If you saw our Newsflashes on 15 and 29 September you
will be aware of the situation regarding EN 954-1. For
the benefit of readers who did not see the
Newsflashes, I will summarise by saying that CEN (the
European Committee for Standardization) first
announced that EN 954-1 would NOT be withdrawn at the
end of 2009, which would have enabled machine builders
to use this standard to claim a presumption of
conformity to the new Machinery Directive for an
additional three years until the end of 2012. Within a
matter of days, however, this decision had been
reversed, and the situation currently is that EN 954-1
will be withdrawn at the end of 2009 as originally
The EC machinery Working Group is due to meet in
early December, at which point a final decision will
be made. Depending on the views expressed to the
Working Group by industry experts currently being
consulted, and the decision made on 7 or 8 December,
it remains possible that EN 954-1 will once again be
reprieved or there could even be a partial reprieve -
perhaps enabling machine builders to work with the
Type C standards that still reference EN 954-1 rather
than EN ISO 13849-1.
There is more about this subject and some of the
background behind it on the MachineBuilding.net
website. If there are any further
developments, we will keep you informed via the
monthly email newsletter or further Newsflashes as
Finally, note that the UK's Department for Business,
Innovation and Skills (BIS) has now published its
guidance on The
Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008,
which implement the new Machinery Directive in the UK
and come into force on 29 December.
cylinders use linear motors to deliver high
Festo's new drop-in alternatives to pneumatic
cylinders can achieve an acceleration of 90m/s, a
speed of 3m/s and a thrust of 55N - all with ± 0.02mm
units combine linear and rotary motion
Igus DryLin WJRM hybrid bearing units are designed for
applications such as manually-operated sliding machine
calibration system also monitors assembly
Norbar's T-Box is designed for both torque tool
calibration and monitoring the installation of
threaded fasteners at automatic or manual assembly
includes design tools and resources
Thomson's new website provides detailed product
information plus an array of design tools and
educational/training resources relating to linear
output is fully programmable
A new software application enables users to program
and communicate with the Contelec Vert-X series of
non-contact and contactless angle sensors. More?
inserts and other fasteners on show
This month's Fastening & Assembly Solutions event
will feature threaded inserts and other fastening and
joining technologies to help manufacturers cut costs.
and Performance Workshops
Mitsubishi is organising workshops to prepare machine
builders for the new Machinery Directive and help them
optimise designs so as to reduce costs. More?
MiniTec conveyors and components
MiniTec's 96-page catalogue presents a comprehensive
range of conveyor systems and components, with
photographs and dimensioned drawings. More?
decentralised I/O modules - Pilz to supply BMW
BMW has named Pilz as its exclusive supplier of IP20
decentralised I/O modules, with each unit
incorporating a Profinet interface. More?
sensors - all you need from Micro-Epsilon
With considerable expertise in temperature
measurement, Micro-Epsilon has an extensive range of
sensors to suit the simplest to the most demanding of
industrial applications. More?
elastomeric shaft couplings need no maintenance
Sure-Flex couplings feature an elastomeric element
that transmits torque and tolerates shaft misalignment
while simultaneously absorbing shock and vibration. More?
through the uncertainty surrounding EN 954-1
Laidler Associates can provide unbiased advice and,
where required, support for engineers working to EN
954-1 or EN ISO 13849-1. More?
rig benefits from globe valves and positioners
This month's photo shows Burkert's high-precision 2712
stainless steel globe valves and 8630 Top Control
positioners installed on an engine test rig. More?
A new Dilbert cartoon on MachineBuilding.net
Dilbert, Wally, the Pointy-Haired Boss and other
characters will help to brighten your day, Monday
through Saturday, on MachineBuilding.net. More?
| Andrew Turner
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