Organiser and publisher join forces to run exhibition

A major exhibition organiser and a leading publishing house have joined forces to run the national exhibition for sensors and instrumentation. The announcement of a partnership by Trident Exhibitions and Datateam Business Media brings together the expertise of two companies with many years of experience.

Trident Exhibitions, event and conference organisers for over 30 years, and Datateam Business Media, publisher of 30 trade magazines including 12 titles in the industrial sector such as Instrumentation and Automation, will now jointly run a focused national event. 

“This partnership can only benefit the industry providing a focused exhibition targeting a dedicated audience,’ said Helen Thewlis, managing director, Trident Exhibitions.  ‘We have many years experience in running dedicated events alongside each other at the NEC and are happy to come together with Datateam to run a sensors event. Trident has worked closely with Datateam for our successful Mtec and Instrumentation shows in the past so this partnership is a logical extension of this successful relationship.”  

For 2012 Trident will focus its efforts on this joint enterprise and therefore the Sensors & Systems show at Silverstone this October will not take place.

Trident and Datateam will work together on the Sensing Technology exhibition at the NEC on 25th and 26th September, and will announce the new show for 2013 at this event.

Kathy Ambrose, publishing director, Datateam Business Media said: “This partnership has been built on mutual respect and understanding of the market. The UK needs a major sensing & instrumentation event and together we can provide that. The future looks very exciting.”


Manufacturers must unite for growth says Siemens report

New research has revealed divided opinion within the manufacturing sector, which could compromise the future growth of UK industry. The Siemens Industry UK report, Industry Pulse – Challenges and Outlook for Manufacturing, reveals a lack of consensus on the economic climate, the appetite to invest and on the need for greater government support for the sector.

In a display of significant confidence, the respondents place UK industry just behind China and India when it comes to manufacturing innovation, but half (51 per cent) of respondents do not think the UK is as advanced as it could be in industrial automation, and must invest more in the area.

The research canvassed the views of more than 500 senior individuals working in the heart of the manufacturing and process sector in areas such as automotive, food and beverage, chemical, pharmaceutical, oil and gas and water and waste water.

Commenting on the findings of the research, Juergen Maier, managing director at Siemens Industry UK, said: “There is a lack of consensus across the sector and, in light of recent data, this gives us cause for concern, as industry has a central role to play in helping to rebalance the economy. In order to do this, we have to be joined up and agree on the priorities for achieving export led growth.

“The fact that confidence is erring on the optimistic side is encouraging and Siemens Industry UK is committed to working with fellow manufacturers to tackle the challenges ahead.”

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Amphenol launches new industrial website

Amphenol has lauched a new edicated industrial website called, ‘Industrial@ Amphenol’.  This initiative is designed to allow its customers to view the entire Amphenol product and technology portfolio in a single location. 

Amphenol is one of the largest interconnect companies in the world and provides leading-edge products and interconnect solutions to the industrial market. Customers can use the new website to select appropriate products and view technical data, specifications and product literature, which is relevant to their specific industrial market. Industrial@Amphenol also provides the latest news, exhibition activities and provides contact details for all worldwide Amphenol locations and distributors as well as service networks.

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Leading companies support positioning of Photonex 2012 as ‘Vision Show’ for the UK

Vision and imaging is perhaps the fastest growing field of interest at this year’s Photonex event, with particular interest in the rapidly advancing technology driving prices down and increasing vision system capabilities. Exhibitors at the show include all the UK’s leading supplier companies and an impressive array of demonstrations and examples of technology will be on show. ‘Vision in Action’ is the theme of the free-to-attend seminar programme organised by the UKIVA.

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Inside manufacturing

A manufacturer of engine components based in South Wales has opened its doors to local secondary school pupils to give them a taste of what it is like to work in a high-volume, fast-paced automotive manufacturing environment.

The open days took place over two days (27-28 June 2012) at the Schaeffler UK plant in Llanelli. The open days are part of the UK Government’s See Inside Manufacturing Initiative.


B&R Product of the Month Panel Designer

With the new Panel Designer application, B&R offers a free online tool that allows users to creatively design the exterior surface of their panels. In just a few simple steps, machine manufacturers and end users can quickly and easily implement their unique corporate designs or experiment with completely new ideas from anywhere in the world. Guided by an intuitive interface, it only takes the user a few clicks and some creativity to turn the standard display exterior into a individually designed panel. From the smallest visualisation panel to the largest B&R Panel PC, custom layouts can be designed and downloaded within just a few minutes.

Once a particular operator panel is selected from the range of available products, the user has a nearly endless supply of design and arrangement options to choose from. In addition to choosing a background colour, uploading a company logo and assigning individual buttons, different fonts can be selected in any size and colour to achieve the desired result. Once completed, the layout design is saved as a PDF file. It is then possible to get a quote from B&R; as usual, you can expect the best possible prices and the shortest possible delivery times. In addition, the B&R design team stands ready to provide support on request at any time during the design phase.

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