Sunny skies greeted visitors to the third Northern Manufacturing & Electronics show, which opened yesterday at Manchester’s EventCity. The event has quickly garnered an enthusiastic following among the North’s engineering and manufacturing community, providing both a unique opportunity to see the latest industrial hardware from pretty much every branch of engineering under one roof, and the chance to solve a variety of production issues in a single visit.
Organisers say that show pre-registrations are up 10% higher from last year, and that just over 1000 visitors had passed through the entrance by lunch time yesterday, putting the show on track for another record-breaking year.
Some 220+ companies are participating in the show, either directly or through representation, between them showcasing a huge variety of products and services, some of which are being shown for the first time.
Bystronic’s latest press brake, the Xpert 40, is being previewed at Northern. With the Xpert 40, Bystronic presents a new pressbrake with a compact design, enabling users to bend small parts fast and cost-effectively. The machine will be launched on the market later this year and will round off Bystronic’s range of pressbrakes in the small machine segment.
igusUK introduced the new robolink D direct drive articulated arm. It is, says the company, a tougher, more durable solution compared with remote drive versions – supporting lean automation. To support the typically repetitive tasks of robotics, the system is completely modular, with the direct drive situated within each joint. This helps achieve significant cost savings, says the company.
The next generation of deburring machine from Fladder Danmark A/S was unveiled yesterday at the show. The Fladder 200/Gyro features a new vacuum unit which ensures an even safer fixation of work pieces. The vacuum effect has increased 30% with the same power consumption, reports the company. The central gearhead is equipped with conical spindles. This provides more tool options, including 400mm diameter, abrasive cylinders with increased oscillation of the gearhead and 40% more deburring effect.
Demonstrated for the first time in the UK, Trumpf’s TruTops Boost is a software product combining its production machinery expertise and software. It allows users to work with automation, or interactively, or a combination of both. Trumpf are also demonstrating the company’s core technologies – punching, profiling and bending – on the stand, including a punch press that was introduced to the UK earlier this year and which demonstrates how automatic production can be economical, even when operated at low capacity.
Renishaw introduced a new range of modular metrology fixturing, alongside many examples of the firm’s advanced engineering technologies, including its pioneering additive manufacturing (metal 3D printing) systems, machine tool probing systems and the Equatore gauging system. The company’s products are used for applications as diverse as machine tool automation, co-ordinate measurement, additive manufacturing, gauging, Raman spectroscopy, machine calibration, position feedback, CAD/CAM dentistry, stereotactic neurosurgery and medical diagnostics.
The many subcontractors exhibiting at the show also had plenty of announcements to make, from new capacity coming online to new services being offered. Jenks & Cattell is a leading supplier of sheet metal manufacturing and engineering services to a wide range of industries including automotive, white goods, off-highway and construction. The firm announced that 2015-2020 will see a period of significant planned growth for the company, including increased investment in machinery, automation and additional team members, as well as an additional shift.
PCB assembly specialists, DJ Assembly, announced its move into box build assembly. The company caters for all levels of box build requirements, on a larger or smaller scale, for next level assembly or a more complex design. As well as manufacturing box build products, the company can also procure the parts needed.
Nikon UK introduced its latest CMM laser scanner, the Nikon InSight L100, offering, claims the firm, the best possible combination of speed, accuracy and ease-of-use. The InSight L100 is ideal to inspect larger components where productivity is key but without having to compromise on accuracy. The 100 mm wide Field-of-View combined with the data acquisition speed of 200,000 points/second results in a measurement productivity that wasn’t achievable with CMM scanning before. To facilitate manual scan path programming, the InSight L100 features a brand new full Field-of-View (FOV) projector . By making sure that the scan line falls within the projected FOV, the user can be sure that they get good part coverage.
Contract electronics manufacturer, LCL Electronics, is highlighting its expertise in LED assembly this year, following “significant growth” in 2014. Customers in signalling, fire safety, audio, medical diagnostics and gaming approached the company for production, due to the company’s ability to achieve higher yields than other contract manufacturers. LCL Electronics Tweeted it had had “A great first day” and is looking forward to more of the same for Day 2.
Visitors were similarly enthused about the show, taking to Twitter to highlight the quality and diversity of solutions on show. @Julia_Stockdale Tweeted: ” Interesting day at @Industry_co_uk #northmanf today. Good to chat with a number of electronics companies and see some new concepts presented.” @bkirbitson said “good visit today with several possible suppliers found!”, while @Premitec said “Visited the ‘Northern Manufacturing & Electronics Show’ today in Manchester. Better than I expected. Great to see friends in the business”
Northern Manufacturing & Electronics is open today from 9.30am until 4pm. Entry and car parking is free. Visitors who haven’t pre-registered are able to register on the door by bringing their business cards with them. You can follow all the latest updates from the show on Twitter @industry_co_uk and the hashtag #northmanf.