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EXHIBITIONS

Stuttgart visitors

find route

to fastener innovation

Pictured left to right:

Michael Wilkinson, Tite-Fix Ltd, Scott Corrunker, Mectron, Harald Göttlich, UIP Systems

Seventeen exhibitors at Fastener Fair Stuttgart, presenting extremely varied examples of innovative technologies for the fastener industry, vied for the accolade of ‘Route to Fastener Innovation’ Winner.

A

special “route planner” provided to the record number of visitors to Europe’s leading fastener industry event guided their interest to the stands of the entrants, offering newly introduced products ranging from

advances in fastener manufacturing and inspection technology through to developments in sheet metal fasteners and structural timber connectors. “Our judges had a tough time of it because of the number,

quality and variety of entries,” said Fastener + Fixing Magazine editor, Phil Matten, who had the unenviable task of collating the judges’ opinions to arrive at the final three winners. “In fact five entrants were shortlisted but, in the end, clear consensus was reached in selecting the three winners.” The First Place award was presented to Scott Corrunker, vice

president of Mectron High Speed Inspection Systems for the Mectron First Scan 150R (pictured below). A first article inspection system, which eliminates manual gauging and recording, the First Scan 150R is a non-contact fully automatic precision measuring system designed for cylindrical components.

Awarding an Innovations prize to a manufacturing technology

product for the first time in the eight year history of Innovation Awards at Fastener Fair Stuttgart, Phil Matten noted comments from the judges, which included: “The capability is impressive, especially the ability to work in two axes. The analysis and data capture also seem comprehensive and user friendly,” and “ISIR approval is sometimes a contentious issue so equipment that will ensure that the first production samples are as specified will help save time and the expense of further submission of parts.” Headquartered in Saline, Michigan, Mectron is the first American company to receive one of Fastener + Fixing’s long running Innovations Awards. Second prize was awarded to Harald Göttlich of UIP Systems, based in Wedemark, Germany for the U-bolt®, a self-cutting

undercut anchor with a female internal thread support. The Ubolt®

achieves a guaranteed undercut anchorage even in shallow

embedment of 30mm. Judges’ comments included: “No one else has done anything quite like it and it provides an internally threaded socket ready for use. The Ubolt®

deserves a rosette.”

Third prize was awarded to Michael Wilkinson of UK-based Tite-Fix Limited for the company’s Clad-Tite® Auto described

as a “fast, efficient, powered method of fixing cladding that is removable without damage to the timber”. Judges noted that, while similar products existed, the Clad-Tite’s greater pull-out retention compared with a standard powered nail allied to the ability to dismantle wood based applications without destroying them earned its place in the winners line up. “Fastener + Fixing’s Innovation award has become a

coveted recognition of commitment to innovation,” said Phil Matten, “which is very pleasing because we firmly believe the development of new products, which deliver genuine benefits to fastener users, is the life blood of the industry and the route to competiveness and profitability. While I am sure there will be some disappointment for those who did not make it to the prizes this time I hope we will see those, and hopefully more, companies continuing to demonstrate the importance of innovation in future Fastener Fairs.”

60 Fastener + Fixing Magazine • Issue 68 March 2011

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