Show preview: Engineering Design Show 2012

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Over the years, the number of UK exhibitions available to design engineers has declined. And that's a particular problem for the electronics sector, where very few events of significance are now offered.

But an event taking place on the 10 and 11 October, at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry is set to change that. The Engineering Design Show will – uniquely among UK exhibitions– cater specifically for design engineering professionals. To put it another way: it's an event 'designed for design engineers'. Organised by New Electronics' parent company Findlay Media, the Show will bring together a broad range of technologies, industries and expertise to create an event that will have something to offer engineering designers from every sector. Meanwhile, the concurrent conference will provide insights from some of the biggest names in UK engineering design and the workshop programmes will offer the latest hands on practical and technical advice. By offering access to the latest technology, the Engineering Design Show aims to help you to produce cost effective, efficient and commercially successful designs. It's only by having access to products and the people behind them that helps you to know if they are right for you. The Engineering Design Show will provide attendees with a genuinely interactive forum in which to see, feel and discuss the ideas and technologies that will make their designs even better. The Engineering Design Show offers an invaluable opportunity for design engineers to attend an event focused purely on their professional needs and New Electronics urges you not to miss out. We look forward to seeing you there. Engineering Design Show Conference Programme 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 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 16.00 - 16.45 Mobile measurements made possible with smart phones and tablets Kyle Voosen, marketing director, National Instruments Theatre 2 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 14.00 - 14.45 Integrating switchmode power for OEMs Matt Smith & Keith Barclay, applications support managers, TDK Lambda 16.00 - 16.45 The benefits of piezoelectric sensor technology Nick Gittins, sales manager, Kistler Instruments October 11th Theatre 1 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 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 Engineering Design Show News More than 80 companies will exhibit at the Engineering Design Show. We preview some of the technologies, services and expertise to be displayed. Altium and Premier EDA Solutions – Headline Sponsors Premier EDA Solutions is the UK reseller of Altium electronic design software and its associated services as well as an electronic design skills and IPC training centre. The company is committed to the success of the U K electronics industry and recogni ses the need to put the "engineering skills agenda" high on the list of national priorities. With this in mind, visitors to the show are invited to Stand B5, where the company will be hosting a series of technical presentations relating to PCB design skills and technologies. These presentations wi ll intro duce industry expert and author Mar tin O'Hara who will demonstrate inva luable techniques that may be used to avoid EMC problems at component selection and layout stages as well as give insight into how embedded software can create EMC issues. Jeff Punch from the Stokes Research Institute at the University of Limerick wi ll also present, focusing on the problems of designi ng PCBs for the thermal environment. Using practical examples, he will show how solutions to these can be achieved. In addition to these presentations which will be useful for any electronics design professional, the various capabilities of the Altium Designer electronics design toolset will be featured. Presentations illustrating the advantages of design reuse and using 3D within an integrated design environment will also ta ke place on booth. The company is also hosting a fr ee workshop session on each day of the Show. Jörg Kaleita, technical account manager for Altium Europe will cover 'ECAD/MCAD integration' on day one and 'How to get the right board manufactured without elim inating creativity' on day two. Stand B5 Anglia Components Anglia Components will be showing its full range of technologies and solutions. These extend from: semiconductors, from manufacturers such as Analog Devices, STMicroelectronics, Intersil and Microchip; passives and connectors: embedded solutions from Advantech and Cinterion; and lighting technologies from Cree. Stand B65 Anixter Component Solutions 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 show new ranges of terminal blocks, fuses, fuse holders, crimp connectors, indicators, pushbuttons and DIN rail enclosures from CamdenBoss. Also on show will be fused terminal blocks and modular control switches. Stand A45 Black Stick According to Black Stick, more companies are adopting a 'hub and spoke' business model in which outsourcing pcb design can be an integral and cost effective option. The company will be giving away two days pcb design to one lucky visitor. For your chance to win, visit the stand and meet the team. Stand E45 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 a comprehensive range of frequency products, from low cost commercial grade products to those used in high reliability military and professional applications. Products on show will include: quartz crystals; VCXOs, TCXOs and SAW filters. Stand B80 National Instruments 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. It will also use a custom designed robot application to illustrate the potential of its products to design engineers. Stand E30 Pacer International 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 TDK-Lambda UK TDK-Lambda UK will be presenting the latest additions to its power supply line up. One of the highlights 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. Also on display will be the CFE400M, a digitally controlled ac/dc medical power supply that meets the 2nd and 3rd Editions of IEC/EN/UL/CSA 60601-1 Stand A30 Variohm Eurosensor The specialist supplier of industrial sensors and systems will be exhibiting position sensors, including rotary and linear potentiometers, cable extension transducers and inclination sensors. Also on show will be systems for weighing and force sensing, pressure transducers and switches to measure absolute, differential and gauge pressure up to 5000bar, thermistors and probes. Stand C70