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Northern Manufacturing & Electronics 2017

aug 17 10Northern Manufacturing & Electronics 2017

Northern Manufacturing & Electronics, the North’s top industrial technology and electronics show, returns to EventCity, Manchester on September 27th and 28th for the fifth consecutive year.

Once again, the show gathers together an impressive list of leading firms covering a wide spectrum of engineering activities, (Read More)  together with the latest production hardware, components and consumables in a single, free-admission show.

Situated close to Manchester city centre, the show’s location puts it at the centre of the UK’s most productive region in terms of manufacturing output. Along with a substantial slice of the UK’s aerospace and automotive sectors, process industries such as pharmaceuticals, electronics components, food & beverage and oil & gas all have a significant presence in the North West, making maintenance one of the key aspects of Northern Manufacturing. Around 30% of visitors to the show in 2016 were directly concerned with works management and maintenance. The diversity of vendors gathered under one roof makes it an excellent opportunity for engineering maintenance and procurement professionals to solve multiple sourcing issues in a single, time-efficient visit.

The outsourcing of maintenance and works management is a common practice amongst many of the larger manufacturing firms, and Northern Manufacturing provides the ideal platform for service providers to showcase their capabilities. This is especially true for firms that have developed specific “local knowledge” of the prevalent industries in the region, giving them a well-honed insight into both the problems likely to be faced and their solutions. Exhibiting at Northern Manufacturing 2017, MES (NW) Ltd is one such firm. The service provider utilises both electrical and mechanical engineering resources to provide a wide range engineering support services to satisfy diverse customer requirements and expectations. The firm has recently been awarded a five-year facilities management contract with a blue chip automotive client. Services available include machine relocations, bespoke engineering solutions, fabrications & materials handling, project and facilities management.
UNIS Group – EMR provides a professional service to further the life of equipment by offering a number of repair and replacement solutions. As equipment becomes older it can become unreliable; preventative maintenance can identify potential failures before they become critical. Founded in 1984, the company specialises in the repair and sale of industrial electronics and motors. Its repair facility is centrally located in Northampton where repair technicians, with the support of extensive testing and measuring facilities, are able to repair all types and brands of electronics, new and obsolete alike. The electronics are cleaned, repaired and tested in accordance with strict quality standards. Every year the company completes more than 41,000 repairs. An extensive range of stock parts enables the company to identify and resolve defects in order to expeditiously reduce downtime, with all repairs carried out on a ‘no fix, no fee’ basis and backed by a two-year warranty on repairs, sales and exchanges.

Components, both electrical and mechanical, are also a big part of the show and the range of vendors exhibiting at Northern 2017 is impressive. Regular exhibitor igus UK returns with a range of components designed very much with the concept of predictive maintenance in mind. The firm believes that predictive maintenance is the cornerstone of Industry 4.0 and the factory of tomorrow. Its smart plastics warn of potential failure in good time before unplanned and costly downtimes occur. New and improved smart plastics on show this year include the isense EC.RC, a new system for monitoring e-chains, the CF.Q module for its intelligent chainflex cables and the intelligent iglidur PRT slewing ring bearings.

Also highlighted will be a new process for the production of 3D printed injection mould tools, allowing engineers to solve difficult technical challenges quickly and efficiently. The entire range of 50 iglidur high-performance plastics is available using the 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. Parts are ready for shipment within days. The material structure of the printed injection mould ensures that it can withstand high temperatures during injection moulding, which means that one mould can produce prototypes and small batches up to 500 pieces cost-effectively and quickly.

Lemo UK will highlight its high performance Anglissimo range of rotatable, right-angled connectors. This versatile range of push-pull connectors offers users the ability to configure cable exit angles during installation and therefore can minimise system costs with simplified assembly and a consolidation of the connector variants required. Another top connector vendor exhibiting this year is Fischer Connectors, showcasing its push-pull circular connectors and cable assembly solutions, many of which are designed for harsh environments and demanding applications. Mechanical components and systems on show include pneumatic components from Flow Technology, an established manufacturer and supplier of stainless steel and high nickel alloy components to various markets including oil & gas, power, pharmaceutical and hygienic applications.

Leybold UK, one of the leading suppliers of vacuum equipment, returns with a wide range of products led by its recently introduced Trivac T series, which the firm says is a new cost-effective OEM solution. Other products on show will include the central vacuum station Vacube and claw pump Clawvac, together with high vacuum solutions, vacuum measurement and the Phoenix range of helium leak detectors. Micronel will showcase a recently launched addition to its range of high-performance radial blowers; its most powerful model yet, the U85MX radial blower, capable of producing up to 16000 pascals of static pressure and up to 1000 litres per minute free blowing airflow all in a package size under 85mm in diameter.

Among the cabling specialists exhibiting in 2017, CIE Connectivity highlights its ‘design-to-delivery’ solution for both manufacture and installation applications. Other firms include Widen Electronic Solutions and Turner Electronics, one of the UK’s leading distributors of cable preparation and SMT equipment from suppliers such as Schleuniger, Z&F, WDT, Autotronik, Mechatronika, DDM Novastar, and GLW. New this year is the Brady Wraptor labelling system for Schleuniger cut & strip machines. Advanced manufacturing is also well represented. Laser Lines, a Stratasys Platinum Partner for UK & Ireland, offers a portfolio of over twenty 3D Printer and Rapid Manufacturing systems, together with industrial lasers for cutting, welding, marking and cladding. On display will be a compact laser marker, together with a mechanical marking system. Also exhibiting is Tri-Tech 3D, offering a complete package of services from initial specification and supply of 3D printing hardware and software, to onsite 3D printer installation, staff training and full product support. Rob Pitts of Tri-Tech 3D is also one of the presenters of the show’s free technical seminar programme. In his Introduction to 3D Print  Rob will be sharing case study examples of the limitless applications that are being discovered for this new technology across all manufacturing sectors and the new opportunities it could open up.

Running over both days of the show and open to all visitors and exhibitors, the seminar programme for 2017 sees the welcome return of several of the most popular presenters giving contemporary insights into their specialist areas. Advanced manufacturing and Industry 4.0 are subjects that attract wide interest from every sector of manufacturing. Alistair Williamson, Managing Director of Manchester-based Lucid Innovation provides an introduction to how connected networks of objects offer opportunities to collect, exchange and exploit the value of data in more efficient and sustainable ways.

As a management tool, Lean has something to offer every business looking to eliminate waste and maximise performance. Presenter Tim Scurlock spearheaded the introduction of Lean concepts into General Motors’ business over a ten year period. Through case study examples, delegates will identify some of the methods, tools and concepts to successfully introduce Lean and the pitfalls to watch out for. Further insight into improving efficiency and profitability is offered by Ailsa Kaye, Managing Director of Onsite Insights, who will reveal the factors behind the success of some of the UK’s best companies.

In perhaps what will be the busiest session of the programme, the new General Data Protection Regulations, which come into effect next May, will be examined from the viewpoint of manufacturing SMEs. Nearly all businesses will be affected in some way by the new regulations, which carry extremely harsh penalties for non-compliance. Yet, over a third of UK businesses remain unaware of the new law or what they need to do. Sessions running on both days of Northern Manufacturing 2017 will attempt to address this knowledge gap, briefing delegates on how different organisations will be affected and how can you make sure your company is fully prepared for the introduction of GDPR. This one session alone would make a visit to the show worthwhile!

All seminar sessions at Northern Manufacturing & Electronics 2017 are free, but pre-registration is strongly urged. Full details on all sessions and how to register can be found at

Northern Manufacturing & Electronics 2017 is free to enter. EventCity is easily reached by road and offers free on-site car parking for 3,000 cars. Access by public transport from Manchester city centre is also very straightforward.

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