10th Anniversary of this show visit
I have been attending this show for the past year and have seen the technologies leap ahead even in that short time. What stuck me this year were the amount of manufacturers involved in composites, they took up nearly a whole NEC hall, looks like a very competitive market.
Some very impressive exhibits from the automotive, aerospace and boat building industries.
Good to catch up with Matthew Gill again and have a chat about Vibtek Ltd Condition Monitoring offers.
They market an interesting four sensor kit with a gateway for a remote monitoring solution that can be scaled with additional sensors if required, see above.
They also have a more traditional datalogger with a wireless triaxial sensor and all of the sensors capture surface temperature as well. Vibtek have lots of experience in off shore oil and gas as well as the automotive sector, worth getting in touch with if you are thinking about applications or hardware.
Always a pleasure to have a talk with RMS Reliability Maintenance Solutions Ltds Keith Gallant CRL about Motion Amplification and Condition Monitoring in general, we often share the benefits we have found and consider applications for this 'new' technology.
Keith was most enthused by a new higher resolution camera that is on it's way that will further expand the range of the instrument to deliver even more applications.
This technology I believe is the first genuinely new big step in condition monitoring in the past 10 years or more, if you haven't seen it I advise you go look at some of the videos that Keith and his colleagues are sharing on YouTube.
We can now see vibration with this technology.
TUNKERS - Expert UK Ltd are a company I have come across since working with Nissan UK when I met Martin Bevan at the North East Automotive Alliance a couple of months ago. He's a great chap who really knows his transfer and automated conveyor equipment, I believe they operate primarily in the Automotive sector although I could see many applications in Food & Beverage and other FMCG sectors.
Really quality looking equipment that could take a lot of punishment, well worth considering in my opinion.
Grasping The Opportunity Leading Change and Capitalising on the Benefits Across Industry
Manufacturing Technology Centre - MTC looking resplendent in the autumnal sun
Monday and Tuesday this week was spent at the MTC in Coventry where I am an associate member involved with the business development unit that concentrates on helping SMEs with productivity improvements.
I attended last years conference where the Made Smarter Review was launched and the first keynote on Monday was again delivered by Juergen Maier CEO of Siemens UK who revisited the steps made since that weighty volume was published.
Slowly but surely seemed to be the main message backed up by the chancellor latter in the day (it was budget day) depositing over £120 million into an Made Smarter implementation strategic fund.
Prof. Juergen Maier CEO Siemens UK Made Smarter - One Year On
Martin Dury presenting the advanced training and apprenticeships at the AMTC
Day two was a fairly full agenda with interactive workshops with presentations looking at Flexible Manufacturing, Labour and Skills, Digital Readiness, Asset Utilisation, Quality, New Business models and more.
Sponsors and partners that took part included Omron, ATS, FESTO, DXC Technology, iBASE, rexroth, outsystems, IET, GAMBICA, MTA and The Manufacturer.
Interested in the future of Condition Monitoring?
Pretty excited to be collaborating with friends Senseye as a guest on their next free webinar in a couple of weeks.
If you are slightly interested in the future of predictive techniques, why to implement Condition Monitoring and how to get the best results from sensor placement then this is for you.
There will be some great insights from Lars Ulph with a demo of the very intuitive dashboard that supports the important human feedback element, still very important in the connected work environment.
These webinars end with taking questions from attendees that are gathered during the presentation.
There are usually too many to answer on the day but you can always drop me your comments and thoughts and I will answer all of them.
Why not join the conversation and look into the future.
Here's the SENSEYE link:
Learn about the future of prediction and prognostics
Small one day event at Coventry's Ricoh Stadium with diverse stands
Great to see Peter O'Hara and Simon Kampa CEO of SENSEYE with pole position stand just inside the door
This show location is local to Uptime Consultant so we can be there or back home within 10 minutes so I always attend if I'm not busy with a client.
First stand through the door was Senseye with these two chaps who I have collaborated with in the past and plan to do some more in the near future.
If you are interested in what the future of Condition Monitoring will look like I thoroughly recommend you go take a look at what these guys are doing, it not only works, it is in service now saving companies time and money.
This particular Food & Drink show has been around for a couple of years but it's quite strange with a broad range of speakers in eight small presenting locations covering everything from Process to Engineering and everything in-between, over a hundred presentations of 15 mins long is maybe a little too much?
There's an area that I would say is Utilities including Water, Power, HVAC and all that important stuff.
Some equipment suppliers, one lubrication stand from Kluber who are a main player in F&B, pumps, auto lubrication.
Had a good chat to Steve Worth of Kluber to help me out with a special process application, and that's the beauty of shows that I get to put a face to a name and start to connect.. you can't do that on a phone or on-line.
Another excellent company who helped me when I started Uptime Consultant is EMS Cognito who always have a Jenga game going on, I passed on this challenge but this guy did well.. look at the whole thing balancing on one block down at the bottom!
He did it as well, got that block out and placed it on the top, no problem.
Richard Kelly the MD is the dapper chap on the far left.
Interesting product launch from Bijur Delimon UK that can be seen here in the centre of the shot, the CLP Auto Lube. CLP stands for Cartridge Lubrication Pump I believe.
It's advertised as a plug and play auto lubricating device that takes any standard cartridge instead of the larger volume vessels that can be a problem in my experience with replenishing and the carrier splitting from the lube.
Stuart the application on the right in the white shirt was telling me how versatile and affordable this unit is, below £1,000 for an installation was quoted.
Not much more to say really, it works for me as I was able to catch up, make new connections and it got me out of the office for a morning.