Northern Manufacturing returns to Manchester
Northern Manufacturing celebrates its fifth anniversary this year. The industry and engineering spectacle returns to EventCity, Manchester (27-28 September) to showcase some of the UK’s finest manufacturing, engineering, industrial products and services.
The range and calibre of exhibitors makes Northern Manufacturing & Electronics the most comprehensive collection of industrial technology, machinery, production and automation, electronics and specialist engineering services in the north of the UK, including Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. Exhibitors represent a range of industries and technologies from machinery and press brake technology to contract electronic manufacturing, electronics, packaging and handling. Visitors can see live demonstrations on many of the stands, and many companies encourage visitors to come with their plans and drawings to discuss projects with experts at the exhibition.
To help the next generation of engineers, SETA Training and Advisory Services encourages young visitors to visit its stand and discover more about its technical training courses and engineering apprenticeships. Another exhibitor, the Business Hub offers business support to companies, specialist programmes and funding.
The show’s RoadRailAir feature highlights firms with particular expertise in the aerospace, automotive or public transportation manufacturing supply chain.
The drive to expand knowledge and skillsets goes beyond the exhibition floor, with a programme of free-to-attend seminars on both days. Topics covered over the two-day programme include manufacturing practices for a competitive edge, how lean and CE marking can be implemented, and how new, emerging technologies, such as 3D printing can be optimised. There are also sessions looking at the new data protection regulations which come into force next year, which will affect nearly all businesses. Although free-of-charge, pre-reservation is highly recommended.
Igus is returning to this year’s Northern Manufacturing & Electronics exhibition, highlighting a wide range of cost-effective, lightweight and maintenance-free bearings and cable management systems for a variety of applications.
Predictive maintenance is the cornerstone of Industry 4.0 and the factory of tomorrow - Igus’ smart plastics warn of potential failure in good time before unplanned and very costly downtimes occur. At the event, Igus will be showing new and improved smart plastics products. These include, the isense EC.RC, a new system for monitoring e-chains, the optimised CF.Q module for the intelligent chainflex cables that customers are already using today and the intelligent iglidur PRT slewing ring bearings.
Injection-moulded, 3D-printed or machined from bar stock, Igus offers engineers a wide range of possibilities to obtain their self-lubricating parts, such as gears or plain bearings quickly and cost-effectively. During the show igus will introduce a new process for the production of 3D printed injection mould tools that allows engineers to solve difficult technical challenges quickly. The entire range of 50 iglidur high-performance plastics are available using this new process, including specialists for high load, food contact, underwater or high temperature applications. Depending on the iglidur material chosen, the mould is either SLA or SLS printed and then used immediately in the injection-moulding machine. Thus, parts are ready for shipment within a few days. The material structure of the printed injection mould ensures that it can withstand the high temperatures during injection moulding, which means that one mould can produce prototypes and small batches up to 500 pieces cost-effectively and quickly.
Optimum use of installation space, light weight and high stability - these are just some of the benefits of the E4.1L lean energy chain from Igus. Compared to the E4.1, the application-oriented design of the E4.1 L could save so much mass that the chain is about 30% lighter. This brings an additional advantage: a considerable amount of drive power can be saved, making the application more energy efficient. The E4.1L can also accommodate more hoses and cables in a given space envelope. The E4.1L lean energy chain is now available from stock in numerous interior heights and widths. As for the open energy chain, Igus also offers an ESD version and even a high-temperature option for the enclosed energy tube to protect against hot chips and debris.
ESI Technology has been at the heart of the pressure measurement industry for almost 30 years. The most outstanding developments from ESI are the Silicon-on-Sapphire sensor technology and the new GD4200-USB digital pressure transducer will be on display at Northern Manufacturing. Silicon-on-Sapphire (SOS) sensor technology has redefined the performance capability of pressure measurement instrumentation in the industry. This technology demonstrates excellent insulation properties, unbeatable performance with high overpressures and virtually no hysteresis, superb repeatability and excellent chemical compatibility.
The new GD4200-USB makes pressure measurement simple and portable, reducing the need for expensive data loggers. It has all the advantages of SOS, sample rate of 1000Hz and is available in ranges up to 5000bar. The GD4200-USB software is supplied and features the capability of measuring multiple inputs and also customised test certificate generation.
Supplying industrial and scientific laser systems and accessories to many of the UK’s leading companies, Laser Lines offers expertise and experience to help customers select the right laser technology for their application, whether its laser marking, welding, cutting, hardening, cladding or any other laser related process.
At Northern Manufacturing Laser Lines will demonstrate high speed laser marking systems and laser welding, with additional high speed dot peen marking systems available for demonstrations also. The growth in the use of laser technology around the world offers great advantages to modern industry and has seen great developments in the efficiency and speed that lasers can offer.
Laser Lines can perform free trials for companies looking to investigate what laser processing can offer and with different laser systems and technologies in their range including lower cost systems as well as high speed high power systems - Laser Lines has a solution to help both small and large companies alike.
Permabond manufactures high quality engineering adhesives for potting and encapsulation of electrical components, bonding heat sinks, magnets/ferrites to rotors and housings for electric motors, electrical transformers components, sealing transformer laminates, coating coils, wire tacking and attaching electronic dies. Permabond has recently developed a range of thermally conductive adhesives including a toughened acrylic adhesive for applications such as bonding heat sink fins to transformers and a highly flexible epoxy hybrid.
MSA Foams will be highlighting its expertise in the design and manufacture of protective packaging solutions. Its experience is such that is was recently given the opportunity to fit out the tool cabinets for the Bloodhound SSC support team. MSA incorporated the Bloodhound project colours by employing foam in the drawer inserts; this also highlights any missing tools.
Designing foam inserts that are cut to size for individual collections of tools has been part of the MSA business for over 20 years. MSA design tool inserts that organise tools efficiently and ensure missing items are easily identified, eliminating the risk of foreign object damage. Durable custom foam inserts ensure tools are secured in position and fully protected in transit.
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