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A world of engineering in a single event
Southern Manufacturing and Electronics 2017 returns to FIVE, Farnborough, from 21-23 March. The 18,000m² purpose-built venue alongside Farnborough Airport is now almost entirely sold out, meaning that 800 firms from all over the world will be present.
The size and the scope of the Southern Manufacturing and Electronics show presents a unique opportunity to experience a huge range of the latest industrial technologies covering both production and sourcing. As regular visitors will know, it is this wide spectrum of participants that makes the event such an appealing one. A single visit to the show will allow engineering or procurement professionals to cover an awful lot of ground in a very time-efficient manner. Whether you’re looking to invest in the latest machinery, searching for component suppliers or sub contract services, you are pretty much guaranteed to find what you are looking for at Southern Manufacturing 2017.
Southern Manufacturing and Electronics attracts strong support from many major international machinery manufacturers who will be running live demonstrations throughout the event. Some of the companies exhibiting include Haas Automation, Yamazaki Mazak, Unison, CMZ, Bruderer and many others. Matsuura recently announced it was doubling its presence at the show, choosing it as the event to debut its latest machining centre in the UK. The eagerly-awaited MX-330 PC10 5 is the latest in the MX Series of high quality 5 axis machines, already tipped by Matssura to be the fastest-selling compact machining centre in its history.
Also cutting metal will be the Muratec Murata MT100iT2 automated bar fed lathe with twin turrets and Intelligent Servo Unloader, enabling it to accommodate bar up to 51mm diameter and 180mm length. Bystronic will showcase its Xpert 40 press brake equipped with its new mobile automation module – a compact solution, says the firm, for automated and manual bending. The technology behind the Mobile Bending Cell is the Xpert 40, together with bending robotics, combining fast press brake and mobile automation. Users can set up the robotics system on the Xpert 40 in just a few minutes, says the company. When not in use, the bending robotics can simply be moved to one side.
Complementing these are a wealth of tooling and production equipment vendors, including 1st Machine Tool Accessories, Vargus, Roemheld, Nikon, Faro, Arno UK, Bowers Group, Dormer Pramet and hundreds of others. Hydrafeed will showcase its loading and unloading robotics that can be retrofitted to any existing machining centre.
Components and OEM parts showcased at Southern 2017 include HMIs, fluid power, drives and controls, connectors, automation, electromechanical components, wiring assemblies and many hundreds more. Southern Manufacturing has grown sufficiently important that it now attracts vendors from all over the world, offering an outstanding opportunity to meet companies and products you wouldn’t normally expect to see at a domestic show. Examples include Swiss ceramic component specialists, Ceramaret, KS Terminals from Taiwan, Cosel Europe, Yamaichi Electronics and Vexos from Germany and Poland’s Transfer Multisort Elekronik, one of central Europe’s leading distributors of electronic products and components.
There’s also production hardware, from the latest 3D printers to high-tech automated pick-and-place machines. Factory equipment includes machine safety, stock control, labelling and marking, handling equipment and storage. There’s CAD/CAM and production management software, industrial heating and ventilation, cleaning systems, industrial furniture and consumables.
The event is also one of the key marketplaces for engineering subcontract services in Europe, offering a similarly wide selection of service providers from fabrication to electronics assembly, together with specialist suppliers such as electroplating, coatings, design and test services and heat treatments amongst many others.
With so much to see, planning a visit is essential. Fortunately, a searchable database of products, services and exhibitors is available on the show website. Pre-registered visitors get a comprehensive free show guide on arrival, and those registering early enough will also receive a free copy of the show’s official preview magazine profiling over 100 exhibitors, plus details of the show’s free technical seminar programme. This information and the essential pre-registration is also available on the website.
The show’s free technical seminar programme is another noteworthy highlight. Open to all visitors, the programme for 2017 provides its usual high standard of presenters drawn from industry, academia and commerce. A total of 28 sessions over three days will address a wide range of technical, business and regulatory topics; subjects that will appeal to everybody involved in engineering enterprise. Some of the hot topics covered in 2017 will include an in-depth look at the latest advances in manufacturing. Wayne Kite provides an overview of 3D printing and the potential benefits for manufacturers. Zoe Webster from Innovate UK discusses how innovation and new technology adoption can drive growth in manufacturing. The Industrial Internet of Things comes under the spotlight in two sessions, looking at what the future might hold and how IoT technology can be employed right now to enhance efficiency and productivity.
In his perennially popular presentations, Stefan Knox from Bang Creations returns with his workshop on what makes a good design and how to generate new ideas. At the other end of the product development process, Antonio Falco gets to grips with how to sell effectively with some practical tips on how to close that deal, no matter how complex the product.
More practical workshops include Ailsa Carson’s review of best practice in world-class manufacturing. Andrew Farral and Debbie Wade of Advanced Rework Technology examine global workmanship standards within PCB design, fabrication and assembly processes. Mathias Bunte of Phoenix Mecano Enclosures looks at adding real value to machining, printing and keypads. Further sessions deal with how to implement Lean, CE Marking for 2017 and beyond, and vibration testing.
Following last year’s Brexit referendum, Dr Alex Martin discusses the implications of Life after Brexit – what comes next in trade relations and product regulation? Further sessions look in more detail at the implications for business of the next wave of Data Protection legislation and its likely impact on a post-Brexit UK.
All of the sessions are free of charge, although pre-booking is definitely recommended. A complete listing of sessions and the online reservation form is available on the website.
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