It is now only a matter of weeks until the Machine Building Show 2014 which takes place at the Birmingham NEC on 30th September to 1st October.

The event promises to be a busy affair as, taking place at the same time, will also be the Sensors & Instrumentation Show, PPMA, Interplas, TCT Live and Micro Nano Mems. You can still register by going to

We are fast approaching exhibition season and, as such, this month we’ll also be looking ahead to Northern Manufacturing & Electronics taking place at EventCity in Manchester on 1st-2nd October. In addition, we’ll be previewing the Photonex exhibition taking place on 15th-16th October at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

In what is a bumper September issue we’ll also be covering the latest from the tracking & trace sector, packaging machinery, PLCs and energy efficiency. Our industry focus this month looks at the metal industry where Flir will explain how it’s thermal imaging technology is helping to reduce the cost of aluminium production in India; how a special range of products from Tsubakimoto have been specifically designed for the steel industry; while Revolvo takes a closer look at how one of its solutions managed to reduce down-time at a UK steel mill.

In other news, Automation magazine will soon be available as a free app where readers will be able to download the latest issue onto their smartphone or tablet – watch this space!

An additional parish notice is that myself and a number of other intrepid industry editors will be lacing up our running shoes to take part in the Major Series South 10k on 4th October. The event is a cross-country run incorporating a number of weird, wonderful and frankly crazy obstacles. We’ll all be getting very wet and muddy for a good cause (The British Lung Foundation) – sponsorship details in our next issue.

Joe Bush – Editor

Click here to view the digital issue for September 2014.