Thursday 12 March 2020 | British Motor Museum | Gaydon

Practical CPD Accredited Workshops

To ensure you get the most out of your visit, we offer a FREE TO ATTEND programme of CPD accredited workshops.
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9:00 AM - 9:40 AM - Materials

3D Printing in the electronics industry

Room: Meeting Room 1

James Short, application engineer, Stratasys

Discover how design engineers and manufacturers are taking advantage of 3D printing to produce quick prototypes, custom enclosures, and fast cost-effective jigs, fixtures and tooling with ESD protection. Discover how ABS thermoplastic with static dissipative properties is being used for applications where a static charge can damage products, impair their performance or cause an explosion in a flammable environment.

While we cannot yet print complex electronic parts like a motor, applications such as functional prototypes for electronic testing, jigs and fixtures for electronic assembly and low volume custom enclosures are becoming a popular application of 3D printable ESD materials.

5 THINGS YOU WILL LEARN DURING THIS SESSION:

1. Overview of 3D printing in the electronics industry
2. Discover why there is there slow uptake compared to other industries
3. Typically applications and where 3D printing is adding value to electronics design engineers
4. The capabilities of 3D printers, and the ESD materials being used
5. Typical application walkthrough – real uses and parts in use today

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9:30 AM - 10:10 AM - PCB

Manage SI/PI, DFM, DFA and DFT in the Design Cycle to Prevent Costly Re-Spins

Room: Lecture Room 1

Andrew Windscheffel, EMEA AE Director, Cadence Design Systems

PCB layout tends to suffer the same design cycle – which is layout the PCB without enough rules to check the full fabrication, assembly and SI/PI performance. This leads to costly re-spins – costly in time to market and the financial cost of a physical PCB that does not perform well. Improving the way we design by understanding SI/PI needs, fabrications needs and rules, assembly needs, and how we can turn those needs into real time Design Rules which can help to cut out costly re-spins, which then improves time to market and removes costly re-spins of the PCB.

5 THINGS YOU WILL LEARN DURING THIS SESSION:

1. Rule based design leads to a better final products
2. Different PCB design rules for better design processes
3. Different design rules for different design issues should be used
4. Understanding the supply chain needs and methodologies
5. Investing in tools is cheaper than costly re-spins

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9:30 AM - 10:10 AM - Materials

Plasma and Corona – What Will You Do with Plasma?

Room: Lecture Room 2

Chris Howey, Managing Director, Tantec

Plasma and corona systems have been used for decades – the traditional use is to ‘make things stick’, inks, glues, coatings or other liquids bonding to a solid.

But what if you’re process already works? A big area for treatment is removing solvent based processes and replacing them with water based alternatives, or replacing older expensive polymers for newer tough to bond polymers.

There’s also a big trend of using the technology to assist with cleaning and degreasing, removing manual abrading or primers and removing operator dependent processes to gain higher repeatability.

5 THINGS YOU WILL LEARN DURING THIS SESSION:

1. What are corona and plasma treatments
2. Traditional uses for corona and plasma
3. Reasons to consider using the equipment
4. How plasma and corona can help solve the problem of solvent reduction
5. Newer and future uses for plasma and corona

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9:30 AM - 10:10 AM - Fastening & Joining

Achieve Your Productivity Potential with UV Light Curing Adhesives

Room: Lecture Room 3

Peter Swanson, Managing Director, INTERTRONICS

Manufacturing in the UK is strong, but productivity remains a concern. Adhesives, coatings and protective materials which cure with light can offer significant process as well as functional improvements to an assembly. This seminar will present an overview of the technology, including how it works and example applications. lt will then focus on advances which can help improve productivity, both in light curable chemistry and the curing equipment, backed up by case studies.

5 THINGS YOU WILL LEARN DURING THIS SESSION:
1. How light curing works
2. Typical applications
3. New capabilities of the chemistry
4. Equipment developments, including LED based curing
5. Case studies showing productivity gains

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10:00 AM - 10:40 AM - Measurement

Measurement and Standards for Additive Manufacturing

Room: Meeting Room 1

Peter Woolliams, Higher Research Scientist, National Physical Laboratory

The talk will introduce some of the areas that are challenging to measure on Metallic Additive Manufacturing (AM), which make it hard to validate parts for end use. Some examples from work NPL has undertaken will be given.

An overview of the international AM standards landscape will be given and the types of accreditation companies making AM parts are obtaining to demonstrate quality. A brief introduction to the Innovate UK DRAMA project and the Industrial AM support material that it is generating will also be included to help those wanting to find out more.

4 THINGS YOU WILL LEARN DURING THIS SESSION:
1. Measurement challenges in metallic Additive Manufacturing
2. Current International Additive Manufacturing standards activity
3. Measurement activity at NPL around Additive Manufacturing
4. Overview of Innovate UK DRAMA project

10:30 AM - 11:10 AM - PCB

Why Thermal Simulation is a Must for Electronics Design?

Room: Lecture Room 1

Matt Evans, Product Engineer, 6SigmaET by Future Facilities

There are so many things to consider when designing a PCB, from signal integrity to Design for manufacture. Thermal management can often get forgotten about and left to the last minute.

In this workshop you will learn how to use thermal simulation to identify thermal issues early in the design process. You will discover how to import PCB designs from your EDA software in to a 6SigmaET thermal simulation, how to accurately model components on your board and how to use simulation results to improve a systems thermal management. Using simulation helps you eliminate thermal issues and streamline your design process. 

5 THINGS YOU WILL LEARN DURING THIS SESSION:

1.            How thermal simulation help identify and resolve thermal issues in electronics
2.            How to create thermal simulation from concept to final design
3.            How heat transfer through a PCB
4.            How to Import PCB designs from your EDA software into a 6SigmaET thermal simulation
5.            How to accurately model electronic components in a thermal simulation

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10:30 AM - 11:10 AM - Materials

Solving the Challenges of Inline Automated Surface Defect Detection

Room: Lecture Room 2

Jason Biddulph, Applications & Integration Engineer, Micro-Epsilon UK

With the ever increasing demand on quality improvements, surface inspection systems can be used to identify both aesthetic defects and potential functional and integrity defects.

The challenge for inspection systems is to allow for the natural deviation in form to be inspected and still achieve the levels of resolution required to identify those localised surface defects. With high precision measurement hardware and patented artificially intelligent algorithms Micro-Epsilon have utilised their years of experience and unique know how to combat these common real life challenges faced by today’s industry.

5 THINGS YOU WILL LEARN DURING THIS SESSION:

1. Why there is an increased demand for surface inspection
2. Why conventional CAD comparison vision based systems are not suitable for surface inspection
3. How AI algorithms simulate conventional destructive testing methods without damaging parts
4. Typical defects that create problems in production environments
5. How 3D vision is replacing human auditors

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10:30 AM - 11:10 AM - Fastening & Joining

Achieving Ultimate Fastener Reliability Using LOCTITE Adhesives

Room: Lecture Room 3

Bob Orme, senior technology specialist, Henkel

Aimed at Design, Development, Production and Maintenance Engineers, you will get a clear insight into the reasons for the catastrophic failure of threaded fasteners and how LOCTITE adhesives can eliminate the root causes to offer multiple solutions. 

The seminar will be supported by numerous videos, case histories and common device application examples, where performance and reliability will be clearly demonstrated.

New products, plus new application equipment will also be shared.  Additionally, we will demonstrate our approach to counterfeiting, a topic and watch out for everyone in the supply chain.

Bring along your own challenges, either parts or theories, to see how LOCTITE can improve your designs, product reliability and manufacturing processes.

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11:30 AM - 12:10 PM - PCB

Effective Methods for Advanced Routing

Room: Lecture Room 1

Tony Folan, senior field application engineer, Altium UK

To be effective when routing dense, intricate designs, powerful interactive software with high levels of automation can make the task faster and painless, as long as the designer still has control. Topics include setting up fanouts for easier routing, use of design rules to fulfil routing requirements, high-speed concerns, and route quality. You will also learn about advanced routing techniques and new developments, which will significantly improve productivity and quality.

4 THINGS YOU WILL LEARN DURING THIS SESSION:

  1. Methods for fanouts, which enable more effective routing
  2. Understanding route quality and why it matters
  3. Organizing priorities for high-speed concerns so the right compromises can be made
  4. Best practices for differential pair rules and routing

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11:30 AM - 12:10 PM - Materials

Aluminium with Form - Hot Form Quench Lightweighting for New Vehicle Architectures

Room: Lecture Room 2

Bruce Girvan, Director IP and Licensing, Impression Technologies

Impression Technologies has been instrumental in developing HFQ® Technology, which is revolutionising the exploitation of aluminium. We provide the knowledge and expertise to support HFQ® technology, empowering you to transform your project according to your engineering needs, from concept to production. HFQ® Technology is a hot forming production method for stamping complex-shaped aluminium components from high and ultra-high strength alloys. HFQ® enables extremely complex aluminium parts to be formed in a single press operation, whilst achieving high levels of strength in the finished part using standard grades of aluminium.

5 THINGS YOU WILL LEARN DURING THIS SESSION:
1. Aluminium is even more extraordinary than you thought- it can make high strength pressed parts
2. HFQ- what is it and how it provides greater freedom for designers
3. HFQ provides OEMs with what they need for the challenges ahead
4. HFQ can unlock even more recyclability for aluminium
5. HFQ is available for high volume manufacture

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11:30 AM - 12:10 PM - Fastening & Joining

Spida Fixings and Fiba Spida: the ultimate fixing technology

Room: Lecture Room 3

Thomas Wood, managing director, Adhesion Technologies

Spida fixings replace traditional nuts, bolts, rivets, welding.  No drilling required.  Their unique shape construction and bond surface provides enhanced strength so that fewer fixings are required.  Now for composites structures, Fiba Spida is like buying your fabric with these fixings built in.  A significantly stronger method of mechanically joining metal, composite and other materials together with enhanced peel, shear, tortion, cleavage, tension and compressive loading capabilities.

5 THINGS YOU WILL LEARN DURING THIS SESSION:

1. Our seminar will explain how we have designed out the weak points of traditional fasteners and engineered a bonding fastener that achieves an unbeatable performance
2. How using Spida Fixings can save weight, production time and cost giving 
4. The technical data proving the benefits and universal applications of Spida fixings; Increased fastener strength, bond strength,  stress dissipation
5.The potential of next generation composite fixings: Fiba Spida – fixings moulded into carbon fabric

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12:30 PM - 1:10 PM - PCB

How to Maximise PCB Space with Connector Selection

Room: Lecture Room 1

Neil Moore, Product Manager – EMC Boardware & Industrial Connectors, Harwin

Connectors are often the last components considered during PCB design, yet they account for a considerable amount of PCB space and a large percentage of the overall B.O.M. value. When specified in the right way, the resulting saving in PCB space can be significant.

We will investigate the common connector selection mistakes and how they can be avoided, as well as providing practical tips on selecting the right connector for the job.

4 THINGS YOU WILL LEARN DURING THIS SESSION:

1. Common connector selection mistakes and their implications
2. The advantages of correct connector selection
3. How to specify with success
4. A connector specifier’s checklist

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12:30 PM - 1:10 PM - Materials

Aluminium Matrix Composites: Displacing Titanium Landing Gear Components

Room: Lecture Room 2

Richard Thompson, Commercial Director, Alvant

An introduction to Aluminium Matrix Composites and their application in aerospace landing gear systems.

4 THINGS YOU WILL LEARN DURING THIS SESSION:
1. What are Aluminium Matrix Composites
2. How do Alvant make Aluminium Matrix Composites
3. How do Aluminium Matrix Composites compare against other materials
4. What are the benefits on a particular landing gear component

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Lightweighting and metal replacement: 3D printing carbon fibre and engineering thermoplastics

Room: Meeting Room 1

James Short, application engineer, Stratasys

Discover the benefits additive manufacturing is bringing to activities such as lightweighting, high performance part development and metal replacement projects.

During the presentation we will deep dive into a range of applications including printing real carbon fibre composite parts, 3D printing composite layup tooling, developing manufacturing aids, and producing end use production parts.

Various Case Studies will be shared to demonstrate the huge savings in both time and money, and the numerous industries taking advantage from aerospace to automotive to healthcare and consumer products.

Stratasys additive manufacturing technologies are successfully finding applications across organisations well beyond designers and prototyping.

5 THINGS YOU WILL LEARN DURING THIS SESSION:

1. How additive manufacturing is working alongside traditional processes to drive down part costs and turnaround times.
2. Typical applications for additive manufacturing for engineers.
3. Real world case studies of parts that have been made by 3D printers with the cost and time savings and other benefits.
4. The process of identifying applications: straightforward easy tips and tricks about where additive technologies will bring benefit to you.
5. Getting started with additive, from preparing CAD files to getting parts made by bureaus to investing in a machine.

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12:30 PM - 1:10 PM - Fastening & Joining

Understanding and Implementing Torque Standards relating to Torque Tools

Room: Lecture Room 3

Ron Sangster, managing director, Advanced Witness Systems

With the requirements for modern quality control and traceability through recent international torque standard, particularly with manually operated torque tools, comes the need to understand them. Recent ISO standards such as ISO6789:2017 requires more demanding calibration methods, machinery and software. This has increased costs,
particularly for accreditation laboratories, and consequently for their customers. This session attempts to highlight the major elements of the standard, some of the issues that have arisen, and solutions that are available.

5 THINGS YOU WILL LEARN DURING THIS SESSION:
1. Understanding the scope of the ISO6789:2017 standard and the definition of its 2 parts
2. Classes and differences of the types of tools
3. Explanation of the Errors and Uncertainties
4. The requirements in Calibration
5. How to read the calibration certificate

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1:30 PM - 2:10 PM - PCB

PCB Tools & Resources for Design Engineers

Room: Lecture Room 1

Maurice Banting, Head of Design Software and Tools - DesignSpark, RS Components

Through experience, we understand how a lack of access to design tools creates engineering bottlenecks and project delays.  We know rapid prototyping, accuracy and design efficiency are key and so we’ve introduced professional level design software, free for all design engineers.  Enhancing the experience, engineers can also discover CAD neutral libraries, reference designs, articles, comments, new product reviews, learning material and many other resources. Further support is provided through FAQs and the forum, a place to talk to fellow engineers.  In this session, we’ll share how these tools are available today through DesignSpark, your go-to design engineering platform.

5 THINGS YOU WILL LEARN DURING THIS SESSION:

1. Downloading your free PCB software tools from the DesignSpark engineering platform
2. Familiarising yourself with the DesignSpark PCB tool features and starting your design today
3. Accessing CAD neutral libraries and creating new symbols, footprints & models
4. Finding your DesignSpark support resources
5. Product pathway for DesignSpark PCB Pro’s advanced software features

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1:30 PM - 2:10 PM - Materials

Maximising the Potential of Lightweight Materials with Intelligent Design Technologies

Room: Lecture Room 2

Michal Stefuca, technical support manager, Altair

When designing cost effective products that make use of lightweight materials, including metallics, plastics and composite structures, it’s vital that engineering teams develop optimized design that ensure a minimum amount of material is used. In this presentation, a “Simulation Driven Design” approach will be discussed where intelligent design optimization technologies are deployed to rapidly create lightweight, material efficient and manufacturable designs that meet performance criteria. The presentation ends with an outlook on future developments and possibilities related to simulation driven design.

3 THINGS YOU WILL LEARN DURING THIS SESSION:
1. How design optimisation technologies can help remove the amount of material required to meet
performance targets
2. How this applies to various material types, including composites and metallics
3. How this approach can save both time and money in the development and manufacturing process

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1:30 PM - 2:10 PM - Fastening & Joining

Savings Through Collaborative Design: Optimise Product Design Through Early Fastening Integration

Room: Lecture Room 3

Sven Brehler, engineering project manager, TR Fastenings

Collaborative experts can reduce overall design and development as well as production and quality costs over the lifetime of the product. Involvement of fastener engineers at the design stages can increase assembly efficiencies, reduce product complexity and weight, leading to a lower cost product while reducing the risk of quality issues and the requirements for in-production modifications.

With practical examples of VAVE solutions, including licenced features, special coatings or process changes, from fastener experts active in a wide range of technologies, enabling optimised product design.

5 THINGS YOU WILL LEARN DURING THIS SESSION:

1. How less is often more in design
2. The cost of fasteners isn’t limited to the piece price
3. The advantages of considering the right fastening process
4. The impact of volume on methods and best suitable solutions
5. What to expect from a fastener supplier

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