What to see at the show

05 Feb 2020

Engineering capacity news posted by Andy Sandford

Exhibitors at Southern Manufacturing cover areas ranging from plastic moulding and machining to electronics, casting and sheet metal – read our preview

Precision manufacturing facility

Broanmain Plastics (Stand C195) is launching its new precision-moulding manufacturing facility that caters to branded, customised precision components used in the automotive, aerospace, electronics and FMCG sectors.

To repeatedly achieve a better surface finish on parts featuring intricate 2D and 3D geometries, Broanmain recently invested in state-of-the-art vertical CNC milling technology, now installed at its Dorking manufacturing facility. At Southern Manufacturing, visitors will be able to see and handle real examples of customised industrial devices engineered and made for blue chip multinationals, including one of the world’s largest suppliers of life sciences instruments.

To help its customer differentiate, Broanmain’s contemporary milling facility manufactures intricate parts from a range of materials, including polymer to copper, aluminium and other metals. It also enables Broanmain to repair and prototype customers’ mould tools in-house.

Another new addition to Broanmain’s tool shop is a ZNC spark eroder system. This enables the dedicated CNC machinist team to make precise burns, shapes and forms into hardened and conductive materials that couldn’t be accomplished using a manual or CNC milling machine.

Casting and machining

Expromet (Stand N165) offers the complementary processes of precision casting and machining businesses to deliver engineering solutions to its customers. Its businesses, Investacast and Haworth Castings, are market leaders in their respective fields and draw upon their UK manufacturing and global supply chain expertise to find turnkey solutions to the complex technical challenges faced by customers.

Expromet serves customers in the defence, aviation, marine, medical, energy, automotive and other performance-critical sectors and solutions range from UK-manufactured investment, sand and gravity die castings to low-cost castings and forgings sourced from international supply chain partners.

Precision parts

Machined Precision Components (Stand L195) has been producing precision parts for a range of industries, such as pressure sensors, electro optics, electronics and automation since 2004. A range of these parts will be on display, showing some of the capabilities that the company has, this includes producing highly complex parts to tight tolerances in a range of materials, such as aluminium, plastics, stainless steels, titanium and Hastelloy.

Parts can be supplied with a variety of finishes, including anodising, chromate conversion, and bead blasting, and quantities from one-offs and prototypes, up to thousands, can be accommodated.

More investment

MJ Allen Castings & Machining (Stand N90) has announced another round of investment. Following on from last year’s addition of Dugard HD 1886B and HD 2210B heavy duty, box way, vertical machining centres, two Heller H4000 machines have just been installed.

The twin pallet Heller 4000 allows for traverse in X, Y and Z of 800mm, with one machine carrying a 160-tool magazine and the other 80 tools. Both machines have gone straight to work machining AWD transmission castings for Ford.

Operating foundries alongside its machine shop in Ashford, Kent, M J Allen provide a ‘one-stop-shop’ for aluminium, bronze and iron castings, machining, painting and assembly, all ISO Certified to 9001, 14001 and 18001.

AS 9100 accredited

Bright Engineering (Stand N265) is an AS9100 accredited company based in modern premises in East Lancashire offering subcontract machining solutions that include live axis CNC turning, multi-axis CNC milling, and bar-feed sliding head machines along with assembly services. It supplies customers in the aerospace, energy, medical, defence, electronics and marine industries. It is experienced in scheduled deliveries and medium-sized batch production in aluminium, stainless steel and Exotics. It can also provide added value services such as heat treatment and coatings.

£4m in new machinery

Washington Metalworks (Stand F100) specialises in metalwork fabrication with a 130,000 sq ft facility that provides the in-house capabilities to manage projects from concept through to delivery.

With 35 years’ experience the company serves a wide range of industries including Rail, Bus, Automotive, Electronics, Leisure and Earthmoving Equipment. Manufacture ranges from one-off prototypes to full batch production in a range of materials, including aluminium, stainless steel, mild steel and copper.

Over the last 12 months it has invested £4m into new machinery, and its plant list now includes

2 8Kw Trumpf Fibre Lasers, a Trumpf Punch/Laser Combination, a Trumpf 5000 Punch Machine, 10 Trumpf Press Brakes, 2 Haeger Nut Insertion Machines, a Robotic Press Brake Cell and Trumpf Stopa Automated Sheet Storage Tower. It is implementing a new ERP system which will give it greater control of its capacities, enabling it to provide the best lead time and service.

The company says: “Our team are highly experienced in their field, proud to deliver an unrivalled service and make a long-term impact. We’re a strong, evolving team, melding vast industry experience with a future-focused approach. A dependable partner that’s proud to share our expertise and determined to make a difference. With the investment in new equipment and people, we are now able to offer increased capacity to suit all our customers’ needs.”

Awards success

Aro PR and Marketing (Stand C200), specialists at raising the profile of engineering, scientific and composites companies, will be celebrating its recent CIPR Pride Award win for Outstanding Small PR Consultancy when it exhibits at Southern Manufacturing and Electronics 2020.

With more than 100 years combined PR, marketing and journalistic experience, Aro’s award-winning services include securing editorial coverage in specialist trade magazines; running social media; managing applications for industry leading awards; designing attention-grabbing websites, brochures and exhibition stands; as well as SEO and event management.

All Aro’s clients have one thing in common – they’re small to medium-sized businesses doing very clever engineering but need help to effectively communicate the success of their products and services.  Aro works closely with its clients to ensure business needs are carefully analysed and a clear PR and marketing strategy is agreed.

Aro’s Managing Director, Billy McKenna, said: “We love starting the year at the Southern Manufacturing and Electronics show. Being the first show of the year means there is always a fantastic atmosphere.  With our recent award win, we are excited to see what 2020 has to bring!”

Full fabrication service

Grenville Engineering (Stoke-on-Trent) Ltd (Stands K260 and K265) offers a full fabrication service from laser cutting through to complete fabrication assemblies. Its expertise covers a diverse range of sectors with an in-house planning department that can provide support from the prototyping stage to low volume batch production. Following a fantastic year of growth, it has invested over £500,000 in a Bystronic Fiber laser and press brakes to offer a faster, more competitive service.

Full scale electronics

Custom electronics design and manufacture specialist, Corintech (Stand D165) will once again have its team of experts on hand at the show.

The company’s services range from initial-concept design support, right up to end production, with the aim of being as flexible as possible to the customer’s needs.

Visitors to this year’s stand can expect to receive expert electronics manufacturing advice, with a particular focus on PCB assembly for full-scale production.

PCB assembly services have been at the core of Corintech’s business for over 40 years. Expertise includes pick and place of surface mount components (down to 01005 and uBGAs), automated conventional through hole soldering, serialisation and barcoding for full traceability, conformal coating and encapsulation, and wire bonding. These services can be carried out using a range of substrates including FR4, T-clad, steel and ceramic substrates – Corintech is a leading provider of thick film hybrid circuits that use ceramic substrates to offer increased reliability and durability in extreme conditions.

73 manufacturing processes

Previously known as ChinaSavvy, Omnidex (Stand J 120) has a 17-year history of providing world-class engineering and manufacturing, offering customers a choice of 73 different manufacturing processes. The company not only has a burgeoning electronics department, but it also delivers the highest quality metal and plastics engineering services to companies around the world. Omnidex is also strong on research and development, with many patented products developed by the company’s R&D department from concept to production.

Omnidex says that, while prices are extremely competitive, at no point does the company lower its commitment to the toughest world-class quality standards.

Now with a brand new UK arm – Omnidex Ltd – the outsourcing specialist has a truly global presence. This includes manufacturing, design and support facilities in China – in three locations: Guangzhou, Jinan and Xintang (for intellectual property sensitive assembly) – as well as in Vietnam, Hong Kong and the USA.

Pressed components

Part of the Indutrade Group of companies, Birmingham Specialities (Stand B235) is a well-established business with two sites based in the West Midlands, specialising in precision pressed metal parts for various industries. Over 20,000,000 components were manufactured in 2018.

With 30+ presses and a press capacity up to 160 tonnes it is able to offer precision presswork in a wide range of materials, with ancillary, CNC machining and assembly operations also available.

Utilising in-house tool room and CAD technology it has the capability to design, manufacture and maintain customer tooling.

It is also an OEM manufacturer of cable management solutions, from tags and saddle clamps, to our range of over 200 P-Clips – available in various materials and with lining options to suit almost all applications. Its bespoke dipstick manufacturing process allows it to manufacture products for the marine industry, off-highway vehicles and pump manufacturers.