01 October 2009
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Choice is the key to fastening and assembly success

Whether it is a design dilemma, a production problem or a cost-reduction conundrum, the place to discover and discuss all the latest fastening and assembly options is the Fastening & Assembly Solutions Exhibition.

This is the show that manufacturing industry visits to evaluate all the processes, new products and recent application developments. It is also the place to meet new and better suppliers. Variety has always been one of the keys to the success of the exhibition – 96% of visitors interviewed have stated that their time at the event was either worthwhile or very worthwhile and one reason for this is the huge scope of fastening types, methods and suppliers that can be found there.

Engineering is one of those businesses where things can always be done better – it is simply a matter of discovering how and with what. The Fastening & Assembly Solutions Exhibition answers both if putting things together better and more cost-efficiently is a priority.

The show takes place at the National Motorcycle Museum Birmingham on Thursday October 29th and is open from 10am to 3pm. Exhibition entry is free and the Organisers have also arranged a free museum pass for all visitors (otherwise priced at £6.95). There is plenty of free parking immediately outside the show. The motorcycle museum is located on J6 of the M42, right outside the NEC.

Mechanical fasteners on show

Mechanical Fasteners are probably the oldest definable engineering system – but we have come a long way from using strips of bark or animal intestines to rope together our huts and boats however appropriate that might be. Human ingenuity continues to thrive and create brilliant new solutions to problems of locating and holding components/assemblies or structures. This varies from the continually re-invented screw or rivet through sophisticated removable fastening systems.

Next weeks Fastening & Assembly Solutions Exhibition hosted at the National Motorcycle Museum is expected to see the very best of recent developments in this area, while enabling visitors to soak up the atmosphere of enthusiasm and dedicated engineering expertise exemplified by the Motorcycle Museum exhibits.

Mark Newby, managing director of organisers Newbycom, opined: "Mechanical fasteners are fundamental to the very core of manufacturing industry and we are delighted to be in a position to enable our exhibitors to demonstrate so many cost saving product solutions and hopefully play a major part in revitalising our British manufacturing industry."

Exhibitors include Henrob [www.henrob.co.uk] focusing on their self-piercing riveting systems: Gesipa Blind Riveting Systems [www.gesipa.co.uk] will demonstrate advanced standard blind rivets while being available to discuss bespoke designs.

Tox Pressotechnik [www.tox-uk.com] specialise in Pneumo Hydraulic Power packages and TOX joining systems, providing an excellent opportunity for visitors to explore suitability and cost savings in their own production environment.

The people at Bollhoff Fastenings [www.bollhoff.com] will again be delighted to explain their HeliCoil inserts, taps and tools, as well as threaded and non-threaded cold joining systems.

EJOT [www.ejot.co.uk] have really caught the essence of our times with a dedication to cost-reduction through intelligent purchase across a vast range of fastening solutions. This cost saving theme is upheld by Profil [www.profil-verbindungstechnik.de] whose pierce nut and stud systems are said to demonstrate savings of at least 30% over equivalent welded processes.

At Fastening & Assembly Solutions Exhibition cost saving is never more than a conversation away and this is ever true with the in-press technology demonstrated by BAS Components [www.bas-components.com] of high performance threaded and non-threaded nuts and studs.

The Fastening & Assembly Solutions Exhibition takes place at the National Motorcycle Museum on October 29th 2009. The venue is adjacent to the NEC and offers plenty of free parking right outside the main entrance. VIP Visitors to the show who pre-register in advance have the added advantage of a free Luncheon Voucher, and all visitors also receive a free museum pass (otherwise costing £6.95). Pre-registration may be done at www.fastening-solutions-exhibition.co.uk


Paul Gay


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