When Southern Manufacturing & Electronics returns to FIVE, Farnborough on 13-14th February this year, it will be larger than ever before, with over 750 exhibitors expected

Anyone still thinking of the Southern Manufacturing show as a minor regional event is very much behind the times, states ETES, the show’s organiser. It is, in fact, a show of huge importance to UK manufacturing generally, and designers and engineering professionals in particular.

Southern Manufacturing has now seen nine years of consecutive growth, and when the next one takes place on 13-14th February 2013, exhibitor numbers are expected to be over 750.

Show director, Phil Valentine, attributes the continuing success of the show to its ability to accurately reflect the needs of the industry it serves. He said: “Manufacturing in this country is now defined by design, innovation and ingenuity more than by massive heavy industry. Consequently, agility, responsiveness and up-to-date market knowledge are key survival factors for today’s manufacturing firms. The Southern Manufacturing show delivers the ability to meet new suppliers and see the latest products and manufacturing technologies all in one visit.”

Despite the ability to pull in an increasing number of global players, the show has retained its accessibility to the smaller, more specialised, exhibitor. The result is a rich spread of exhibitors, with products ranging from the latest machining centres and high-tech sensors used by NASA, to the humblest plastic spacer.

Another reason to attend is the free seminar programme, which offers a mixture of technical and business topics covering a wide range of issues – from exporting to emerging markets, to eliminating counterfeit components and designing for commercial success.

In the Engineering Theatre, Tim Scurlock from Automotive Lean Consulting will look at Lean Concepts and what they mean for the practicalities of waste elimination. Bang Creations’ Stefan Knox returns with an update to Designing for Commercial Success and New Product Development; and Sergey Putintsev from TÜV Rheinland presents an insight into Selling to Emerging Markets. Nick Wainwright, CEO of York EMC Services, examines the implications of the latest EU EMC Directive with particular reference to obligations under the Declaration of Conformity; and Richard Poate of TÜV SÜD Product Service guides delegates through the requirements for CE Marking for Consumer Products and Professional Electronics. These are just a few examples, so visit the website for the full list.

Participation in the technical seminars, as well as entry to the show itself, is completely free, however pre-registration for the seminars is strongly advised as spaces are limited.

2013 exhibitors

The large number of exhibitors means only a few can be included in this feature, but among those exhibiting are Henkel, which will show the latest generation of Loctite products. The company will demonstrate the impact the adhesives have on the development of new products, a process for which its Macromelt hotmelt adhesives are proving popular. These are suitable for creating sealed electronics assemblies and have short setting times.

Another new product that can be found on the Henkel stand is Loctite 3090, a fast fixturing solution that can also fill gaps. This provides instant adhesion between most materials including porous substrates.

REO, meanwhile, will be showcasing its wound component technology, with products including toroidal current transformers, a water-cooled choke filter combination, and variable switch mode power supplies. The company will also be displaying power supplies for use in cathodic protection. The REOTRON SMP range is a switch mode alternative to conventional power supplies and provides many advantages, states the company.

Another exhibitor this year is Smartboxx, a division of the i4innovation group, which designs and manufactures custom enclosures, panels and housings from plastic and composite materials. 

During Southern Manufacturing, the company will again be running a promotion entitling potential customers to a free of charge prototype (subject to terms and conditions). Smartboxx will liaise closely with the customer to ensure the prototype is designed and manufactured exactly to specification. Visit the company on its stand to take advantage of this promotion.

Weidmüller will be displaying three functions in one with its Omnimate Power SV/BV 7.62HP Hybrid for power, signals and EMC. On show will be the Omnimate Signal – Universal device feed-through connector, a lockable device connector that can be installed without tools. The Omnimate Signal – 3.81 product range serves as the basis for the applications which the company is covering with its plug-in connectors for pitch 3.81mm. The Omnimate Signal – LSF-SMD 3.5/180 is said to meet the demands for fully automatic PCB assembly. Visit the company to find out more.

The Objet30 Pro 3D printer will be demonstrated by OPS at Southern Manufacturing. This can combine seven different materials in a build rate of up to 112cm2/hr for opaque and up to 600cm2/hr for transparent materials to an accuracy of 0.1mm.

This compact 82 x 62 x 59cm desktop machine is capable of producing accurate, dimensionally stable, 3D models for use in visual aids, early stage fit, form and functional testing, as well as the production of small moving parts, thin walled models, etc.

Abssac will be showing a new method of fixing gears, pulleys and other features to shafts. The devices are called hydraulic hub shaft connectors.

Not only does the system not require any drive element such as keyways or taper locks, but it locks the shaft and component in seconds, and can also be unlocked in seconds. Taken as a whole, these open up new opportunities for designers – especially when it comes to reducing maintenance downtimes, states the company.

HepcoMotion will be showing its new PRT2 ‘1-Trak’ continuous motion system, which is said to give designers complete freedom in 2D bearing track design.  According to the company, it allows every configuration to be realised, far exceeding the scope of traditional technology that is limited to simple combinations of straight lines and curves.  

Manufactured from a single piece of material, the resultant systems are seamless and free running with no possibility of misalignment during installation or in service. Smoother, quieter motion is also achieved.

In addition to facilitating a high degree of flexibility in track configuration, the three-bearing geometry, combined with the track shape, ensures that the carriages exhibit zero play. This means ‘1-Trak’ circuits can therefore accommodate tighter bends, saving space and costs, and allowing production layout to be optimised and more processes to be automated effectively.

Ixthus Instrumentation, which represents Strainsert Company, will also be taking a stand at the show. The company produces a wide range of sensors, and supplied 40 customised sensors that were deployed across NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission.

Strainsert’s standard and customised load cells, load pins and force sensors are used for many other demanding applications in research, testing, weighing and control in the aerospace, military, marine and automotive industries. Find out more by speaking to Ixthus staff at the show.

New products such as the intuitive Multi-Touch Ring Encoder with gesture recognition software, will be displayed by EAO. Visitors will also be able to see the new Series 82 stainless steel, IP67 vandal resistant pushbuttons, the latest self monitoring ‘failsafe’ emergency stop switches and the Series 57 door opening pushbuttons featuring dual ring bi-colour illumination. The company will also be demonstrating its HMI capability with a range of solutions.

Visitors to the Three Bond stand will be able to see such products as the TB1133E next generation anaerobic liquid gasket. This is said to enable confidence in established applications such as gearboxes and cam covers, while opening up uses in sealing of complex areas such as automatic transmissions, transfer cases etc. Three Bond TB1133E is a solvent-free one-component, anaerobic liquid gasket that cures when confined between two metallic surfaces and isolated from oxygen. An elastic gasket is formed within a very short time, being completely adapted to the surface structure of the fitting surfaces.

Kemtron will be explaining why it is imperative that EMC for enclosure design is considered at an early stage, and why consideration should also be given to the environment the equipment will be used in.

Large enclosures need large gaskets to take up the tolerances that occur over long lengths such as doors. Types of gasket suitable for these applications are conductive fabric over foam, and where magnetic shielding is required knitted wire mesh or combination gaskets are best suited and these can be incorporated for harsher environments. For smaller enclosures or machined parts the most cost effective method of providing an EMC and environmental seal is to use a conductive elastomer O ring in a groove. Visit the company to find out more.

The HARTING Technology Group will be featuring its broad range of electrical and electronics interconnection solutions, including a number of innovative new products. Its electronics assembly operation – HARTING Integrated Solutions (HIS) – will also be demonstrating its backplane and sub-assembly capabilities.

A new product on show is har-flexicon, a miniature individual conductor connection. Also new are a number of enhancements to the HARTING har-flex robust circuit-board connector. The company is also showing its Han heavy-duty connector family.

Lee Products will be exhibiting all three ranges of its fluid control components. The first are its Microhydraulic components, which comprise Lee Plugs, restrictors, flow controls, nozzles, safety screens, check valves, relief valves, shuttle valves, solenoid valves and flow controls for high pressure applications in commercial and military aircraft, spacecraft, down hole oil tools, machine tools, industrial gas turbines and Formula One racing and World Rally cars. A new range of NACE compliant products will be on display for the first time.

Visitors will also be able to see its Industrial Microhydraulic (IMH) components and Electro-Fluidic Systems.

Connector designer, manufacturer and distributor, Coax Connectors, will be exhibiting a recent addition to its product range – lightweight Micro BNC Connectors. These have been developed to meet the ever increasing frequencies and data rates used in broadcast, telecoms, HDcctv, instrumentation, military, and medical markets.

These True 75ohm, high definition (3G), high density BNC connectors, perform at frequencies of 0-6GHz, and pitch spacing of as little as 8mm enables them to be used for very high density installations.

Integrated electronic technologies provider, Stadium Group, has recently acquired IGT Industries, the HMI solutions specialist. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to meet the new-look company together in one place for the first time and explore opportunities for taking advantage of a single supplier source for their product and service capabilities. These include: power supplies, AC-DC and DC-DC converters, custom engineered designs, intelligent battery chargers, medical power supplies to EN60601-1-3 and EN54-4 for fire and security, LED Drivers and EMC filters; as well as intelligent interface solutions and electronic, mechanical and software design, etc.

TRUMPF will be showcasing industrial laser systems and mechanical sheet metalworking production. The company will focus on its comprehensive solid state laser range including its TruDisk systems for high performance welding and soldering and highly productive thin sheet metal cutting. Also featured will be TruDiode that is also suitable for welding and soldering.

Non volatile keys, tokens and receptacles will be displayed by Nexus, which will be using a custom designed robot application to illustrate the potential of its products to engineers.

The company’s portable memory solutions are designed to work in environments where heat, dust, moisture or accidental damage would cause conventional memory cards and USB devices to fail.

TÜV SÜD Product Service has recently invested in a large vibration shaker, giving industry access to a testing ‘one stop shop’ as there are now three large shakers on site. The company will be using Southern Manufacturing to promote this service.

The latest Magni-Tec contactless position sensors will be displayed by Active Sensors. The company offers a range of versatile linear and rotary position sensors, which are compact, lightweight, robust and waterproof .

Magni-Tec sensors incorporate proven magnetic measurement technology, and there is no electrical contact between the two sensing elements. These sensors are said to provide precise linear and rotary measurements coupled with high reliability and long operational life.