A workshop was held in Brussels at the end of May
about the revised Machinery Directive (2006/42/EC)
which will replace the existing one (98/37/EC). Using
information from this workshop and other material I
have collected I will be producing a guide to the New
Machinery Directive which will be available free of
charge to MachineBuilding.net readers.
This is likely to become a hot topic as machine
builders (in Europe, at least) cannot escape the
Machinery Directive and the need for CE marking. We
will be highlighting news about this, so keep the
website (www.machinebuilding.net) as one of your
'favourites' or 'bookmarks'.
The review of the Safexpert 5.4 CE marking software
proved to be popular in last month's newsletter, and
this month we have an announcement about a safety
calculator from Pilz. I hope to be able to review this
as well, possibly in time for July's newsletter.
aluminium profiles are functional and aesthetic
MiniTec is now offering CNC bending of aluminium
profiles with bend radii as small as 250mm and
tolerances of +/-1mm. More?
innovative applications for optical modules
Heason Technologies believes machine builders could
have some novel applications for miniature auto-focus
and zoom modules originally developed for mobile
vision software operates with laser triangulation
Firstsight Vision is offering a set of tools designed
to measure the height of objects in machine vision
applications by using laser beam triangulation. More?
calculator for EN ISO 13849-1 and EN IEC 62061
Pilz is introducing PAScal, a software package for
performing the safety calculations required by EN ISO
13849-1 or EN IEC 62061. More?
linear motor achieves 25g acceleration
The new STB11 linear actuator from Copley Motion
Systems combines a small form-factor with exceptional
performance and high reliability. More?
Machine Safety Conference
BARA is organising a Machine Safety Conference at
Bletchley Park on 21 June, with presentations from the
HSE and industry experts. More?
International User Conference 2007
This two-day event, which covers the latest
developments in Profibus, Profinet and Profisafe
technology for factory and process automation, is
taking place on 26 and 27 June at Coombe Abbey,
ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM OUR SPONSORS
Free guide to
3-phase AC drives and Ethernet Powerlink
Baldor's Ethernet-compatible three-phase drives have
much to offer builders of high-power machinery,
whether the drives are standalone or synchronised. More?
have welding current controls in the handle
ESAB is launching the TXH range of Tig torches that
have convenient buttons located on the handle for
controlling welding current. More?
offer higher speed and longer life
Without resorting to hybrid ceramic rolling elements,
Schaeffler has developed linear guides that offer
10m/s speed and 30 per cent longer life. More?
can be rapidly dismantled for servicing
Lee Products is introducing a new range of check
valves, available with or without a Hi-Bar safety
screen, that can be rapidly disassembled for field
introduces customised PCB pin headers
If you need to make an awkward connection to a PCB,
Harwin's ability to manufacture custom pin headers may
be just what you need. More?
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