Plant & Asset Management extravaganza

Published:  20 March, 2018

The biennial co-located events; Plant & Asset Management, Drives & Controls, Smart Industry Expo, Fluid Power & Systems, and Air-Tech Exhibitions – are once again set to return to Birmingham’s NEC (Halls 8, 9 and 10) from 10th -12th April 2018, alongside MACH 2018.

Plant & Asset Management 2018, the UK’s premier event for plant, asset, maintenance and works management engineers and directors, will once again open its doors to showcase the very latest in condition monitoring, computerised maintenance management, Maintenance 4.0, outsourcing/contract maintenance, energy efficiency, boilers/burners/combustion, handling and storage plus much more. The event will once again be co-located alongside Drives & Controls, Smart Industry Expo, Fluid Power & Systems, and Air-Tech Exhibitions.

Industry spends huge sums of money maintaining its plant, machinery and building assets and, because of constantly increasing business and financial pressures, there is an on-going need to achieve the maximum performance from those assets. The combination of a highly focused exhibition with numerous leading companies showcasing their technologies and concurrent seminars really is a one-stop shop for all industrial engineering professionals to source solutions to these problems.

The array of exhibitors at Plant & Asset Management 2018 gives visitors access to a wide spectrum of opportunities, services, strategies, and technologies that can help UK manufacturers with their plant & asset management. Below are just some of the product and services being exhibited:

▪ Asset Management Systems

▪ Bearings

▪ Boilers/Burners, Combustion Engineering

▪ Calibration

▪ Computerised Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS)

▪ Condition Monitoring/Predictive Maintenance Hardware & Software

▪ Contract Maintenance, Outsourcing & Management Services

▪ Energy Management

▪ Facilities Management (specific to Plant & Asset Management)

▪ Factory & Maintenance Equipment

▪ Handling & Storage

▪ Health & Safety

▪ Industrial Cooling

▪ Industrial Rental Equipment

▪ Lubrication

▪ Maintenance & Asset Management Consultancy


▪ Production Engineering

▪ Pumps

▪ Security & Fire Prevention

▪ Sensors/Probes

▪ Signs, Labelling & Barcoding

▪ Surface Treatment/Coatings/Finishes

▪ Training

▪ Visual Planning

▪ Workshop Tools & Equipment


A selection of Plant & Asset Management exhibitors:

• Reliability Maintenance Solutions Ltd

• EA Technology Ltd

• UE Systems Europe

• SPM Instrument UK Ltd

• Morris Lubricants

• Pragmatic Maintenance & Reliability Ltd

• University of Manchester

• Stanburys Ltd

• JBC Industrial Services Ltd


• Industrial Interface

• Ultimo Software Solutions bv

• Wymark

• Visual

• Hellermann Tyton

• Lighthouse UK

• Fluke

• Yateks Optical Electronic Technology

• Pruftechnik Ltd

• Topscan

Plus many more


Maintenance Seminar Theatre

Complementing Plant & Asset Management 2018 will be a full programme of free technical seminars in a dedicated seminar theatre - The Maintenance Seminar Theatre - with speakers offering expert specific insight and practical advice on important and topical issues concerning today’s maintenance professionals.

At a time when engineers are under increasing pressure, and time out of the office for attending exhibitions needs to be balanced against heavy workloads, one growing justification is attending a well-balanced and focused seminar programme where gaining further industry knowledge is at the core.

The Plant & Asset Management 2018 free seminars will include a cross section of topics. For example UE Systems’ seminar examines airborne & structure-borne ultrasound as a key component to predictive maintenance. Today’s maintenance departments are continually being asked to do more. Unfortunately, in most cases, they are being asked to do more with less. That is why it is critical for those in the maintenance and reliability fields to have the proper tools to aid in making better decisions about the health of the facility’s assets. After all, maintenance is all about getting the most life out of an asset as efficiently as possible. It is also imperative that we begin to move away from reactive maintenance to performing more predictive or condition based maintenance tasks. Airborne and structure-borne ultrasound is a great place to start. This presentation will provide an overview of ultrasound technology and how it continues to enhance predictive maintenance, equipment reliability, and energy conservation applications.

The University of Manchester on the other hand will be highlighting the use of operational deflection shape (ODS) analysis to solve vibration problems. Vibration-based condition monitoring (VCM) is well-known and well-accepted industrial tool to identify the detect/defects in any machines. This information is generally used to trigger the condition-based maintenance (CBM) process to rectify the defects before any failure. In many cases, the same defect appears frequently and the VCM often fails to provide root cause for the frequent occurrences of same defect in a machine. The machine vibration due to the resonance is also not found to be reason this observation in many industrial cases. A few such industrial machine problems solved by the operational defection shape (ODS) analysis will be discussed during the presentation.

SPM Instrument will be presenting a seminar that deals with accurate condition monitoring of ultra-low and low speed machines. The presentation will show you how to help secure your production capacity and cut big costs out of your maintenance budget.

While RMS – Reliability Maintenance Solutions’ seminar is set to discuss visualising vibration. The company will give an overview of Motion amplification - a breakthrough technology using non-contact optical sensors to measure vibration on machines and structures. It is unprecedented in vibration analysis technologies and adds a new dimension to any problem solving of bodies undergoing motion. Using video playback in near real time of the subject, the user can quickly understand issues at their root cause.

The seminar will ultimately position Motion Amplification’s place in the existing Condition Monitoring and Reliability maintenance strategy, and how it is being implemented now and how it is emerging within maintenance strategies as well as exploring the impact and value behind video based data for reliability engineering.

The variety of seminars at The Maintenance Seminar Theatre also includes JBC’s presentation on the benefits of the modern burner, such as low NOx levels, energy efficiency, cost savings and technological advancements such as economic and ecological factors, as well as safety features and easy servicing. The seminar will also bring in its relevance to MCPD legislation.

There will also be examples of case studies to demonstrate the technical advancements, including converting from the old mechanical versions to the new modern version and the difference in the workings and benefits of the modern burners compared to the old ones.

It will also cover the variety of industrial appliances and sectors as well as other supporting applications that can be added such as ‘digital combustion controls’, ‘Oxygen & CO Trim Systems’ and ‘VSD’ to make it even more economical and environmentally friendly.

This is just a snap shot of a few of the seminar topics being presented in The Maintenance Seminar Theatre at the 2018 Plant & Asset Management Exhibition. For the full Maintenance Seminar Theatre seminar programme please visit:

Co-location of events

New to the co-location of DFA events for 2018 running alongside Plant & Asset Management 2018, is the inaugural Smart Industry Expo.

The new event will give exhibitors the opportunity to communicate directly with senior management across the whole of the UK industrial spectrum, from managing directors, financial directors, and owners to process/control and IT/ automation management, plus many more who are all seeking guidance in order to prepare for this smart engineering transformation.

The 2018 co-location will be at least 1000m2 bigger than the 2016 exhibition, thanks to the addition of the new Smart Industry Expo event.

The entrance to the Smart Industry Expo will be dominated by a double-stand occupied by Schneider Electric, covering around 150m2 – twice the area that the company had at the previous Drives show in 2016. Schneider Electric will showcase its latest innovations in connected technologies and demonstrate how they boost both productivity and sustainability. Alongside partners such as Cisco, NetApps and Salesforce, Schneider Electric will explore how the Internet of Things is driving efficiency, productivity and competiveness among today’s business leaders.

With practical examples and tours of both its Smart Factory and Smart Office of the future, Schneider Electric will also show the full extent of its EcoStruxure offering for the manufacturing supply-chain.

Another exhibitor transferring to the new event is the sensor-maker ifm electronic, which has also increased its stand space, by 20m2.

The Smart Industry Expo has also attracted Festo (which has not appeared at the Drives Show for many years), as well as other well-known names such as Universal Robots, Harting, Panduit, Sigmatek, Senseye, Codra, Exor and Applied Automation.

Smart Industry Expo will be one of the UK’s most comprehensive dedicated events focusing on the Fourth Industrial Revolution and transforming to a smart manufacturing era.

Natasha Sephton-Pike, regional marketing manager at HARTING, commented on its presence at the event: “Smart Industry Expo allows us to interact and build relationships with engineers in this fast-paced expanding industry. As the ‘Internet of Things’ matures into the core of Industry 4.0, the demand for high quality ruggedised networking devices and RFID solutions is becoming increasingly essential. These are not only helping to gather, process and transmit higher volumes of performance data and control signals, but doing so across a cost effective, more widely available infrastructure.”

Drives & Controls Exhibition will once again bring together key suppliers of state-of-the-art equipment representing the multi-tasking culture of today’s design engineer, covering critical areas such as energy efficiency, machine safety, drives, motion control, robotics and automation plus much more, all under one roof. With the advent of the smart factory, Drives & Controls Exhibition is an essential source of technological and engineering information.

More than 100 companies have already signed up to exhibit at the Drives Show, with a further 25 booking stands for the new Smart Industry Expo event, which is dedicated to the factory of the future.

First-time exhibitors in the Drives & Controls Show will include Charter Controls, Wiska, ETA Enclosures, Eldon, EBM Papst, Finder, Elmo Motion, Procentec, Fischer Connectors and Infranor. TEC Motors is returning with a 128m2 stand that is 60% larger than the one it had at the 2016 show. Phoenix Contact is more than quadrupling the size of its stand from 16m2 in 2016 to 72m2 in 2018.

Other returning exhibitors include Beckhoff, B&R, Rittal,Siemens/ HMK, Weidmuller, Danfoss, WEG, Eplan, Beijer, Wago, Mitsubishi, Radwell, IGE-XAO and KEB.

Gambica and the European Transmission Distributors Association will again be hosting pavilions where members will be promoting their activities.

Following the success of the inaugural robotics demonstration zone at the 2016 show, this feature is returning with working displays of the latest in robot technologies, including collaborative devices. Elsewhere, visitors will be able to test their driving skills on a Formula 1 simulator on the Megadyne stand.

Other co-location of events running alongside Plant & Asset Management 2018, Drives & Controls Exhibition and Smart Industry Expo, includes; Air-Tech and Fluid Power & Systems.

Air-Tech 2018 is set to highlight current key themes related to the very latest in air compressor and related technology from companies from around the globe. The event is supported by the British Compressed Air Society (BCAS), and is the UK’s only dedicated event for the compressed air and generators market.

Vanda Jones, the British Compressed Air Society’s executive director, commented on its presence at the key industry event: “As the UK’s only dedicated exhibition for the compressed air, generators and vacuum market, Air-Tech is an ideal chance for visitors to keep up to date with all the latest developments in our industry. For BCAS, it is an ideal opportunity to engage with manufacturers, distributors and end users alike, and for us to provide impartial advice about legislation, standards and technical issues Events like Air-Tech are more vital than ever over the next two years because it brings our industry together to understand issues that affect us all; such as Brexit.”

Visitors to Air-Tech will be able to see a wide range of equipment and solutions, including the following:

• Accumulators, actuators, air delivery systems and air motors.

• Compressors, cooler tools and cylinders.

• Vacuum systems and generators.

• Displays & meters.

• Filters, fittings, heat exchangers and hoses.

• Instruments, lubricators, manifolds and mobile compressors.

• Pumps, regulators, sensors, software and valves

In addition Fluid Power & Systems 2018, is the only event in the UK that is 100% focused on a comprehensive range of hydraulic and pneumatic equipment, together with products that facilitate better electro-mechanic system design and application for improved process automation, control, monitoring and analytics.

Fully supported by the British Fluid Power Association (BFPA), Fluid Power & Systems comprises the largest gathering of world-class companies displaying and demonstrating the latest in mechanical and electro-mechanical equipment.

Chris Buxton, CEO of the British Fluid Power Association, commented on the Association’s decision to exhibit again at Fluid Power & Systems: “There is no better event for the fluid power market than Fluid Power & Systems; thus, BFPA will be present at the 2018 outing with a larger than normal pavilion augmented with a dedicated Distributor pavilion co-located in the centre of Hall 8.”

Whatever your industrial sector, whether engineering, construction, offshore/marine, oil & gas, agriculture/farming, automotive, aerospace etc., Fluid Power & Systems – with free entry for visitors – offers a convenient one-stop shop for all your fluid power and system requirements, including:

• Hydraulics: industrial and mobile, including pumps and power packs, cylinders, valves, motors, heat exchangers, and accumulators. Filters and sealing technologies.

• Pneumatics: valve and valve islands, linear and rotary actuators, air motors, FRLs and other treatment technologies.

• Systems: Electro-hydraulic & pneumatic systems design; CAN bus technology; process automation; monitoring & control; modelling & simulation.

• Instrumentation: Sensors, switches and controls as applied to fluid power: Temperature, flow, pressure, liquid level, position.

Collectively the co-location of exhibitions will be the largest manufacturing and engineering events of 2018, and will create an unmissable event.

Knowledge Hub

Located at the heart of the 2018 co-location is The Knowledge Hub, sponsored by Gardner Denver, which will feature a free comprehensive programme of seminars and panel discussions, with speakers offering expert insight and practical advice on important and topical issues. This is in addition to The Maintenance Seminar Theatre.

As part of the ongoing global transformation to the smart manufacturing era, The Knowledge Hub’s theme for 2018 is Smart Factory - Concept to Reality, the journey to a smart future.

Global initiatives and the technological paradigm shift associated with the Industrial Internet of Things, shows that there is a growing opportunity for industry to take advantage of the creativity and entrepreneurial nature of UK companies.

The uptake of smart technologies in the industrial sector will be central to our future, by improving our national productivity, creating higher value jobs, and arming our workforce with the digital skills required in the decades ahead.

The Knowledge Hub fully reflects this and will provide a fascinating insight into the potential plants of the future, with high profile panel discussions and seminars from leading figures in the industry, including:

• Lynne McGregor - Innovate UK

• Chris Richards - EEF

• Steve Brambley - GAMBICA

• Dr Susan Scurlock - Primary Engineer

• Dave Atkinson - Lloyds Bank

• Chris Buxton - BFPA

• Lina Huertas – HVM Catapult

• Sam Turner – HVM Catapult

• Jeremy Hadall - MTC

• Paul Brooks – Santander

• Mike Wilson - BARA

Plus many more.

Over the course of the three-day seminar programme, visitors will have the opportunity to experience a complete smart roadmap, with each day of the Knowledge Hub representing a different stage of the smart journey covering all aspect of the digital transformation:

• Day 1: Concept

• Day 2: Transition

• Day 3: Implementation

The UK manufacturing sector has the potential to be a global leader in the industrial digital technology revolution. This year’s Knowledge Hub theme Smart Factory - Concept to Reality, the journey to a smart future, will help ensure visitors seize the opportunities that exist and promote the benefits of adopting emerging digital technologies.

The variety and scope of the seminar programme for 2018 is extremely exciting, adding real value. The combination of leading manufacturing events, with a highly focused seminar programme, will give visitors a genuine opportunity to keep abreast of the latest industry developments.

For regular show updates, seminar synopses and to register to attend, please visit the official websites:

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