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Keep up to speed with Southern ManufacturingSouthern Manufacturing & Electronics returns to FIVE, Farnborough, on February 13th and 14th, offering the chance to see more technologies than ever before.
Technology changes so fast that it sometimes seems like a full-time job just keeping track of new products, new techniques and new suppliers. Of course, magazines and websites such as Industrial Technology are a valuable aid to maintaining a current working knowledge. But you really can't beat experiencing it first hand, which is why - even in our modern, connected world of websites, RSS feeds, Twitter and Facebook - exhibitions are still a vital source of information for many engineers. But justifying the commitment of time and effort required to attend can be difficult when there may be only one or two companies of interest exhibiting at a particular show. However this is rarely a problem for visitors to Southern Manufacturing - a show that lays a huge smorgasbord of technologies and vendors before its visitors.
The fact is that Southern Manufacturing & Electronics covers more sectors, more technologies and more markets than any other single show in the UK. With around 750 companies from all over Europe exhibiting in a space greater than five halls of the NEC combined, the show is bigger and more comprehensive than it's ever been. From some of the world's largest machine tool manufacturers to the most niche component supplier, it's all here in a single venue, with free entry and free on-site parking. Little wonder that the show's popularity has continued to climb skyward despite the backdrop of economic uncertainly facing industry in general over the last few years.
Some of the fastest areas of growth have been in automation, components and tooling. For 2013, show's purpose-built venue will sport two additional pavilions catering for these areas and more, alongside areas for machinery, subcontracting, electronics and production. In its entirety, the show gives a unique cross-section of manufacturing industry today. Components and subassemblies of all descriptions are well represented, making it a great event to source technical data and see what's new. Broad spectrum suppliers such as RS Components, Anixter, Anglia and EAO rub shoulders with more specialist firms such as North Devon Electronics, Finder, Igus, Ixthus Instrumentation, Variohm Eurosensor, Lee Products and many hundreds more. Some of the big new names exhibiting in 2013 include Amphenol, Kawasaki Robotics, Mouser Electronics, REO UK, Eclipse Magnetics and Kemtron. There are also many well-known suppliers of consumables, tools and production aids, such as Henkel Loctite, Electrolube, Ambersil, Henrob, Titgemeyer and Bolhoff.
Subcontract services of all descriptions are also well represented in the Subcontracting Services and CEM areas. Here, visitors will find just about every kind of service provider, from heavy-duty fabrication to miniature PCB production. Some notable new exhibitors this year include TUV Rheinland, the Paragon Electronics Group and Muller England. There is also an area for precision engineering firms, including a significant number of AS9100 accredited suppliers. The show is also a good place to meet companies involved in additive manufacturing, such as 3T and Laser Lines, and advanced materials, such as KD Feddersen UK.
Technical seminar programme
The show's free technical seminar programme is one of its most popular attractions, and would probably justify a visit on its own. This year's line-up is no exception, with leading industry figures offering insights into many aspects of engineering and manufacturing. Tim Scurlock from Automotive Lean Consulting will look at Lean Concepts and what they mean for the practicalities of waste elimination. Bang Creations' Stefan Knox returns with an update to one of the biggest hits of 2012; Designing for Commercial Success and New Product Development. Sergey Putintsev from TUV Rheinland presents an invaluable insight into Selling to Emerging Markets - in particular, the BRIC countries and the Middle East.
David Kilroy from Manufacturing Insights will examine Best Practice and World Class Manufacturing. Mike Harrison from ATOL Business Services will look at Supply Chain and SC21, while Ian McKay - former quality executive with BAE Military Aircraft - will discuss Improving the Manufacturing Process. Paul Laidler of TÜV SÜD Product Service will deliver an Introduction to Machine Safety. The Electronics sessions begin with a look at Exporting, Distributing and Selling Electrical Products, with Sergey Putintsev and Jon Jones from international consultants TÜV Rheinland. The legendary Bob Willis will present an unmissable presentation on Eliminating Counterfeit Components. Bob returns for a later session to look at Package on Package Design and Assembly - an increasingly important technique being employed in mobile, medical and military applications.
Sylvain Brand of Surface Technology International presents two sessions. In Continuously Improving Quality on an SMT Line, the Lean and 6-sigma Black Belt practitioner looks at how a simple 6-Sigma approach can be effective in reducing waste. His second session, Increasing Output of Electronic Box Assembly looks at how Lean principles can be applied to a production cell to achieve positive transformation in output.
Nick Wainwright, CEO of York EMC Services, examines the implications of the latest EU EMC Directive with particular reference to obligations under the Declaration of Conformity. Richard Poate of TÜV SÜD Product Service guides delegates through the requirements for CE Marking for Consumer Products and Professional Electronics. Peter Grundy of the Altus Group takes a look at the pros and cons of automation in To Automate or Not To Automate. Closing the Electronics Sessions is a fascinating look at Fusion Means Business - how UK companies can win business on new fusion energy projects, delivered by Dan Mistry from the UK Atomic Energy Authority.
Participation in the technical seminars, as well as entry to the show itself, is completely free. However pre-registration for the seminars is strongly advised as spaces are limited. FIVE, Farnborough is easily accessible by road and public transport. On site car parking is also free, and a free shuttle bus service operates daily between the show and both North Camp and Farnborough Main railway stations.
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