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UK’s top electronics show returns to Farnborough

Author : Phil Valentine, Managing Director, European Trade & Exhibition Services (ETES)

02 January 2019

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 19
Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 19

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics, the UK’s longest running electronics show, returns to Farnborough from February 5th to 7th 2019.

This show preview was originally featured in the January 2019 issue of EPDT magazine. Sign up to receive your own copy.

Phil Valentine, Managing Director of show organisers, European Trade & Exhibition Services, explains how new show features and a new, modern venue, more exhibitors and a big increase in offshore firms exhibiting all add up to a compelling reason to mark the dates in your diaries.

The move to an exciting new permanent venue last year proved to be a resounding triumph with both visitors and participants, driving a surge in stand reservations for the 2019 event. The organisers are predicting a 20% increase in exhibitors for 2019, which will carry the show to its full capacity. Moreover, an impressive 26% rise in bookings from overseas businesses significantly extends the international element of the exhibition – and the choice of products and services on show.

The great attraction of Southern is its all-embracing coverage of every aspect of electronics production and test. Within one show, there are numerous component suppliers, offering everything from passive components to highly specialised ASICs; there is a wide range of production aids  and hardware, including automation and inspection; plus, an incredible diversity of electronic manufacturing service (EMS) providers and subcontractors, both onshore, near-shore and off-shore, for pretty much every kind of application or project. Perhaps less exciting, but no less important, are the hundreds of vendors of consumables, labelling, storage and handling systems, and the plethora of day-to-day requirements that every manufacturing business needs.

The mix of components on show is impressively wide. Some of the major vendors exhibiting in 2019 include Easby Electronics, with its massive catalogue of electronic components (including optoelectronics, interconnect, passive and electromechanical) from numerous leading manufacturers; Schurter Electronics, a leading Swiss-owned innovator and producer of electronic components such as fuses, EMC products and connectors to name a few; and Würth Electronics, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of EMC solutions, inductors, transformers and connectors. Other well-known manufacturers at the show include Lemo and Yamaichi Electronics.

RDP Electronics launches a CANbus LVDT and rotary position sensor at Southern Manufacturing 2019. The CANbus LVDT combines the benefits of absolute, high-repeatability, robust LVDT technology with efficient modern CAN interface protocols. The R360D rotary position sensor uses contactless magnetoresistive sensing to provide a conditioned 4.0 to 20mA output over a full 360° of shaft rotation. New LoRa radio modules and a range of off-the-shelf RF products will be shown by RF Solutions. LoRa modules include the Lambda 62 RF module, an 868/915Mhz LoRa transceiver, described as a cost effective radio module, which features the Semtech SX1262 LoRa radio transceiver, providing a long range of +20km. Visitors will also see the Lambda 80, which is a long range LoRa RF module operating at 2.4GHz, the only worldwide licence-exempt fband. 

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics
Southern Manufacturing & Electronics

Larger sub-assemblies are also well represented. Relec Electronics showcase a range of AC/DC power supplies, DC/DC converters, DC/AC inverters and displays. Many products comply with national and international railway standards, EN50121-3-2 and EN50155. Luso Electronics will be exhibiting a wide range of power supply solutions. Amongst the options on show will be the latest modular configurable units from Excelsys, including the leading edge fanless design CoolX range. The complete range of Efore industrial and medical products will be on display, covering power requirements from 200W up to 1200W, and also its ultra-compact modular RCB series. New exhibitor, Canvys is a specialist in OEM and custom display engineering, designing and manufacturing display products from the initial steps of design through the entire product lifecycle. Applications include medical, leisure, transportation, automation and industrial, military defence and aerospace, retail and air traffic control. The firm offers sales and support for a full range of displays, mounts, enclosures and calibration software products.

Southern is also a great place to find production systems from a number of well-known manufacturers. Blundell Production Equipment this year introduces the i-Pulse Yamaha M20 auto-placement machines with a specialist on hand to guide visitors through set-up and operation. Advanced Manufacturing Services launches its Neoden 4 entry level ‘Pick and Place’ machine. The competitively priced machine features a placement rate of 10,000 components per hour, fiducial/camera compensation, alignment and electronic feeder. ASM Assembly Systems is the leading developer and manufacturer of printing, placement and process integration systems in the SMT field, with a particular focus on developing Industry 4.0 solutions for electronics manufacturing. Gen3 Systems highlights its new AutoSIR 2+ Surface Insulation Resistance Tester, which permits simultaneous tests at up to four different voltages. The unit represents a dramatic improvement over existing SIR test alternatives, says the firm, and its shielded precision electronics allows state-of-the-art accuracy resistance measurements to be made up to 1014 O.

Subcontractors exhibiting in 2019 include the £43m turnover JJS Manufacturing, a substantial UK electronics manufacturing services (EMS) partner specialising in end-to-end procurement, manufacture and supply chain solutions. With manufacturing facilities in both the UK and Czech Republic, it can deliver a wide range of assembly services including PCB assembly, box build, cables and wiring looms, cabinet build and electromechanical assembly. Near-shore firms exhibiting for 2019 include Cicor Romania, a member of the Swiss Cicor group, and an electronics service provider with access to an international structure and a broad range of production capabilities in PCB assembly, system assembly and box building, control cabinet construction and cable assembly. From Latvia, Volburg SIA is an EMS company with more than 20 years’ international experience in the UK, Germany and Scandinavia. Volburg is a one-stop-shop for OEMs, offering design, testing, manufacturing and delivery of PCBAs.

Electronics is only one part of a much bigger exhibition that covers pretty much everything else linked to industrial enterprise. A brief run-down of the services and products on display in 2019 includes CNC machine tools and machining centres, CAD/CAM tools, advanced adhesives, fasteners and joining technology, laser cutting, packaging solutions, labelling and marking, pressings, fabrications and enclosures, test equipment, coating and finishing, motors, drives and controls, and handling and storage solutions.

In addition to the exhibition and demonstration areas, the free seminar programme is a tremendously popular feature. Two programmes run simultaneously in two theatres, focused on manufacturing and electronics respectively. Subject areas addressed include technology, innovation, business management, marketing, and the most up-to-date industrial laws and regulations. Free accessibility to such high-calibre technical and business expertise is an additional compelling reason to visit.

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2019 opens from February 5th to 7th at Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre, alongside Farnborough Airport in Hampshire, close to the M3. Admittance to the show is free. More info, along with tickets, can be acquired at www.industrysouth.co.uk. Farnborough Exhibition and Conference Centre provides complimentary on-site parking and is easily accessed by road, air or public transport.

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