Sorion nominated for Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Manufacturing award

Birmingham Chamber of CommerceWe have made the shortlist for the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce’s Excellence in Manufacturing award in recognition for the contribution which Sorion is making towards Birmingham’s manufacturing sector, which has a rich heritage within the Industrial Revolution of the 18th century.

Sorion is one of five companies on the shortlist for the award which was drawn up by five judges who were Mark Smith (director of enterprise and employability, Birmingham City University), Victoria Lineton (president Future Faces and bid adviser at lawyers Mills & Reeve), Russell Jeans (chair and chief operating office, Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce), Axel Wittenberg (chief financial officer, Yazaki Europe Ltd) and Alan Gilmour (head of acquisition and retention at Police Mutual).

Phil Yates, Sorion’s Managing Director commented: “This award nomination comes on the back of our recent national nomination for Best UK Manufacturing Company and our recent win at the Made in the Midlands Awards in the category of SME Manufacturer of the Year.

“I’m delighted that the hard work put in by everyone at Sorion is being recognised by the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce and the respected judging panel.”

The awards dinner is a sell-out event with over 1,000 guests attending and this year there are seven awards categories which include:

      • Excellence in contribution to the community
      • Excellence in customer service
      • Excellence in international business
      • Excellence in sales and marketing
      • Excellence in manufacturing
      • Apollo Chemicals Ltd
      • Excellence in retail

The Awards Dinner will take place on 30 March at the ICC in Birmingham and will be hosted by broadcaster Gyles Brandreth.

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Come and see Sorion at the Made in the Midlands exhibition

As part of our membership of the manufacturing professional network Made in the Midlands, we will be exhibiting at their annual show which takes place on 25 May 2017 at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. The show will include exhibitors from the Midlands supply chain, from automotive to aerospace, rail, defence and medical to showcase their business capabilities.

If you are planning on visiting the show please come and see us at stand H67.

Sorion's Stand at Automechanika

Sorion’s Recent Stand at Automechanika

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Sorion showcases how to embrace Industry 4.0

Sorion Electronics, offered a rare and insightful chance for businesses within the automotive and manufacturing sectors to take-a-look behind the scenes at the very latest in cutting edge ‘Industry 4.0’ process control and electrical test technologies.

Tyler Innes, Software Manager

Tyler Innes, Software Manager at Sorion

Sorion Electronics specialise in the design and manufacture of some of the most advanced electrical test and assembly process control solutions. Their bespoke solutions allow automotive and manufacturing companies to maximise their operational efficiency and be highly responsiveness to changing circumstances.

The technology open day included a series of seminars which demonstrated how manufacturing businesses can maximise the potential of shop floor guided assembly, end-of-line electrical testing and how they can fully utilise build data to maximise efficiencies, embracing what is called ‘Industry 4.0’.

Commercial Director, Steve Hayes, commented: “The Sorion technology open day was a great event attended by a good selection of automotive manufacturing companies. The event provided us with the opportunity to showcase some of our latest hardware and software developments including our new ‘pick-to-light’ system, which is a light-directed picking technology that provides an accurate and efficient method of picking and sorting products during the assembly process.”

The technology open day had over 25 people attend and was held on 2nd February at Sorion Electronics’ premises in the Magreal Industrial Estate in Birmingham.

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Sorion Electronics Newsletter – December 2016

Sorion Electronics December Newsletter

Sorion Technology Open Morning – Thursday 2 February 2017

Sorion Technology Open Day

Steve Hayes Speaking at Sorion’s Technology Open Day in 2016

We are hosting an open morning at Sorion’s offices which will include a series of seminars demonstrating how manufacturing businesses can maximise the potential of shop floor guided assembly, end-of-line electrical testing and how they can fully utilise build data to maximise efficiencies, embracing what is now called “Industry 4.0”.

The morning will commence at 09.30 and finish at 12.30 for lunch where there will be opportunity to network and meet the Sorion team. This is a rare and insightful chance to take a look behind the scenes at the very latest in cutting edge intelligent guided assembly and end-of-line electrical test technologies.

Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. Please phone Samantha Skinner on 0121 454 8966 or email samantha.skinner@sorion.co.uk.

Download the leaflet here.


We have joined Made in the Midlands

Made in the Midlands is a professional network of senior decision makers of Manufacturing and Engineering firms in the Midlands.

We are looking forward to strengthening links between fellow Midlands based engineering and manufacturing companies.

You can view our profile here.


Spreading the word in 2016 & 2017

Sorion's Stand at Advanced Engineering 2016

Sorion’s Stand at Advanced Engineering 2016

2016 saw Sorion exhibit at Automechanika Birmingham in June and at Advanced Engineering and The Manufacturing Management Show in November. All three shows provided us with the opportunity meet new prospective customers and I’m pleased to say we have won orders as a direct result of the shows.

We have rebooked The Manufacturing Management Show in 2017 and we have also booked to exhibit at The Manufacturer Smart Factory Expo in 2017, which is the UK’s only dedicated exhibition in response to Industry 4.0. This show runs in tandem with Advanced Engineering on 1st & 2nd November 2017 at the NEC Birmingham.


We have been re-accredited the ISO 9001:2008 quality standard

We are delighted to confirm that we have been successful in our re-accreditation of the ISO9001:2008 standard by Lloyds Register.

2017 will see Sorion work towards the transition to the new ISO9001:2015 standard.


Careers at Sorion

Midlands Manufacturing

Sorion Electronics Team

We are delighted to welcome Ryan Miller as our new Project Manager.

We are recruiting for:

* Electrical Design Engineer
* Mechanical Design Engineer
* Technical Service Engineer
* Assembly Technicians

Further details can be found here.

 


We hope you enjoy the festive season

Finally, everyone at Sorion would like to wish you a merry Christmas and happy New Year.

We will be closed from 12.00pm on Friday 23 December 2016 until 08.00 on Tuesday 3 January 2017.

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We exhibited at Advanced Engineering 2016

Sorion's Stand at Advanced Engineering 2016

Sorion’s Stand at Advanced Engineering 2016

On 2nd & 3rd November 2016 we exhibited at the Advanced Engineering Show which took place at the NEC in Birmingham. The show is the UK’s largest annual gathering of manufacturers and supply chain engineers across every sector from OEMs and top tier manufacturing organisations.

The event offered the perfect opportunity for Sorion to showcase what we do and meet with many companies within the automotive and engineering sectors.

We had great pleasure in speaking with representatives from Bentley, Jaguar Land Rover, Stork Cooperheat, Toyota and Whitmore Rail, just to name a few.

Next we’re off to Coventry to exhibit at the Manufacturing Management Show which combines an exhibition with keynote conferences and hands on workshops across all areas of successful factory management.

If you would like to attend you can register for free here.  The Manufacturing Management Show is being held at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on 23rd and 24th of November 2016 and you will be able to see us on Stand A2.

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We have successfully been re-accredited to the ISO 9001:2008 quality standard

ISO9001:2008 Standard

ISO9001:2008 Standard

Here at Sorion Electronics we have always prided ourselves on the quality of our products and customer service.

We first achieved our ISO9001 accreditation in 2007 and then in 2008 we amended our operating procedures to comply with the more stringent ISO 9001:2008.

We are delighted to confirm that on 7th September 2016 we were re-assessed by Lloyds Register against the ISO9001:2008 standard and we have been successfully re-awarded the standard.

During 2017 we will work to transition towards the new ISO9001:2015 standard.

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Pioneering Technology Demonstrated at Company Open Day

We hosted a Technology Open Day on Thursday 15th September 2016 – You can read our official press release below.

Sorion Electronics, a Birmingham based electronic engineering company, offered a rare and insightful chance for businesses within the automotive and manufacturing sectors to take a look behind the scenes at the very latest in cutting edge “Industry 4.0” process control and electrical test technologies.

Sorion design, engineer and manufacture some of the most advanced electrical test and assembly process control solutions for the automotive and manufacturing industries and customers include Antolin Interiors, Aston Martin, Bentley, BMW, DAF, Denso, Dyson, Honda, Inter Automotive, Jaguar, Johnson Controls, KAB Seating, Lamborghini, Lear, Land Rover, Nissan, Prodrive, Rolls-Royce, Toyota and ZF-TRW.

The technology open day included a series of seminars which demonstrated how manufacturing businesses can maximise the potential of shop floor process control, electrical testing and how they can fully utilise build data to maximise efficiencies.

There were also technical demonstrations which gave attendees the opportunity to discover the very latest developments in Sorion’s control, traceability and reporting software as well as their bespoke test equipment.

Sorion's Technology Open Day

Sorion’s Technology Open Day

Commercial Director, Steve Hayes, commented: “Sorion has been a pioneer in engineering the automation and exchange of data in manufacturing technologies through utilising, what is now commonly known as, Industry 4.0. Technology.  The open day provided an opportunity for visitors to gain valuable insight into Industry 4.0 as well as enabling them to see first hand how our software is developed and how our equipment is designed, engineered and manufactured. Visitors also met with our employees and saw first hand the results of our recent investment in our new design office and manufacturing facility.”

The technology open day had over 50 people attend and was held on 15th September 2016 at Sorion Electronics’ premises in the Magreal Industrial Estate, Freeth Street, Ladywood, Birmingham, B16 0QZ.

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Sorion Electronics announce new Operations Director

We are delighted to announce that we have promoted Rob Horton to Operations Director. Here is our official announcement.

Rob Horton (front) with Sorion Directors Phil Yates, Steve Hayes and Nick Hartt (left to right)

Rob Horton (front) with Sorion Directors Phil Yates, Steve Hayes and Nick Hartt (left to right)

Birmingham based Sorion Electronics, who supply electronic engineering services to the automotive and manufacturing industries, has promoted Rob Horton to Operations Director.

Rob joined Sorion in 2014 as Operations Manager, and brought with him a wealth of experience having held key positions in a technical and computing book company, including sales manager and logistics manager.

Rob is results driven and as Sorion’s Operations Manager he has been instrumental in ensuring the company is in a position to meet growing demand whilst continually improving upon the on-time delivery of well designed and manufactured products.

Commenting on his Directorship Rob said: “I’m proud to be a Director at Sorion and as Operations Director I will continue to strive for operational excellence through ensuring we have efficient work practices and well trained, motivated and customer focused staff.”

Sorion has gone through a period of extensive development and growth recently and earlier this year they invested in a significant project to increase the size of their production facility and design office. They have also invested in additional Computer Aided Design hardware and software as well as increasing their commercial vehicle fleet. Sorion’s previous two trading year-ends have been their most successful on record and for their latest 2015/16 year-end the company turn-over will have grown by a further 20%

This year has seen Sorion supply equipment into Eastern Europe and the Far East and just in the last month Sorion has won two six figure contracts to supply end-of-line electrical test equipment to a new and existing client within the automotive sector.

In recognition of their success Sorion recently won the Made in the Midlands SME Manufacturing Company of the Year Award and were shortlisted for the Made in the UK National Award.

Sorion MD Phil Yates said: “We are undergoing a sustained period of growth and in addition to investing in our facilities we are also investing in our people for the long-term future of Sorion. I am delighted that Rob has accepted his Directorship and promotion. Over the past couple of years Rob has provided exceptional results as a manager, including driving key initiatives in developing a culture of continuous improvement and improving operational workflows”.

Rob is originally from the Black Country and now lives in Birmingham. In his spare time Rob enjoys hiking around the countryside with his family.

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We’re Hosting a Technology Open Day

We are hosting a Technology Open Day on Thursday 15th September 2016 where we will be running a series of seminars at our offices in Birmingham.

Sorion Electronics Technology Open DayThe event will run between 09.00 and 17.00 and will be a relaxed and enjoyable day where customers, suppliers and business associates will be able to drop by at a time convenient to them to experience a number of seminars and demonstrations using our software applications and equipment. We will be providing food and drink throughout the day.

We will be conducting introductory seminars that will cover subjects such as:-

Orion (2.14.0)
Are you making the best use of your build data?

  • Cycle time / TAKT / Slack Time analysis
  • Top Fault Views
  • Using the custom report generator
  • Performance Improvements

Sextans (1.16.0)
Are you making the best use of your Sextans install?

  • Features available in the latest version
  • Did you know you can automate functions in the background
  • What is FFT for, how can it benefit you
  • Multiple copies can run on a single PC or Server

Test Hardware
Discover the latest products and features available

  • SEL0075 ETest Rack / Cards
    • Remote Racks
    • High Side Driver Card
    • Four channel servo card with feedback analysis
  • P20IO USB and Remote IO Modules
  • KBDEM – REMPB Push Button Keyboard Emulation

The seminars will take place in the morning and afternoon and will last one hour with plenty of time available for questions and answers.

10:00 OrionTM
11:00 Sextans
12:00 Test Hardware

13:30 OrionTM
14:30 Sextans
15:30 Test Hardware

We are also welcoming the chance to show visitors around our facility and introduce them to the Sorion team.

If you are interested in attending please contact Samantha Skinner by phone on 0121 454 8966 or email samantha.skinner.sorion.co.uk.

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Sorion Electronics Newsletter – July 2016

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Come Experience Our Technology Open Day – 15 September

Steve Hays with Sir Albert Bore

Steve Hayes with Sir Albert Bore

In response to the positive feedback we received from our open day last year, which we held to celebrate Sorion’s 25th anniversary, we are hosting a Technology Open Day where we will be providing a number of technical demonstrations.

The event will take place between 09.00 and 17.00 on Thursday 15 September at our offices . It will be a relaxed and enjoyable day where customers, suppliers and business associates will be able to drop by at a time convenient to them.

We will be providing food and drink throughout the day and we would be delighted if you and your colleagues were able to attend. So that we can verify timings and numbers, we’d be grateful if you could confirm whether you and any of your colleagues will be joining us and at roughly what time. Please contact Samantha on 0121 454 8966 / samantha.skinner@sorion.co.uk.

We hope you can make it, as we truly believe it will be an enjoyable event.

Sorion Welcomes 7 New Team Members

Sorion Electronics RecruitmentWe have been working hard on recruiting talented people in the first half of 2016 as we are undergoing a prolonged period of growth with new contract wins and customer gains.

Our recruitment drive has focused on strengthening in depth our management team, investing in our administration function whist also providing talented undergraduates with an opportunity to gain a 12-month work placement.

We are delighted to welcome to our team:

  • Tyler Innes – Software Manager
  • Steve Follett – Manufacturing Manager
  • Ian Siddall – Project Manager
  • Samantha Skinner – Administration Clerk
  • Katy Deighton – Accounts Clerk & Receptionist
  • Lina Ragauskaite – Undergraduate Software Engineer from Coventry University
  • Jamie Suter – Undergraduate Software Engineer from Coventry University

Details of current vacancies can be found here.

Sorion Launch New Interface – Pyxis P20IO

Pyxis P20IO

Pyxis P20IO

We provide a range of interfacing technologies specifically designed to provide those missing functions required in the delivery of real time control and data acquisition systems.

The Pyxis P20IO is our latest USB based interface with 20 lines of real world I/O, USB and serial ports and is designed to allow a PC system to provide interface and control functions.

The Pyxis P20IO is fully supported by Sorion’s Sextans-RT control application and Orion Traceability database to allow deployment of large systems with full central management.

The Pyxis P20IO is plug-and-play with Microsoft Windows 10.

Delivery is typically 3 – 5 days when available in stock, and can be purchased directly from our online store.

Further information can be found in our Pyxis P20IO Data Sheet.

A Roller-coaster of Award Successes

Made in the Midlands Winners

Sorion win the Made in the Midland SME award 2016

On the evening of the 11th May, at the NEC Hilton hotel, the Made in the Midlands 2016 awards were held.

Sorion were shortlisted in the most contested category, SME Manufacturer of the year. It came as a great shock and extremely pleasant surprise to be announced the winner against such talented opposition.

Nick Hartt Systems Director commented: “I am very proud of the whole Sorion team and ourselves on winning the Made in the Midlands SME award. It’s nice to know that the commitment to product, customers, staff and the business is recognised and appreciated by others.”

This win meant Sorion was then shortlisted for the national award for Best Manufacturing Company of the Year, combining SMEs and large companies together which in total had a shortlist of fourteen companies.

On the night the award went to Jaguar Land Rover, a worthy winner investing heavily in product and staff development. Although we didn’t win, we feel honoured to have been shortlisted for the same award as Jaguar Land Rover.

Steve Hayes, Commercial Director commented: “I would like to congratulate the team at Sorion for getting us shortlisted for the Best Manufacturing Company of the Year Award at one of the UK’s largest national manufacturing awards ceremonies. “I couldn’t be more proud that Sorion made it to the national finals and I’m honoured to have been shortlisted for the Best Manufacturing Company of the Year Award.”

Further Capital Investment in 2016

June 2016 saw the completion of a second investment in our facilities in order to allow us to improve upon quality, lead times and to yield greater economies of scale for the direct benefit of our customers. Following-on from the work carried out in 2015 we have now further invested in an additional mezzanine floor complete with new air conditioned offices and additional new IT and telecommunications systems for the expanding design and support teams. We have also re-laid out our production areas to increase our production capacity and provide improved production flow.

Sorion's improved production, design and support team areas

Sorion’s improved production, design and support team areas

Another Successful Exhibition

Sorion's Stand at Automechanika

Sorion’s Stand at Automechanika

We showcased our expertise in test equipment and process control solutions at Automechanika Birmingham which took place at the NEC on 7th, 8th and 9th of June.

The exhibition allowed us to meet potential new customers and catch-up with many of our current customers, suppliers and contacts.

Automechanika Birmingham was a great success for us and we are confident that we will gain new customers from the automotive industry as a direct result of our attendance.

Looking ahead, we are please to confirm that on 2nd and 3rd November we will be exhibiting at the Advanced Engineering Show which is taking place at the NEC in Birmingham.

The show is the UK’s largest annual gathering of manufacturers and supply chain engineers across every sector from OEMs and top tier manufacturing organisations.

We exhibited at Advanced Engineering in 2015 which proved to be positive and we are again hopeful for another successful show in 2016.

You can register to visit the Advanced Engineering Show for free here.

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