Connector means error-free assembly

Yamaichi_Electronics_Y-Circ-S-series_press_tmbConnector developments were the focus of the Yamaichi Electronics stand at Southern Electronics 2017, as it showcased the latest developments in its push-pull circular connector series Y-Circ P connector range.

Now, in addition to the B series, which is sealed to IP50, there is also an S series, also sealed to IP50, available with a hermaphroditic connector configuration. According to the company, the new design means assembly is just as easy and error-free, as with the B series, using identical half-shells.

The hermaphroditic connector means that the insulator is divided, with male and female contacts installed in both plug and socket, claimed to make the connection easy and secure.

All connectors in the S series have a blue dot marking, designed to make connection and finding the coding easy.

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Duo demonstrates machining expansion

Muratec Murata MT100iT2_tmbTwo machines were demonstrated live at the Matsuura stand at Southern Manufacturing 2017, the MX-330 PC10 and the Muratec Murata MT100iT2 (pictured).

The new MX-330 PC10, five-axis machine is equipped with 10 pallets and 90 tools. The company anticipates high demand, announcing two machines were sold prior to its official launch in the UK.

The Muratec Murata MT100iT2 automated bar fed lathe with twin turrets features an intelligent servo unloader. The bar fed machine accommodates bar up to 51mm diameter, with maximum length of component of 180mm, weighing 2.5kg. Chuck size is 165mm diameter. The accurate, fast turning centre has two tool turrets with 15 live tools on each. Matsuura is the sole UK agent for Muratec Murata turning centres and lathes, supplying customers in every industry where speed, accuracy and incredible reliability are pre-requisite, says the company.

Are you seeing RED?

RED Letter image_tmbThe Radio Equipment Directive (RED) has been in force since June 2016. From 13 June 2017, radio equipment placed on the European market must comply with the Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU.

All radio equipment that is placed on the market from 13 June 2017 must comply with RED, including products that were approved under the R&TTE Directive. If the product batch is already placed on the market under R&TTE prior to 13 June 2017 then it can remain on the market. If a subsequent batch is placed on the market after that date, it must comply with RED. This includes DoC and user information or packaging supplied with the product.

At Southern Electronics 2017, RN Electronics offered visitors its assistance in preparation for RED. It can undertake testing to harmonised RED standards and draft standards. It can also provide gap analysis for products that were tested under the R&TTE Directive to determine any new testing requirements.

RN Electronics is a UKAS-accredited Radio Test Laboratory No. 2360. It is also recognised for its EMC and radio testing by the FCC in USA (Registration No.293246) and ISED in Canada (registered under site Nos. 5612A-1 & 5612A-2). The company expertise and its knowledgeable engineers have many years’ experience in radio/wireless product testing, including RF design troubleshooting, certifications and antenna testing. Using RF design expertise, the team can help to develop new and existing products, assist in design, provide advice on use of radio modules, perform pre-compliance or initial assessment tests and implement solutions as the design develops. Valuable development time can often be saved by a visit to its laboratory, allowing a faster time to market.

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Wound components and transformers strike a chord

Trans-Tronic review edit_tmbProducing coil windings and transformers for over 35 years, Trans-Tronic supplies to a range of customers and market sectors.

The Chesterfield-based company supplies products all around the world to railway, lighting, audio, defence, aviation, oil and gas, medical, renewables, R&D, instrumentation and automotive industries.

It has enhanced its capabilities during the last few years, by moving to a purpose-built factory and acquiring BLS Electronics, Precision Winding, Emdec/Tesla Transformers, Antrim Transformers, EMDEC/Tesla Transformers and Air-tronics. This means it can supply wound components from tiny air coils to toroids and three-phase transformers.

The company manufactures to customer specifications or the experienced technical team can advise and develop new designs. It is approved to ISO9001 and has various quality approvals from UL and Network Rail. In collaboration with Network Rail, it has recently developed a new range of Class II signalling transformers.

Designs are energy-efficient, making the products environmentally friendly, says the company.

Another brand, Trans-Amp, supplies British-made transformers for guitar amplifiers. It has a stock range of products which is being constantly developed and enhanced.

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3D waterjet cutting makes a splash

ICEE review edit_tmbWaterjet cutting in two- and three-dimensions on one machine offers designers and production engineers important new opportunities to innovate and save costs, says ICEE Managed Services. At Southern 2017, the company once again showcased its manufacturing services including fibre laser cutting, bending or forming, fabrication and assembly.

Until recently it has only been possible to cut two-dimensional profiles in a variety of materials by waterjet, but with the latest investment ICEE has made in new equipment, with advanced five-axis CNC technology, it can cut also compound 3D forms, all on one machine, says key account manager Shane Thomas.

“Waterjet cutting – in 2D and 3D – opens up exciting new possibilities for designers to take a fresh look and be innovative in the use of materials and a process they might not have considered before,” he says. “Production engineers may be able to have parts made now that could only be made previously by costly machining or casting”.

In some cases, 2D and 3D waterjet cutting – where a high pressure jet of water 0.8mm in diameter is mixed with abrasive particles and forced at around 60,000 psi through a cutting nozzle  – may be the only practical and affordable way to make parts. The waterjet process will cut through a variety of materials and thicknesses, including metals, plastics, wood and stone, such as granite over 200mm thick.

Besides waterjet, fibre laser cutting and parts forming and bending operations, ICEE offers a turnkey manufacturing service that includes welding, finishing, fabrication and assembly. With these facilities, it also makes bespoke equipment enclosure products for the telecommunications, broadcasting and data processing industries.

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Power supply protects security systems

170327_news_eng_pic001At this year’s show, Delta Electronics Group, launched the PMU series of power supplies for security systems and DC uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) applications.

The supplies have an LED indicator for DC OK (green) and battery reverse polarity (red) and built-in monitoring signals for AC OK, DC OK and battery-low indication, together with zero cut-over time from loss of AC to battery operation. The supplies protect against reverse polarity battery connection and conform to harmonic current IEC/EN 61000-3-2, Class A. The supplies are reliable, with a mean time between failure (MTBF) of more than 700,000 hours (per Telcordia SR-332).

There is over-voltage, over-current, over-temperature and short circuit protection, with built-in over-current and short circuit protection in buffering mode operation.

The power electronics and energy management company produces power supplies and DC fans for the industrial, automotive and medical sector. The company also exhibited DIN rail, panel mount and open frame power supplies, DC/DC converters, EMI filters and fans.

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Rotary tables raise productivity and reduce operations

1MTA review edit_tmbRotary tables for four- and five-axis machining were highlighted by 1st Machine Tool Accessories at Southern Manufacturing 2017, demonstrating versatile, adaptable workholding solutions.

Users of three-axis machining centres were able to see a range of Kitagawa rotary table options (pictured). They are capable of raising versatility of production, says the company, reducing the number of separate machining operations and increasing the complexity of parts that can be produced. Among them was the latest TT150 tilting type compound table with 150mm faceplate for adding fourth and fifth CNC axes. It is designed to interface directly with a machining centre control or operated via a MAC mini controller.

Another highlight was the heavy-duty GT series models that deliver extreme rigidity, fast operation and clamping torques up to 2,800Nm. Table variants include multi-spindle versions for machining several components at once. Machining centre users were able to see the numerous workholding options available from the company for prismatic machining, including five-axis clamping solutions. The range has been significantly expanded following the addition of the Italian-manufactured Tecnomagnete programme of magnetic equipment for securing workpieces. Together with the established ranges of clamping equipment from Chick, Abbott and Mitee-Bite in the US, Tecnomors in Italy, the German firm Best and Finnish company, OK-Vise, the company believes it offers one of the most comprehensive and varied workholding equipment portfolio available from one source in the UK. Some of the products, such as Chick’s indexer sub-system, may be used in conjunction with a rotary table to present multiple components to a spindle during a single cutting cycle.

Another theme of the stand was the ability to supply manually and hydraulically actuated clamping arrangements tailored to specific applications, often comprising complex configurations using equipment from several of its principals’ catalogues. Such solutions can solve difficult production problems or, in standard applications, reduce set-up and idle times, increasing efficiency, accuracy and repeatability. Although a large part of the supplier’s business, it is not well known owing to non-disclosure agreements preventing most large projects from being publicised.

In the area of rotational machining, the company offers an extensive range of Kitagawa jaw and collet chucks. The latter apply clamping pressure evenly around the circumference of a part, for tight concentricity during turning. They also open and close rapidly, boosting productivity for both long and short runs. Standard jaw chucks, including a quick-change range, meet a variety of applications, including demand for large power chucks in vertical lathes.

Italian bar magazine manufacturer, Iemca, is another principal, and its latest products in the KID 80 IV short bar magazine are suitable for feeding stock between 5.0 and 80mm in diameter and from 250 to 1,615mm long and integrating with fixed or sliding head CNC turning machines.

A design improvement avoids the need for the bar pusher to move during component transfer between the main and sub spindles, increasing productivity during single-hit machining of components requiring two operations, one at each end. Another innovation is the ability to load a new bar while the last part is being machined, reducing changeover time, and allowing it to be fed into position without a bar stop.

Drill sharpening was a main area of technology on the stand. US-manufactured Darex equipment is exclusively sold in the UK by 1st MTA. A recent introduction is the automatic, benchtop, four-axis CNC sharpener, XPS-16+. It can process two-fluted high-speed-steel, cobalt, carbide and coated bits from 3.0 to 16mm in diameter and can create any point angle from 90 to 150 degrees as standard. The unit also sharpens split point geometries and complex, four-facet point drills and can automatically hone carbide drills for high precision cutting.

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Manufacturer reaches for the stars

European Circuits_review edit_tmbThe Aston Starlight is a British-built laser targeted pencil microphone. European Circuits is delighted to be the chosen manufacturer of Aston Microphone’s award winning microphone.

The Aston Starlight is the first laser targeting pencil microphone, allowing for recall of microphone position in studio use. It is also quick and easy to set up in live applications. The microphone showcases Aston’s variable voice switching for sound contouring, nearly indestructible build qualities, and features a sintered head and Aston’s tumbled 100% stainless steel chassis.

The 20mm cardioid capsule was hand-picked by a panel of more than 50 top producers in double-blind listening tests conducted during 2016. Starlight was launched at Winter NAMM in Anaheim CA in January 2017, and immediately won ‘Best in Show’.

European Circuits has been working closely with Aston designers to maximise the DFM (design for manufacture) impact of Starlight. The entire microphone, including all of the electronics and mechanical sub-assemblies, is being produced at European Circuits’ Glasgow-based facility.

European Circuits offer PCB manufacture, PCB assembly, test, box build and design.

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Investment creates specialist opportunities

Punch Wide_tmbLast year’s £1million investment in the latest manufacturing technology by Alpha Manufacturing was showcased at Southern Manufacturing 2017.

The Staffordshire-based precision sheet metal manufacturer specialises in large volume, precision sheet metal fabrications. Using the latest in cutting edge manufacturing technology, it offers laser cutting, CNC metal folding, CNC metal punching, CNC metal turning, MIG welding, TIG welding and a full powder coating plant, all on one site.

It serves a wide range of industries including electronics, automotive, agricultural, security, healthcare and power generation. At the show, the company demonstrated its complete service, from product design, through to full integration and assembly of complex components. A particular talking point was the benefits of the new machinery which was recently installed.

The latest investment includes a fully automated STOPA storage system and integrated Trumpf Trulaser 3030 machine.

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