Automotive trade body guides strategies and relationships

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is one of the largest and most influential trade associations in the UK. Its resources, reputation and wealth of automotive data place it at the heart of the UK automotive industry. The association is the voice of the UK motor industry,

supporting and promoting its members’ interests, at home and abroad, to government, stakeholders and the media. A key part of that role is to ensure that SMMT

provides networking opportunities through regional events to promote the automotive industry within the north of the country. The association represents more than 800 automotive

companies in the UK, providing them with a forum to voice their views on issues aff ecting the sector, helping to guide strategies and build positive relationships with government and regulatory authorities. It also provides targeted networking, with

member-only groups and committees that are also a platform for industry representation. Members can

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attend prestigious industry conferences, events and roadshows, for free or at a discounted rate. For trade shows and exhibitions globally, members are supported by a raft of benefits, including prime stand locations and discounted space, free meeting rooms, introductions, translators, local company visits, presentation opportunities, networking receptions with other country delegations and support administering government grant funding.

Visit SMMT at stand L45

The circle of supply for sustainability

The future is circular, and Unis Group contributes by giving a second life to outdated or faulty electronics, and reusing them in the production process. The company has been working

towards this for a long time. Since 1984, it has ensured that customers worldwide can continue using existing systems for as long as possible and not be forced to invest in new systems. The company specialises in

repairing, servicing and selling industrial electronics and motors, both new and obsolete. Electronics

are cleaned, repaired and tested in accordance with strict quality standards. Fast delivery, from an extensive stock of over 150,000 spare parts, makes it possible to minimise production downtime. From PLCs to drives, from CNCs and servo motors, from HMI to robot electronics, the

company is a partner in industrial electronics and motors and off ers up to two years warranty on repairs, sales and exchanges. There is an on-site service and free

collection for customers experiencing unexplained faults or issues with industrial electronics. On request, a qualified engineer can visit to discuss specific requirements and create a tailormade service. The company will also pick up and repair defective electronics.

Visit Unis Group at stand G45

Robot-based automation takes centre stage

The Robo-Tend robot-based automation cell from XYZ Machine Tools will take centre stage at this year’s show. This modular and mobile robot automation system brings automation within the reach of traditional sub-contract engineering businesses. The system will be demonstrated

attached to an XYZ 750 LR vertical machining centre. It is equipped with a camera vision system and is compatible with the Siemens ShopMill and ShopTurn controls used on the company’s VMCs and turning centres.

The company will also

demonstrate the UMC-5X. This has a direct drive 90rpm table which, when back tilted 90° still allows 500mm of Y axis travel forward of the table surface. The gantry-type design has C-axis rotation via a direct drive, high torque motor, giving 90 revs/min rotational speed with ±120° on the tilting A-axis,

while 600mm axis travel in X and Y (500mm in Z) maximise use of the 600mm diameter table. Standard spindles are in-line direct drives with 35kW and either 12,000/15,000 revs/min. The latest ProtoTrak control

system will be shown on an RMX 3500 bed mill and an RLX 355 ProTurn lathe. The RX has a 15.6- inch touchscreen which adds pinch to zoom, twist to rotate functions for control and inspection.

Visit XYZ Machine Tools at stand B52

Investment serves multiple sectors

Specialising in precision fabrications, sheet metalwork and machined parts, Universal Fabrications (Coventry) is a Midlands-based company serving the UK and Europe. The family-run business was

established in 1971 and serves the automotive, aerospace, defence, rail and commercial vehicle sectors using the latest in 3D CAD/CAM manufacturing technology and

heavy investment in CMM inspection equipment. It off ers a range of low to medium volume applications and provides engineering solutions on diff icult to manufacture parts and tricky long term and short-term projects. It continues to invest in people,

precision machinery along with inspection technology, with all services undertaken in-house for


customer support from design and development through to manufacturing and inspection. The company is ISO

9001:2015-accredited and working towards ISO 14001:2015 accreditation.

Visit Universal Fabrications (Coventry) at

stand H37

Continued investment in equipment, resources and skills in facilities enables the development of innovative fastening solutions, says TR Fastenings. An example is the patented EPW screw. This self- extruding thread-forming screw is designed for use in thin sheet metal. The company also supports emerging sectors such as electric vehicle (EV) charging and EV battery (EVB) technology with a combination of fastener product ranges and industry expertise. The specialist in the design,

engineering, manufacture and distribution of industrial fasteners and Cat C fastenings engineers, manufactures and distributes industrial fasteners to OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers in automotive, electronics and domestic appliances. It has 32 locations around the world, including

eight manufacturing sites. In addition to branded fasteners

for sheet metal, enclosure hardware, fasteners for plastic, security fasteners, and plastic hardware, the company’s stand will also show fasteners designed and manufactured to customer drawings as well as the EPW screw, with engineers on hand to discuss its applications and benefits.

Visit TR Fastenings at stand G51

Manufacturing services adds

dedicated med-tech facility Services available from White Horse Plastics include tight tolerance technical injection moulding and sub-assembly manufacture. The company was founded

in 1973 and off ers development, design, and in house tool- manufacture through to Lean- manufactured serial production services. In addition to ISO9001, ISO 14001, and TS 16949, it now has ISO 13485 accreditation, the key standard for suppliers of med-tech manufacturing services. A dedicated white room for med-tech production joins

over 30 injection moulding machines, CAD/CAM facilities and material experience ranges from standard polymers, nylons, acetals, polycarbonates, ABS and TPEs through to the more exotic engineering polymers.

Visit White Horse Plastics at stand D24

Training course focuses on AM

As Stratasys and Desktop Metal Platinum partner, Tri-Tech 3D provides 3D print technology. It off ers the complete range of Stratasys PolyJet and FDM, and Desktop Metal Systems alongside expert consultancy and training services, maintenance support contracts and competitive lease and finance schemes. The company, part of the Stanford

Marsh Group, aims to bridge the gap between the digital design off ice and the factory floor with solutions from Autodesk software and design consultancy services, through to the latest additive manufacturing technology. At this year’s show, the company

will announce the latest training course from its training division, 3D Print Academy. The Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) course has been designed to inform design and engineering teams about the key design considerations that

need to be understood, implemented and adapted dependent on the type of additive manufacturing technology being used. The two-day course will be held

at the company’s Stoke-on-Trent training facility with the option for on- site training if required. 3D print experts will also be

on hand to discuss additive manufacturing and there will be live demos with the Stratasys F370 FDM machine. Autodesk consultants from sister company, Cadspec, will also be on the stand to chat about the latest CAD and CAM technology.

Visit Tri-Tech 3D at stand M61


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