coventry UK on 19-20 June 2019, will focus on composite materials derived from sustainable sources.

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Ecological awareness has stimulated an increased interest in sustainable materials, and issues such as recyclability and environmental responsibility are becoming ever more important for the introduction of new composite materials and products. Environmental legislation and consumer demand are increasing the pressure on manufacturers and end-products to consider the impact of their products at all stages of their life cycle. These issues continue to generate considerable interest in the development of composite materials based on renewable resources, with environmentally friendly and affordable alternatives for conventional fibres and polymers enabling the development of true bio composites.

Prospective authors are invited to submit a 250-word abstract addressing topics such as:
– Natural fibre reinforcements
– Recycled fibre reinforcements
– Wood fibre composites
– Bio-derived resins
– Biodegradable composites
– Eco-design
– Durability and testing
– Life cycle studies
– Recycling of composites
– Case study applications

The deadline for abstracts is the 5th of November 2018, and all successful authors will be notified by November 30th.

For more information and full instructions on how to submit an abstract, visit the EcoComp 2019 website at  https://ecocomp-conference.com/call-for-papers/

NetComposites Ltd was established in 2000 in Chesterfield in the UK, initially as a news and information portal for the composites industry. Since then, the company has grown year-on-year, its activities broadening to include applied research and development, conferencing and training.

For more information visit https://netcomposites.com/

Catch up with Southern 2018

Even three days wasn’t really enough to see all that Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2018 had to offer. But if there were firms or products you missed, you have another chance to catch up with many of the exhibitors of the UK’s top regional manufacturing show. Click below to read the official Show Review for 2018 – it’s free to read, to share and download

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Seminar programme for Southern Manufacturing 2018 announced

657-0317-00945The free seminar programme for Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2018 has been announced. Running in two lecture theatres on all three days of the show, February 6th to 8th, the 2018 programme features an impressive line-up of presenters and topics, and is guaranteed to be of interest to anyone involved in any form of industrial or manufacturing enterprise.

The free seminar programme at Southern Manufacturing & Electronics is one of the key features of the show, drawing hundreds of delegates each year. The programme is a complementary blend of technical and business topics covering a wide range of issues facing manufacturing businesses today. From understanding lithium ion batteries and Industry 4.0, to the forthcoming GDPR regulations and life after Brexit, the sessions genuinely deliver something for everyone.

PKPhotographyandMultimedia-207Two of the most perennially popular speakers return for 2018. With examples from manufacturing, service and warehousing, Tim Scurlock, Director of ALC, will guide delegates through the benefits of Lean, include eliminating waste from existing processes, together the problems and pitfalls in bringing Lean into their organisations. Ailsa Carson of Onsite Insights shares the best practice methodologies and key activities that have made some of the world’s greatest manufacturers so successful. Using real world examples, the sessions look at how top firms remain innovative and produce the best quality product in terms of design, cost, performance, quality and delivery.

Some of the more technical topics addressed include Nick Aitken and Dr. Alex Martin’s session on lithium-ion batteries; explaining their benefits and application while raising awareness of potential failings and regulatory matters. Using case study examples of the limitless applications of 3D Print, Colin Cater of Tri-Tech 3D looks at the benefits that this new technology brings across all sectors and the many opportunities it could open. Dr. John Loftus of HMK Automation & Drives takes a look at the future role of Cobots, collaborative 657-0317-00766robots intended to physically interact with humans in a shared workplace. This session looks at latest developments in the field with examples of industrial applications in the manufacturing process.

Business management and strategy also comes under the spotlight for 2018. The General Data Protection Regulations come into force on 25th May 2018 affecting all personal data, and introducing new requirements and huge fines for transgressions. Dave Smith of Corpdata shares the essential knowledge to help keep your organisation compliant and safe. In two separate sessions by Andrew Mackenzie of Cleveland Scott York, and Kelda Style of Page,White & Farrer, delegates can gain a comprehensive overview of the various aspects of IP law; what can be protected and what tangible value IP protection adds to businesses.

In total, the seminar programme for Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2018 includes an impressive 34 sessions, all of which are completely free to both visitors and exhibitors. A complete listing and the all-important pre-registration form can be found at http://seminars.industrysouth.co.uk

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2018 opens from February 6th to 8th. Admission to the show is free. More information and tickets are available from www.industrysouth.co.uk. Farnborough Exhibition and Conference Centre offers free on-site car parking and is easily reached by road, air or public transport.

Southern Manufacturing marks 20th anniversary with move to new home

Main corner view_tmbThe Southern Manufacturing and Electronics Show marks its 20th anniversary in 2018 with a move to a new permanent venue at Farnborough. The UK’s longest-running annual industrial technology show will be the first major exhibition to be held at the brand new £30m conference and exhibition centre at Farnborough International in Hampshire, home of the iconic airshow.

The Southern Manufacturing Show moved to the Farnborough site in 2008, and over the last decade has grown to become the largest annual engineering exhibition in the UK and one of the most important international showcases for British manufacturing expertise. The 2017 show attracted around 800 exhibitors and nearly 9,000 visitors from all over the world. With approximately 22% of the UK’s 3,400 Aerospace businesses and significant numbers of Automotive, Medical Technology, Marine and High-Tech engineering located within a 50 mile radius of Farnborough, the show is situated at the centre of one of the UK’s most important manufacturing regions.

The new 20,000 m² purpose-built exhibition centre at Farnborough is the largest exhibition venue to be built in the UK for two decades. Designed by award-winning architects, Terence O’Rourke, Hall 1 at Farnborough offers world-class facilities, easy access and panoramic runway level views.

Show Director Phil Valentine commented, “Southern Manufacturing & Electronics’ new home in Hall 1 will completely transform the exhibition experience for visitors and exhibitors alike. The new building is a superb modern facility offering high-speed WiFi throughout, drive-in access for exhibitors and 3,500 free onsite car parking spaces. We are absolutely delighted to be the first tenants of this landmark development, and excited at the possibilities it offers us for further development as we enter our third decade.”

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2018 opens from February 6th to 8th. Admission to the show is free. More information and tickets are available from www.industrysouth.co.uk. Farnborough Exhibition and Conference Centre offers free on-site car parking and is easily reached by road, air or public transport. More information can be found at http://www.farnborough.com

The Learning Zone at Northern Manufacturing 2017

Exhibitions are all about discovery. But finding new suppliers and hardware is only part of what Northern Manufacturing & Electronics has to offer. Along with discovering the latest products, technologies and services, the show also gives visitors the opportunity to encounter new ideas and new approaches to managing a profitable and efficient engineering enterprise thanks to its comprehensive free technical seminar programme. A key feature of the show, the seminar programme runs over both days of the event and is open to all visitors and exhibitors. Over the last five years, hundreds of delegates have benefited from expert insights into many aspects of modern industrial enterprise, from leading-edge technology and business practices, to the latest regulations.

The programme for 2017 sees the return of several of the most popular presenters and topics of previous years, plus some new sessions on forthcoming regulations and legislation that will likely affect many engineering businesses over the course of coming year.

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Advanced manufacturing and Industry 4.0 are subjects that attract wide interest from every sector of manufacturing. Alistair Williamson, Managing Director of Manchester-based Lucid Innovation provides an introduction to how connected networks of objects offer opportunities to collect, exchange and exploit the value of data in more efficient and sustainable ways. A key takeaway from the session will be simple techniques to check whether the Internet of Things (IoT) really adds value to your business and some ideas on making the right choice of technology. Rob Pitts of leading 3D print experts, Tri-Tech 3D, will give an overview of the seemingly limitless applications that are being discovered for this new technology across all manufacturing sectors. Case studies illustrate new opportunities it could open for you.

timAs a management tool, Lean has something to offer every business wishing to eliminate waste and maximise performance. Presenter Tim Scurlock spearheaded the introduction of Lean concepts into General Motors’ business over a ten year period. Since founding his own consultancy in 2011, Tim has worked with a wide variety of manufacturing and service businesses to remove waste, standardise process and increase quality and responsiveness. Through case study examples, delegates will identify some of the methods, tools and concepts to successfully introduce Lean and the pitfalls to watch out for.

ailsaFurther insight into improving efficiency and profitability is offered by Ailsa Kaye, Managing Director of Onsite Insights. Established in 2004 around a core team drawn from the DTI’s successful 20-year Inside UK Enterprise programme, Onsite Insights delivers a range of regional and national visit programmes, events, workshops and study tours. Delegates will gain first-hand insight into the factors behind the success of some of the UK’s best companies.

The General Data Protection Regulations, which come into effect next May, will have a profound effect on how data is managed and used. Nearly all businesses will be affected in some way by the new regulations, which carry extremely severe penalties for non-compliance. Yet, over a third of UK businesses remain unaware of the new law or what they need to do. Sessions running on both days of Northern Manufacturing 2017 will attempt to address this potentially disastrous knowledge gap, briefing delegates on how different organisations will be affected and how can you make sure your company is fully prepared for the introduction of GDPR. This one session alone would make a visit to the show worthwhile!

All seminar sessions at Northern Manufacturing & Electronics 2017 are free, but we strongly urge you to pre-register to secure your place. Full details on all sessions and how to register are here www.industrynorth.co.uk

Get ready for GDPR at Northern Manufacturing 2017

Northern-00640_smlThis week the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport announced plans to grant the public greater control over the use of personal data through the strengthening of UK data protection law. The announcement sets out how the European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be transferred to UK law following the UK’s departure from the EU. Features of the bill include criminal offences to deter organisations from creating situations where someone could be identified from anonymised data. There will be new rules on data protection and anyone handling data will be made more accountable for the data they process. A crucial feature of the new legislation is the very severe penalties for non-compliance, and all companies that handle any form of personal data will be risking potentially catastrophic fines if they don’t prepare for the new rules that come into effect next Spring.

One of the ways you can get ready for GDPR is to attend the free seminar session at Northern Manufacturing & Electronics 2017. Running on both days of the show, the one-hour session aims to deliver an overview of the new regulations from the particular viewpoint of SME’s, how those regulations will affect your business and the steps you need to be taking now towards compliance. Places are limited, so secure yours today by registering at www.industrynorth.co.uk

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”.

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

Upcoming courses at the EEF

The EEF offers a comprehensive range of courses for engineering professionals at its Reading Office. Here is a list of upcoming events. Follow the links to find out more and book your place. The EEF also offers tailored courses which can be delivered at your location. More information can be found here www.eef.org.uk/training  for the full range of training the EEF can offer.

Coaching Skills for Managers LAST CHANCE TO BOOK

29 March

Members £255 | Non Members £299 +VAT

This one-day highly practical course will prepare managers and leaders to use a range of styles to support and develop their people for higher performance and productivity. The models and skills learnt at this workshop can be applied formally and informally in a wide range of workplace situations to support a culture of continuous improvement. By developing effective coaching skills, delegates will develop an effective method of developing individuals and teams to raise confidence and competence in the workplace.  

Train The Trainer

12/13 April

Members £595|Non Members £695 +VAT

This two-day practical course will benefit individuals who need to design and deliver interactive workplace training sessions to groups of learners. It is aimed at managers, department heads, supervisors, team leaders and trainers. It will also be useful to those who are responsible for delivering theoretical information and support to groups of people and wish to encourage participation in these training sessions. Numbers are kept low to enable delegates to practice their skills and work on their specific challenges.

Gender pay gap reporting: how to comply

24 April

Half day

Members £245|Non Members £295 +VAT

A step by step guide to how to meet the new legal requirements for reporting your gender pay information. We will tell you how to ensure your organisation is not only compliant but also shown in the best possible light

Handling Discipline and Grievance

27 April

Members £120|Non Members £145 +VAT

This one-day course provides delegates with the knowledge and confidence to deal effectively with disciplinary and grievance issues using informal counselling. Attendees will learn how to resolve low level conduct offences and nip grievances in the bud, in order to avoid matters escalating to a formal level. They will also learn how to tackle more serious disciplinary offences through formal disciplinary action, and how to handle grievances formally and fairly in line with legislation

Handling difficult conversations

16 May

half a day

Members £155|Non Members £175 +VAT

This half-day programme is for line managers, supervisors and HR professionals who have to conduct challenging conversations with staff, perhaps about their behaviour, results, or actions. It will also cover how to handle demanding and testing individuals. This course will equip managers with the necessary confidence, knowledge and skills to engage with people from a productive and focused position

Right Person Right Job: Recruitment and Selection Interviewing

25 May

Members £255|Non Members £299 +VAT

This one-day course provides delegates with the tools to ensure that their recruitment process is thorough, effective, fair and free from discrimination. It is relevant to anyone involved in the recruitment process, who wishes to select the best person for the job and get past stock answers and rehearsed phrases. This course will help delegates to improve their organisation’s substantial return on investment in recruitment – both financially and in management time – by improving processes and practices.

HR Professional Development

12 half days over 12 months dates to be arranged, please contact me to register your interest

Members £1495|Non Members £1795 +VAT

This innovative training programme provides a unique opportunity for HR professionals and managers to increase the depth of their expertise in all key areas of HR and to share knowledge and network with other delegates.  Each session is coordinated and managed by a highly experienced EEF HR adviser with current best practice knowledge gained from delivering practical HR consultancy to a range of clients.  The EEF adviser will act as a mentor to delegates over a 12 month period and monitor progress. The programme is conducted over 12 half-days over a 12 month period. It is delivered through small discussion groups and workshops, ensuring closer tuition to promote personalised, applied learning.

And at a glance:-

The New Team Leader – 14/15 June

Essential Management Skills – 21/22 June

Interpersonal Communications Skills – 29 June