At the end of May this year, four exhibitions are to be co-located at Birmingham’s NEC: Midlands Design & Manufacturing; Mtec; MEDTEC; and 3C Contamination Control & Cleanroom Products

Midlands Design & Manufacturing; Mtec; MEDTEC; and 3C Contamination Control & Cleanroom Products, are all taking place at Birmingham’s NEC on 23-24th May.

Mtec Sensors, Measurement & Instrumentation is aimed at visitors seeking the latest technologies and innovations to solve current production issues, assist in the delivery of new cutting-edge products and accelerate and enhance their businesses, explains the organiser. The event covers: control, instrumentation, and sensor and measurement technology, and is supported by the Institute of Measurement & Control. This also features a conference programme, with seminars held by high profile speakers.

Companies exhibiting at Mtec this year include: Bronkhorst, Bruker AXS, Ellison Sensors International, Huba Control,  Martec, Optris, and Rhopoint Components. As a result, a range of products will be on display.

Visitors to Micro-Epsilon’s stand at Mtec, for example, will have the opportunity to view four groundbreaking sensors. The optoNCDT 2300 is

a self-contained laser displacement sensor that requires no separate controller and which provides an extremely high measuring speed of up to 50kHz. The sensor is therefore ideal for high-speed dynamic applications such as vibration measurement or for measuring uneven, difficult surfaces including transparent plastics. According to the company, this is the only sensor that offers a 50 kHz measuring speed and an integral controller. It also achieves high resolution and high measuring speeds without any averaging.

The sensor can also be configured remotely using a web browser interface. This direct connection means the user can store parameters for a particular application, which can then be uploaded to one or multiple sensors, reducing set up time considerably.

Also on show will be the new eddyNCDT 3100, which represents a world first in eddy current displacement measurement, the company claims. With its Smart Sensor Auto Calibration system, the user now simply connects the eddy sensor to the 3100 controller and all calibration data is automatically uploaded from the sensor to the controller, with no need for any lengthy calibration.

Micro-Epsilon is also showcasing the thermoIMAGER TIM 400 and 450 inline infrared thermal imagers. These cameras capture and store thermal video and images with extremely high optical resolution (382 x 288 pixels) at a full frame rate of 80Hz. Also being displayed is the new thermoMETER CSmicro, one of the smallest infrared temperature sensors available.

Also exhibiting at Mtec this year is Variohm. The company will be highlighting its capability to provide first class technical support, top quality service and expert advice for application critical sensors and transducers that are used across a diversity of industries.

Visitors will be able to see recent additions to its product range including Celesco’s new SG1 series cable extension transducer that offers a 2m measurement range in a 75 x 75 x 50mm polycarbonate housing with optional IP67 protection.

Also on show will be Novotechnik’s new RSM2800, which provides an absolute position output for up to 16 turns (5760 electrical degrees) – and is a true non-volatile device that retains position in an unpowered state. The RSM2800 series has clear benefits over single-turn Hall-effect sensors – find out more about the sensor and its applications at the exhibition.

Visitors will also be able to find out why the EPT2105 pressure sensor has lowered the price barrier for demanding environment pressure measurement applications in the 0 to 20 bar range, and will see the new 993B-7-M12 triaxial accelerometer from distribution partner, Meggitt Wilcoxon Research. This vibration sensor has improved in-band signal fidelity and a 50% increase in dynamic range over previously available models.

Midlands manufacturing

According to the organiser, Midlands Design and Manufacturing 2012 features companies showcasing new and innovative technologies that UK manufacturers servicing high technology industries can utilise to keep Britain at the forefront of global innovation and a world manufacturing leader. Exhibitors will therefore cover such areas as: Plastics Production and Processing; Metal-working and Machining; Materials and Semi-manufactured Products; Design & Construction Services; Information, Research and Finance.

Among the companies exhibiting this year are: Fanuc, Haughton Design, igus, Placepower UK, Sapa Profiles and Alrad Imaging.


MEDTEC, meanwhile covers all aspects of medical device design and manufacturing, with product areas covering: Adhesives and joining technology; Automation and assembly technology; Design and manufacturing software; Electronic components; EMS; Extrusion technology and specialty tubing;  Filters, membranes and other components; Laser and marking technology; Multi-axis machine tools; Wire and springs, etc.

Parker life sciences will be underlining its commitment to the global life sciences market by showcasing its capabilities at MEDTEC. As a multiple technology provider, Parker works with customers to develop and manufacture enabling technologies and integrated solutions within life sciences including miniature solenoid valves, miniature diaphragm pumps, filtration, seals, high purity gas generators, motion controllers, tube connectivity, stepper and servo motors.

Springmasters will be exhibiting many products – the company offers

a range from 0.1mm to 50mm. The Springmasters Group, incorporates Valley Spring and Belleville Springs, with the group offering a comprehensive range of compression, extension, torsion and flat metal springs. Its manufacturing facility offers customers CNC coiling from a wire diameter of 0.1mm to 20mm in addition to lathe coiling up to a diameter of 50mm. The allied product range includes wire forms, clips, disc springs, hose clamps and circlips. Find out more at the show.