Arsenal shows fans a good time thanks to Mitsubishi Electric

December 18, 2007
International stadium screen consultant, DisplayLED Screens Ltd., has just completed installation of its latest high-tech addition to Arsenal Football Club’s state-of-the-art Emirates Stadium. The company has installed two Mitsubishi Electric LED screens at the Gunners’ new north London stadium to act as giant digital clocks showing game timings, animations and promotional messages.
Installed on the half-way line on both sides of the pitch, the new digital clocks consist of 800mm high x 3200mm long, 12mm pixel pitch Diamond Vision LED screen modules, delivering a total resolution of 64 x 256 pixels (6400 dots per square meter). Mounted in specially designed weatherproof modules, the clocks use the same type of Diamond Vision LED modules as the two main video screens sited at the north-west and south-east corners of the stadium, also supplied by DisplayLED. The main Diamond Vision screens have attracted considerable praise for their high-quality images, and the two latest additions to the stadium’s display system are designed to perform to the same exacting standards of colour reproduction, viewing angle and contrast. Employing the same LED modules as the main screen system means the ground staff are already familiar with the technology and its operation, and that spares and tooling inventory can be kept to a minimum.
Diamond Vision AVL-OD12 was chosen as the screen technology for the state-of-the-art 60,000-seat Emirates Stadium after an exhaustive evaluation of every similar product on the market. Ensuring the chosen system was the most advanced technology, capable of delivering the best possible image quality was a top priority, as Stadium Manager John Beattie relates: “Working with DisplayLED, we literally travelled the world looking at screens from all the top manufacturers. The Diamond Vision system was the last one we saw and when we did, we knew straight away it was the system for us.” The combination of superb image quality, unequalled reliability and the backing of one of the world’s largest engineering businesses made an extremely compelling case in favour of Diamond Vision.
Arsenal’s OD12 screens are 12m wide by 6m tall and used to show a fast-paced mixture of team information, statistics, match analysis and announcements, originating from Arsenal’s in-house production suite in native HD format. As an integral part of the overall entertainment experience, the Emirates’ Diamond Vision screen has proved a huge success with the club and its fans. Mitsubishi Electric has been associated with stadium and landmark video screens since the very birth of big screen technology nearly 30 years ago. Mitsubishi’s long history and experience with the manufacture, installation and use of these systems gives the company a unique knowledge-base, all of which has been incorporated into its latest range of Diamond Vision screens.

Rocket car fires the imagination of show visitors

December 18, 2007
The two things guaranteed to arouse the interest of engineers everywhere are high speed and loud noise. Visitors to Auto Aero 08 (FIVE, Farnborough, February 6-7th) have the chance to get up close to a piece of homespun engineering brilliance that features both in plentiful measure.
On display at Auto Aero 08 will be an incredible experimental rocket-powered drag racer, Laffin Gas. Powered by four hybrid rocket motors, Laffin Gas was developed and built by a UK-based team of engineers and self-confessed speed freaks, headed by husband and wife Carolynne Campbell and David Knight, along with Fred Thomas and a dedicated team of specialists and helpers. The hybrid rocket motor developed by the Laffin Gas team uses the unlikely combination of cardboard and cooking oil, which is burnt in a high-pressure stream of Nitrous Oxide gas to create a hypersonic exhaust flow. Using the unique bio-fuel solution developed by the team, Laffin Gas’s four engines are theoretically capable of developing an incredible 12,000lbs of thrust – more than enough to propel the car to record-breaking velocities.

Hybrid rocket technology employs a combination of liquid and solid fuels, and is the technology which powers SpaceShipOne  – the world’s first privately built space vehicle. Styling themselves the “Fred Dibnah’s of rocket science”, the Laffin Gas team have made impressive progress in developing hybrid rocket technology to the point where it is a highly effective, clean-burning and comparatively safe propulsion system, ideally suited to drag racing. Phil Valentine, managing director of show organiser ETES, says, “The combination of ingenuity, vision and engineering skill shown by the Laffin Gas team is a perfect illustration of all that’s best in UK engineering. We are really pleased to welcome the team to Auto Aero, and we expect their presence to generate a lot of interest.”
Auto Aero 2008 is part of the highly successful Southern Manufacturing & Electronics Show, an event which historically draws a high percentage of its visitors from the aerospace and autosport engineering community. Running alongside the Southern Manufacturing Show, Auto Aero delivers a highly-focused marketplace for these businesses. Key product areas on display at Auto Aero will include surface engineering and coatings, composites, low cost tooling, digital manufacture, engine components and assembly integration.
Auto Aero 08 runs on 6th and 7th of February 2008 at the new FIVE exhibition facility alongside Farnborough International Airport in Hampshire. FIVE offers plentiful free car parking, superb access by road, rail or air, and an excellent selection of local hotels and restaurants. Entry to the show, and the seminar programme, is free. To register online for tickets, or to find out about exhibiting at the show, simply visit or call 01784 880 890.

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Southern Manufacturing announces free seminar programme

December 2, 2007

The Southern Manufacturing show (February 6th-7th 2008, FIVE, Farnborough) has announced its free seminar programme for 2008. The show’s new venue at Farnborough will provide a superb setting for a busy two-day programme of sessions aimed at anyone involved in manufacturing or engineering sub-contracting.

Always hugely popular, the Southern Manufacturing Show free seminar programme is a fantastic opportunity for visitors and exhibitors alike to take part in a wide-ranging programme of presentations, each delivered by experts in their respective fields. No other show offers free access to such high-calibre technical and commercial expertise, and is one reason why the Southern Manufacturing Show enjoys such strong support from engineering and industrial businesses across the South.  

This year’s seminar programme combines practical advice and guidance on topics which affect business today, with an insight into the trends and ideas that will shape engineering business in the future. Wayne Davies of the Manufacturing Advisory Service-SE will present an innovative approach to adapting the ideas of Six Sigma to an SME environment. Wayne’s colleague from the MAS-SE, Stewart Barrass, will present a similar insight into Lean Thinking for engineering SMEs.

Mike Foster of the CE Marking Association will present an update of the latest legislative requirements to affect business, together with practical steps businesses can take towards compliance. John Grieves of Continuous Improvement Services gives an appraisal of the benefits of sustainable improvement programmes to smaller organisations, and the skills necessary to implement them effectively, while Michael West from BeStrategic will examine some of the techniques which can help businesses succeed in new product development.

Graham Tromans of the Rapid Manufacturing Research Group at LoughboroughUniversity will present an illuminating look at the development of rapid prototyping and tooling technologies and the effect they may have on manufacturing in the future. Finally, an absorbing session hosted by the Components Bureau will take an objective and frank look behind the headlines to examine the quality assurance issues affecting sub-contracting in Asia. Illustrated by case studies, representatives from Chinese manufacturing industry and professional organisations will give advice on practical measures than can be taken to improve supply chain management.  

Attendance at all the seminars is free and open to all visitors and exhibitors at Southern Manufacturing and Electronics. Despite Farnborough’s more spacious surroundings, places are limited and demand is expected to be exceptionally high so pre-booking is essential. Visitor pre-registration for the event and seminars, together with full event information, is available online at

Farnborough International Venue and Events (FIVE), the new home of Southern Manufacturing and Electronics, offers superb facilities, plentiful free car parking, easy access by road, rail or air, and an excellent selection of local hotels and restaurants. Running alongside the Southern shows will be a new attraction, Auto Aero 2008, a show aimed at specialist aerospace and automotive engineering suppliers. With 25% more exhibition space, better facilities and more attractions, there has never been a more compelling case to visit Southern Manufacturing and Electronics, the biggest and most established manufacturing and engineering show in the South. For more information, call 01784 880890 or visit