Engineering Update - May 2023

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Making steam with an electric boiler

Carl Knight – managing director of process steam and heat transfer specialist Fulton – looks at the advantages of electric steam boilers versus their traditional fuel-fired counterparts.


Electric vs Fuel Boilers

In this article, Carl Knight – managing director of process steam and heat transfer specialist Fulton – looks at the advantages of electric steam boilers versus their traditional fuel-fired counterparts.

Making steam with an electric boiler

Electric steam boilers work in a very similar way to fuelfired boilers except in the way that the water is heated.

The process of creating steam with an electric boiler is a relatively straightforward one. Electricity is passed through a heating element that acts as a resistor to create heat through resistance. Water from the feedtank is then pumped into the pressure vessel, heating the water enough to boil and become saturated steam at (depending upon the pressure setting controller) typically between 6 and 10 Barg, at which point the saturated steam is available to the process.


Some believe that electric steam boilers are superior to fuel-fired steam boilers in a few ways. They believe that using electric boilers may be less expensive than using a fuel-fired boiler in the long term, whilst also possibly being more environmentally friendly.

Using Fulton’s portfolio of electric steam boilers as an example, less ancillary equipment is required than a traditional steam boiler, therefore helping to reduce the installation costs that come with a fuel-fired boiler. Electric boilers also generally have a smaller footprint and can therefore fit into smaller areas thanks to the way they are constructed and the lack of ancillaries that a fuel-fired boiler needs to operate.

Possible Disadvantages

Electric boilers are sometimes overlooked as a potential solution to steam generation due in part to the higher cost of electricity versus the cost of traditional fuels. To help meet its climate change and air quality targets, in the 2020 budget the government announced that it would remove the entitlement to use red diesel from most sectors, including for use in industrial boilers, from April 2022. The tax changes will ensure that most users of red diesel will use fuel taxed at the standard rate for diesel from April 2022. As a result, many companies are now turning to more sustainable methods of generating electricity, including solar or wind generation. These schemes offset, or at least partially offset, the higher fuel costs.

Safety of operation

Traditional fuel-fired steam boilers generally require multiple elements to operate successfully. In contrast, electric boilers are relatively simple devices. Additionally, because electric steam boilers do not use complicated

forms of heat exchange, they do not contain many of the potential hazards that are commonly present in a fuelfired boiler and will simply trip out if elements are exposed due to low water conditions that can arise in the operation of steam boilers.

Electric boilers are also generally easier to maintain because they have no heat transfer tubes, nor require burner maintenance or statutory non-destructive testing (NDT), all of which fuel-fired boilers often require.

Electric boilers also have smaller carbon footprints than their counterparts and, again thanks to their small footprints, can often be used for point-of-use steam requirements, making them a good choice for many smaller operations needing steam.

Additional benefits

Another benefit that should be considered is sustainability, thanks to their low maintenance requirements; and marketability owing to their green attributes, in the same manner as electric vehicles are seen as “green” versus petrol or diesel counterparts.

Electric steam boilers are also more efficient than fuelfired boilers because they require less energy to be put into them for operation at capacity. This is because there is little energy lost when the transfer of heat from the heating element to the water occurs, unlike traditional fuel-fired boilers where there is a substantial amount of energy loss from the air flow required to supply oxygen to the flame.

Additionally, because electric steam boilers can be fitted, in some cases, with up to 15 electrical elements (dependent on model), they have a high turndown (up to 15:1 in the case of Fulton’s electric steam boiler range), so are able to modulate efficiently to varying steam loads.

Electric boilers are, as already stated, more efficient, but for large generating capacities are frequently not practical to install due to large supply cables and infrastructure requirements. However, the actual maintenance costs can be up to 50%* less than those of fuel-fired steam boilers. Generally, the only major parts that are periodically changed are the electric elements themselves, yet these are often replaced quickly and cost effectively. This balances lower life cycle costs against the high maintenance requirements of fuel-fired boilers, including refractory repairs, 5-year NDT requirements, burner maintenance, flue maintenance and the requirement for highly-skilled and often highly-paid plant operatives.

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Welcome to the May issue of Engineering Update!

In an extremely busy time of the year, we have received a record number of submissions for this edition!

Even against the backdrop of an escalating cost of living and energy crisis, companies are still pioneering great new products and services, and it is times like these that innovation is more important than ever.

With that in mind, we are covering a number of different businesses, organisations and events in this issue; sharing ideas, strategies, services, supply chains, software and products that could help your business improve efficiency, and ultimately reduce cost, across a number of different sectors.

We welcome expert contributors to share their thoughts and insights from the sector in our upcoming issues.

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Fixed focus lenses for monitoring radioactive processes.

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FPT Software opens a nearshore development centre in Nanning, targeting the Chinese automotive industry

Leading Vietnam IT services provider further extends its automotive capabilities globally

Leading IT service provider

FPT Software announced its newly opened Nearshore Development Center in Nanning, Guangxi Province, marking the company’s 65th office globally. This development centre assists the firm’s expansion strategy and better serves the billion-people market, especially in the automotive industry.

Electric vehicles have emerged as a promising solution in various countries. With a massive production scale and favourable government policies, China is attracting several global automotive giants. FPT Software sees this as an opportunity to introduce its ready-made platforms and digital services to support businesses in this industry.

FPT Software has a solid workforce to address the increasing demand in the automotive sector, with more than 3,800 engineers currently supporting the world’s leading car manufacturer partners. Its automotive services and solutions also meet international AUTOSAR standards set by automotive industry giants.

Located in Liangqing District, FPT Software’s new delivery centre is close to many top universities, spanning many majors from business

and technology to social studies. This allows FPT Software to work closer with local university and university and educational institution partners to grow a robust talent pool, tapping the region’s growing IT industry. Additionally, as the capital of Guangxi province, Nanning is only 380 kilometres away from Hanoi, Vietnam. The strategic location facilitates trading and training exchange between the two countries.

“With the new nearshore development centre in Nanning, we aim to enhance our competencies in automotive, manufacturing, and other industries.

We will be able to bridge the language barriers and time zone differences and have more in-person engagement with our clients.” , FPT Software Chairwoman Chu Thi Thanh Ha said.

“I hope the development centre in Nanning will become the new growth engine for FPT Software in China. And I’m certain that our clients can rely on FPT Software for agile support from our expert team”, she added.

FPT Software opens a nearshore development centre in Nanning, targeting Chinese automotive industry

FPT Software’s Nanning development centre inauguration ceremony was attended by Vietnam Consul General in Nanning Do Nam Trung, Trade Consul Nguyen Huu Quan, FPT Software Chairwoman Chu Thi Thanh Ha, FPT Software Senior Executive Vice President Nguyen Khai Hoan, representative of Guangxi Foreign Investment Promotion Office, other partner representatives and distinguished guests in China. It is located at 2823, Building 1, Wuxiang Hangyang City, 401 Wuxiang Avenue, Liangqing District, Nanning City, Guangxi.

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High performance engineering fluid for precision solvent cleaningInnovation driven by legislation

Vapour degreasing is the simplest but most effective industrial solvent cleaning process which, until recently, has been subject to little change since it was first invented in the early part of the 20th century. This is a very mature chemical technology, but legislation changes in recent years has impacted the industry significantly.

Chlorinated hydrocarbons have historically been the solvents of choice for vapour degreasingcompatible with most materials, stable in use, producing a non-flammable saturated vapour heavier than air at a temperature greater than ambient.  Traditional solvents such as trichloroethylene exhibited all these characteristics but concerns about its carcinogenic properties and the danger to operators by exposure, led to a continuing search for a safer alternative. 1,1,1 trichloroethane based formulations became popular in the last century as a safer replacement. Although safer for users, it proved to be depleting the Ozone Layer and was subsequently banned. N-Propyl bromide (nPB) based formulations became popular in the last part of the century as a safer replacement, but this was later put in Annex 14 of REACH by the EU and can no longer be used as a vapour degreasing solvent in Europe. Countries around the world are now setting increasingly stringent environmental legislation to control emissions of Ozone Depleting and Global Warming industrial cleaning solvents. This has led to new chemical formulations being developed for industry.

Over 20 years of Innovation for industry

EnviroTech Europe Ltd have been supplying vapour degreasing solvent formulations for over 20 years, constantly responding to regulatory requirements for environmental and safety laws and the need for improved standards. Staff and distributors are highly trained to work with customers to advise on the use of industrial cleaning solvents, helping them to navigate through legislative changes and ensure their vapour degreasing and cleaning solutions remain within regulatory boundaries.

Customers may have recently read in the industry press about another major industrial supplier ceasing production of their range of fluorocarbon containing metal degreasing and vapour degreasing solvents. They may be concerned that other major suppliers will follow suit.

Envirotech Europe would like to assure the industry of its intention to continue the manufacture of its ProSolv® range of metal cleaning and vapour degreasing solvents for the foreseeable future.


Zero Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) and very low Global Warming Potential (GWP) solvent blend for high performance vapour degreasing

ProSolv®5408e ticks all the boxes with the perfect profile for a vapour degreasing solvent, developed by EnviroTech Europe Ltd for precision parts cleaning or cleaning automated machinery at strip down.

ProSolv®5408e offers improved cleaning at a lower cost, without compromising quality. Substitution is simple with little or no changes to equipment or control settings needed. A non-flammable stable azeotrope needing no testing for acid acceptance or stabilising additives, easy to use and maintain and safer for the workplace.

ProSolv®5408e is extremely effective for precision cleaning in high-tech industries such as aerospace, aviation, electronics and medical device cleaning. It can be used in most solvent cleaning systems, one tank vapour degreasing or multi tank immersion / vapour tank systems using ultrasonics or flush cleaning for complex mechanical and electronic components with blind holes and channels and close mounted electronics or for removing grinding and buffing soils on surfaces. Exceptionally low surface tension to penetrate micron sized holes and close contact surfaces.

ProSolv®5408e is highly effective when used with ultrasonics and can usually be used in existing degreasers or dip tanks. Ideal for precision cleaning and degreasing of electronics, metals and glass. It can be used to remove adhesives, fluxes, pastes, buffing compounds, greases, silicone oils, particulates, resins, waxes and other oils and soils. Soft on the environment, low solvent losses, reduced costs, sustainable and secure for the future.


• Fast precision cleaning, short cycle times. Stable with no additives, no testing required

• Alternative to Methylene Chloride, Perchloroethylene and High ODP/GWP Fluorocarbons

• Excellent choice to replace flammable solvents such as MEK, Acetone, Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) or Hydrocarbons

• Established replacement for Trichloroethylene, n-Propyl Bromide (nPB) and other now banned solvents

• Can be used in any vapour degreasing equipment, lower energy consumption and lower maintenance. Compatible with a broad range of substrates

• Improved productivity, parts exit the machine cool, dry, spot-free with no drying required

• High density solution, excellent for ultrasonic cleaning

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• Very low impact on Global Warming (GWP)

• Non-hazardous for transportation

• Non-flammable (No Flash Point)

• Not classified as a carcinogen


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ElectricVario screwdrivers from Wiha Ergonomic, precision and versatile solutions for demanding users.

Germany-based WIHA is one of the leading manufacturers of screwdrivers. Their products are recognised all over the world, especially for their excellent quality and reliability. This is supported by the fact that the company received a number of awards for, among other things, its innovative ideas, design and customer-oriented approach. When choosing the right screwdriver, it is worth exploring this manufacturer's range, in particular the ElectricVario series. It has been designed so that the individual components complement each other perfectly and satisfy the requirements of even the most demanding users.

• ElectricVario handles

• Wiha screwdriver bits

• ElectricVario adapters and extensions

• Wiha screwdriver sets – solutions for professionals

The screwdriver is one of the basic tools found in the toolbox of every DIY enthusiast and specialist. This ingenious invention comes in handy when assembling a lamp, dismantling a wireless computer mouse that still doesn't work after you replaced the batteries, but it is also indispensable for fitting, inspection and assembly work in manufacturing plants. Despite their popularity and simplicity, some screwdrivers outperform other ones, so it is worth taking some time to choose the right tool that suits you best.

ElectricVario handle

The handle is a crucial part of the tool and it is the handle design that determines the ergonomic use of the screwdriver. For the Wiha engineers, every detail matters, which is why the ElectricVario product family includes as many as six handle types that can be divided into three categories.

Stubby electric, PicoFinish® electric and slimVario® electric are the three classic handle types that you will encounter in virtually every workshop. The first of these, sometimes referred to as the "pear-shaped" handle, makes it possible to loosen even a tightly seized screw, the second one is a slim handle with a soft grip area for precision work, and the third one is an intermediate solution that strikes a balance between power and precision.

ElectricVario adapters and extensions

The Wiha family of tools also includes some clever solutions and adapters to expand the capabilities of the screwdrivers presented here. These include the easyTorque adapter for extending torque tools, slimBit extensions, an adapter for a 1/4" socket wrench and 1/4" adapter bits for TorqueVario®-S electric.

LiftUp® electric handle features a storage compartment accommodating several bits

LiftUp® electric is the most complex handle in a classic shape. You can store up to six bits inside the handle, and the bit holder features a locking system.

speedE® & TorqueVario®-S electric are torque handles for precision screwdriving at up to 0.4 Nm. These tools will never damage the material and are certified by the German VDE institute.

Wiha screwdriver bits

easyTorque adapter for extending torque tools.

Wiha screwdriver sets –solutions for professionals

Interchangeable bits guarantee the versatility of the ElectricVario series

The screwdriver bit is another essential part of a screwdriver and here, too, Wiha engineers have taken care of precision, ergonomics and versatility. The ElectricVario series comprises several bit variants, each with a different blade. Using them, you will be able to loosen almost any type of a screw – slotted, Phillips, Pozidriv, TORX, hexagonal or square one.

When looking for the right tools to equip your workshop, it is worth considering a purchase of a full set compiled by the manufacturer. The sets are available in many configurations, from small boxes and folding bags to suitcases which contain almost every tool included in the ElectricVario series. This type of a set is a must-have for a specialist who works in any maintenance department, it can also be a perfect gift for any DIY enthusiast.

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The screwdriver set is a perfect choice for professionals or a gift idea.

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The Cygnus 4+ Ultrasonic Thickness Gauge is a light, tough multi-mode gauge, featuring a sunlight readable display with Live A-scan, intuitive menu and sequential data logging.

Multiple-Echo mode for accurate, through-coat measurements as specified by Classification Societies Echo-Echo and Single-Echo modes for heavily corroded metals with a thin or no coating

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Live A-Scans and B-scan for visual verification

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Statiq wins HPCL tender to supply over 500 EV chargers across 12 states

Statiq to set up EV chargers at HPCL’s outlets across India

In a significant development underlining the ever-increasing presence of Statiq on the country’s EV charging landscape, India’s largest EV charging network provider has been awarded a tender by HPCL, one of government’s maharatna PSUs. Under this, Statiq will install over 500 chargers for HPCL at the latter’s outlets spread across the states of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.

While over 400 chargers will be of 3.3 kw capacity each, a few more than a hundred chargers will be of 7.7 kw capacity each. All types of EVs including two-wheelers, threewheelers and four-wheelers will be able to make use of these EV chargers. Importantly, only last year, Statiq had installed nearly 200 chargers – about 130 chargers of 3.3

kw and 75 chargers of 7.7 kw capacity – at HPCL’s outlets in a number of towns including Gorakhpur, Kanpur, Lucknow, Patna, Agra, Meerut, Dehradun and Varanasi.

“With HPCL undertaking a major and country-wide exercise in terms of setting up EV charging stations at their petrol pumps, we are indeed happy and proud to have been won this tender and become a part of their EV infrastructure building up journey. With these chargers present at their petrol pump stations, EV users would now be able to seamlessly access easy and convenient charging options. This would certainly enable them to get similar user experiences as they did with their petrol and diesel vehicles before. We have successfully worked with HPCL in the recent past and would only be happy to continue to do so in the coming future too, said Mr Aman Rehman, Head Of Government Relations, Statiq.

About Statiq

Founded in 2019 by Akshit Bansal and Raghav Arora, Statiq is an ambitious tech-first start-up that is rising to the challenge of building one of the largest public EV charging stations network in the country today. They aim to provide an end-to-end service for EV charging solutions for landowners, EV users, and vehicle manufacturers. If that’s not enough, they are also building India’s smartest EV charging network and helping each stakeholder grow with the company.

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Railtex 2023: The key event for the rail industry seeks to unlock opportunities in a rapidly changing market

Innovation, decarbonisation and growth: These are the three key topics of this year’s Railtex, the UK’s leading trade event for the entire railway sector. Taking place from 9 - 11 May 2023 at the NEC in Birmingham, Railtex 2023 will once again provide a unique opportunity to source and explore the latest products and services aimed at improving the efficiency, safety, and sustainability of rail transport. The show features a strong lineup of national and international suppliers, the popular On-Track Display area, and a three-day supporting programme packed with expert talks and special activities.

Just a few weeks to go until leaders, innovators and trailblazers of the rail industry will come together at Railtex 2023 in Birmingham to discuss, present and source the latest technologies and solutions addressing some of the rail sector’s challenges. With continued growth and investment expected for the coming years, current goals are centred around improving the efficiency, safety, and sustainability of the sector, while also enhancing the passenger experience and connectivity between different modes of transport, as well as supporting economic growth.

“Digitalisation, automation, and electrification are just some of the key developments that have opened up new possibilities for the rail industry in the years to come,” says Olaf Freier, the Transport Portfolio Director, on behalf of show organiser RX. “Railtex offers the ideal platform for industry professionals, policymakers and other stakeholders in the rail sector to connect with manufacturers, suppliers, service providers, and peers. There is plenty of opportunity to explore the latest products and innovations and learn about new projects, policies and initiatives. The whole event is geared towards networking, knowledge sharing and technology sourcing to help attendees grow their business or career in the rail industry.”

Supporting programme with highprofile speakers and networking

A three-day conference and activity programme, organised by the main show partner, the Railway Industry Association (RIA), provides exclusive insights into the latest developments and projects in the rail sector, exploring how rail companies can successfully

innovate and change to meet future industry challenges. Participants will also benefit from excellent networking opportunities with suppliers and peers.

The Future Focus Conference & Young Rail Professional Conference

The Future Focus Conference features an exciting agenda of keynotes, presentations and panel discussions by leading industry experts and thought leaders, covering key aspects of sustainability, safety and policy. This year’s topics will touch on rail supply chain issues ahead of CP7 (Control Period 7), the decarbonisation of rail, and international opportunities for the sector. Speakers include representatives from the Great British Railways Transition Team (GBRTT), Great Western Railway, Network Rail, the Railway Industry Association, Siemens, Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB), and Midlands Connect. The Young Rail Professional Conference on day three is dedicated to the new generation in rail.

The Conference Zone is located at Stand U11. The drop-in sessions are free to attend and CPD certified. Updates on the programme and speakers are published on the official event website.

Innovation Village

RIA’s Innovation Village, built at the centre of Railtex, provides a collaboration platform between technology suppliers and rail clients to help create game-changing solutions. Each day features a different client with pioneering solutions developed in collaboration with suppliers, offering a great opportunity to learn from delivered projects. Innovation village

“mayors” include the Network Rail R&D Portfolio, the Transport for Wales Lab, and the Train Operating Companies (TOC) Innovation Community. The Innovation Village is part of the “Unlocking Innovation” programme, a multi-award-winning initiative by RIA designed to accelerate innovation.

Top suppliers and newcomers from across the entire rail supply chain

Attendees can expect an excellent cross-section of technologies and services that facilitate the safe, efficient, and sustainable operation of rail transport. Exhibits cover rolling stock technology, track, and infrastructure, signalling and communications, vehicle maintenance, fare collection systems, cable technology, and many other railrelated products and services across the entire rail supply chain. Attendees are invited to use the Railtex Exhibitor List Tool and Online Show Preview to explore exhibitors and products that are of particular interest to them.

Venue, tickets, and opening times

Railtex 2023 will take place from 911 May 2023 at the NEC Birmingham, UK, right in the heart of the Midlands region. International flight connections and the excellent local infrastructure make the venue easily accessible. For further travel information please visit our Travel Hub.

Visitors can register online and order free tickets ahead of the event. During the show, tickets are available on a purchase basis via the online ticket shop or on-site. For fast and easy access, visitors are advised to print out their e-ticket or download their mobile ticket prior to the show.

Show opening hours are from 10:00 AM to 17:00 PM on Tuesday, 9 May, and Wednesday, 10 May 2023, and from 10:00 AM to 16:00 PM on Thursday, 11 May 2023.

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Silicone Expo Europe co-located with Tape and Functional Film Expo Europe, was nothing short of a phenomenal success! The event brought together the best and brightest minds in the silicone, tape, and functional film industries, creating an unparalleled opportunity for attendees to explore the latest advancements in these exciting fields.

With an attendance of 2089 visitors from 54 different countries, the event was a testament to the importance and growth of these global industries. The expo featured 213 exhibitors showcasing their latest products and services, giving attendees a comprehensive view of the latest trends and innovations in the field.

It was heartening to note that 97.5% of visitors reported that attending the event was relevant to their business. This underscores the value of attending such an event, which allows industry professionals to learn, connect, and explore new opportunities.

The educational and networking opportunities provided at the expo were truly exceptional. Attendees had access to various informative technical conference sessions, which offered valuable insights into the latest materials, techniques, and technologies in the industries. Networking opportunities were abundant, giving attendees the chance to meet with like-minded individuals, exchange ideas, and establish new partnerships.

One of the standout features of the event was the diverse range of products on display. Exhibitors showcased their latest innovations in silicone, tape, and functional film technology, providing a glimpse into the future of these industries. From high-performance films to smart adhesive solutions, there were plenty of exciting new products to explore.

The success of the Silicone Expo Europe co-located with Tape and Functional Film Expo, serves as a clear indication of the growth potential of these industries. The event provided a platform for industry professionals to connect, learn, and explore new opportunities, paving the way for future advancements and breakthroughs.

In conclusion, attending the Silicone Expo was a truly enriching experience for all those involved. The expo was a testament to the vibrancy and dynamism of these industries, and we look forward to seeing what the future holds for these exciting fields.


3-D Printing Expedites

Titan Enterprises’ R&D in Flow Meter Technology

Titan’s research, development and design advancements are focused around finding innovative solutions for OEM customers , pushing the boundaries of both the physical properties and performance of the products.

Titan started incorporating 3-D printing technology for design over 5 years ago, at the time using a stateof-the-art FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) printer. New advances in 3D printing have seen this printer become redundant against Titan’s R&D investment in a new printer, purchased at a fraction of the cost yet capable of so much more!

With improved technology and an increased range of engineering materials available, this 3-D printing technique is taking a greater role in Titan’s research and development activities, allowing for quick and costeffective prototyping.

Although more expensive per cubic volume of model, the precision, detail and durability of Titan’s new UV resin printer allows greater fidelity and facilitates highly iterative design. The other advantage of the resin printer is that it enables printing of replacement parts and own tools to use.

“Being able to make small, precise changes to designs along the development route to test functionality and performance enables us to fasttrack through the design process,” states Neil. “This gives our R&D design engineers more freedom to experiment with novel designs at a lower cost, both in time and money, and rapid prototyping. Models and components can be tested, pushing the boundaries of concept design, durability and size in a short amount of time. As such, a tested and performing prototype that we have a good level of confidence in, can then go out to our injection moulding suppliers to produce a customer prototype.”

For example, for a recent OEM turbine development, the 3D printer enabled Titan to size and fit the flowmeter’s externals to the customer’s equipment and run preliminary integrated performance tests. Also, using transparent materials, Titan’s R&D engineers could visually examine the internal manufacture, fit and operation of the flowmeter, all of which sped up the product development dramatically. Historically, early prototypes were produced by CNC, which takes time and is expensive. By having an in-

house 3D printer, new versions can be quickly modified, and novel designs tested even the same day as conception.

Titan’s non-metallic flow meters, such as the NSF-Approved 800-series turbine meters and Beverage flowmeters used widely in the medical, food and beverage industries, lend themselves to the 3D printing process for development, progressing and enhancing designs.

To discuss an optimised flow measurement device for your specific application or process please contact Titan Enterprises on +44 (0)1935 812790 or email Or visit our website for further information.

“3D printing technology is fundamentally changing the way we design, prototype and test flowmeter devices within our R&D, particularly when developing specialist designs for OEM applications,” says Neil Hannay, Senior R&D Engineer with Titan Enterprises.
3D modelling for Titan Enterprises’ oval gear and turbine prototype flowmeters Titan Enterprises’ NSFApproved 800 series mini turbine flowmeter

Choose a Guardtech Decontamination package to help your facility shine

Cleanroom construction specialists providing comprehensive bespoke Decon offering as part of their Cleanroom Service Plan

THE GUARDTECH GROUP are offering businesses peace of mind by providing a comprehensive package of decontamination services – either as part of a Cleanroom Service Plan or scheduled separately.

The Decon Team work to GMP standards and are specialists in restoring control to critical environments, offering bespoke cleaning programmes and comprehensive multistage cleaning as and when required.

Guardtech’s well-trained and experienced operatives follow client SOPs and use specific validated chemicals and equipment when required, with the two most senior leaders of the team boasting 30 years’ experience in decontamination.

From builders’ cleans and pre-validation cleans to biocidal/ sporicidal cleans, the Guardtech Group Decon Team are certified to work at height (IPAF PAL card holders).

They can conduct full microbiological/bioburden testing with TSA & SDA plates and pre-clean and post-clean contact plate testing, as well as cleanliness verification tests with full reporting.

But that’s not all – because for ultimate peace of mind, Guardtech provide a hydrogen peroxide fogging service, either as part of their Cleanroom Service Plan or a Decononly Programme.

The Decon Team utilise EndoSan SHP dry misting technology – proven to achieve greater than log 5 reduction (99.999%) in bacteria and at least a log 3 (99.9%) reduction in virus of the coronavirus family.

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7 - 8 June 2023

The NEC, Birmingham


Subcon is back with a real bang for 2023, bringing together the full manufacturing ecosystem for companies to source, subcontract, benchmark and learn all under one roof.

Combining the UK’s biggest and longest-running subcontract manufacturing supply chain exhibition with more than 20 hours of free-to-attend conference sessions, Subcon is engineered to help future-proof your business.


More than 200 solution providers representing the best of British manufacturing engineering capability, alongside a wealth of market-leading international suppliers, will be present to help optimise your supply chain strategy and keep costs down.

Thousands of new products and innovations will be on display across the full range of advanced engineering technology, systems and services – from Additive Manufacturing and Metrology solutions to Frictionless bearings, cables and controls, and everything in between. This is a show geared to helping you increase capacity, optimise productivity, improve flexibility and remain competitive.


New for Subcon 2023 are two conference theatres showcasing our industry-leading engineering and manufacturing journals, The Engineer, Manufacturing Management and Machinery.

Together, they will convene dedicated conference streams for two days of high-quality, case study-led discussions about hot technology and business process trends for you to apply directly to your business.

Drawing on a combined 340+ years of manufacturing journalism and insight, our editorial teams have curated a conference agenda that addresses the key opportunities and challenges facing UK businesses.

Two theatres will run in parallel, a dedicated Supply Chain Theatre in conjunction with Machinery Magazine and a second theatre co-led by The Engineer and Manufacturing Management magazine.

Our revered line-up of industry leaders are set to deliver insightful sessions covering Automation; Cybersecurity; Energy Storage; Net Zero; Recruitment & Retention, Supply Chain Resilience and much more.

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1. Are manufacturers ready for the challenges of moving to a net zero world? – Keynote by Professor Paul Monks, Chief Scientific Advisor to the Department for Energy, Security and Net Zero

When and Where - Theatre 1, Thursday 8 June, 10:35am – 11:05am

2. UK recovery: What are the new markets and how accessible are they? – Panel discussion led by Mike Wilson, Chief Automation Officer at the MTC

When and Where – Theatre 1, Wednesday 7 June, 11:10am - 11:50am

3. Reimagining the skills shortage: From education to employment – Panel Discussion with expert insights from Innovate UK KTN, MTC and Sempai

When and Where – Theatre 1, Thursday 8 June, 11:55am - 12:35pm

4. Bringing home the supply chain – Panel discussion on the logistics of reshoring led by Aristides Matopoulos, Professor of Supply Chain Design at Cranfield University

When and Where – Theatre 2, Wednesday 7 June, 2:10pm - 2:45pm

5. Why should additive manufacturing be used in designing your supply chain – Panel discussion with expert insights courtesy of Digital Manufacturing centre, Prototal and AM-UK and CECIMO Trade Associations

When and Where – Theatre 2, Wednesday 7 June, 11:55am - 12:35pm

*subject to alternation


Your single-source provider for all manner of metal and plastic fabrication, casting, machining, finishing, assembly and other manufacturing services, from concept to completion.

Omnidex is a British-owned and managed company driven by a passion for quality. For more than 20 years, our company has provided world-class engineering outsourcing services at a competitive price.

Our experience and expertise spans almost all sectors, including aerospace, automotive, consumer products, medical, oil and gas, and more. Our customers include companies in the UK, United States, South Africa, Australia and many other countries.

We pride ourselves on utilising and investing in the latest equipment and technologies to deliver cutting-edge, high-quality products and services to our global customer base. Our highly skilled engineers, supported by a vetted network of subcontractors and stringent quality control processes, ensures everything we deliver meets the highest standard requirements and tolerances.

For a free quote for your next project – whether complex or simple, metal or plastic, high or low volume – contact us via our website:

Or come see us on Stand C141



The voice of Europe’s sixth-largest machinery sector Machinery Exporters’ Association (Turkish Machinery) represents and promotes the interests of its 18,000 members. It does so by coordinating and delivering sector-specific networking opportunities, business intelligence, and international events and trade missions.

The Turkish machinery sector has recorded robust growth over the past decade and has increased by more than 400% since 2003. It is now Turkey’s second largest exporter, worth some $25.5bn in 2022 – equivalent to 10% of total exports.

Centrally situated between Europe and Asia, Turkey is ideally located close to several of the highest-growth industrial machinery markets. Turkish machines operate in more than 200 countries around the world with a particularly strong presence in the United States and Europe.

Buyers are drawn to the strong emphasis Turkish machine manufacturers place on R&D activities, the rapid adoption of international manufacturing standards and new technologies, the highly educated and skilled engineering workforce, and high-quality aftersales support.

Learn more about how Turkish machinery is MAKING THE WORLD WORK by visiting our website:

Or speak with us on Stand D121

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With over 200 exhibitors and thousands of products and innovations on display, Subcon is a must-attend event for the engineering sector. Below is just a small sample of the world-class suppliers who are exhibiting at Subcon, all eager to help you optimise productivity and remain competitive in a global market:


Citizen Machinery combines two leading manufacturers of CNC automatic lathes: Cincom sliding head lathes up to 38mm, and Miyano fixed headstock lathes from 36mm up to 80mm. Citizen offers highly productive and cost-effective solutions for your complex metal-cutting requirements.

Exhibitor Categories: CNC Machining; Laser Cutting; Laser Cutting Machines; Lathes; Machinery; Machining Centres; Machining Centre/Milling Machines; Precision Engineering

Stand A119


Cornelius Electronics has become a well-known and leading sub-contract manufacturer of box build, bespoke Cable Assemblies and Wiring Harnesses, serving a variety of industries. Let’s discuss how we can support your production requirements. Cornelius has the technology to deliver repeatable, quality-controlled and scalable production quantities to help your business.

Stand A121

Exhibitor Categories: Assembly Work; Complete Manufacturing Services; Electro-Mechanical Assemblies; Electronic Manufacturing Services; Electronics; Enclosures; Printing & Component Labelling; Vacuum Forming; Wire Harnessing; Wiring Systems


The bespoke aluminium extrusion supplier. Our company is committed to exceptional quality at every stage of your project. Our complete range of extrusion and machining services is complemented by our Powder Coating and Assembly divisions. Delivered by a global network of specialists, keeping our prices competitive and our lead times short.

Stand A141

Exhibitor Categories: Aluminium Extrusions; Assembly; Assembly Work; Castings; CNC Machining; Drilling & Tapping; Materials – Metal; Powder Coating; Stockholders


For more than 40 years, Faro has been a pioneer in ‘Reality Capture’; bridging the digital and physical worlds through data-driven reliable accuracy, precision and immediacy, providing industry-leading technology solutions that enable customers to measure their world and use that data to make smarter decisions faster.

Stand E109

Exhibitor Categories: Design Services; Design Software; Inspection & Test Equipment; Measurement & Inspection; Metrology; Simulation Software; Software; Testing & Certification


JKN Oil Tools is a Precision Engineering Company based in West Yorkshire producing high-quality sub-contract machined parts and fabrications to customers’ specifications and on-time delivery. We supply components and fabrications to a large variety of customers, including major pump manufacturers, valve companies, food machine manufacturers and a wide range of smaller sectors.

Stand C119

Exhibitor Categories: Assembly Work; Automation; Bar Feeders; Boring; Broaching; CAD / CAM / CAE; Castings; CNC Machining; Complete Manufacturing Services; Cutting Services; Deburring; Design Services; Etching; Fabrications; Heat Treatment; and many others.


Keyence has steadily grown since 1974 to become an innovative leader in the development and manufacturing of industrial automation and inspection equipment worldwide. Our products consist of code readers, laser markers, machine vision systems, measuring systems, microscopes, sensors, and static eliminators.

Stand A99

Exhibitor Categories: Industrial Automation; Inspection & Test Equipment; Laser Marking Machines; Marking; Measurement & Inspection; Metrology; Metrology Systems; Sensors; Supply Chain Management & Logistics

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Founded in 1987 by Franco Stefani, Modula Storage Solutions’ mission is simple – provide customers with effective storage solutions. Modula manufactures automated storage solutions offering one of the most advanced picking systems in the Vertical Life Module market. Modula is headquartered in Salvaterra di Reggio Emilia, Italy and Lewiston (ME) in the USA. Modula also distributes its services worldwide.

Stand E128

Exhibitor Categories: Industry Services; Logistics; Machine Tools; Machine Tools Accessories


Oldham Engineering is an established sub-contract medium to heavy engineering business. Our services include precision CNC machining, fabrication, welding, robotic welding, mechanical assembly, equipment refurbishment, turnkey projects and project management. We have the ability to batch manufacture and produce bespoke smaller quantities and one-offs.

Stand C129

Exhibitor Categories: Assembly Work; Boring; CNC Machining; Complete Manufacturing Services; Fabrications; Heavy Engineering; Machining


For more than 35 years, Powdertech Surface Science has provided the most technically advanced powder coating and surface treatment services to the automotive, medical and specialist niche sectors. Your projects will benefit from our expertise built on years of experience in highly regulated industries, together with the scientific knowledge of our well-qualified team.

Stand G120

Exhibitor Categories: Finishing; Painting; Powder Coating; Surface Engineering


Shropshire Stainless and Aluminium (SSA) is a market-leading metals and plastics stockholder based in the UK and Ireland specialising in the supply and processing of Aluminium and Stainless Steel from European suppliers. Reduce your costs and at the same time increase the efficiency of your supply chain by contacting SSA for your next metal or plastic requirement. Stand G123

Exhibitor Categories: Bending; Cutting Services; Deburring; Laser Cutting; Materials – Metal; Materials – Plastic; Metal Forming; Metal Parts; Metal Suppliers; Metals & Materials Suppliers; Polishing; Sheet Metal Work; Sourcing & Procurement; Water Jet Cutting


Vector Blue Hub is a specialist Electronics Design and Manufacturing Services company based in Poland. We represent the “Under One Roof” concept, where the design and manufacturing services remain in one place to accelerate the time to market for your electronic product.

The extensive knowledge we have gained over the years in leading large-scale, comprehensive projects enables us to adjust our design and manufacturing services to meet your business challenges in industries such as Telecommunications, Industrial IoT and Communication Technologies. Stand F108

Exhibitor Categories: Complete Manufacturing Services; Consultancy Services; Design Engineering Consultancy Services; Design Services; Electro-Mechanical Assemblies; Electronic Manufacturing Services; Embedded Systems; Engineering Consultancy; Logistics; PCB Assembly; Sourcing & Procurement; Testing & Certification

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Harting is a leading expert in the fields of electrical, electronic and optical connection, transmission and networking. The company is renowned for developing innovations that provide simple yet reliable solutions, especially as markets and industries evolve quickly. This ingenuity will be on full display at Subcon 2023, where Harting will be showcasing a range of exciting new products, including:

The next level of modular industrial connectors

When Han-Modular® was released in 1993, it was the first modular industrial connector to run power, signal, and data alongside each other in a single connector. Now Harting has launched the next development stage, Han-Modular® Domino modules, which meet the industry’s requirements for space and weight savings.

Using Han-Modular® Domino modules can save you up to 50% installation space by integrating different transmission types in one module. This results in the connection technology becoming smaller and more lightweight. Additionally, the new smaller Domino modules require less energy and raw materials to produce. Domino modules are also compatible with existing components of the Han-Modular® series.

Complete cable assembly for energy storage systems

Harting also offers a new, complete cable assembly for energy storage systems. The new Han® S connector range makes it easier to connect large arrays of battery storage modules, expanding the use of renewable energies such as wind and solar power.

Miniaturised industrial Ethernet interface

To future-proof device technology, Harting has developed the ix Industrial®, a compact interface that delivers outstanding performance and robustness.

The ix Industrial® interface boasts 70% less installation space compared to typical RJ45 sockets, enabling manufacturers to use it in much smaller devices and more easily meet the needs of miniaturisation.

Despite its compact dimensions, the ix Industrial® still produces Cat. 6A performance for 1/10Gbit/s Ethernet at a control level, while its high current-carrying capacity supports both existing and future Power over Ethernet (PoE) applications.



At the company’s first-ever Subcon, Treadstone Safety will be presenting its highly acclaimed Pro range of work safety gloves, including the:

• PRO-420 with Superb Touch Sensitivity – Designed for optimal comfort and dexterity, these soft, touch sensitive and close-fitting ‘second skin’ glove offers excellent grip in dry applications with a thumb crotch for added security.

• PRO-216 with Touchscreen Technology – Made using graphene composite blended yarn, this glove is the ultimate in cut resistance. The glove has been dipped with a special nitrile foam to provide touchscreen capability on the palm, thumb and fingers and also features a thumb crotch for added security.

• PRO-801 with Impact Protection – Made with HPPE multi-threaded yarn for excellent cut resistance and a tough nitrile, sandy palm coating to cut level E. The glove features our unique TPR-1 impact system for enhanced protection against impact and crushing injuries.


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Midtherm Laser, a specialist sub-contract laser cutting and forming specialist, is reaping the operational and environmental benefits from one of the largest purchases in its history.

The company, which employs almost 50 people at its West Midlands factory, has increased its capacity and processing speed thanks to the installation of a new Bystronic Bystar Fiber 12kW laser with part automation.

The machine will help the company deliver high cutting dynamics and thin-to-thick cutting capabilities to a customer base that spans aerospace and automotive to food and agriculture.

The investment has also made a huge difference to the firm’s environmental performance, with the Bystronic model replacing two older CO2 machines and is already delivering a 50% energy saving – the equivalent of powering 2,100 average homes every month.

Midtherm Laser works with more than 500 companies across 20 different sectors, cutting and forming various sheet metal from 0.5mm to 30mm. It is also the only sub-contract laser provider that offers the cutting of non-ferrous materials without the risk of cross-contamination for industries including food processing and chemical manufacture. Visit them on Stand A89


DVR Ltd, a leading sub-contract electronics manufacturing company, is excited to introduce its new lowcost, fast-turnaround prototyping service to enable design engineers to rapidly evaluate new and innovative electronic concepts.

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With a few simple clicks, its new prototyping service Speed Assembly Services (SAS) can deliver custommade PCB assemblies in as little as 24 hours, depending on component availability and lead time.

An online ordering tool empowers engineers to selfserve and control all aspects of the ordering process, all while having multiple customisation options and minimising quoting and ordering times.

SAS Ltd is the ideal supplier for low quantities, new product introductions, prototypes and concept PCBs. Learn more by visiting A129


A rapidly expanding customer base with numerous high-tech projects has prompted integrated electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider Escatec, to establish a dedicated Innovation Hub.

The facility, located 200 metres from its site in Switzerland, will provide Escatec’s design and development team with a creative workspace to meet customers and support them in turning their conceptual thoughts and early design ideas into market-leading products.

Established in 1974 with its headquarters in Penang, Malaysia, Escatec offers a fully integrated portfolio of electronics, electro-mechanical, and box build manufacturing services with a network of modern production facilities in Malaysia, the Czech Republic, the UK, and Switzerland.

Escatec can seamlessly move your design from development to introduction to mass production. Learn how by visiting Stand E108

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What to expect

• World-class two-day conference agenda

• Solution Theatres

• Guitar Legends competition (win a 3D guitar)

• Masterclasses

• STEM features (next-gen talent)

• Sustainability initiatives (plant a tree in our forest)

• Future of Manufacturing

• 400+ exhibitors providing the latest innovations/ industry solutions

• Expert-Led sessions

• Post-event drinks and networking TWO

Wednesday 7 & Thursday 8 June 2023

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Guardtech Group raising the bar with new Cleanroom Solutions website

Haverhill cleanroom construction company elevate their turnkey offering with launch of ground-breaking new website

THE GUARDTECH GROUP are taking their turnkey controlled environment construction services to a new level with the launch of their new Cleanroom Solutions website.

Haverhill firm Guardtech acquired the formerly Sussex-based company at the end of 2021, restructuring the overall Group to include Guardtech Cleanrooms as modular specialists, CleanCube as portable solutions and Isopod as quick-assembly cleanrooms.

Heritage cleanroom construction firm Cleanroom Solutions formed the turnkey arm of the Group, taking on more complex, larger-scale facility builds.

And potential clients can now get a comprehensive showcase of all the different aspects of a Cleanroom Solutions project thanks to the new subsite.

Guardtech Group Commercial Director Mark Wheeler said: “We’re delighted to launch this new site, which we strongly believe will enhance

the already impressive Cleanroom Solutions turnkey offering, taking it to a whole new level.

“Site visitors will get an in-depth illumination of all the different factors that go into a complex cleanroom construction project, from the various aspects of design through to installation and commissioning.”

The site’s content includes detailed information regarding Cleanroom Solutions’ design consultation, Building Information Modelling (BIM), use of the RIBA Framework, CDM Regulations, Computational Flow Dynamics (CFD) and revolutionary 3D scanning practices.

Users can explore the different internal Technical aspects of a construction project, from structural components to both mechanical and electrical options, as well as furniture & equipment solutions.

And there’s also a detailed breakdown of the Guardtech Group’s three standard Fit-Out choices – GMP, ISO and CNC, three pre-configured systems

For more information on Cleanroom Solutions head to For more details on the Guardtech Group’s products and services, visit, call 0330 113 0303 or email

that provide different levels of control based on the users’ requirements.

Guardtech Group Projects Director Sean Gaylard, who has a long history with Cleanroom Solutions and became a Director back in 2015, is excited about what the future holds.

“This new website is fantastic,” he said. “We’re proud of the reputation that Cleanroom Solutions has established as a brand since it was formed by Jan Pyrgies and John Healy 23 years ago as a provider of high-quality, high-performance controlled environments.

“We anticipate that this website will help to bring in even more fascinating clients from the exciting world of Life Sciences and beyond in the years to come.”


Stäubli: new product line CombiTac direqt

Stäubli presents the most assembly and maintenance friendly generation of modular connectors with its latest product line: CombiTac direqt

Stäubli Electrical Connectors launches the first series of a brand-new generation of modular connectors that enables the combination of various types of power, signal and pneumatic connections in manual and automatic mating applications with up to 10,000 mating cycles. Featuring a light modern design with the highest possible safety features, and assembled 100% manually without the use of any tools, CombiTac direqt guarantees a safe, reliable, and the most maintenance friendly modular connector solution for numerous industries and applications.

For many years, Stäubli Electrical Connectors has been successfully providing a range of connector solutions that combine high-quality power, signal, data, pneumatic and fluid connections in a single modular connector system known as CombiTac.

The CombiTac system offers customers worldwide a compact and space-saving modular connector solution that can be adapted and 100% customized to meet exact

dimensional and technical requirements, and guarantees a safe and steady performance even under the most demanding mechanical and environmental conditions.

Today, by introducing a new generation of modular connectors to the CombiTac family, we offer our customers even more flexibility in selecting the right modular connector system. Therefore, the CombiTac family is split into two lines, CombiTac uniq, and the new CombiTac direqt.

CombiTac uniq meets the highest demands in industrial applications with up to 100,000 mating cycles. CombiTac direqt is born out of today’s modular connector market needs and trends to reduce assembly and maintenance costs to the absolute minimum.

Its Click-and-Connect feature, allows you to manually assemble all parts in no time and without the use of any tools whatsoever. Each carrier and frame is coded, which rules out any possibility of assembly error and prevents wrong polarity mating between male and female connectors.

New CombiTac direqt, with his user-friendly Click-and-Connect system for a Tool-free assembly

All type of configurations, whether for panel mount or housing applications, guarantee a constant and reliable connection for signals, power, and pneumatic coupling up to 10,000 mating cycles. Throughout this life cycle, the quality of the contacts remains at the highest possible level, offering a constantly low contact resistance and stable performance even when exposed to shock and vibration. Medium and high-current contacts up to 350 A are available, offering IP2X protection both on male and female side, along with leakage-free pneumatic couplings (15 bar).

Each CombiTac direqt and CombiTac uniq product can quickly and easily be configured online by means of the intuitive and award-winning CombiTac configurator software, and is delivered to your doorstep already assembled.

Suitable for various applications in general industry, automation, automotive manufacturing and testing, medical and healthcare, railway, transportation and logistics, both CombiTac lines offer customers the flexibility in selecting the right product to meet exact performance and process optimization needs.

The CombiTac family at a glance:

CombiTac direqt:

• Click–and-Connect system

• Tool-free assembly

• Signal and power contacts (up to 350 A)

• Data (Ethernet 1 Gbit)

• Leakage-free pneumatic couplings (15 bar)

• 10,000 mating cycles

CombiTac uniq:

• 100% customizable

• Current up to 300 A, voltage up to 5 kV

• Power, signal, data (Ethernet 10Gbit, coaxial, optical fiber),

• thermocouple, leakagefree fluid and pneumatic (15 bar)

• 100,000 mating cycles

• Panel mount and housing applications

• IP65/67 and IP68/69 housings (white, grey)

• High safety features

• Resistance to shock and vibrations

• Panel mount and housing applications

• IP65/67 and IP68/69 housings (white, grey)

• High safety features

• Resistance to shock and vibrations

• Fire and smoke compliance (Railway)

“As a solution provider, we have always been very close to our customers worldwide, and we are committed to continue in this direction. Today, we offer our customers optimal modular connector solutions of the highest quality, adapted to customer needs and delivered complete – even with cable assembly when required.

The new addition to the CombiTac family, the CombiTac direqt, will continue to grow alongside CombiTac uniq, with many new contact types and features to be introduced in the future.”

The CombiTac family, offers even more flexibility in selecting the right modular connector system - Nasir Mahmood, Head of Product Management Industrial

What’s new?

• 75% of stand space already sold

• Powell Electronics confirms headline sponsorship alongside Wurth Elektronik and Solid State Supplies

• Dassault Systemes returns as gold lounge sponsor and sponsor for The Engineer conference and Eureka conference

• Mouser Electronics confirm lanyard sponsorship

Design Show!

Previous exhibitor, Adam Miller, Field Sales Engineer from Ineltek commented on last year’s show:

“The resurgent Engineering Design Show exceeded expectations. Ineltek’s stand had a steady stream of relevant visitors from a variety of technology businesses. The two days flew by; we never reached the point where we had to kill time visiting other stands. EDS is back with a bang!”

The Engineering Design Show (EDS) returns to The Coventry Building Society Arena on the 11th – 12th of October 2023. This two day exhibition has been curated specifically for design engineers and will bring together over 200 suppliers, thousands of products and all the latest industry innovations.

The exhibition is set to be jam-packed with hundreds of stands already booked. Exhibitors include Moons Industries, Technosoft, Telsonic, Smallfry, McLennan, Thermal Vision Research, Etal, Quickparts, Hoover, The Robot Studio and Reliance Precision and many more!

Alongside the exhibition, visitors can attend 30+ hours of free conference sessions and workshops, bringing together the biggest names in the industry. There will also be ample space for one-to-one meetings and time to network, with the dedicated gold lounge, sponsored by Dassault Systemes, a central café and a drinks reception held at the end of the first day.

EDS has everything to support UK design engineers in 2023. Register your interest here to be the first to find out when registration opens and to keep abreast of all the latest show news:

Interested in exhibiting?

Exhibiting at EDS is a fantastic way to maximise your organisation’s exposure to the UK’s design engineering community. For more information, get in touch with Simon Bonell and find out how we can tailer your package to meet your exact requirements.

Hundreds of exhibitors are already confirmed for this year’s Engineering
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Partnership with viastore: successfully set in motion at LogiMAT 2022

viastore COO Thomas Hibinger and Interroll CEO Ingo Steinkrüger announced their companies´ collaboration at LogiMAT one year ago. Based on Interroll’s modular platform technology, viastore expanded its mechanical portfolio to include its own conveyor technology solution, viaconvey. Today, viastore is in the thick of things—in projects with individually conceived and designed material flow systems for tomorrow.

By taking the step of further strengthening its mechanical conveyor technology competence in addition to its proven viaspeed and viapal stacker cranes, viastore offers its customers the advantage of being able to design and configure their materialflow systems even more individually and independently, thus increasing their efficiency. For this purpose, viastore accesses Interroll’s modular platform: conveyor rollers, motors and drives for conveyor systems, conveyors and sorters.

“We are very pleased about the trusting cooperation with viastore, which we were able to further intensify over the course of the last year. It is a pioneering example of partnerships in which the companies

involved combine their respective core competencies and strengths—to the benefit of users of material handling solutions in many countries around the world,” explains Steinkrüger.

Both companies use common technology platforms, intensifying the exchange of know-how and the use of tools to optimize processes from planning to installation. The systems will be controlled by viastore’s proven viacontrol solution.

“This step strengthens our customer focus,” says Hibinger. “We are thus expanding our product and service offering from planning to spare parts supply and, as a result, the benefits for our customers.”


Drive your European Train Control System (ETCS) retrofit with HARTING

The European Train Control System (ETCS) allows trains to run without traditional trackside signals. Instead, a series of communication systems monitor the train’s position and speed and relays information to the driver’s cab. These systems know exactly where the vehicle is and automatically issue travel clearance, allowing the train to move safely along the track.

New locomotives are already being designed and equipped with the appropriate technology. However, older rolling stock will need upgrading and retrofitting with cabling, wiring and connectors to run the ETCS system. HARTING have a wide range of rail-approved products and solutions to support this challenge.

Used in combination, HARTING’s preLink® system and Ha-VIS EtherRail® cables allow you to build secure data networks in trains. EtherRail® cables are specially designed for railway requirements whilst the preLink® contact block allows you to pre-fabricate

data cables outside the carriage before installing them, resulting in a reliable, simplified assembly.

Older rolling stock will need upgrading and retrofitting to ensure networks are fast enough to meet the demands of ETCS. This can be achieved via jumper cables, which ensure the smooth transmission of power, data and signals throughout the entire train. The Han-Modular® range, including the new smaller Domino modules, allows you to create a versatile solution by combining individual inserts for different transmission media into standard-sized industrial connector housings. The series offers over 250 different inserts, enabling a wide range of customisable options.

HARTING have the capacity to produce these project-specific jumper cable assemblies to suit your needs, including

installing components, routing cable harnesses and fabrication. Their design team can also create a 3D CAD visualisation of your build to ensure absolute accuracy before manufacturing begins.

HARTING have recently retained their prestigious Silver Quality Performance Level award from the International Railway Industry Standard (IRIS). Silver Performance is currently the second highest performance level issued by IRIS and is a significant achievement for HARTING, making them one of only two UK companies to receive Silver status and putting them in the top 5% globally of all IRIS certified companies.

The HARTING manufacturing facility also holds ISO 9001 certification for Quality Management, the ISO 14001 Environmental Standard and UL certification for Wiring Harnesses ZPFW2 / ZPFW8.

To learn more about HARTING solutions for the rail industry, please click here or send us an email via

Alternatively, visit us on Stand J45 at Railtex:


It has to be safe the whole lifetime.

Han® HPR HPTC – Especially developed for railway applications.

High performance transformer connectors

■ Longer lifetime due to Han® HPR metal hoods and housings for harsh environments

■ Time savings due to easy installation and shielding without shrinking or taping

■ Cost savings due to minimum inventory needed based on efficient coding system

■ Secure solution according to relevant railway standards (EN 50467, EN 50124-1, EN 61373, EN 45545, EN 60137)

■ Shock- and vibration proofed system

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