Electronics repair to extend lifetime

Photo for Editorial_tmbOver a period of time electronics become obsolete and spares are no longer available. Exhibiting at Northern Manufacturing & Electronics 2017, UNIS Group – EMR provides a professional service to further the life of equipment by offering a number of repair and replacement solutions. As equipment becomes older it can become unreliable; preventative maintenance can identify potential failures before they become critical. By doing so, important maintenance can be carried out during planned shutdowns.

Founded in 1984, the company specialises in the repair and selling of industrial electronics and motors. Its repair facility is centrally located in Northampton where repair technicians, with the support of extensive testing and measuring facilities, are able to repair all types and brands of electronics, new and obsolete alike.

The electronics are cleaned, repaired and tested in accordance with strict quality standards. Every year the company completes more than 41,000 repairs.

A wide range of electronic services is offered. The company employs expert technicians, supported by measurement equipment and varied test facilities. The extensive range of stock parts enables the company to identify and resolve defects in order to expeditiously reduce downtime.

All repairs are carried out on a ‘no fix, no fee’ basis, and there is two-year warranty on repairs, sales and exchanges.

Visit UNIS Group – EDMR at Stand B25 or discover more at www.edmr.co.uk

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Dakota demonstrates barcode and mobile computing technology

DSC_0077_tmbThe latest in mobile data capture technology to increase efficiency throughout an enterprise will be showcased at Northern Manufacturing 2017. On the Dakota Integrated Solutions stand, there will be demonstrations of wireless technology. The company offers industrial wireless local area network (WLAN) access points for high-speed connectivity in industrial environments. It also provides a no-obligation consultation service to help specify the most suitable wireless infrastructure for a premises. The company’s team is trained to link WLAN technology into existing warehouse management and enterprise resource planning (ERP) Systems.

Visitors will also see hardware products for barcode scanning and printing applications, including direct part marking barcode scanners. The company can help a customer specify the right technology for the right environment (goods in/goods out, pick/pack and put-away, stock-control, inventory management).

Mobile carts (pictured) consisting of an integrated touch screen, barcode scanner and barcode printer on a trolley are also available. There are also industrial barcode labelling solutions, including custom design labels for bespoke label applications.

Other options are voice picking solutions, achieving time savings through reduction in manual data entry. For stock control, there is the Smart-Code, out-of-the box, easy-to-use package already in use by SMEs looking at improving their stock management processes and looking to take pen and paper out of their inventory management.

The company also offers mobile applications for delivery workers, improving customer experience and loyalty.

Visit Dakota Integrated Solutions at Stand E50 or find out more at www.dakotais.co.uk

Haas Automation machines debut with live cutting demos

Haas peview edit_tmbMaking their debut at Northern Manufacturing & Electronics 2017, Haas Automation will unveil its 2017 ST-15 turning centre and DM-2 high speed drill mill centre.

The company’s latest CNC machines will be put through their paces with live cutting demonstrations. 

For machine shops wanting more bar capacity without the space requirements of a larger footprint lathe, the company now offers a complete line of big bore turning centres. This latest addition offers 63.5mm bar capacity and a maximum cutting capacity of 356 x 406mm, with a swing of 406mm over the cross-slide. It is equipped with a 210mm hydraulic three-jaw chuck and a 12-station BOT turret.

The ST-15’s A2-6 spindle nose has an 88.9mm bore, while the 15kW vector dual-drive spindle turns to 4,000 RPM and provides 203Nm of torque.

Pitched at high-mix production shops looking to increase throughput, as well as job shops looking for a small, fast 40-taper machine, the DM-2 compact drill-mill centre is a small footprint, high-speed drill/mill centre with a 40-taper spindle. It has a 711 x 406 x 394mm work cube and an 864 x 381mm T-slot table. The 40-taper inline direct-drive spindle turns to 15,000 RPM, and allows high-speed rigid tapping, with up to four times retract speed. The spindle is coupled directly to the motor to reduce heat, increase power transmission, and provide excellent surface finishes, claims the company.

The DM-2 provides cutting feed rates to 30.5m/min for high-speed milling, and the machine’s 18+1 side-mount tool changer swaps tools quickly to reduce non-cutting time. High-speed 61.0m/min rapids combine with high acceleration rates to shorten cycle times and increase throughput.

See these machines in action on the Haas Automation at Stand E26 or find out more at www.haas.co.uk

Electronics capability service spans military to medical

UK Electronics preview edit_tmbCustomers who choose to outsource PCB assembly, electronic design and test, UK Electronics has over 30 years’ experience in the industry to provide a high quality, cost-effective service. It also offers full procurement of all materials.

The customer interfacing business has a long history of healthy, organic growth, and has contracts which include medical, military, electro fusion, education, farming, security, scientific Instrumentation, LED lighting, sensors and a variety of monitoring equipment. Customers range from major international PLC companies to SMEs, with 75% based in the UK.

With the expertise to design a new product or improve an existing design and provide electronic assembly, hardware or embedded software design, PCB supply, PCB layout, pre-compliance EMC testing, or any combination of these, the company believes it has the capability to turn ideas into reality.

In its aim to design and build to surpass a customer’s specifications, it ensures that it meets and exceeds any relevant industry-specific regulations or standards. The company is ISO9001:2015 and ISO14001:2015-accredited and members of the production team are trained to IPC-A-610 standard.

All employees are encouraged to take responsibility for the quality of their own workmanship and to work with their colleagues towards the goal of zero defects. This is a philosophy emphasised throughout the company and not just limited to those directly involved with manufacturing output.

Visit UK Electronics at Stand G31 or find out more at www.ukelectronics.co.uk

Investments and quality is a winning formula

jenks Cattell preview edit_tmbSpecialist in sheet metal fabrication of low-high volume, Jenks & Cattell has offered service and quality for 131 years. The firm brings its unique legacy and capabilities to Northern Manufacturing 2017.

The company specialises in laser cutting, metal fabrication, pressings/stampings and welded assemblies, investing heavily 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 in 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.

Visitors are encouraged to bring drawings and visit the sales team at this exhibition.

Visit Jenks & Cattell at Stand F8 or discover more at www.jcel.co.uk

Machine tool services extend to rebuilds and maintenance

leader CNC preview edit_tmbCNC machine tool service and sales company, Leader CNC Technologies showcases its ISO 9001:2008 accredited services at Northern Manufacturing 2017. 

The company operates from a modern office based in Nuneaton, Warwickshire. According to the company, the strategically placed Midlands-based office provides an ideal location for its team of engineers to offer a prompt response to its national and European customer base. The company is the main European dealer for Toshiba Machine, and UK distributor for Kitamura, DMC, Gruppo Parpas and FAT Haco machine tools.

The company aims to carry out any machine tool-orientated task to the highest standard for complete customer satisfaction. It regularly reviews its performance to ensure that it continues to be responsive to customers’ production and business needs.

The sales department will be happy to deal with any enquiries regarding machine tool requirements. With extensive technical knowledge on machine tools and turnkey solutions, the company is able to give advice and recommendations.

Factory relocation, preventative maintenance, machine rebuilds, DNC interfacing and the management of complete turnkeys also form part of company activity. Over the last 16 years, it believes it has achieved mutual trust and co-operation with customers such as Rolls Royce, Cameron, GE, VTL Group, Caterpillar, Gardner Denver, JCB, Weir Group and Goodwin.

Visitors are invited to discuss all machine tool requirements and encouraged to bring drawings or parts to the exhibition.

Visit Leader CNC Technologies at Stand D14 or find out more at http://www.leadercnc.co.uk/

Assembly capabilities progress from design to coating

PML preview edit_tmbElectronic manufacturing provided by Northern Manufacturing & Electronics exhibitor, Precision Manufacturing Ltd (PML), includes a broad range of services from its ISO90001-accredited production facility in Northamptonshire.

Working with business partners across the UK and overseas, its portfolio covers the flexibility to deliver from small projects to high volume production runs, incorporating product testing services, box build and product packaging.

Its assembly capabilities which include the proto-typing to production team, which has the goal of helping customers move smoothly through the phases of design introduction to the capability of conformal coating in- house as a standard process.

It also offers a full logistics service and prides itself on its customer service, quality manufacturing and competitive pricing.

Visit Precision Manufacturing (PML) at Stand D25 or find out more at www.pmlcem.com

Robot variations have no external wires

On Robot Gripper and OptoForce Sensor 2_tmbRobotic products, including a Universal Robot Welding System, On Robot’s RG2 flexible gripper and Optoforce’s force torque sensors will be showcased by Olympus Technologies at this year’s Northern Manufacturing & Electronics.

On Robot’s two-finger RG2 grippers are available in single and dual versions. They mount on the arms of collaborative robots (cobots) without any external wires. The standard fingers can be replaced with bespoke fingers, and the grippers can let the user know when they are unable to pick up a part. The dual gripper is suitable for optimising the cycle time of machine tending processes.

The OptoForce force torque sensor provides robots with a sense of touch that has not been previously available to collaborative robots, says the company. It is claimed to be the most flexible force torque sensor on the market. The optical sensor seamlessly connects to the Universal Robot and an increasing number of other industrial robot brands. It has a high resolution that enables it to work with fragile parts. OptoForce provides a number of applications out of the box; it can search for the next part in a stack, detect when it comes into contact with any object, and can optically identify the centre of a part.

Olympus’ UR welding system provides a cost-effective robotic MIG welding solution. It is proving particularly attractive to companies who have previously not been able to justify the investment in an industrial robot cell, or simply do not have the space for one. Fitting in an existing welding booth, the UR welding system is for volume, small part welding. As it is quick to program the welding positions, it can quickly be modified for new parts as production demands change.

Visit Olympus Technologies at Stand H32 or find out more at www.olympustechnologies.co.uk

Increasing productivity requires precision tooling

YMT Preview edit_tmbClaiming to be one of the most progressive tooling and workholding companies in the UK, YMT says it understands that increasing productivity requires high quality precision tooling. The firm brings its expertise to Northern Manufacturing for the first time this year.

The company has assembled a comprehensive product line derived from principals that champion high quality products at cost-effective pricing. Dedicated to providing toolholding, workholding and fixturing solutions for a variety of applications, the portfolio spans from spindle tooling, collets and machine vices, through to angle heads, heat shrink technology and rotary tables. Oil and mist extraction systems are also included. These are supplied to a variety of markets including Formula 1, medical, aerospace and electronics.

Enjoying a strong presence in the south of England, it also provides support through Wales, the Midlands, northern England and Wales through a strong distribution network. The company claims to help increase customers’ machining capabilities and to offer unrivalled technical support.

Visit YMT Technologies at Stand D31 or find out more at www.ymttooling.co.uk

Multi-role engineering excellence results in five year contract for MES(NW)

MES preview edit_tmbAfter several years’ project delivery MES (NW) has recently been awarded a five-year facilities management contract with a blue-chip automotive client.

The professional engineering services provider will be exhibiting at Northern Manufacturing 2017. Its highly motivated and experienced workforce combined with a wide range of electrical and mechanical resources make it an extremely versatile service provider, able to tailor its approach to individual customers’ requirements and expectations.

Services available include, but are not limited to, electrical and mechanical services, machine relocations, bespoke engineering, fabrications and material handling, project management and facilities management.

The company offers a three-year warranty across all equipment, supported by a dedicated after sales team.

Visit MES (NW) at Stand D80 or find out more at www.mesnw.co.uk.