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As excitement mounts for the 2019 edition of the UK’s largest annual engineering show, Advanced Engineering, OEMS and supply chain professionals are preparing for their visit. But with over 550 exhibitors across six show zones, there’s a pretty large checklist to fulfil. 30-31st October at Birmingham’s NEC.

The who, what and where of this year’s show 

This year's show will be attended by over 15,000 engineering professionals, with show zones ranging from Automotive and Aerospace, to Connected Manufacturing and Composites. But that’s not all. In addition to the impressive range of industries and innovations, Advanced Engineering will be showcasing a wealth of show stopping features and game-changing inventions.

A series of firsts

No matter where you visit, it is always exciting to witness things that you’ve not seen before. Advanced Engineering will host several UK industry firsts this year, including Bruker Alicona’s new MicroCMM. This is a purely optical coordinate-measuring machine (CMM) that allows the measurement of surface finish, geometry and geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) — all with a single sensor. As the only exhibitor producing high-resolution optical metrology solutions, and the first time the MircoCMM will be showcased in the UK, stand C11 isn’t one to miss.

Elsewhere on stand N60, Applied Graphene Materials (AGM) will be exhibiting several new graphene-enhanced products, each representing significant progress towards the commercialisation of the material. Graphene itself is a disruptive technology brimming with potential, with scientists around the world continuously working to unlock its benefits.

AGM will be showcasing a range of products that employ its technology, such as an automotive aerosol primer, a single coat anti-corrosion system, thermal adhesives and tooling products. Another innovation on display will be the early applications of its Structural Ink® technology, which enables the high-resolution printing of graphene into composite structures.

New to the show itself this year is the Medical Device Engineering Zone, which will be supported by Medilink, GTMA, Gambica and other UK trade bodies and will showcase some of the latest breakthroughs in this disruptive and burgeoning industry. As well as the new addition, the Enabling Innovation Zone has received a revamp and will showcase the technologies of ten finalists from a range of small and growing companies.

Advanced Engineering takes place on October 30 to 31, 2019 at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham. To meet the speakers, innovators and industry leaders, register to attend Advanced Engineering.

Come and see

In addition to some of the UK’s firsts, Advanced Engineering is hosting exciting show floor features that visitors will have the opportunity to see and experience for themselves. For example, visitors will be able to take a look at the next generation of foldable bike — the electric penny farthing.

A far cry from the original 19th century invention, the Cyclopic features a large front and small rear wheel without spokes that swing around to snap inside one another. The bike can be folded up in just five seconds and is around half the weight of a standard pedal bicycle, giving it the potential to transform the commute of inner-city workers.

From the morning commute to the racetrack, the show will also be featuring the University of Wolverhampton Racing (UWR) team’s Formula Three student car. For the past three years, UWR has taken a top three position in the national Formula Three Cup Driver’s Championship. As the only university taking part in the MotorSport Vision Formula Three Cup, UWR is competing in all 18 rounds of the competition across famous tracks including Brands Hatch, home of the British Grand Prix, Silverstone and Donnington Park.

A ten-million-pound investment in the university’s engineering facilities at its Telford innovation campus has given engineering students the opportunity to prepare and test the vehicles while learning all the skills required to be part of the highly competitive world of motorsport. 

Who’s who?

Show stopping features and UK firsts are not all that Advanced Engineering has to offer. For 2019, the show has secured a number of notable speakers that will take part in forums on the latest innovations and industry topics. Five of the six show zones have dedicated open forums that will host speakers from top OEMs and tier one companies including BAE Systems, IBM, Ford and McLaren Automotive.

The Automotive Engineering Zone’s forum will open with a session with a Pecha Kucha that will provide the audience with a whistle-stop tour of some of the tips and tricks of the industry, including how to improve your bottom line and gearing up for litigation. Speakers during the 25-minute session include Mike Price, Founder and Director of MPA Group and Dolores Sanders, Strategic Director at Total Control Pro Ltd.

The zone’s forum will then move on with a keynote presentation from Alan Banks, Lightweight Innovation Structures Supervisor at Ford Motor Company, which will cover composite lightweight automotive systems. Other keynote presentations include Ken Smart, Executive Director – Business Strategy and CLF Chair at McLaren Automotive Ltd on day one of the Composites Engineering Forum. Simon Keogh, UK Head of Factory Automation at Siemens Digital Industry will speak at the Connected Manufacturing Forum on how businesses can realise Industry 4.0.

Advanced Engineering takes place on October 30 to 31, 2019 at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham. To meet the speakers, innovators and industry leaders, register to attend Advanced Engineering.

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