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“Advanced Manufacturing Show’s Innovation is a window onto the drivers for today’s marketplace”

NEC, Birminghan, England

Toward s the end of next month Read-out plans to attend the Advanced Manufacturing Show in Britain’s  National Exhibition Centre (NEC) south of Birmingham in the midlands of England.

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We have been attending mtec, a constituent of this Exhibition since the 1990s and have had a page with reports on some of stands and general impressions since 2001. It used to be held in February but this year the show has been moved to the more clement month of April. It is, remarkably, the last of the automation shows in a country which in the past hosted such major international events as the IEA (1960/70s, and C&A (Control & Automation), both of which lost their way. Our preview on this event is on the Signpost Website.

The latest release from organisers Cannon Communications announces that Advanced Manufacturing Show’s Innovation is a Window Onto the Drivers for Today’s Marketplace

The hundreds of new products, technologies and techniques on show and being demonstrated by exhibitors at the show “offer a definitive signpost of where manufacturing needs to compete on the world stage – innovation is clearly the mother of success!”

Since Cannon assumed control of the show they have highlighted the co-located  MEDTEC UK – “the UK’s premier medical device manufacturing forum” – which might appear to downplay the industrial focus of the other co-located shows including mtec.  Nevertheless, this year’s series of shows within Advanced Manufacturing UK represent an unrivalled showcase of all the tools needed to ensure the future of high-tech manufacturing. They say that “a visit to the Birmingham NEC on April 27 & 28 will immediately reveal the Advanced Manufacturing UK’s melting pot of innovative spirit!” Which is one of the reasons we do attend.

Obviously, given the Read-out Signpost’s focus, mtec – Sensors, Measurement & Instrumentation is the main reason we attend. This is dedicated to instrumentation and techniques for practical measurement  required in control, engineering, processing, physics, chemistry, utility and the life sciences sector. Just down our alley so to speak. It is also the only all Britain show dedicated to automation as such. There are some smaller instrumentation shows organised by Trident (former organisers of mtec) in English provincial venues and in Scotland.

The other colocated events of varying interest to our readers and visitors are:

  • Machine Building and Automation – products, systems, components and services utilised by the machine building and advanced manufacturing industry, and showcasing the next generation of automation techniques and equipment
  • VTX – for expert and potential users of vision systems
  • Practical Vacuum 2010 – for all aspects of vacuum technology

All in all this collection of shows will present design and manufacturing professionals with a showcase to meet and review the latest suppliers of raw materials, manufacturing, automation technology and outsourcing.

Advanced Manufacturing UK also embraces a not-to-be-missed programme of educational events that forward-thinking manufacturers can capitalise on. As last year Education Theatres focused on the technologies of vision (VTX), vacuum (Practical Vacuum) and wireless technologies (Mtec) will be located throughout the show locations.

In addition the renowned MEDTEC Conference and the Medical Device Innovation and Technology Forum will be held.

The dates again are 27 – 28 April 2010 at the extraordinarily accessible NEC, right beside Birminham International Airport, Main Railway Station, and the motorway network.

Look out for us in Birmingham. We’ll fly in on day one 27th April.


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