CamdenBoss, the interconnection and enclosures specialist, has launched a new range of Takachi high quality flanged comms boxes featuring removable end panels and added more sizes to two other Takachi lines.
The new 94 series flanged comms boxes are available in 24 case sizes offering both low and deep profiles and are designed for surface mounting communications equipment such as WiFi routers, access points, measuring equipment and controllers. Moulded in off-white, UL94-V0 flame resistant ABS, the 94 series enclosures offer IP40 protection and feature built-in bosses for PCB mounting. Each standard unit includes top cover, flanged base, two detachable panels and four self-tapping screws. Operating temperature range is -10 to +60°C.
Sizes range from 67.3 x 124.3 x 22.5mm up to 240.5 x 270.5 x 60mm and CamdenBoss can provide additional customisation services such as CNC milling, drilling and cutting, silk-screen and digital printing, external painting, surface finishing and EMC shielding.
CamdenBoss has also announced new sizes for two further Takachi product lines. The 92 series comms boxes feature over 20 additional models taking the total available to 30 while the 91 series IP67 heavy duty enclosures series expands with 10 new options.
92 series comms boxes are stylish ABS plastic cases available in off-white or dark grey UL94-V0 flame resistant ABS. Supplied with four rubber feet, these universal enclosures are suitable for applications such as free-standing WiFi access points, measuring equipment, controller and communication products. The new sizes extend the range which now encompasses dimensions from 67 x 100 x 22.5mm up to 240 x 240 x 60mm.
The Takachi 91 series heavy duty range offers high quality low profile IP67 waterproof enclosures that are ideal for use in tracking/monitoring applications in harsh and outdoor environments. White enclosures are moulded from ASA UL94-HB plastic for high UV resistance while dark grey models are made from ABS UL94-V0 for high flammability rating. The 10 new sizes extend the range to 16 in total now covering 65 x 52 x 18mm up to 175 x 135 x 30mm. Standard units include lid, base, gaskets and fixing screws. A new size mounting kit option has also been added enabling smaller 91 series enclosures to be fixed to poles, pillars, posts and lamp posts.
Testing the on/off status of up to three LEDs simultaneously was demonstrated at Southern Electronics 2017, courtesy of the LED detector from Ingun.
The LED detector consists of three phototransistors to test LEDs from 420 to 1130nm, three fibre optic cables, each approximately 300mm long, and three receptacles for customised assembly on the unit under test.
Space-saving assembly of the LED detector can be from the bottom as well as the top in the test fixture.
Outer dimensions are 50 x 30 x 63mm, with a fibre optic cable bend radius of 25mm, minimum. The phototransistor operates at 200mW, with a switching time of 7.4 to 10μs.
Find out more at http://www.ingun.com
Tackling the most challenging aspects of tight tolerance technical injection moulding and sub-assembly manufacture, White Horse Plastics (WHP) greeted engineers, specifiers and buyers over the three days of the Southern Manufacturing show this year.
The company showed visitors the full spectrum of manufacturing services offered. Current technical competencies include a fleet of over 30 injection moulding machines, processing the full array of thermoplastic polymers from the commodity to the exotic, says the company. There are also CAD/CAM facilities, CNC optical measurement, CMM systems, insert loading and camera inspection, a fully-equipped tool room and a dedicated medical manufacturing space. Further development of the ‘white room’ moulding area is planned for this year.
WHP was founded in 1973. Services range from development, design, and in house tool-manufacture through to lean-manufactured serial production. In addition to ISO9001, ISO 14001, and TS 16949 it has ISO 13485 accreditation, the key standard for suppliers of med-tech manufacturing services.
Find out more http://www.whitehorseplastics.co.uk
Exhibiting from their VARIAXIS range, Mazak will have a multi-tasking machine in live cutting action on stand throughout the show.
Designed for multi-surface machining, Mazak says the VARIAXIS range delivers high-accuracy and high speed productivity with fast set-up and minimum floor space requirement.
Mazak has a long history of providing advanced manufacturing solutions to the UK’s manufacturing base, in particular the aerospace sector which is very strong in the North of England and demands the highest levels performance, productivity and accuracy. From this, Mazak comments that it believes the Northern Manufacturing & Electronics show is the ideal platform to showcase its machines’ capabilities.
See for yourself on stands D26 and H14 or visit www.mazakeu.co.uk to find out more.
Fresh 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
3D printers were front and centre on the Cadventure stand at Southern Manufacturing 2017 The company offers a range of 3D printers to fulfil a variety of needs from conceptual models, form and fit to final pre-production quality.
It also offers a full bureau service. Its team of 3D professionals can produce a 3D model from supplied files, or create an item from scratch. It also has an online 3D consumables store.
The latest 3D printer-enabled modelling software is supplied and supported, including ANSYS SpaceClaim – a new generation of software that offers an intuitive interface and ability to work with 3D geometry to enable you to sketch in 3D software and then mutate without conventional constraints. It can be used to create, edit and repair 3D content, or users can reverse engineer scan data using the software tools. Also showcased was LimitState:FORM software that uses SpaceClaim as its CAD platform. This software generates high fidelity, optimised forms directly and unlocks the potential of additive manufacturing – a step forward for designers using traditional manufacturing methods.
The company also offers a full consultancy and training service. Find out more at www.cadventure.co.uk
Electronics manufacturer, Acturus, showcased its specialisation in RF power amplifiers for the defence, medical and general commercial sectors at Southern Electronics 2017. The firm undertakes sub-contract PCB assembly and test for SMT and through-hole electronic assemblies, using its own, automated placement machine and RF test equipment. It is also pleased to offer NPI (new product introductions), build to print and can provide obsolescence solutions.
More information at www.acturus.co.uk
At Southern 2017, Technifor exhibited its new Hybrid laser for the first time.
Describing itself as a world leader in the design and manufacture of dot peen, scribe, engraving and laser marking equipment for the aerospace, automotive, medical, general engineering, and oil and gas industries, Technifor has over 30 years of experience.
The company provides permanent traceability solutions using direct part marking through Data Matrix codes or human readable text across various manufacturing sectors. From VIN numbers at OEMs to the smallest component part, its traceability solutions provide a key element in enabling the automotive supply chain to maintain and improve its quality standards.
Direct part marking (also known as etching, engraving or scribing) and traceability is playing an increasingly important role in manufacturing. Increasing numbers of companies are automating their marking processes whether through data matrix codes or human readable text. If properly integrated into the production process, part marking can provide a platform for improved quality control and traceability that can reduce costs and improve yield, says the company.
Technifor is part of the Gravotech group, and the inventor of dot peen. More information at http://www.technifor.com/
M J Allen highlighted the impressive range of services offered from base in Ashford, Kent. Operating foundries and a welding facility alongside its machine shop, M J Allen is driven to provide a quality, integrated casting, machining, fabrication and assembly service. It supplies fully-machined castings and fabrications to defence, medical, marine, machine tool, original equipment and automotive (Ford) industries in the UK, Europe and North America. It is certified to ISO9001, 14001 and 18001. Their ferrous foundry produces high quality, grey iron and SG (spheroidal graphite) iron castings to 3000kg and has expertise in complex core assembly work.
The non-ferrous foundry produces precision sand castings in aluminium and bronze alloys to 1000kg for the most demanding applications.
An aluminium gravity die foundry enables volume casting to 50kg to the highest integrity.
The foundries have extensive in-house facilities for heat treatment, chemical and mechanical analysis, x-ray, dye penetrant and ultrasonic inspection and pressure testing.
The machine shop operates CMM inspection and jig boring in temperature controlled environments for the tightest of tolerances. The latest CNC equipment includes a Doosan twin pallet, horizontal machining centre and Johnford bridge mill, covering machining in X-axis of 3.1m, Y-axis 1.8m and Z-axis 1.6m.
Coupled with paint and assembly facilities, all at the Ashford site, sourcing of machined and finished castings and fabrications of almost any size and volume is achieved with a single order.
Find out more at www.mjallen.co.uk
A range of products developed specifically for the home automation sector were highlighted by Hitaltech at Southern 2017. As climate/lighting control screens become an ever more common feature of the home, Hitaltech exhibited the lower profile terminal blocks and sleek enclosures that make discreet wall mounting possible.
Andy Fitzer, managing director, said: “Every year we look forward to demonstrating our latest innovations in connectors, terminal blocks and enclosures. This year, we’re particularly excited about our home automation enclosures.”
Flexible surface mount (SMD) jumpers for automotive, industrial control, building automation and energy metering were also shown. An enclosure range includes the 1MXTS Modulbox, and a range of DIN enclosures to house embedded platforms such as the Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone and Arduino.
The growing Conex-it range of PCB mounting terminal blocks and connectors displayed included both rising clamp and spring clamp mechanisms across a range of pitches produced from two to 24 poles.
Find out more www.hitaltech.co.uk