Norbar celebrates its 75th anniversary at Cologne International Hardware Show

February 28th, 2018 4:20 pm | by Rob

Celebrating 75 years in the industry, Norbar Torque Tools is heading to the Cologne International Hardware Show from the 4th to 7th March, with its largest range of torque wrenches, torque multipliers and torque measurement devices on display. The stand has also been specially designed with graphics featuring a timeline of the business’ milestones.

The headline product on the stand will be the Torque Wrench Calibrator, designed to perform accurate calibrations of Click, Cam, Dial and Electronic torque wrench designs in accordance to the newly revised ISO 6789-2:2017. In addition, it also allows torque wenches to be calibrated or tested in accordance to BS EN 26789:2003.

Other products on display include the popular EvoTorque 2, which uses the very latest in joint sensing technology, a patented motor design and market leading control software to produce exactly the right amount of torque required to tighten a specific joint. In addition, visitors to the stand will be able to explore the PTS, which replaces the PT-72 in the PneuTorque range, and houses an efficient air motor, purpose built to improve performance and precision.

Norbar’s Right Angled Gearbox, which enables the benefits of Norbar’s pneumatic and electric torque tools to be brought to a host of applications from which they are currently excluded due to space restrictions, will also feature on the stand. The Right Angled Gearbox provides most ET, PTS and PTM tools with a 90° angle of operation. There will also be a selection of measuring devices, such as the TruCheck, the TST and the ProTest, with expert engineers on hand to offer demonstrations.

Philip Brodey, sales director at Norbar Torque Tools comments: “The Cologne International Hardware Show is the biggest exhibition for the tool and fastener market and, with this year marking our 75th year in the industry, we are very much looking forward to exhibiting a number of the great products and solutions we have innovated thanks to the expertise we have garnered during this time.”

Norbar Torque Tools Ltd is the world’s leading torque tools specialist. Norbar specialises in the manufacture and worldwide distribution of torque tools for torque tightening, measurement and calibration. The primary office and factory location is in Banbury, Oxfordshire and there are also Norbar sales, service and calibration facilities in Australia, USA, Singapore, China and India. Other countries are served through a network of distributors.

Norbar Torque Tools Ltd
Tel: 01295 270333

Manufacturing in motion

January 18th, 2018 9:18 am | by Rob

With just a couple of months to go before the doors open to MACH 2018 at the NEC in Birmingham, visitor registration is now live.

MACH 2018 takes place from the 9th to the 13th April 2018 and will be located in a new home on the atrium side of the NEC, in Halls 17, 18, 19, 20, 6 and 7. This is the first move of the show since relocating to the NEC when it first opened in 1976, and reflects the changing technologies the show covers. Visitors are invited to register early for their entrance pass and fast track entry pack at the following link:  

James Fudge, head of events at organisers the MTA says: “MACH prides itself on attracting top-quality visitors with real buying power and the ability to invest in new equipment. The new hall layout will help create a brand-new visitor experience which is easier to navigate, showcasing all the different technologies in action under one roof. It will be a more interconnected show, just as we have a more interconnected industry.”

“For MACH 2018, we have worked hard to provide visitors with a new way to connect with exhibitors. Our smart badging system provides every visitor with an interactive badge, allowing them to collect information from exhibitors in a quick and effective manner, without the need to carry lots of cumbersome documents. Data is transferred live to the visitors’ online portal, ready to download as soon as they leave the show. This investment by the MTA in smart badging reflects the digital nature of the advanced technology on show at MACH.”

James Selka, CEO of the MTA, says: “The show will be 2018’s biggest display of live, working technology. At the core of the show, exhibitors will showcase the latest developments in metal cutting, forming and finishing along with tooling, CADCAM and laser technology. The number of companies displaying additive manufacturing technology has grown considerably and exhibitors tell us they will be focusing on the digital factory, with more automation and connected manufacturing processes on display than ever before. New for 2018 is a specific IT for manufacturing zone, where companies offering connected solutions for the fourth industrial revolution will be on-hand with practical displays and demonstrations.”

“So, whilst the show will still attract the decision makers, engineers, designers and researchers who work in manufacturing, it is now a great place for chief information officers looking at systems and chief data officers who are adopters of these disruptive technologies to find new suppliers and experience the latest solutions. The vibrant seminar programme at MACH will feature subjects such as digital manufacturing, disruptive technologies, additive manufacturing and key ‘meet the supply chain’ networking sessions. The content is designed to provide clear thought leadership at a time when manufacturing is experiencing huge change, and we believe visitors should allow more than one day to experience everything that MACH has to offer.”

James Fudge concludes: “We know there are lots of regional and specialist shows people can visit to find out about manufacturing technology. The MACH difference is to bring all these technologies under one roof over a five-day period. With a single visit, companies looking to invest in and adopt any one of a number of new technologies can assess the options and be at the forefront of the fourth industrial revolution.”

MACH was established more than 100 years ago by the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA). It is the largest manufacturing technologies event in the UK, attracting in the region of 600 exhibitors and more than 25,000 visitors. Taking place from 9th to13th April 2018 at the NEC in Birmingham, the biennial exhibition brings together the latest developments and best innovations. MACH provides manufacturers of all sizes and sectors the chance to network with key clients and prospects as well as gain insight into their needs and future vision for supply chain manufacturing. For more information visit

The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) is the UK trade association for the Manufacturing Technologies industry. The MTA represents the core of engineering based manufacturing and aims to promote the use and innovation of advanced technology in manufacturing.

Further information about the MTA and its members can be found at:

LASYS exhibition becoming increasingly more important

January 3rd, 2018 3:21 pm | by Rob

Growing number of international exhibitors and industrial associations involved

LASYS has become established as the trade fair for laser material processing and is making an impression with continuously increasing numbers of international exhibitors, industrial associations and institutions. The forthcoming event from 5 to 7 June 2018 will also prove that exhibitors and visitors alike are impressed by the concept of the trade fair in Stuttgart. “With the previous LASYS events and the initiative ‘Lasys meets…‘, we managed to successfully position the trade fair for laser material processing both in Germany and abroad,” said Gunnar Mey, head of the Industry Department at Messe Stuttgart. This is indicated by the growing number of new international exhibitors. They include Optoprim, a supplier and distributor of selected optical components and systems, which represents more than 20 manufacturers from different countries and will take part in LASYS for the first time in 2018.

Andreas Röhrl, sales director at Optoprim, explains: “For me, as a long-term market participant and visitor, LASYS has been an interesting event ever since its première in 2008. Now, in my capacity as the responsible head of Optoprim Germany GmbH, it was therefore quickly clear to me and my team that we should be personally represented this time and present our company as a co-exhibitor to our international suppliers at the trade fair. In addition to components for applications in laser marking and laser micro processing, high-performance lasers from nLight and laser process heads from the manufacturer Laser Mechanisms will be a focal point on our exhibition stand. System integrators and OEM customers, who are traditionally very well-represented as trade visitors at LASYS, are generally an important target group for us and our co-exhibitors”.

Univet from Italy will also exhibit at LASYS for the first time. Marco Paletti, laser product manager, Univet srl, says: “We want to extend our market position in the areas of laser protection, safety goggles and filters. LASYS is therefore the ideal place to present our products. We expect to forge new contacts because we are convinced that visitors will appreciate our technology, our design and our service. We are also looking forward to meeting other manufacturers and system integrators who, just like us, regard LASYS as the leading trade fair in the industrial lasers sector.”

Dagmar Smrčinová, marketing manager at Czech company 4ISP s.r.o., says that the exhibited machines are one reason why her company is taking part in LASYS for the first time: “LASYS presents a special range of machines in action. We cannot afford to miss this. What’s better than seeing a machine in operation at a trade fair? Nothing! The Internet is full of catalogues, photos and beautiful words, but the right machines in action? You want to experience them live.”
LASYS is also highly regarded by international industrial associations. For example, “Photonics Finland“ is supporting a joint exhibition area for Finnish companies at LASYS 2018, while the Spanish industrial association Southern European Cluster in Photonics and Optics (SECPho) is planning a pavilion for its members. There will also be a joint delegation from the Netherlands.

Haiming Zhou, general director of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) – Machinery Sub-Council (MSC) and responsible for representing LASYS in the Chinese market, emphasises: “We support trade fairs in the optics industry worldwide. The concept of LASYS with its focus on laser systems convinces Chinese providers. This is also shown by the participation of renowned companies such as Foshan Beyond Laser Technology, Guangzhou CK Laser or Chengdu Dongjun Laser as exhibitors at the upcoming LASYS.”

Previous partners such as the “Laser Institute of America” (LIA) are remaining loyal to LASYS. Marketing director Jim Naugle says: “The Laser Institute of America is proud to have supported LASYS right from the start in 2008. The leading international trade fair focuses on the use of lasers in industrial production, a fact which attracts laser enthusiasts ranging from beginners through to scientists. LASYS is the ideal platform for the industry and our members.”

The European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC) is also involved in the joint organisation of the accompanying programme and invites people to attend the “EPIC Meeting on lasers and material processing at LASYS” on 7 June 2018.

Messe Stuttgart
Tel: 0049 71118560 2136