MACH 2021 falls victim to Covid-19
Despite the sterling efforts of organiser the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) for the MACH 2021 exhibition to go ahead in January as planned, the UK’s largest manufacturing trade event has had to be rescheduled to April 2022.
With the continued uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic and local lockdowns, the MTA decided to consult with its members and exhibitors who had booked a stand at MACH 2021 and gauge their opinion on whether to continue with MACH 2021 in January or carry forward to MACH 2022.
The overwhelming sentiment was that, in order to minimise the risks to visitors and exhibitors and to provide the best possible platform for both, the event should be moved to April 2022.
The event will be held in the same Halls at the NEC from 4th to 8th April 2022.
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MTA CEO James Selka says: “We believe that this decision, which has not been taken lightly, is in the best interests of the industry and those who work in it. Our first priority is, of course, the health and safety of the 30,000+ people who will visit and work at MACH.
“In addition, we believe that by moving MACH to April 2022, we will be able to offer a better experience for our visitors, and better value for our exhibitors, rather than holding it in January 2021 with the uncertainty that could still be with us. Add to this the Government’s recent announcement of a pause to the restart of live events and it was felt that a dateline in April 2022 was a much better option.
“In the meantime, visitors who planned to attend MACH 2021 to find out about new technology, look for new suppliers and research new trends will be able to utilise the existing MTA digital platforms. In addition, later this year, we will launch a new, virtual platform which we believe will perfectly complement the live show in 2022.
“We’re grateful to the NEC for working with us to facilitate this move and we look forward to welcoming visitors to MACH 2022 where they will be able to experience the best of modern manufacturing technology under one roof.”
All exhibitors booked for MACH in January 2021 have been offered the same space at the event being held on the new dates and the MTA is already in contact with exhibitors to discuss their participation. However, should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the organisers:
Clean air from just £0.26 per employee per day
There’s not much you can buy for £0.26 these days, but it can buy you a breath of fresh air!
Leading industrial air cleaning specialist Filtermist Systems Ltd’s brand-new ATLAS service programme aims to make it as hassle free as possible for UK manufacturers to ensure their employees are breathing clean, safe air.
From as little as £0.26 per employee per day, based on a facility with 25 employees, with up to 10 Filtermist units requiring four site visits per year in a Bronze contract.
Filtermist can provide a bespoke service that includes routine and reactive maintenance, and thorough examination and testing (TExT) for Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) systems, so employers can be confident they’re protecting their workforce from hazardous airborne contaminants and operating in compliance with relevant HSE regulations including COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health).
COSHH regulations require all LEV systems to be thoroughly examined and tested by a competent person at least once every 14 months, sometimes as frequently as once every month depending on the nature of the application.
“The current situation resulting from COVID-19 means cashflow is even higher on the agenda for most businesses than usual,” comments UK LEV and Service sales manager, Carl Latham. “ATLAS is designed to make it more manageable for customers to ensure they’re ticking that all important box of protecting their people and remaining compliant with HSE and Environment Agency Regulations, whilst keeping an eye on the bottom line.”
Signing up to an ATLAS contract also means customers no longer have to remember to book regular services and LEV tests. This is all handled by Filtermist’s dedicated service team.
The ATLAS programme includes packages tailored for oil mist, dust, fume and spray LEV systems across three service levels: bronze, silver and gold, enabling customers to choose the best option for their specific requirements. Each level can be paid for annually, quarterly, or monthly under contracts with periods that vary between 12 and 36 months, depending on the customer’s requirements.
All packages include service visits, an annual LEV test, a dedicated account manager and a 24hour response time for all breakdowns. Silver and gold levels offer additional benefits including weekend callouts, breakdown voucher visits, and even filter consumables in some cases.
“The name ATLAS comprises the first letter of each word that this service includes: Agreement for TExT of LEV, Aftersales and Service, meaning support/prop,” continues Carl Latham. “This is particularly fitting, as this is exactly what the ATLAS service aims to do, support our customers to ensure they provide clean air for their workforce with no admin headaches.”
Full details including a breakdown of each service level can be found at https://www.filtermist.co.uk/filter-servicing-and-spares/.
Established in Shropshire in 1969, Filtermist’s ethos is to protect people by ensuring cleaner, safer, more productive working environments. The company, part of the Swedish Absolent Group, provides an extensive range of products and services designed to ensure the air in production facilities is free from contaminants such as oil mist, oil smoke, dust, fume and VOCs. If left in the atmosphere airborne particles can be hazardous to health and can pose a fire and slip risk.
Filtermist is best known for manufacturing a range of compact, quiet and efficient oil mist filters which are trusted by world leading manufacturers in more than 60 countries.
In the UK, Filtermist offers a turnkey service that includes initial consultation and project planning, extraction system design, specification, equipment manufacture and supply, installation and commissioning.
Recent acquisitions mean the company is now responsible for a number of product brands in addition to Filtermist oil mist filters. These include Dustcheck process filters, venting filters and dust collectors, Gallito paint finishing solutions, FastClip ducting, XS Automation control panels and Ecogate energy saving technology.
Filtermist is also the UK distributor for sister company Absolent AB and offers comprehensive aftersales services including filtration consumables, COSHH compliant LEV testing, air monitoring and extraction system maintenance throughout the UK.
MicroCare offers new surface cleaners amid Coronavirus outbreak
As the world sees the Coronavirus (COVID-19) have a greater impact on the availability of traditional cleaning products used in the manufacturing process, many industries are looking for ways to effectively clean their products and workplaces. In response to those customer requests, MicroCare is expanding its line of surface cleaners in Europe. The purpose is to provide customers with reliable and effective fluids to keep surfaces clean.
“The Coronavirus outbreak led us to evaluate our product line and to identify those products that can be helpful to our customers,” says Scott Wells, MicroCare general manager for Europe. “We have a new product that is ideal for cleaning surfaces.”
The new MultiClean™ MultiTask Surface Cleaner Spray provides safe and high purity cleaning in almost any production environment. It effectively cleans a variety of working surfaces including tables, tools, machinery, gauges, keyboards, mobile phones and more.
It features a 70 percent high purity IPA (Isopropyl Alcohol) and 30 percent D.I. (Deionised) water mixture that evaporates more slowly, allowing the cleaning fluid to remain on surfaces longer, for better cleaning.
The new aerosol spray cleaner removes flux and white residue from circuit boards, solder paste and uncured epoxy residues from stencils, fingerprints, grease and light oils commonly found in medical device and electronics manufacturing. With excellent materials compatibility, it is safe to use on a variety of metals and plastics.
“When used with MicroCare General Purpose Wipes or Stencil Wipes, the new MultiClean MultiTask Surface Cleaner provides an effective way to help keep manufactured product and facilities clean,” adds Scott Wells.
MultiClean MultiTask Surface Cleaner is manufactured by MicroCare in the UK, facilitating faster delivery to all users throughout Europe.
Since 1983, MicroCare has been the leading manufacturer of cost-effective, environmentally-progressive products for precision cleaning, coating and lubrication. These products are supplied to a wide variety of industries, such as electronics, metal finishing, transportation, photonics, medical devices and aerospace with a goal of helping clients improve their own products, their quality and their processes.
MicroCare also features an on-site critical cleaning lab and a team of experienced field technicians to help companies to use these products properly, safely and economically.
MicroCare Corporation has an ISO 9001-2015 registered quality system and is continually improving and expanding its innovative range of products ensuring it is the favored choice globally. MicroCare Corporation includes MicroCare Sticklers™ and MicroCare Medical™ among its many brands.
Riley Surface World supplies critical machinery to VentilatorChallengeUK
Rileys Surface World is proud to have supported the VentilatorChallengeUK Consortium with the delivery of two machines critical to the manufacture of ventilators for the fight against Covid-19.
Rolls Royce PLC and GKN Aerospace each have a Kerry Microsolve 250M Ultrasonic Cleaning Machine delivered to their design and manufacturing plants in Filton (Bristol, UK) and Cowes (Isle of Wight, UK), supplied by Riley Surface World.
These quality machines use ultrasonic frequencies to clean parts to a very high specification, essential to parts used in the manufacture of ventilators for medical use.
Many of the consortium members are long term customers and the trust earnt by Rileys Surface World has played a significant role in ensuring rapid delivery of these machines.
“We really appreciate all the stops you’ve pulled out for us on this,” says Martin Williams, chief industrialisation engineer, Rolls-Royce UK.
“I couldn’t be happier. This will make a world of difference to our production flow,” says Glyn Lavell ChPP| programme manager, GKN Aerospace UK
The supply of these machines demonstrates the strength of Riley’s team even in these difficult times.
The first used Kerry 250M was available from stock in Riley’s 5,000 m2 warehouse, having been bought from Thales UK in January to ensure availability of these popular machines.
This machine has been supplied refurbished by Riley’s in-house engineering team in conjunction with long term partner CRV controls. A range of critical spares, commissioning and training is also being supplied alongside the guarantee to confirm Riley’s commitment to supporting the consortium and the NHS.
The second used Kerry 250M machine was sourced from Riley’s industry network as soon as a need was identified across the VentilatorChallengeUK Consortium. Once found, Riley’s moved quickly to place the machine with GKN Aerospace over just one weekend.
Riley Surface World thanks its key partners in recognising the importance of these machines and supporting their rapid delivery. CRV Controls has provided engineering support and on-site commissioning and training. The hauliers have also been excellent support responding same day because of the speed of delivery of this project.
The VentilatorChallengeUK consortium includes leading UK industrial, technology and engineering businesses from across the aerospace, automotive and medical sectors such as Airbus, BAE, Ford, GKN, Rolls Royce, Thales and McLaren F1.
The consortium has come together to produce medical ventilators for the UK. The UK Government has placed orders for ventilators to be delivered as soon as possible and the consortium is making rapid progress.
Ventilators are essential to the NHS and the consortium is supporting existing suppliers to expand production and adding new Rapidly Manufactured Ventilator Systems to the supply chain.
Riley Surface World was established in 1968. It has developed from a traditional machinery merchant into a global marketing platform for the surface finishing industry. It has a huge range of new and used plant and machinery in stock and online, and provides technical consultancy, factory clearances, decommissioning, online auctions and a wide range of asset realisation services to companies worldwide.
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