Compressed air and fluid power specialist Thorite will launch its new dedicated Electronic Automation (EA) Team at the Southern Manufacturing & Electronics show in February.

The Bradford based company will also be unveiling new products and technology at the event, to be held at the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre in Hampshire from February 7th to 9th.

Visitors to the show will be able to meet EA Technical Development Manager Mik Rhodes, who will be on hand to explain how Thorite can help original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) unlock the potential of electronic automation to develop equipment which delivers faster changeovers and improved productivity.

The team will employ demo units to explain the best uses for pneumatic and electronic automation, as well as electric pick and place grippers demonstrating the range of motion available with the latest technology.

Tom Simpson, Marketing Co-Ordinator for the EA Team, said: “Electronic automation is increasingly being recognised by OEMs as a more efficient alternative to pneumatic power on some machinery.

We have expanded our expertise over the years in line with this shift and we’re excited to be sharing it at the Southern Manufacturing & Electronics show, which is a highlight of the engineering events calendar.”

Thorite’s Systems Team will be available to discuss everything from panels and valve islands to compressor and OEM sub-assemblies.

Thorite will also use the event to introduce the newly launched Ultima range of oil-free compressors from Gardner Denver, which are 37% smaller and 13% more efficient than other compressors and have no need for ducting thanks to their internal heat exchangers.

Thorite’s in-house pump expert will provide hands-on demonstrations using a cut-away unit of Graco’s new game-changing electrical-operated double diaphragm (EODD) pump, QUANTM, which requires zero compressed air and delivers up to 80% reduction in energy consumption, while maintaining proven air-operated double-diaphragm (AODD) pump benefits.

The Southern Manufacturing and Electronics show boasts a diverse range of suppliers which attracts manufacturers ranging from major players to SMEs, from across the UK and continental Europe.

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