Following the Machinery Directive Working Group meeting on 23 April, BERR (the UK's Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform) has written to stakeholders. The full report contains lots of information relating to specific types of machinery, but it is worth highlighting three points here. First, the European Commission's official guidance on the new Machinery Directive is behind schedule and unlikely to be available until 9 December 2009 at the earliest, which leaves little time to prepare before the Directive comes into force on 29 December (but don't forget that MachineBuilding.net has published a helpful document).
Second, the amendment to the Directive on pesticides application equipment is going through the closing stages of the approval process. This amendment has been formulated in such a way as to apply only to pesticide application equipment, with no changes being made to the existing Annex IV in 2006/42/EC.
The third point to note is that the problems with updating standards in line with the new Directive are getting worse, due partly to the recession meaning that fewer experts are available for this work.
On a brighter note, MachineBuilding.net now has a new feature that I hope will be very popular. Follow the link to see today's Dilbert cartoon, and remember to bookmark the page so you can see a new Dilbert cartoon every day. Enjoy!
New guidance for machine builders and system integrators
During April and May we received several press releases announcing new guidance documents. These are listed on one page on the website, with links to each item. More?
Mitsubishi launches FX3G compact PLC
Replacing the FX1N, the FX3G is said to set a new cost-performance standard, with extra memory, faster instruction processing, and more functions and options. More?
Belt-driven linear positioner achieves higher performance
A clever design means this ServoBelt positioner performs far better than would normally be expected with belt-driven units. More?
Positioning set provides simple manual adjustment
This set comprises a feedscrew, handwheel, bearing block and mounting bracket, enabling an aluminium profile to be turned into a manual positioner. More?
Elastomer coupling offers higher torque capacity and stiffness
Rexnord's new Omega HDY high-performance, general-purpose, elastomer coupling offers 25 per cent higher torque ratings and 40 per cent greater torsional stiffness. More?
Last chance to register for Subcon 2009
Subcon takes place from 9-11 June, with over 250 subcontractors exhibiting, plus seminars, a training programme and a Manufacturing Equipment and Materials Zone. More?
NI extends live instructor-led online training to Europe
National Instruments' live instructor-led online training enables engineers to learn about LabVIEW, TestStand, DIAdem, LabWindows/CVI, Multisim and Ultiboard. More?
Operator panels combine machine control and HMI functions
Gefran's new GF_VEDO touchscreen panels benefit from a single programming environment for PLC and SCADA page programming. More?
Soft-start and exhaust valve ensures safety of pneumatics
Festo's new valve is certified to EN ISO 13849-1 Performance Level E, and helps machine builders comply with the new Machinery Directive. More?
New Techdrives website is dedicated to drive components
Techdrives' new website presents a wide range of AC geared motors, linear actuators, jacks, shaft couplings, locking bushes, torque limiters and signal towers. More?
Low-cost gas sensor features improved communications
Edinburgh Instruments' Gascard gas sensor now benefits from onboard RS232 and optional TCP/IP comms, as well as temperature and pressure compensation. More?
New catalogue of MiniTec conveyors and components
MiniTec's 96-page catalogue presents a comprehensive range of conveyor systems and components, with photographs and dimensioned drawings. More?
PSSuniversal I/O and control platform cuts time and cost
With intelligent dovetailing of standard control and safety functions, the Pilz PSSuniversal is an economical platform for decentralised, modular I/O and control. More?
Jacks meet the needs of nuclear waste plant
Power Jacks' stainless steel jacks deliver the high reliability, good control characteristics and low maintenance necessary for the nuclear industry. More?
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