ALR helps customers fight the recession

December 17, 2008

PCB supplier ALR Services has announced a number of measures to help its customers stay competitive and in control of their PCB costs during these difficult times for the UK electronics industry. These include free tooling for all new customers on their first orders, plus the opportunity to participate in our innovative Consignment Stock scheme, which has been designed to help customers minimise the amount of cash tied-up in PCB inventory.

To coincide with its participation in the Southern Electronics Show 2009 (FIVE, Farnborough 11th-12th February 2009), the company be offering free tooling to all new customers placing their first orders in January, February and March. ALR spends in excess of £4m annually on bare boards alone, which gives it considerable leverage when it comes to ensuring to most competitive pricing. Combined with the free tooling offer, this means significant savings for customers. The same buying-power also ensures high-quality reliable delivery, together with the outstanding levels of customer service and support for which ALR has become well-known within the industry.

ALR’s support extends to operating a variety of inventory control schemes, intended to help customers achieve optimum levels of manufacturing efficiency and control of cash flow. It was the first PCB supplier in the UK to offer a Consignment Stock system. Under this scheme, six month’s supply of PCBs are purchased and delivered to the customer in one shipment, delivering a substantial cost saving and incurring just one delivery charge. The customer reports back to ALR the number of boards used on a monthly basis, and they are invoiced for that amount only. The advantages of this scheme are many: ALR’s considerable buying power reduces unit cost to the bare minimum; the flexibility of having stock held on their premises means no waiting for PCB’s to be delivered, making the assembly process much more responsive, yet as the customer only pays for the amount of boards used in a particular month, the amount of cash tied-up in stock or goods for resale is minimised.

From initial prototyping, to full production, shipping, stock-holding and delivery, ALR manages the complete supply chain on behalf of its customers and is able to supply all printed circuit board technologies, in any quantity and on the most demanding of lead times. Unlike some other suppliers, it is not tied to any particular manufacturer or manufacturing process, allowing it  the freedom to match customer requirements to the manufacturer best placed to service them. ALR’s UK-based suppliers offer fast turnaround times – typically 24 hours – for small quantities; higher volume PCBs are sourced from one of its six approved manufacturers in Asia.

ALR’s 14-year record of success is testimony to its ability to deliver real value to its customers – even when times are tough. And as if the sweet sound of cash in the till wasn’t enough, one lucky visitor each day to its stand at Southern Electronics will be walking away with an iPod in its free prize draw. Visit stand A42 at Southern Electronics to learn more about ALR’s commitment to customer support and to take advantage of the free tooling offer.


Mitsubishi Electric launch new professional displays at ISE 2009

December 17, 2008

Mitsubishi Electric will reveal an unprecedented number of new products at ISE 2009 spanning its entire professional display range – the greatest number of new display products the company has ever revealed at a single European exhibition. Among the impressive line-up will be an entirely new generation of display wall cubes, a new 10mm 3-in-1 LED screen designed for high-performance digital signage installations, two new large-format professional-grade LCDs and a rental version of its Resolia “plug and play” LED screen.

Mitsubishi will officially launch its next generation of display wall cubes at ISE 2009. The new Seventy Series cubes will build upon the huge success of the company’s existing display wall cubes, over 35,000 of which have been installed worldwide to date. The new display is absolutely feature-packed and totally customisable, with components such as cabinet type, projection engine and colour wheels all individually selectable to match a customer’s exact requirements. Seventy Series systems also feature built-in processing, enabling sophisticated display walls to be built with no outboard hardware required. Various input options are available, with each cube being able to display up to six different sources in any configuration. Along with Mitsubishi’s Dynamic Brightness Balancing and Colour Space control, the Seventy Series cubes now also feature an automatic geometry adjustment facility. Using a machine vision system and special software, Seventy Series cubes adjust themselves automatically to create a perfect line-up in a fraction of the time it normally takes to achieve.

At ISE 2009, Mitsubishi will demonstrate the new Seventy Series cubes using an innovative video-over-IP system developed by the company that allows multiple video streams, such as those found in a typical CCTV system, to be distributed via LAN, decoded and displayed natively.

Mitsubishi display products already have a good reputation for reliability and low cost of ownership and the company has made several further improvements in this area with its Seventy Series cubes: The operational life of components such as colours wheel and fans has been dramatically extended and Mitsubishi’s unique automatic lamp-changer system has been enhanced to deliver even faster performance.

Digital signage is an increasingly important business area for Mitsubishi globally, and ISE 2009 will reveal several new products ideally suited to this rapidly-growing market. The company announced the addition of two new large-format LCDs to its comprehensive range of professional-grade displays this week, and both with be exhibited at ISE 2009 for the first time. The new displays, at 52′ and 65′ respectively, will offer full 1080p (1920×1080 pixels) resolution, 2000:1 contrast ratio and superb picture performance. As well as the usual landscape display format, the 65′ display is also available in a native portrait version designed specifically with public display applications such as signage and retail in mind.

Mitsubishi will also be exhibiting several new LED products for the first time at ISE 2009, including a new 10 mm 3-in-1 SMD outdoor LED screen-ODT10. New ODT10 employs high contrast 3in1 LED technology similar to that used in the company’s existing high-performance 4mm and 6mm indoor LED screens. The result is an outdoor screen of truly exceptional clarity and colour conformity, delivering accurate colour reproduction and fine detail, even at close range. Excellent brightness and contrast make ODT10 perfect for prestigious architectural applications such as shopping malls, passenger terminals or atriums.

Also shown at ISE 2009 for the first time will be a rental version of Mitsubishi’s Resolia 140′ ‘plug and play’ 4mm 3-in-1 LED display, seen for first time at ISE 2008 last year. The Resolia’s discrete, single-module construction makes it a very flexible, high-quality LED solution, ideal for wall or suspended mounting. The new rental version of Resolia will deliver this flexibility in a mobile form; its internal cabling and construction has been completely re-designed to enable it to be separated into two halves for transportation, and easily reassembled into a single, seamless display that’s ready to operate in minutes. Other new LED products on show at ISE 2009 include a new compact High-Definition digital display controller for its Diamond Vision LED screens The XDC4000 allows native full HD performance to be achieved from a single, standalone unit and includes a host of other built-in features such as dual-channel inputs, PiP overlay and automatic brightness control.

More details on these and other products to be launched at ISE 2009 will be available shortly on the Mitsubishi Electric website at http://www.MitsubishiDisplayEngineering.com


Southern Manufacturing’s free seminar programme delivers practical help for industrial business

December 10, 2008

The Southern Manufacturing show (February 11th-12th 2009, FIVE, Farnborough) has announced its free seminar programme. As the most important annual industrial event in the South of England, the show provides the ideal setting for the busy two-day programme of highly-topical sessions that will be of real interest to anyone involved in manufacturing or engineering sub-contracting.

Now virtually an institution in its own right, 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 region.

This year’s seminar programme combines practical advice for businesses in these uncertain times with insights into new trends and ideas that may help engineering enterprises stave-off the worst effects of recession.

Clive Lewis will present a presentation entitled "Marketing in a Downturn". During recession, customers are more likely to switch suppliers to seek better value; this session will explain how effective marketing can help you win this new business. Richard Teal from The Manufacturing Advisory Service-South East (MAS-SE) will present a session on "Designing Demand" – how your organisation can become more innovative, more competitive and more profitable through exploiting design opportunities. "Carbon Footprinting, Eco-Design and Environmental Legislation", delivered by the MAS-SE and Rob Holdway, gives a practical overview on the competitive advantages delivered by reducing the supply chain costs and environmental impact of manufacturing enterprise.

John Grieves of Continuous Improvement Services will host a session entitled "Continuous Improvement – How it can impact your company" where visitors can learn about the skills needed to support change and improvement and how the multi-national approach can be transposed effectively into an SME environment. The MAS-SE will present several sessions on Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma; explaining how the ideologies employed by some of the world’s biggest manufacturers can also deliver real benefits for smaller organisations. Other sessions for the 2009 event will include reviews of the current CE Marking legislation, a look at Rapid Manufacturing technologies and some practical advice on becoming a supplier to the automotive and aerospace industries.

As in previous years, Southern Manufacturing 2009 will run alongside its sibling events, Southern Electronics, and Auto Aero 2009 – the specialist aerospace and automotive engineering event, now in its second year. All of the regular features of the Southern Manufacturing show will return in 2009, including technology trails that allow visitors to make the most efficient use of their time at the show and specialist areas such as the Machinery Centre, where the latest machines can be seen in action.

The seminars are open to all visitors and exhibitors at Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2009. 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 www.industry.co.uk/southern.

Entry to the show itself is completely free to business visitors, and FIVE Farnborough offers plentiful free car parking, superb access by road, rail or air, and an excellent selection of local hotels and restaurants to make your visit as enjoyable as it is productive. To register online for tickets, or to find out about exhibiting at this unique event, simply visit http://www.industry.co.uk


Going Up: 3D Display Market to Rocket

December 8, 2008

rAVe Europe reports on market research that predicts explosive annual growth for 3D displays

The 3D display market will show 95% average annual growth rate and create USD 15.8 billion market in 2015, says Displaybank.
According to the report, the global 3D display will hit USD 140 million in 2008.
Public adoption of hi res TV, further 3D content development, and relief of visual fatigue issue are the issues Displaybank say need to be resolved for 3D to take 9.2% market share by 2015.
Editor’s Note: To hype-up the consumer 3D market, America’s NFL will broadcast a US-football game in 3D for the first time today. 3ality Digital (office in USA and Germany) shot the game with special 3D cameras and transmitted the game via satellite service to three theatres. Real D 3D provides the displays in the theatres and is overseeing production and transmission of the 3D broadcast.

Go 3D Display is a Rocket


Auto Aero 2009 showcases specialist engineering suppliers

December 2, 2008

 

Auto Aero Show 2009; 11th-12th February 2009,Farnborough,UK
Auto Aero 2009 showcases specialist engineering suppliers

2008-12-02 06:10:58 – The specialist aerospace and automotive engineering show, Auto Aero returns to FIVE, Farnborough on the February 11th-12th next year. As the only annual specialist event of its kind in the region, Auto Aero 2009 provides the perfect opportunity for high-performance engineering sub-contractors to promote their services to the extremely active UK autosport and aerospace market.

Farnborough was the birthplace of the British aviation industry and with many of the UK’s most important aerospace and autosport businesses still located in the area, Farnborough is the ideal setting for the busy two-day showcase of engineering excellence, featuring some of the UK’s top precision engineering sub-contractors and suppliers. Products and services on display include surface engineering, coatings, composites, low-cost tooling, digital manufacture, engine components, assembly integration and many more.

Now in its second year, Auto Aero 2009 is part of the larger Southern Manufacturing & Electronics Show, the South’s number one industrial and engineering event, which last year attracted 450 exhibitors and well over 5000 visitors. Virtually every kind of engineering discipline and manufacturing process is represented at the show, making it a unique opportunity to meet suppliers from every branch of manufacturing industry in one, convenient visit.

Visitors to Auto Aero 2009 can also benefit by participating in the free technical seminar sessions that run over both days of the event. Now virtually an institution in its own right, the 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 show enjoys such strong support from engineering and industrial businesses across the region.

This year’s seminar programme combines practical advice for businesses in these uncertain times with insights into new trends and ideas that may help engineering enterprises stave-off the worst effects of recession. Clive Lewis will present a presentation entitled ‘Marketing in a Downturn’. During recession, customers are more likely to switch suppliers to seek better value; this session will explain how effective marketing can help you win this new business. Richard Teal from the Manufacturing Advisory Service – South East (MAS-SE) will present a session on ‘Designing Demand’ – how your organisation can become more innovative, more competitive and more profitable through exploiting design opportunities.

‘Carbon Footprinting, Eco-Design and Environmental Legislation’, delivered by the MAS-SE and Rob Holdway, gives a practical overview on the competitive advantages delivered by reducing the supply chain costs and environmental impact of manufacturing enterprise. And for those companies wishing to become a supplier to the automotive and aerospace industries, Clive Lewis will present a session packed with practical tips on how to do achieve their objectives.

Entry to the show and the seminars is completely free to business visitors, and FIVE Farnborough offers plentiful free car parking, superb access by road, rail or air, and an excellent selection of local hotels and restaurants to make your visit as enjoyable as it is productive. To register online for tickets and seminar places, or to find out about exhibiting at this unique event, simply visit www.industry.co.uk or call 01784 880 890.

Auto Aero 2009 showcases specialist engineering suppliers