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Northern Manufacturing & Electronics builds on success

01 August 2015

Northern Manufacturing & Electronics, the free-to-attend industrial technology and electronics show, returns to EventCity, Manchester from September 30th to October 1st 2015.

Now in its third year, the event is the partner event to the well-established Southern Manufacturing show, and follows a similar format and scope. With over 250 exhibitors expected for 2015, Northern Manufacturing and Electronics promises to be an unmissable show for designers, manufacturers and engineers from across the North.

As has been the case in previous years, the exhibitor list includes plenty of prominent companies, including many of the larger international machinery and industrial equipment manufacturers, presenting alongside a large collection of component suppliers and leading engineering subcontractors. 

Amada (Stand B56) will showcase its latest press brake, the HFE MKII 1303, together with the Amada Fabrivision inspection system, which scans sheet metal parts into a drawing or compares dimensions to the CAD drawing to ensure part quality and accuracy. Bystronic (Stand D46) presents its Xpert 40 at Northern 2015; a new press brake with a compact design that enables users to bend small parts fast and cost-effectively.

Renishaw (Stand B46) will be exhibiting a range of advanced engineering technologies, including machine tool probing systems, its pioneering additive manufacturing (metal 3D printing) systems, the Equator versatile gauging system, and a new range of modular metrology fixturing. Other well-known production hardware firms in attendance include Laser Lines, Nikon, Faro, Olympus, Bruderer UK, Haas Automation, Quickgrind and Trumpf.

But in addition to these well established brands, just like its partner show in Farnborough, the Northern Manufacturing Show also provides a unique regional forum for local firms to search for, and meet new vendors and potential prospects. Major regional industrial sectors in the North include aerospace and automotive manufacturing, public transportation manufacture, medical technology and advanced electronics, activities which in turn support a huge number of suppliers. A new feature for 2015 – RoadRailAir – is designed to reflect the importance of these industries to the region. 

The North West Aerospace Alliance, NWAA (Stand C92) is the leading organisation for the substantial aerospace manufacturing sector in the North West, responsible for over £7bn of revenue every year. The NWAA has a stand at the show, providing an excellent opportunity for exhibitors and visitors to connect with this influential group. Another notable regional exhibitor is the Salford and Trafford Engineering Group Training Association, STEGTA (Stand E74), an organisation that has been supporting firms and helping young people into apprenticeship programmes since 1966 and is identified by Ofsted as one of the leading training providers in the country. 

Components and OEM parts feature conspicuously in the variety of products and services on display, and in fact, in the ‘must-see’ lists of visitors – 40 percent of whom said last year that components was the chief reason for their visit. The quantity and range of component suppliers participating allows visitors to address a variety of design challenges within a single visit. Under one roof, its possible to find PCB makers, component distributors, enclosure specialists, CEMS, test equipment manufacturers and many others.

Trans-Tronic (Stand E52) has been producing coil windings and transformers for over 30 years for a wide range of customers and market sectors. The firm is  approved to ISO9001-2008 and holds quality approvals from KEMA, UL and Network Rail. MagDev (Stand K51) specialises in manufacturing soft ferrite cores in manganese zinc and nickel zinc grades. They can also supply sendust, MPP and iron powder cores for chokes, carbonyl iron, strip wound cores and amorphous cores and blocks.

Lee Spring (Stand L61) will exhibit a number of new products at the Northern Manufacturing 2015, including an extended range of Lite Pressure springs, Belleville washers and Compression springs designed to meet Military Specific Standards. Regular exhibitor, igus UK, introduces the robolink D direct drive articulated arm, claiming it to be a tougher, more durable solution compared with remote drive versions. Typical robotic applications are repetitive tasks, such as on assembly lines and pick-and-place equipment.

Subcontract services are the other key component of the show, with BAE Systems (Stand C91being among the most prominent. LCL Electronics (Stand A32) is a contract electronics manufacturer with over 20 years’ experience. Capabilities include surface-mount, through-hole printed circuits assembly, cable harnessing, box-build, test and global purchasing. Jenks and Cattell Engineering (Stand A67), established in 1886, specialises in quality precision metal presswork with extensive presses from 10 tonne to 1,000 tonnes, as well as laser fabrication and welded assembly. 

Guyson International (Stand H32) will be showcasing technologies from its blast finishing and ultrasonic cleaning equipment ranges of industrial finishing equipment. Blue Diamond Technologies (Stand F27) offers a complete design, engineering and manufacturing service for a wide range of mechanical components and assemblies, including machined components, cast parts and components in plastic and rubber. MSA foams (Stand F55) have discovered a unique way to demonstrate its product range, design service and manufacturing capabilities to exhibition visitors…by constructing its stand almost entirely from engineered foam! 

Free seminar programme
During a busy two-day programme, presenters from several well known organisations will speak on a variety of technical and operational subject areas in a series of hour-long sessions running over both days of the show. As with the show itself, entry to the seminar sessions is free.

Chief Executive of the NWAA, Dr. David Bailey, will give one of the keynote presentations, entitled: technology opportunities and challenges in the aerospace supply chain.  Wayne Kite of Stanford Marsh will give an overview of the rise of 3D printing together with case studies demonstrating practical ideas on how it can be employed in almost unlimited applications in manufacturing, while Alistair Williamson of Lucid Innovation will examine how additive manufacturing is quite literally shaping the destiny of manufacturing across a spectrum of markets. Alistair will also present a session focusing on the innovation process, from picking out prospects and market research all the way through to effective prototyping and design.

Ailsa Kaye of Onsite Insights offers a detailed view at best practice in manufacturing, illustrating principles in invention, design, cost-efficiency and delivery from world-class manufacturers, demonstrating the way in which they could be practiced in any business venture to enhance competitive advantage. Tim Scurlock of Automotive Lean Consulting will offer a realistic insight into how lean ideas can be employed to make improvements to manufacturing performance, while Mike Foster of the CE Marking Association looks at the most current legal environment bearing on manufacturers.

Entrance to Northern Manufacturing & Electronics 2015 is free to business visitors, and EventCity provides 3,000 free on-site car parking spaces, with easy accessibility by road or public transport. To register online for free tickets, click here, or call 01784 880 890. Visitors can follow all the latest news from the show on Twitter by following @industry_co_uk #northmanf, or on its blog page.

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