First of all, thank you for the positive feedback
following last month's newsletter, I am glad to hear
that you like the style and format. And, judging by
the number of click-thrus, the content was popular
Machine builders (in Europe, at least) cannot escape
the Machinery Directive and the need for CE marking.
This is likely to become a hot topic as the time
approaches for the revised Machinery Directive
(2006/42/EC) to replace the existing one (98/37/EC). I
will be taking part in a workshop in Brussels at the
end of May to find out more about the new Directive,
and I will report back in next month's newsletter.
Meanwhile, if you are interested in attending the
workshop, there is some information here.
Still on the subject of CE marking, various software
packages are available to help with the process, one
of which is Safexpert, from IBF (read my review
of Safexpert 5.4). Interestingly, the latest
release enables users to work with the new EN 13849-1
standard, which is superseding EN 954-1. For many
machine builders, especially those using programmable
safety-related control systems, this will be a major
delivers benefits of electronics and pneumatics
SMAC is launching a device that has the speed,
accuracy and repeatability of an electronic actuator,
but with the force capability of pneumatics. More?
rack-and-pinion hydraulic rotary actuators
Parker Hannifin's HTR actuators are extremely robust.
They are offered with a choice of operating stroke
(90-360 degrees) and optional cushioning. More?
launches Millenium 3 logic controllers
The third-generation Millenium logic controllers have
up to 50 I/O, wired or wireless communications, and
come with or without a display. More?
planetary gearheads include sensing technology
Micromech is introducing the Alpha IQ range of
gearboxes that monitor themselves and transmit data
(torques, forces, speed or temperature) over an RS232
enables machine builders to buy custom parts
Misumi's website enables users to configure
standard/customised parts, download CAD files for
those parts, and place orders. More?
This one-day seminar covers all aspects of
AS-Interface and will take place on 22 May at Old
Trafford, Manchester. More?
BARA is organising a Machine Safety Conference at
Bletchley Park on 21 June, with presentations from the
HSE and industry experts. More?
ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM OUR SPONSORS
non-contact torque transducers
TorqSense transducers are low-cost, non-contact
devices for applications such as condition monitoring,
motor control, and viscosity measurement. More?
machine guarding standards
Procter Machine Guarding has published a new version
of its popular guide to guarding standards. And it
won't cost you a penny! More?
and Automation Catalogue 2007
National Instruments lists over 1000 hardware and
software products in its catalogue, including LabVIEW,
modular hardware, and M Series data acquisition
DGSL slide incorporates pneumatic cylinder
Festo's DGSL mini slide features a guide unit that
forms the body in which a pneumatic actuator is
installed. Benefits are improved smoothness, accuracy
and robustness. More?
gives deterministic networking for up to ten axes
Aerotech's Ensemble CP/MP/CL intelligent drives offer
deterministic high-speed networking for up to ten axes
using brushed/brushless servos or stepper motors. More?
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