Northern Manufacturing returns bigger than everThe key industrial show for the northern half of the UK, Northern Manufacturing and Electronics 2014 returns to Manchester's EventCity, 1-2 October. With organisers expecting around a 20 percent increase in exhibitors this year, the show promises to once again be a landmark event for engineers from all over the North.
The Northern Manufacturing and Electronics Show launched last year as a complement to the tremendously successful Southern Manufacturing Show. With the two events pursuing the same tried-and-tested formula, the well-established profile helped ensure the event was an instant hit. As opposed to focusing on one specific theme, the shows take a broad view of industrial technology in all its forms. Most significantly, the SME-friendly structure of the shows have helped cement their reputation as vital forums for the large number of high-value engineering enterprises supporting the UK's main manufacturing industries such as aerospace, automotive, defence and medical technology.
However Northern Manufacturing is a lot more than just a regional show. As one of the key national industrial events, it attracts numerous major exhibitors, such as Haas Automation, Yamazaki Mazak, Amada, Faro Technologies, Bystronic, Nikon Technologies, Renishaw, Trumpf and many others. Making its debut UK appearance at Northern Manufacturing will be Haas Automation's latest CNC machine, the 2014 model VF-6. Visitors to the show will see the medium-sized CNC vertical put through its paces with live cutting demonstrations. Other major suppliers such as XYZ Machine Tools will also be demonstrating machines in the Machinery Zone.
The Machinery Zone is one of the specialist areas which help visitors to discover what they want easily. Technology trails guide visitors throughout the event, allowing the most productive use of time at the show. A small selection of the products and services on show in 2014 will include things like CNC machine tools and machining centres, robotics and automation, electronic components, CAD/CAM tools, advanced adhesives, fasteners and joining technology, laser cutting, packaging solutions, labelling and marking, pressings, fabrications and enclosures, metrology and test equipment, coating and finishing, motors, drives and controls, and handling and storage solutions.
Switches, sensors and enclosures specialist Bernstein will be demonstrating a range of industrial workplace safety products on stand H67. A highlight of this years' stand will be a working demonstration showing how Bernstein's safety light curtains use multi-beam light barriers to safeguard access points without the use of physical barriers.
Itron (UK) will roll out two new products. Its metallised projective capacitive (MPC) touchscreen allows operation through 8mm glass or 4mm perspex and is available in various sizes up to 15in. The touchscreen works even when operators are wearing various types of hand protection including latex, cloth, cotton, rubber dimple and leather. Liquid on screen has no effect on functionality and doesn't produce incorrect touches. The firm also introduces its new TW Series of Smart TFTs, offered in 3.5, 4.3, 5.7 and 7.0in sizes.
Laser Lines will be displaying marking, welding, cutting, cladding and micromachining laser systems, with visitors invited to see both laser marking and laser welding in operation. Laser welding is now not just used for basic welding applications, but as an alternative method of manufacture that can help make significant cost and time savings, delivering consistent high quality and neat results, without heat damage or discoloration.
Camcoat will be featuring an innovative process for the ceramic coating of aluminium called DiamonDyse, which the company promises offers superior performance over regular hard anodising methods.
US firm SpaceClaim will showcase its 3D modelling software for engineers, which now includes LiveReview, SpaceClaim's cloud-enabled live 3D collaboration system, and an STL Prep for 3D Printing module, among other advances. LiveReview provides a secure workspace where users can engage and make contributions simultaneously to modifying a design. Even engineers without any 3D modelling software or experience can review or edit models online.
Metamation and MIE Solutions are going to be promoting the latest version of Integrated CAD/CAM in ERP. The integration has evolved significantly since Northern 2013 and now uses Metamation's MetaCAM Enterprise engine that brings a wealth of technical innovations for importing tooling and nesting, which can be powered directly from MIE Solutions MIE TRAK PRO.
Together with the a huge number of components and products on show, Northern Manufacturing and Electronics is also a good place to discover new ideas, courtesy of the free technical seminar programme that runs over both days of the show. A number of one-hour workshop sessions delivered by leading industry professionals in their areas touches on a wide range of technical and operational issues including Lean, CE Marking, product development and marketing.
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