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FEATURE EXHIBITION PREVIEW


moulding facility, comprising a fleet of precision injection moulding machines and a dedicated in-house tooling maintenance and assembly workshop, has the capacity to produce in excess of 200,000 components a week. Serving tier 1 to tier 4 suppliers from the automotive sector, aerospace industry, and medical market, as well customers in the packaging, consumer and construction space, Broanmain has scaled up its moulding business in preparation for Brexit and the trend towards reshoring of plastic production. Visitors to Open Mind Technologies will be able to find out about the latest


version of the hyperMILL CAD/CAM suite – Version 2019.1. Other highlights at the event will include in-operation process-optimising improvements as well as new functions for reducing calculation times. Cutting tool specialist ITC will be demonstrating its latest line-up of solid carbide micro-tools and thread mills that are manufactured on the company’s state-of-the-art grinding technology. Significant investments in the latest technology enables ITC to precision manufacture micro cutting tools from 0.2mm to 2.0mm with concentricity tolerances below 0.001mm. Alongside the company’s micro-tooling portfolio will be the new thread-mill line; and from the WIDIA portfolio, ITC will be showing the new WIDIA TDS 45X drilling line. SCHUNK Intec, the competence leader for automation, workholding and


gripping technologies, will be demonstrating the VERO-S NSE3 quick- change pallet technology which offers pull-down forces of 8,000N or 28,000N, with activated turbo function as well as increased dimensional stability for the module body. Alongside this will be the SCHUNK TENDO Slim 4ax hydraulic expansion toolholder and, from its automation line- up, the new MPG-Plus miniature parallel gripper.


Also exhibiting this year is The Wallwork Group, one of the UK’s largest heat treatments and hard coatings suppliers to aerospace, automotive, motorsports and surgical implant industries. Investments at the company this year include a large capacity Seco vacuum furnace and Rübig Plasma Nitride furnace at its location in Cambridge, a new 1200kg payload furnace for processing aluminium in Birmingham, and a new sealed quench furnace.


ENGINEERING SERVICES The show is also a key marketplace for engineering services, with a huge variety of subcontract service providers in attendance, ranging from the traditional machine shop to the very latest 3D print and additive manufacturing techniques. The 2019 show welcomes a significant number of EMS providers from Eastern Europe, offering an alternative to outsourcing to the Far East. There will also be a wealth of production solutions too – everything


from workholding to the latest SMT pick and place machines and advanced 5-axis machining centres. The show’s Machinery Area gives visitors the opportunity to see the latest offerings in action from manufacturers such as Matsuura, Haas Automation, Bystronic, CMZ, Mills CNC and XYZ Machine Tools. Citizen Machinery, Mitutoyo UK and Hainsbuch will also be returning after a number of years away.


PARTNERSHIPS AND SEMINARS The event has created new partnerships with several important industry organisations, including Composites UK, the Confederation of British Metalforming, Farnborough Aerospace Consortium, The British Gear Association, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, and the Gauge and Toolmakers Association. These partnerships will enable the roll-out of brand new show features and access to definitive technical knowledge in key sectors such as aerospace, next- generation automotive design, composites and advanced manufacturing via the technical seminar programme. Free to attend, the seminar programme at Southern Manufacturing &


Electronics will be running in two lecture theatres on all three days of the exhibition. The 2019 programme is a complementary mix of technical and business topics addressing an array of issues confronting manufacturing enterprises today. From large scale 3D printing and advanced manufacturing to discussions of life after Brexit for manufacturers, the 2019 programme offers something for everyone. Two of the most consistently popular speakers will also be returning


Southern Springs and Pressings goes from strength to strength


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outhern Springs and Pressings Ltd (SSP), has posted a record 52% increase in export sales in their 2017/18 accounts. The increase in exports contributed to the company’s


increase in turnover of 35% in 2017/18, with pre-tax profits also up by 80%, a great achievement for the business which also celebrated their 70th anniversary. Having secured more press work throughout the last 12 months, the business has


continued to re-invest with a new tool design and production office. The new office will allow the team to design components using the latest CAD tool design technology, they have also purchased a further two CNC Power Presses, a new EDM machine and state of the art de-burring machines. Tim Page, Managing Director said “We’ve had another fantastic 12 months which has seen a huge increase in demand for our press work. We will continue to invest in the business with a more modern working environment and the purchase of new machines”. Visit Southern Springs and Pressings Limited at stand M170 to view samples of some of


the product ranges they have on offer and speak to their technical team to find out what the team can design and manufacture


Southern Springs and Pressings Ltd (SSP)  01425 611517  www.southernsprings.co.uk


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for 2019. Tim Scurlock, director of ALC, takes a detailed look at the journey taken by Porsche’s Lean journey; while Ailsa Carson of Onsite Insights looks at some of the world’s greatest manufacturers and draws from them 10 practical steps to improve business efficiency. In Practical Problem Solving, Steve McCarthy of Hansei Technology discusses how best to approach problems and issues, turning them into opportunities for improvement; while Steven Barr of Edge Digital looks at digital readiness Tool and Industry 4.0 – how to maximise value from the right digital technologies for your business. With Brexit looming large on the horizon, Dr Chris Robertson of RINA Consulting discusses what’s next in trade relations & product regulation. Some of the more technical topics under review include a look at the area


of ‘Smart’ polymer composite applications with Richard Collins, senior technology analyst at IDTechEx. The benefits of incremental sheet forming (ISF) processes are explained by Roger Onions, business development director of the GTMA. Stewart Williams, professor of Welding Science and Engineering at Cranfield University will discuss the large scale additive manufacture of engineering components using Wire + Arc Additive Manufacture (WAAM). Peter Harris and Joseph Bellis of Matsuura Machinery will also take a look at some applications in 3D Printing and Component Post Processing using the HP Multi-Jet Fusion. A complete listing of sessions can be found on the website.


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