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Editor: Jonathan Severn
4th November 2009

It can be hard to justify attending exhibitions today, but even those that might seem 'peripheral' can prove fruitful. For example, last month I attended the TCT Live and MM Live shows, as well as the Fastening & Assembly Solutions event, and found plenty that was of interest to machine builders.

A few of the highlights from the shows were: a conversation with Peter Hansford of Z Corporation in which we discussed why machine builders should use 3D printing; a meeting with Richard Vaughan who explained First Cut's capability for rapid delivery of jigs, fixtures, gripper fingers and nests; an innovative inkjet printing/cutting machine that uses multiple clear coats to create a 3D effect - which has potential for control panel applications; and a new type of captive bolt for machine guards (see the Editor's Choice section below).

If you have built an assembly machine and want to check that the components are being assembled correctly, sometimes a visual inspection is impossible because it requires critical parts to be disturbed. Wenzel has developed a solution to this problem in the form of an industrial CT scanner for inspecting assemblies and internal features with a resolution of 20 microns. Note that the company offers an inspection service as well as complete systems.

In closing, marketing managers, PR/marketing/advertising agents and anyone else who is interested can now download the 2010 Media Pack (500kB PDF).


Functional safety explained in new publication from ABB
This publication is packed with guidance on functional safety, the new Machinery Directive, and the use of inverter drives in safety-related control systems. More?

Captive bolts suit machine guarding applications
Specialty Fasteners and Components is launching a new series of captive bolts that avoid the problem of jacking when used on machine guards and panels. More?

DualVee linear motion systems for temperature extremes
New wheels mean DualVee guidance systems can be specified for applications in temperatures ranging from -70 to +110 deg C. More?

Steel bellows coupling can be easily removed
Mayr's economically priced Primeflex plug-in steel bellows couplings can be dismantled without the bellows suffering, even after long operating periods. More?

New ServoTube Hygienic direct-drive linear actuator
Sealed to IP69K, this stainless steel actuator offers major benefits in hygienic applications or those where additional protection is required. More?


Wieland hosts machinery safety seminars
During November and December Wieland is organising a series of seminars around the UK to help engineers prepare for the new Machinery Directive. More?

SPS/IPC/Drives 2009, 23-26 November
This year's electric automation event has three key topics: energy efficiency, industrial identification and safety. More?


Ball screws offer advantages of rolled and ground types
Abssac is supplying rolled ball screws with features that would normally only be found on more expensive machined or ground screws. More?

Stock spring catalogue contains over 16,000 spring types
Lee Spring's 2009 catalogue contains hundreds of new products, including springs for batteries, wave springs, constant-force springs and stainless steel springs. More?

Machinery safety consulting and engineering services
Pilz offers support at all points in a project, from the initial risk assessment to safety circuit design, CE marking, design validation and on-site training and commissioning. More?

Linear bearings offer high-speed, high-load capability
SKF's LLT modular linear bearings boast excellent rigidity, repeatability and accuracy, plus the four ball bearing raceways can be configured in an O or X arrangement. More?

Planetary brushed DC gearmotors for medium and high torques
Mclennan is introducing compact planetary brushed DC gearmotors for power transmission applications requiring long life and high load capacity. More?


CANopen is versatile for machine control applications
This month's photo shows a bottling plant that is using CANopen, a versatile communications protocol suitable for machine control applications. More?


A new Dilbert cartoon on every day
Take a look at today's cartoon - and remember that you can scroll back through a month's worth of Dilbert, Wally, the Pointy-Haired Boss and other characters. More?

Jonathan Severn

Andrew Turner
Sales Manager

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