LONDON The organisers of next month's Southern Manufacturing and Electronics Exhibition are expecting over 5,000 visitors at Surrey’s Thorpe Park on 8 and 9 February. Over 400 companies from a range of engineering, manufacturing and electronics, disciplines will be exhibiting.
A series of 'Technology Trails' designed to help visitors find the products and services relevant to their businesses and will include aerospace/defence, autosport/automotive, electronics, packaging/labelling, marine/offshore and pharmabio. A free seminar programme will cover a number of diverse topics including 'Understanding Six Sigma', 'Supplying to the automotive, aerospace and defence industries', 'Machine safety', 'CE Marking' and several sessions on improving manufacturing efficiency. Southern Electronics 2006 with sponsors SMS Electronics and Electronic Sourcing, will again be hosting a series of seminars focussing on both the regulatory and technical aspects of the forthcoming Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) regulations. These seminars will be free for visitors and exhibitors.
Alan Brewin of the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) Materials Centre, who together with a distinguished panel of industry authorities, will present a full programme of seminars covering many aspects of lead-free production. Technical topics discussed will include, amongst others, PCB selection, lead-free fluxes, circuit design and inspecting lead-free joints. Business and regulatory topics covered will include achieving RoHS compliance, controlling costs and managing supply chain logistics.
Displays will include factory & process automation, CNC machining & tooling, packaging & handling, electronic components, assemblies & enclosures, labelling & marking, control & motion engineering, design & rapid prototyping, test & measurement, pressings, castings & mouldings, fabrication & fastenings, new materials & high precision engineering.