TestWorks Group is delighted to announce the acquisition of Sapcote Engineering Limited, based in Broughton Astley, Leicestershire.

Sapcote Engineering is a leading designer and manufacturer of automation solutions, conveyors, access platforms and palletising, and have extensive experience in the food industry.

We view the acquisition of Sapcote Engineering as a significant step in the future growth of the business, and due to the complementary nature with our exiting automation company, Adept Automation, we look forward to enhancing our current capabilities which already include robotics and automated manufacturing and inspection systems.

Sapcote Engineering and TestWorks Group together are committed to providing ongoing support for all our customers for existing and new projects.

The photograph shows Andy Chick (TestWorks Group, left) and Sean Maguire (Sapcote Engineering).

When a blue-chip pharmaceutical company approached us asking if we could help with the replacement of a legacy test system for an established product we we were able to provide a robust solution based on a Beckhoff control system.

By liaising with the customer we were able to establish that we could use elements of the product being tested in the test system which allowed a significant saving in both time and money.

So by leveraging the rapid development tools from Beckhoff and employing parts the customer manufactures, a cost effective and robust system was created.

Despite the challenging times PTP continues to work on customer solutions. Currently in the build area we have a number of projects under way including the test rig shown above and below. This is a PCBA tester which has been designed and built using COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) equipment wherever possible. This allows us to supply custom test solutions at near off-the-shelf prices.


Following government advice and in a move to protect employees, customers and suppliers PTP has reduced the manning of its Cambridge office to a minimum. We are working as near normal as is possible under the current restrictions. Please do contact us in the normal way and we will get back to you, though this might take slightly longer than normal.


PTP will be exhibiting at Southern Manufacturing and Electronics 2020 on the TestWorks Group stand at FIVE, Farnborough, between 11th and 13th February.

We will be showcasing our PCB, cable and box-build manufacturing capability (three SMT lines), and our stand will include automation and robotics demonstrations. Our extensive experience in electronic design, machine control, software and test solutions will also be highlighted at the show.

Come and see us on Stand No. D150!

For further details and to register please see http://www.industrysouth.co.uk

Come and see us and discuss all the opportunities and the chance of joining the team! Read more about the event here

2019 CLUG dates

PTP are please to confirm the next two CLUG dates and topics.

  • “Embedded control”, full day with hands on in the afternoon with NI supplied kit 10th July
  • “NXG”, ½ day (morning) 2nd October

CLUG April 2019


Product Technology Partners’ CLUG is now in its 11th year of providing the opportunity for engineers in the Cambridge (UK) area to grow their LabVIEW expertise by interacting with others. CLUG meetings are an ideal way to meet engineers facing the same challenges as you and will give you the forum to share your experiences and ideas. We meet a number of times a year to listen to presentations on different aspects of LabVIEW as well as customer solutions and Q & A sessions.

April’s User Group will be focusing on Automated Test with a number presentations from PTP, TWG and independent speakers The events have now out grown our offices so we will be hosting this event at Bourn Golf and Leisure just down the road, sign up here.

The draft agenda is as follows:

  • 8:30 – Arrival time
  • 9:15 – Introduction
  • 9:30 – Presentation 1, “What makes a good ATE system”, Dave Barr
  • 10:30 – Coffee break
  • 10:45 – Presentation 2, “When to roll your own – a case study for discussion”, Michael Strathmann
  • 11:15 – Presentation 3, “Modular hardware design” by Dr Pete Evans
  • 12:00 – Close

Future CLUGs:

  • “Embedded control”, full day with hands on in the afternoon with NI supplied kit 10th July
  • “NXG”, ½ day (morning) 2nd October

If you have any LabVIEW (traditional or NXG) issues or problems, please do bring them along as there will be a number of LabVIEW experts on hand to help. And if you feel the problems you have are particularly challenging do make contact with us before the event so we can offer more specific help.

We look forward to seeing you there!

PTP at GDevCon

Great to be part of the first GDevCon event right on our door step here in Cambridge. Very proud to be Gold sponsor!