There are many reasons to visit Sensors & Instrumentation Live when it returns to the NEC, Birmingham on 25 and 26 September 2019, with new feature areas added to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the show. As well as discovering products and services from market-leading companies, you can learn how to grow your business in the Enterprise Hub, see demonstrations of the best technology in Innovation in Action and find out about the very latest in engineering in the Engineering Symposium. Registration for Sensors & Instrumentation is now open and your free ticket not only gets you access to the UK’s only national instrumentation exhibition but also the co-located TCT Show.
Grow your business
New to the 2019 exhibition is the Enterprise Hub – an area that will explore the different growth opportunities that are available to manufacturers. Representatives from key engineering institutions and organisations will give a series of invaluable presentations, giving visitors an insight into topics including funding, training, apprenticeships and standards. Dan Canty, accreditation and awards manager at The Institution of Engineering & Technology (The IET), is going to give the talk ‘An introduction to apprenticeship and technician qualifications’. As well as providing an introduction to the qualifications, the talk will cover where to access information and support, and how the IET supports engineering apprentices, providers and employers.
Another speaker lined up for the Enterprise Hub is Charlotte Horobin, membership director – Midlands & East of England, Make UK. In her talk ‘‘Making It Happen’ – A view from UK manufacturing and the challenges and choices that lie ahead’, Horobin will provide an overview of Make UK’s research of how the sector is fairing in these challenging times and will explore some of the key hurdles that need to be capitalised on, turning them into opportunities such as skills, productivity and export.
Julian Moore, business engagement manager at the University of Birmingham’s Centre for Innovation in Advanced Measurement in Manufacturing (CIAMM), will be explaining how quantum theory is driving the development of more accurate, faster and portable technologies.
Quantum theory is one of the most significant breakthroughs of the 20th century. It has led to the development of some of the most widely used and now commonplace technologies such as the transistor and laser. A new generation of quantum technologies is enabling and driving a different range of previously impossible devices and systems to solve currently intractable problems. As a result, we are seeing greater opportunities for making faster and smaller technologies, with the potential to provide greater levels of accuracy and precision in measurement.
The Government announced £235m funding for quantum technologies in the 2018 Budget, taking total funding for the next phase of the National Quantum Technologies programme to £315m. As the lead partner for the UK National Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Metrology, the University of Birmingham is uniquely positioned to inform and share details of its exciting technological developments, pioneering research and ground-breaking investigations in quantum sensors that are attracting keen interest from industry. The University of Birmingham’s Centre for Innovation in Advanced Measurement in Manufacturing (CIAMM) offers pre-funded assistance to help SMEs solve quality-related challenges through advanced inspection and measurement, enabling them to realise their new product aspirations. It delivers support by providing access to specialist expertise, world-class facilities and a wide network of collaborative partners. Find out how CIAMM can help you in the Enterprise Hub.
Other organisations that have already signed up to be at the event include the British Measurement & Test Association (BMTA), the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA), and GAMBICA.
Watch live demonstrations
Another new feature area is Innovation in Action, sponsored by PCB Piezotronics. There is a lot to see at the event with market leading companies from across the test, measurement and control sector coming together under one roof. Free-to-attend, the Innovation in Action demonstrations will give you a better insight into the products that are on show and how these products can benefit your own operations. Unlike Google and any other online way of sourcing new products and solutions, this gives you a chance to see how these products work in real life and to have your questions answered by the experts. Companies already confirmed to speak in Innovation in Action include PCB Piezotronics, Devtank, Kistler, SIKA and Bronkhorst.
PCB Piezotronics is a designer, manufacturer, and global supplier of accelerometers, microphones, force, torque, load, strain, and pressure sensors, as well as the pioneer of ICP technology. This instrumentation is used by design engineers and predictive maintenance professionals worldwide for test, measurement, monitoring, and control requirements in automotive, aerospace, industrial, R&D, military, educational, commercial, OEM applications, and more. You can see a live demonstration of PCB products in Innovation in Action.
Devtank will be demonstrating its new open source modular test product called HILTOP (Hardware In-the-loop Test Operating Platform). The platform contains an integral motherboard/controller adopting a flexible split architecture with 64bit ARM processor and parallel FPGA hardware acceleration if required. High Speed Open-VTI backplane provides modular expansion using the Eurocard form factor and upgradable FPGA SO-DIMM modules. A powerful 1.2GHz quad-core ARM Cortex CPU (Raspberry Pi Compute Module CM3-Lite) and ICE40 8K FPGA combo can be fitted as option. All this technology is packaged in a robust industrial grade instrumentation case built to last. Devtank’s comprehensive flexible platform allows test, measurement and control solutions to be realised using numerous built in multi-channel interfaces such as USB2.0, LVDS, CAN-FD and RS485.
The platform can be easily expanded to add new interfaces and capability using the Open-VTI backplane and Eurocard expansion format. Automated testing gives faster and more accurate measurements through optimised hardware and software integration to provide both electrical and functional test coverage of the device under test (DUT). Bronkhorst is a leader in mass flow meter / mass flow controller technology for gases and liquids, pressure controllers and evaporation systems.
Bronkhorst’s Damian Walker will be giving a demonstration of the company’s LDM (Liquid Dosing Module) in Innovation in Action. The LDM is a modular assembly of a Bronkhorst mini CORI-FLOW mass flow meter and a pump system, built together in a robust enclosure as a complete unit with integrated power supply and touch-screen interface. It is capable of very low flow continuous or batch dosing.
The popular Innovation Showcase, sponsored by Bronkhorst, makes a return to Sensors & Instrumentation Live for 2019. This exciting feature area provides an assembly of the most cutting-edge products and solutions available from exhibitors. Visitors can get hands-on with devices and make sure they do not miss out on a single thing. Bronkhorst, Charcroft and Mantracourt will be among the companies to exhibit their products in this feature area.
Engineering Symposium – Sensing Innovation
The Engineering Symposium is an exciting partnership between DJB Instruments and Sensors & Instrumentation Live that will present CPD-accredited training that is driven by sensor innovation and the very latest in engineering. DJB will bring together a team of speakers from some of the UK’s leading technology and engineering companies to present a two day programme of technical training sessions. Subjects covered in the Engineering Symposium will include: basics of signal processing; analysis and control of noise sources in data; accelerometer technology and other topics. In addition, industry based presentations will describe how innovative sensor technology has been applied in some of the most technologically challenging applications of the modern era.
Register for free
Registration for Sensors & Instrumentation Live 2019 is free and will get you access to these great feature areas. To register for the event or to find out more information about the exhibition, please visit sensorsandinstrumentationlive.co.uk.