Plant & Works Engineering
Southern Manufacturing returns
Published:  19 December, 2019

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics returns to Farnborough between February 11th-13th 2020, and will again include a range of exhibitors spanning the full panorama of engineering activity. PWE reports.

As in past years, the 2020 event will include a range of exhibitors spanning the full panorama of engineering activity, from high-tech machine tools, automation and Industry 4.0 solutions to components, consumables, industrial furniture and subcontract services. Firms from across the UK will be presenting, as well as a significant selection of off-shore exhibitors from across Europe, Asia and the Far East.

Amongst the range of machinery makers exhibiting, Matsuura will showcase its popular single table 5-axis MX-520 CNC machine tool and HP Multi-Jet Fusion 580 3D printer. Exclusively for the show, Matsuura is going to be machining live on the MX-520, employing fixtures and work-holding printed on the HP Multi-Jet Fusion 4200 3D printer, working in harmony to demonstrate the hybrid additive and subtractive production strategies now available. New products being presented by Laser Lines this year include the XM200C metal powder-bed fusion 3D printer from Xact Metal. The XM200C is a compact and affordable system that can produce quality metal parts from a variety of metal powders at a low cost. Also demonstrated will be the new Method 3D printer from MakerBot that combines the speed and accuracy of an industrial 3D printer with the space-saving design of a desktop unit, plus the latest Form 3 3D printer from Formlabs. Other interesting 3D print solutions on show include a high-resolution DLP from CDG and the Nexa3D high speed printer from Creat3D.

Planning and management tools are vital for the smooth operation of any manufacturing facility and technology has a vital role to play in this area too. Exhibitors offering MRP/ERP solutions at Southern 2020 include 123 Insight and E-Max Systems, returning to Southern for the third successive year with the latest updates to its system, designed specifically for manufacturing and engineering businesses. CIM will be exhibiting its new manufacturing software solution Cim50.

Components and consumables are well represented at the show, with a wide selection of vendors offering an equally wide variety of products. ACE Fabreeka UK will demonstrate its selection of industrial shock absorbers, safety shock absorbers, TUBUS profile dampers, rotary dampers, hydraulic dampers/feed controls and industrial gas springs. Polymer specialist igus returns for 2020 with its vast portfolio of bearings, energy chains and linear guides. Lee Products highlights its range of hydraulic components, while CEJN UK will present its range of hydraulic/pneumatic connectors. Large scale suppliers of C-Class components exhibiting this year include Wurth Industrie, WDS Components, Austria’s CODICO and Transfer Multisort Elektronik, one of Europe’s largest distributors of industrial components. Enclosure specialists include Camden Boss, Hammond Manufacturing, Verotec and Gem Cable Solutions, and bespoke solutions from GSM Valtech and Hitaltech UK amongst others.

Plant equipment, tooling and measurement system suppliers exhibiting include Dustcontrol UK, a leading supplier of fixed and mobile cyclone-based dust extractors and air cleaners; BCAS, compressed air and vacuum system specialist and distributor for leading manufacturers such as CompAir, Hydrovane and Elmo Rietschle; and KNF Neuberger, which designs and manufactures high quality OEM vacuum pumps, air compressors, liquid/metering/dosing pumps. There are industrial heat treatment systems from Nabertherm and Carbolite Gero, and manual handling systems from Yaplex. Bott will showcase its range of industrial storage solutions, a range of powered hand tools from leading Japanese firm Nitto Kohki and powerful inspection, measurement and metrology systems from Faro and VisionAid amongst others.

Following last year’s successful collaboration, Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2020 will once more be teaming up with the Farnborough Aerospace Consortium, alongside national organisations including Composites UK, NetComposites, the Confederation of British Metalforming, the GTMA and the British Gear Association. Also taking part this year is Locate in Kent, an organisation offering a wide variety of services and assistance to firms looking to locate in the region.

As well as the exhibition and demonstration zones, the event includes a free seminar programme. Two programmes run in tandem across two theatres, devoted to manufacturing and electronics respectively. Themes covered include technology, innovation, business management, Lean, and even sales techniques, together with a look at the current and anticipated regulatory landscape as it relates to engineering businesses.

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