Southern Manufacturing returns to Farnborough
Southern Manufacturing and Electronics is without doubt the main manufacturing show in the South, if not the whole UK. After years of consistent growth, the event nowadays exerts a considerable influence over a significantly larger area, regularly drawing in visitors and exhibitors from across Europe and progressively further afield.
Southern Manufacturing exhibitor Renishaw has developed a new industrial metal additive manufacturing system. Fully designed and engineered in-house to be used for serialised production, the RenAM 500M builds complex metal components directly from CAD using metal powder fusion technology.
Highlights of the system include a Renishaw designed and engineered optical system with dynamic focussing; automated powder sieving and recirculation; 500 W ytterbium fibre laser and patented high capacity dual filter SafeChange system.
Also new is the AM400 flexible metal additive manufacturing system. This new model is a development of the AM250 platform. It includes all the advantages of the latest machine updates with larger SafeChange filter, improved control software, revised gas flow and window protection system, and a new 400 W optical system that gives a reduced laser beam diameter of 70 micrometres.
Weidmüller will be displaying a full range of products and services on stand K19 at this year's Southern Manufacturing Show. Key products will include the FreeCon contactless power transmission system which allows power to be transmitted via an ‘air gap' by means of an inductive resonance coupling. It's a solution that's completely wear-free and especially efficient for robot-led production lines and more.
Another new product is FrontCom Vario which delivers a compact service interface with a future-proof design for switch and control cabinets. The device also enables simple and quick access to the control system/PC and electronics for maintenance needs.
The OMNIMATE signal range includes compact PCB terminals and connectors with intelligent locking concepts and a broad range of THR and SMD connection component products available for the SMT process. The OMNIMATE Power range will include high performance PCB terminals, connectors and feed-through terminals that meet the relevant device standards. The OMNIMATE housings on show provide a state-of-the-art platform for electronics applications, for all design types and usage areas.
Component marking, identification and traceability specialist Pryor Marking Technology says its CNC Marking Tool produces human or machine readable, two dimensional inscriptions that meet strict international aerospace marking standards.
It can be controlled wirelessly from a Windows computer, using the company’s standard software, which can vary the force produced by the marking head, allowing it to mark materials of different hardnesses. If it is possible to mark components using the same CNC machine that made them, they do not have to be transferred to special marking stations. Moving parts around the shop floor is the biggest cause of scrappage and waste in many manufacturing environments, says sales director Alastair Morris.
A prototype was successfully tested, demonstrating manoeuvrability and marking ability and how it could be controlled wirelessly, using a Bluetooth connection.
On the Tesa UK stand at Southern Manufacturing, you’ll be able to see the company’s ACXplus double sided, acrylic adhesive tapes with optimum viscoelasticity for constructive bonding applications. They provide a viable alternative to traditional fastening methods.
The latest addition to the range is ACXplus 7044, available in both grey and white to harmonise with the most commonly used colours in these sectors and the aesthetics. This is further enhanced through the use of a stretch resistant PV28 liner which enables quick, easy handling and very straight, precise lines of application.
The fundamental feature of the tape is, of course, its excellent adhesion and shear performance, and this is maintained across the most often used substrates for this type of work, including ABS, painted glass and Aluminium. Taping in the same colour as the surface material produces a virtually invisible bond; in addition best optical appearance is achieved through the eradication of air bubbles when mounting glass to rigid materials using tesa ACXplus.
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