Show preview: Engineering Design Show 2012

On the 10th and 11th October, an event will take place at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry that – uniquely among UK exhibitions – will cater specifically for design engineering professionals. Or, to put it another way: an event 'designed for design engineers'.

Organised by Eureka's parent company Findlay Media, the Engineering Design Show will bring together a broad range of technologies, industries and expertise to create an event that will have something to offer engineering designers in every sector. This will be the case particularly because the concurrent conference and workshop programmes will provide insights that will include some of the biggest names and issues in UK engineering design as well as the latest hands-on practical and technical advice. In terms of value, the key to the Engineering Design Show lies ensuring that we can help you to produce cost-effective, efficient and commercially-successful designs by offering access to the latest technology. This, of course, is a role that Eureka has successfully fulfilled for more than three decades. However, while the written word can introduce you to an idea, only by having physical access to the people and products behind that idea can you really know if it's right for you. The Engineering Design Show therefore offers the perfect complement to Eureka's editorial content: allowing our readers a genuinely interactive forum in which to see, feel and discuss the ideas and technologies that will make their designs even better. We at Eureka are certain that the Engineering Design Show offers an invaluable opportunity for design engineers to attend an event focused purely on their professional needs. With that in mind, we urge you not to miss out. We look forward to seeing you there. Engineering Design Show Conference Programme A valuable, informative conference programme is at the heart of any successful industry event and the Engineering Design Show 2012 will be no exception. Featuring some of the biggest names in UK engineering – including BAE Systems, McLaren, ARM Holdings and AgustaWestland – and with sessions on everything from motorsport and medicine to intellectual property and defence, this two-day conference truly promises something for everyone. As a brief glance at the programme will show, the conference offers delegates an unrivalled opportunity to hear about the latest technologies, techniques and strategies straight from the horse's mouth – with information from acknowledged experts at the forefront of their fields. The delegate places for conference sessions are limited to 100 attendees per session. They are going fast, however, so if you are interested in attending one of the sessions and wish to reserve your place, then register now at to avoid disappointment. 10th October – Legends Lounge 09.00 - 09.45 Why motorsport engineering and innovation benefit UK industry Chris Aylett, chief executive, Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) 10.00 - 10.45 Palpatronix: haptics for tumour detection James Chandler and Earle Jamieson, PhD students, Leeds University 11.00 - 11.45 Optimising the design development process David Mills, managing director, Haughton Design 12.00 - 12.45 Designing future soldier systems and defence platforms James Baker, managing director, BAE Systems Advanced Technology Centre 13.00 - 13.45 Panel discussion: IP – what is it worth? James Baker, managing director, BAE Systems Advanced Technology Centre Nigel Robinson, partner, D Young & Co LLP Jon Calvert, managing director, ClearViewIP Paul Fanning, editor, Eureka Magazine 14.00 - 14.45 The ARM architecture: driving the transition to 32 bit systems Richard York, director of product marketing, ARM Holdings 15.00 - 15.45 Designing and manufacturing an F1 engine control unit Tim Strafford, business development manager, McLaren Electronic Systems 16.00 - 16.45 Making more sustainable materials choices Dr Jamie O'Hare, eco design product manager, Granta Design 11th October – Legends Lounge 09.00 - 09.45 Aerospace Keynote – aerospace and innovation: a vision for the future James Godman, head of research and development, AgustaWestland 10.00 - 10.45 Heavy-duty engine design Keynote More details to follow 11.00 - 11.45 Ten ways to make your software hard to port Ian Willats, managing director, Pebble Bay Consulting 12.00 - 12.45 Utilising CAD and PLM Siemens PLM 13.00 - 13.45 "It's got to be… like the iPod" Nathan Wrench, associate director for Products and Systems Division, Cambridge Consultants 14.00 - 14.45 The strategic use of design in society and business Sir George Cox, president, Institution of Engineering Designers The Conference – ones to watch Below are just some of the presentations that promise to be of particular interest to Eureka readers. Why motorsport engineering and innovation benefit UK industry Chris Aylett, chief executive, Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) 10th October 9.00-9.45am Far from existing in a bubble, motorsport creates innovative designs capable of being transferred into all manner of industries, making it an invaluable focus for innovation. Here. Chris Aylett will offer examples of how the cutting edge technology developed for motorsport has found its way into applications such as defence and suggests ways in which industry and motorsport can work together for the greatest possible mutual benefit. Designing future soldier systems and defence platforms James Baker, managing director, BAE Systems Advanced Technology Centre 10th October 12.00-12.45 As featured this year in Eureka's April and May issues, James Baker and BAE Advanced Technology Centre have developed an approach to innovation that has entailed far greater levels of collaboration with the commercial world than has previously been the case. Here, he will talk about the challenges of designing for a defence market that has become a far more challenging environment in the last few years and the strategies he believes will succeed. Panel Discussion: IP – what is it worth? James Baker, managing director, BAE Systems Advanced Technology Centre Nigel Robinson, partner, D Young & Co LLP Jon Calvert, managing director, ClearViewIP Paul Fanning, editor, Eureka 10th October 13.00-13.45 It's fair to say that everyone knows that IP is important, but very few would claim to be fully on top of the subject. What are the different types of IP? What is the best approach to protecting and exploiting them? Is jealously guarding IP always the best approach or can a more flexible approach pay dividends? This panel discussion will allow delegates to talk to the experts and offer some solutions and answers. The strategic use of design in society and business Sir George Cox, President of the Institution of Engineering Designers 11th October 14.00-14.45 Design needs to be seen in its wider context. Design – or rather the strategic use of design – holds the key both to the future health of the UK economy and to the solution of the major problems facing society. Here, Sir George – the former chairman of The Design Council and author of The Cox Review of Creativity in Business – will explain how the current economic climate has underlined this and the challenge it creates for nations, organisations and individuals. Engineering Design Show Workshop Programme Running parallel to the Conference Programme is the Engineering Design Show Workshop Programme. The workshops are intended to be practical and 'hands-on' advice on a range of technical issues and technology subjects that delegates will find both useful and helpful on future projects. The Engineering Design Show will feature two workshop theatres covering 20 sessions across the two days. Every one of these sessions will include highly relevant and valuable content such as case study presentations by leading technology experts. The workshops are free for visitors to attend but space is limited to 50 attendees per session. If you are interested in attending one of the sessions below and wish to reserve your place, then register now to avoid disappointment at 10th October Theatre 1 10.15 - 11.00 Innovative bearing and precision components for low carbon powertrain design Stewart Davies, principal engineer, Schaeffler UK 11.15 - 12.00 Functional plastics: a solution for future challenges Dr Antti Helminen, research and development manager at Premix Oy (on behalf of Plastribution) 12.15 - 13.00 Intellectual Property Protection – a commercial perspective Ian Harris, partner, chartered & European patent attorney, D Young & Co LLP 13.00 - 14.00 Lunch and exhibition 14.00 - 14.45 Making the invisible visible – designing in adhesives during product development Bob Goss, senior technology specialist, Henkel 15.00 - 15.45 A vision on the future of additive manufacturing Philip Hudson, managing director, Materialise UK 16.00 - 16.45 Mobile measurements made possible with smart phones and tablets Kyle Voosen, marketing director, National Instruments Theatre 2 10.15 - 11.00 Crowd sourcing and open engineering uncovered Lauri Poldre, partner, GrabCAD 11.15 - 12.00 ECAD/MCAD integration in the electronics design process: how to get the best out of both worlds? Jörg Kaleita, technical account manager for EMEA, Altium Europe 12.00 - 13.00 Lunch and exhibition 13.00 - 13.45 Better, more sustainable products through eco design and materials selection Dr Jamie O'Hare, eco design product manager, Granta Design 14.00 - 14.45 Integrating switchmode power for OEMs Matt Smith & Keith Barclay, applications support managers, TDK Lambda 15.00 - 15.45 Innovative material selection to add value Andy Pilling, strategic account manager, Albis UK 16.00 - 16.45 The benefits of piezoelectric sensor technology Nick Gittins, sales manager, Kistler Instruments October 11th Theatre 1 10.15 - 11.00 Reliable long life bearings for high speed and harsh environments Mark Pritchard, senior product engineer, The Barden Corporation UK 11.15 - 12.00 Functional plastics: a solution for future challenges Dr Antti Helminen, research and development manager at Premix Oy (on behalf of Plastribution) 12.00 - 13.00 Lunch and exhibition 13.00 - 13.45 PROFIBUS diagnostics and network monitoring Andy Verwer, director, Verwer Training and Consultancy 14.00 - 14.45 Next generation digital prototyping and simulation Phil Read, sales director, Man and Machine and Jonah Normand, simulation sales for Northern Europe, Autodesk Theatre 2 10.15 - 11.00 Practical advice on the use of structural adhesives with composites, metals and plastics Gavin Creech, senior applications engineer, Scott Bader 11.15 - 12.00 How to get the right board manufactured without eliminating creativity Jörg Kaleita, technical account manager for EMEA, Altium Europe 12.00 - 13.00 Lunch and exhibition 13.00 - 13.45 The selection implications of data conversion components for the overall analogue signal chain Gary Biggins, FAE, Anglia and Charles Akokhia, northern European FAE manager at Analog Devices 14.00 - 14.45 Surviving in the extreme: motors for harsh environments Gary Livingstone, managing director, LG Motion Engineering Design Show News More than 80 exhibitors are due to appear at the Engineering Design Show. Here, Eureka offers a preview of some of the technologies, services and expertise to be displayed. Abssac Abssac is now the appointed United Kingdom distributor for the entire product range of ETP hydraulic clamping hubs and bushes and will be showing its complete range for the first time at the Engineering Design Show. All ETP products consist of a double-walled hardened steel (in some cases stainless steel) sleeve, filled with a pressure medium. In the product flange there are one or more screws and a piston with seals for the pressure setting. Stand C50 Alcoa Fastening Systems Alcoa Fastening Systems (AFS) was established in 2002 with the intention of providing a complete range of fastening solutions for a wide range of industrial markets and customers. AFS will be exhibiting its extensive product range, which currently offers the greatest breadth and depth of fastening solutions available including: self-locking nuts, quick-release fasteners, draw latches, threaded inserts, lock-bolts, structural blind fasteners and installation tooling. Stand B20 Anixter Component Solutions Leading component and cable accessories supplier Anixter Component Solutions will be featuring its new catalogue at the Engineering Design Show. As well as promoting the catalogue, Anixter will be using the event to feature its new ranges of terminal blocks, fuses, fuse holders, crimp connectors, indicators, push-buttons and DIN rail enclosures from CamdenBoss, including Camden's flagship products, fused terminal blocks and modular control switches. Stand A45 Barden Corporation (UK) Barden Corporation will be sharing parent company Schaeffler's stand at the Engineering Design Show. Visitors will have the opportunity to view a range of super precision ball bearings from the company. Barden serves a wide range of industry sectors, including aerospace and defence, dental and medical, vacuum pumps, and critical industrial applications. As well as providing a range of super-precision deep groove and angular contact ball bearings, Barden also specialises in developing unique, non-standard bearing designs for demanding applications. Stand D51 Centa Transmissions As well as showing what is new and innovative in engine drives, mechanical power transmission expert Centa Transmissions will also be demonstrating its design capability at the Engineering Design Show, where engineers can see 3D modelling on a SolidWorks system. On display will be Centaflex-A, which the company describes as one of the most versatile flexible couplings available to design engineers today. Stand B25 Data Plastics Data Plastics claims to offer a solution to any design/custom moulding need as well as a broad range of standard parts. The company offers enhanced manufacturing capability following heavy investments in infrastructure. These investments were aimed at making the company an extremely competitive choice for buyers seeking an experienced plastic injection moulding company to produce medium- to high-volume disposable components. Stand D90 Huxley Associates Huxley Associates is a market-leading engineering recruitment company with a specialist team focused on the recruitment of design engineers since 1995. Stand A35 Henkel The Engineering Design Show will be the launch platform for Henkel's new range of hazard label-free cyanoacrylates, commonly known as superglues. The main demonstration on the Henkel stand will be Macromelt. This is a low-pressure moulding process with hotmelt adhesives that is ideal for sealing delicate electronic components and cabling. At the show Henkel will be using this method to encapsulate pen drives that will be given to stand visitors. Stand C35 Igus One of the main highlights at the igus stand will be its new drylin SLN-27 miniature linear drive axis with polymer bearings. The high-performance drylin SLN-27 miniature linear axis has been developed specifically for simple handling tasks in confined spaces, and it offers design flexibility for positioning small loads. Also on display will be a range of igus energy chains, which are made from high performance plastics. Stand B10 The Institution of Engineering Designers The Institution of Engineering Designers is the professional body for people working in engineering design. Visit its stand to find out how joining a body of like-minded professionals can help you in your career development. Stand B103 IQD Frequency Products IQD will be exhibiting one of the most comprehensive frequency product ranges available, from low-cost, commercial-grade products to those used in high-reliability military and professional-grade applications, including: quartz crystals; VCXOs, TCXOs and SAW filters. Stand B80 Jet Press Already providing the UK's only single source for the combined ranges of ITW, Raymond and TRW specialist fastening components, Jet Press will also be showcasing the very latest in ball bearing slide innovations from Accuride, Camloc Gas springs, Hummel Cable Glands, Lowe and Fletcher Locking Systems and Rencol Knobs, Handles and Levellers. Visitors will also be able to talk with Jet Press' application consultants. Stand E40 LG Motion LG Motion will be exhibiting motion control components and system solutions that design engineers, involved in researching and developing ideas for new products and automated production systems, will find invaluable. LG Motion will be highlighting linear and rotary moving coil actuators from SMAC Europe as well as its own LG range of high precision linear, rotary and elevation slides. Stand B55 Maxon Motor At the Engineering Design Show, Maxon Motor will be presenting the latest products from its range. These include a growing range of very powerful motor controllers. Maxon will also be showcasing the huge range of customisation it can offer to customers from its standard product. This includes bespoke cables, flanges, shafts, windings and whatever is required to fit the customer's application. Technical experts will be on hand at the stand for designers who wish to discuss specific projects in more detail. Stand C55 Minitec MiniTec UK will showcase its Profile System range of modular profiles and ancillary components for machine base and constructional framing solutions. Designers and engineers using the show to research and develop ideas for production systems and machinery design will find a comprehensive range that includes components and sub-system solutions for safety and guard screens, workbenches, conveying and parts handling, automated manufacturing and test equipment, special fixtures, display consoles, positioning systems and even complex automated production plant. Stand C45 Muffett Gears Manufacturer of gears, gearboxes, assemblies and components Muffett Gears will be exhibiting at the show. The company's policies of continuous investment in staff, equipment and machinery, together with reaching out to new markets have been elements that have proved fundamental to Muffett Gears' growth. Stand A15 National Instruments At the Engineering Design Show 2012, National Instruments will demonstrate a selection of new products, including LabVIEW 2012, new technologies for embedded monitoring and control, and a family of mobile applications for interacting with measurement and control systems from smart phones and tablets. Stand C60 Nexus GB Nexus GB will be exhibiting its extensive range of non-volatile keys, tokens and receptacles at the Engineering Design Show. Nexus will be using a custom-designed robot application to illustrate the potential of its products to design engineers. Stand E30 Pacer International At the Engineering Design Show, Pacer will be demonstrating some unusual applications for optoelectronics, plus interesting new products including shape-changing, focus-variable lenses, miniature piezomotor drivers and joystick encoders, rotary encoders, RFID active tags, laser modules and LED drivers. Stand C65 RUD Chains RUD Chains will be presenting its products, latest innovations and expertise at the show. A main focus for RUD at the show will be displaying its latest technological innovation: RFID Radio frequency Identification Technology. This RFID technology is a revolutionary innovation and RUD has been nominated as a finalist for the British Construction Industry Product Innovation Award 2012 for its RFID technology. Stand C30 SpaceClaim SpaceClaim Engineer is a next-generation smart 3D tool that gives engineers the freedom and flexibility to capture ideas easily, directly edit solid models regardless of their origin, and to simplify designs in 3D for analysis, prototyping, and manufacturing. Stand D95 StrainSense Visitors to Strainsense's stand can see its full range of sensors for pressure, position, force, vibration, acceleration, strain, instrumentation, tilt and torque, as well as the latest Data Acquisition equipment. Its new Linear Potentiometers are ideal for the Industrial, R&D and Automotive markets. Stand A57 TFC Examples of TFC's Smalley products will be on display and can be produced to suit diameters between 6-2,000mm. They are available in a wide range of materials including carbon steel and exotic alloys. Stand C40 TDK-Lambda UK TDK-Lambda UK will be presenting its latest additions to its industry-leading power supplies at its stand. One of the many product highlights at the TDK-Lambda stand will be the new Z+ Series of programmable DC power supplies. These 200W and 400W 2U format units offer advanced features for ATE and OEM rack mounted or integrated applications. Stand A30 TRW Conekt TRW Conekt provides a range of design and support services that enable leading engineering companies to develop high-quality products and systems. By applying the knowledge and expertise gained in the aerospace, automotive, defence and energy sectors, Conekt is able to maximise the capabilities of its clients to create industry-leading solutions. Stand D70 Variohm Eurosensor Variohm EuroSensor is a specialist supplier of industrial sensors and systems. Its products include position sensors, including rotary and linear potentiometers, cable extension transducers and inclination sensors. Also available are systems for weighing and force sensing, pressure transducers and switches to measure absolute, differential and gauge pressure up to 5000 Bar, as well as Thermistors and probes. Stand C70 Wilde Analysis Wilde Analysis will be presenting its comprehensive range of manufacturing simulation, FEA, CFD and reliability engineering solutions for polymers, composites and other materials. As both an engineering consultancy and a value added reseller of analysis tools, Wilde helps companies optimise design, manufacturability and reliability. Stand D25