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Date: 03 October 2007
Editor: Jonathan Severn

The European standard for machine risk assessments, EN 1050, should be familiar to most readers, but what about ISO 14121-1:2007? This was published in September, as you can read here, and has also been ratified as EN ISO 14121-1:2007 - and will soon supersede EN 1050. All of which set me thinking about risk assessments and I have therefore compiled a guide to machinery risk assessments that will be further developed as more news and articles are received about this subject.

Meanwhile, it being conker season (here in the UK, at least), you might be interested to read the following sensible advice from the Health and Safety Executive: "Realistically the risk from playing conkers is incredibly low and just not worth bothering about. If kids deliberately hit each other over the head with conkers, that’s a discipline issue, not health and safety." If only machinery safety were so simple!

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Wyko joins Eriks group and targets OEM and MRO markets
Already well known in MRO, Wyko is now offering OEMs everything from power transmission products to seals, plastics and engineering services. More?

Telemecanique Twido machine controllers: try before you buy
Comprehensive Telemecanique Twido machine controller kits can be borrowed for up to one month for evaluation prior to purchase. More?

Publication explains all aspects of the LXI standard
A new book, 'LXImate, A Practical Guide to the LXI Standard and Getting Started with LXI Devices', is available via the Pickering Interfaces website. More?

Code-reading camera accepts industry-standard lenses
Absolute Vision is introducing a USB 2.0 code-reading camera that accepts industry-standard lenses, making it more versatile than most. More?

Pallet transfer system suits small and medium-sized assemblies
Simple and low-cost, the eco-Trans modular pallet transfer system can be used for manual, semi- or fully-automated multi-station manufacturing cells. More?

EVENTS

SPS/IPC/Drives 2007 - international workshops
On 28 November one of Europe's top automation exhibitions will be running a day of workshops in English, looking at efficiency in automation. More?

Machine Building exhibition 2008
Being held at the NEC, 13-14 Feb 2008 by new organiser Canon, the shows will offer visitors a more rewarding visit building on the similarity between industry sectors. More?

Fastening and assembly show to be the biggest yet
With over 50 exhibitors, no charges for entry or parking, and a central UK location, the Fastening & Assembly Solutions show is well worth visiting. More?

ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM OUR SPONSORS

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New washdown versions of adapter ball bearings
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Low-cost stepper controller delivers servo performance
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Modular components for building pick-and-place systems
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Jonathan Severn
Editor

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