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Date: 07 November 2007
Editor: Jonathan Severn

Last month I attended NIDays, an event organised by National Instruments at the IET headquarters in London to give almost 400 people the chance to hear how multi-core processors and multithreading are changing applications such as instrumentation, data processing and automation control. But the most important message for me was how much machine builders stand to gain from graphical system design, whether or not they are using multi-core hardware. National Instruments has built a strong reputation for virtual instrumentation, but today the company has a great deal to offer those working in the field of automation control, especially since the launch of LabVIEW 8.5

This month we welcome onboard Rob Brewer as a new Sales Manager. Rob will be serving customers in the Midlands and North, while Andrew Turner continues to cover the South of England and the rest of the world.

Lastly, our new Media Guide is now available and you can download a copy now.


Pluto Safety PLC is compatible with AS-i safe networks
Jokab's latest programmable safety controller can be configured as a master/monitor or monitor/slave for EN 954-1 Category 4 applications. More?

Igus offers semi-finished bar stock and custom components
Semi-finished products are now available in lubrication-free, wear-resistant iglidur J, iglidur W300 and FDA-compatible iglidur A180. More?

Metal and nylon threaded cable glands seal to IP69K
The latest additions to Anixter's range of over 500 cable glands are sealed to IP69K - and there is no minimum order value when buying online. More?

New Quickshaft miniature linear servo motors and controllers
EMS is introducing ultra-compact linear motors that are 47mm long yet produce peak forces of up to 9.4N with stroke lengths of 20 or 80mm. More?

Dual-axis digital tilt sensors have temperature compensation
Inertial Aerosystems is launching low-cost, dual-axis digital tilt sensors with a resolution of 0.01deg and a choice of measurement ranges. More?


SPS/IPC/Drives 2007
There is still time to book low-cost flights to Nuremberg to attend this automation exhibition and the English workshops being held on November 28th. More?

New vision show alongside Machine Building & Automation
VTX, the Vision Technology Exhibition, is a new show to be co-located with Machine Building, Drives & Automation at the NEC in February 2008. More?


Space-saving safety switches have M12 threaded bodies
For high-integrity applications where space is restricted, Pilz offers non-contact sensors with M12 threaded bodies sealed to IP69K. More?

Centre provides affordable access to environmental testing
Do you need to undertake some environmental testing but don't have the necessary equipment? Try Unitemp's new self-service facility. More?

Catalogue presents 40 million standard switch products
C&K's vast catalogue features the following switch types: pushbutton, tactile, detect, toggle, rocker, dip, slide, snap, rotary, switchlock and thumbwheel. More?

Stainless steel profiles complement aluminium system
This square-section profile from MiniTec is complemented by a stainless fastener that requires no pre-machining or special tools. More?

Long-travel gantry positioning stages achieve high throughput
Aerotech's gantry positioning stages use direct-drive linear servo motors and precision feedback to deliver exceptional acceleration, speed and accuracy. More?

Jonathan Severn

Andrew Turner
Sales Manager (South)

Telephone: +44 (0) 1483 560314

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