As December rolls in, it means that it's time to not only savor the upcoming holiday break but also prepare personal and professional resolutions for the new year. For proactive engineers and manufacturers that are looking to raise their product design and manufacturing performance, it means an annual jaunt to sunny and warm Anaheim, Calif., to attend the Pacific Design & Manufacturing show organized and hosted by UBM, Design News' parent company.
Colloquially known as the "Anaheim show" among industry professionals, Pacific Design & Manufacturing is the West Coast's biggest horizontal industry trade show covering every major manufacturing end market up and down the supply chain. The show may be recognizable by a few other names: Medical Design & Manufacturing West, PLASTEC West, WestPack, ATX West, and Electronics West. That's because Pacific Design Manufacturing is co-located with these four other trade events. Attendees only need to register for one of the five trade shows to gain access to all of them.
Across the five events, there will be thousands of suppliers showing their latest ground-breaking technologies as solutions to product design and manufacturing challenges, including design services, automation, contract manufacturing and assembly services, and materials, among others.
There will also be a comprehensive educational conference program, featuring real, not hype, discussions on Industry 4.0, which is the talk of the town in industry right now. The program will cover retrofitting of older plants and assessing ROI of digital manufacturing, as examples. There will be more learning and networking opportunities, such as Innovation Tours around the expo floor focused on particular technologies or topics, booth crawls, and Speed Networking sessions.
To get you started on preparations for the Feb. 9-11, 2016 co-located mega-event, we've put together a slideshow of seven exhibitors that will be in Anaheim. As suppliers of automation control to adhesive to material-handling to motor to cabling technologies, they make the perfect group to illustrate how wide-ranging and encompassing it will be.
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Alpha Wire "Coast" Custom Cable
Alpha Wire, which makes custom cables, will show its "Coast" custom cable capabilities after adding more options in materials, configurations, sizes, and shielding.
The company's custom cables offer users insulation materials from PVC to PTFE to silicone and mPPE, and a conductor range from 50 AWG to 4/0. IP protection is also provided, as each part number and specification is unique to each customer requirement. Alpha Wire's processes prevent any design changes or material substitutions without a new spec revision level and customer approval.
With the medical market’s trends of microminiaturization and higher performance requirements, the company says it continues to develop smaller hybrid and composite cables in medical-grade Class VI and FDA-approved materials with characteristics of ultra-high flexibility, autoclavability, low noise, low elongation, and high tensile strength.
Alpha Wire says it optimizes manufacturing processes to customer requirements to attain cost, quality, and design objectives, along with electrical, mechanical, and environmental properties. It will work with customers from prototyping and development, to design for manufacturability feedback, to material selection, with ability to fulfill minimum order quantities as low as 100 feet.
Alpha Wire will be at Booth 1355 at the Anaheim Convention Center, Feb. 9-11.
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Design engineers and professionals, the West Coast’s most important design, innovation, and manufacturing event, Pacific Design & Manufacturing, is taking place in Anaheim, Feb. 9-11, 2016. A Design News event, Pacific Design & Manufacturing is your chance to meet qualified suppliers, get hands-on access to the latest technologies, be informed from a world-class conference program, and expand your network. (You might even meet a Design News editor.) Learn more about Pacific Design & Manufacturing here.
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