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FEATURE EXHIBITION PREVIEW


SOUTHERN MANUFACTURING EXHIBITION CONTINUES TO GROW


With nearly 800 exhibitors and a comprehensive seminar program covering


topics ranging from 3D printing to life after Brexit, the 2019 Southern Manufacturing & Electronics exhibition promises to be an interesting event for all those who attend. The show will be taking place at the new purpose-built Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre from 5-7 February


T


aking place this February at the new purpose-built Farnborough


International Exhibition and Conference Centre, the Southern Manufacturing & Electronics show will welcome close to 800 exhibiting companies from all across the UK, continental Europe and beyond – representing an impressive 20% growth on 2018. With approximately 22% of the


UK’s 3,400 aerospace enterprises and sizeable amounts of automotive, medical technology, marine and high-tech engineering located within a 50 mile radius of Farnborough, advanced manufacturing, innovative components and design-led engineering feature prominently in the line-up at the 2019 show.


EXHIBITORS Exhibitors will include component suppliers and highly-specialised subcontractors, many of whom carry the AS9100 accreditation for aerospace work. Furthermore, there will be a comprehensive selection of components and OEM parts. Some of the larger vendors this year will include Easby Electronics, with its catalogue of electrical and electronic components from leading brands such as TE Connectivity, Samsung and Duracell amongst many others. Also exhibiting will be Transfer Multisort


Elektronik, which offers 250,000 products from 950 leading manufacturers – including semiconductors, optoelectronics,


light sources, passives, connectors, relays, contactors, wires, cables, enclosures, automatics, pneumatics, workplace equipment, robotics and more. In addition, Rapid Electronics will be returning to Southern for the first time since 2008. On the mechanical side, visitors


will find a similarly comprehensive selection of vendors, including hydraulic components from Lee Products, automation solutions from igus UK and HepcoMotion, plus hundreds of others. Among the exhibitors at this year’s


exhibition will be Henkel, which will not only be demonstrating new products but will introduce visitors to its 3D printing material solutions for industrial manufacturing. Henkel is applying its know-how in high


performance materials such as light cure acrylic, silicone, epoxy and polyurethane adhesives to the rapidly growing market for additive manufacturing – from prototyping to final parts production. The company is also developing


Henkel’s 3D capability will be demonstrated on the stand by experts who are skilled in combining the correct ‘building’ materials with the optimal printing process and software


tailor-made products and services to provide high-impact solutions for various industrial sectors, and expanding its strategic partnerships with other technology leaders such as HP, for which Henkel is the first global reseller of its 3D printers’ portfolio. Henkel’s 3D capability will be


demonstrated on the stand by experts who are skilled in combining the correct ‘building’ materials with the optimal printing process and software to enable customers to realise the full potential of additive manufacturing. Other products on show will be the LOCTITE 518 gasket sealant. This product’s scope of application has been increased by its newfound capability to cure through light surface contamination and to work well on stainless steel and aluminium without an activator. Visitors will also be able to learn about such products as the LOCTITE Universal Structural Bonders, and find out about the equipment available for dispensing the adhesives.


32 DECEMBER/JANUARY 2019 | DESIGN SOLUTIONS


The igus drylin delta robot


Visitors to the igus stand will have the opportunity to meet the latest addition to the company’s low-cost automation offering, the drylin delta robot. Delivered as a kit or fully-assembled ready to install, this offers a typical ROI period estimated at just six months. Made completely from igus products, the drylin delta is based on three maintenance-free drylin ZLW toothed belt axes, lubrication-free igubal link rods and matching adapter plates. NEMA stepper motors and encoders ensure fast handling of up to 1kg with a precision of ±0.5mm. The complete system has an installation space of up to 420mm in diameter and can carry up to 5kg at lower speeds. The pick rate is at least 60 per minute, however this can be much greater, depending on setup. Broanmain Plastics will unveil a wide


range of mass produced electronic, automotive, aerospace, medical device and industrial plastic components, all moulded at the company’s brand new manufacturing facility. The high-volume, purpose-built


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