An engineering showcase for the digital age 

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics returns to Hall 1 of the Farnborough International Conference and Exhibition Centre from 5-7 February this year.

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics returns to Hall 1 of the Farnborough International Conference and Exhibition Centre from 5-7 February this year.

The show is well-known as one of the top events held in the UK to see machine tools from many of the leading vendors in action. But with around 800 companies from all over the world taking part this year, machinery and machine tools are just the tip of a big iceberg of production engineering essentials.

The show’s regular prestigious machinery exhibitors return for Southern 2019, plus the welcome return of a significant number of brands that haven’t been seen at Southern for some time.

For example, Citizen Machinery, last spotted at Southern in 2008, returns with two manufacturing brands of CNC automatic lathes: Cincom CNC sliding head lathes for barstock up to 38mm in diameter and Miyano fixed headstock lathes for bar diameters up to 64mm and larger billet sizes.


Also highlighted this year will be Low Frequency Vibration (LFV) technology, a new, universally applicable and highly efficient cutting technology that increases productivity by chipping swarf from almost all part geometries from the most varied materials. Swarf is broken up in a controlled way thus eliminating machine stops due to tangles.

Elsewhere, Bruderer UK will be showing its range of high-speed stamping presses, and affordable pre-owned presses that the firm has overhauled to an extremely high standard.

The free seminar programme at Southern Manufacturing is regarded by many as one of the key features of the show, drawing a large number of delegates each year. Running in two lecture theatres on all three days of the exhibition, the 2019 programme features a notable roster of speakers and subject areas, and is sure to be of interest to anyone engaged in any sort of industrial or manufacturing business.

The programme is a complementary mix of technical and business topics addressing an array of issues confronting manufacturing enterprises today. The programme for 2019 has been completely revised, and features many previously unseen speakers.

For the first time the show has formed partnerships with a number of leading industry organisations, among them the Farnborough Aerospace Consortium, the GTMA, the SMMT and Confederation of British Metalforming. These new partnerships have enabled the feed-in of a high level of technical expertise from some of the UK’s top experts in their fields.

Steven Barr of Edge Digital looks at digital readiness tools and Industry 4.0 - how to maximise value from the right digital technologies for your business. With Brexit looming large on the horizon, Dr Chris Robertson of Rina Consulting discusses what’s next in trade relations and product regulation.

Some of the more technical topics under review include a look at the area of ‘Smart’ polymer composite applications with Richard Collins, senior technology analyst at IDTechEx. The benefits of incremental sheet forming (ISF) processes are explained by Roger Onions, business development director of the GTMA.

Stewart Williams, professor of welding science and engineering at Cranfield University will discuss the large scale additive manufacture of engineering components using Wire + Arc Additive Manufacture (WAAM) – a technique that is currently creating great interest in many sectors of industry. A complete listing of available sessions and speakers can be found on the show website.

Farnborough International Conference and Exhibition Centre offers free car parking for 3,500 vehicles and is well-served by road and public transport links. A regular free shuttle bus service operates from both of Farnborough’s mainline railway stations directly to the show.

The venue itself – the UK’s newest purpose-built exhibition centre – offers a high standard of facilities including a free Wi-Fi service in the foyer area and high quality catering outlets.


Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2019

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