February 16th, 2016

What a whirlwind the Southern Manufacturing & Electronics show in Farnborough was, quite literally. This was because of the well-timed storm Imogen hitting the UK and affecting the FIVE exhibition site with complete closure for exhibitors until 10pm on the Monday. We waited patiently, along with hundreds of others, to enter the site at 10pm and feverishly build our stand, finally finishing at 12:30am.

Everything was in place and we left with carpets and electrics still being organised, a sympathetic thought went to those working through the night to get the show ready. All was ready for the start of the show on Tuesday and we, alongside our partners Physical Digital, stood waiting for what would be three days of discussions, demonstrations and the handing out of sweets.


The fruits of our labour

There was an array of engineering and manufacturing solutions and products, all vying for attention. Certain things stood out for us. One was Matsuura’s impressive 5-axis machining of wheels opposite our stand, second was the looming Renishaw stand in bright orange (an engineer’s tangerine dream) and thirdly was the flattened metal bi-plane model from Anaya.


Did you know Renishaw use NX CAD and CAM to design and manufacture? More info here. We also have our very own NX CAM expert to provide CAMplete reassurance and technical knowledge.

We managed to speak to students and demonstrate the simplicity of Solid Edge CAD to them. Their impressed reactions spoke for themselves, each having seen how synchronous technology can make quick design changes by just pushing and pulling the geometry itself. Often it takes a new generation to accept a new concept or way of doing things.

Our PLM team were also on hand to advocate the advantages of NX, Teamcenter and Tecnomatix. I’m sure you’ve heard of ‘Industry 4.0’ and how automation will become an ever increasing presence in our working lives, well these are some of the tools that will be integral to that. The Digital Factory is not a work of science fiction. There are great examples that exist and are surpassing their competition through improved efficiencies and better communication.