I make no apology for mentioning EN 954-1 yet again, though I hope this will be the last time it features in these newsletter editorials. Since the last scheduled newsletter on 2 December we have sent a Newsflash confirming the two-year extension for EN 954-1. The latest development is that EN 954-1 has been formally listed as harmonised to the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC
Machine builders supplying the European market can therefore make savings by designing to EN 954-1 instead of EN ISO 13849-1 or EN (IEC) 62061. Or can they? If you (or your manager) think this is an easy route to CE marking machinery, then think very carefully before committing to this course of action. It may be that there are sound technical and/or commercial reasons for continuing to work to EN 954-1 but, before you make that decision, have a quick look at this article: EN 954-1 and ten reasons NOT to use it.
Aside from machinery safety standards and legislation, this month's newsletter also includes a wealth of products and software that can benefit machine builders in terms of streamlining the design process, reducing costs and creating innovative products.
Motion Analyzer 4.7 with SolidWorks simulation
Rockwell Automation's Motion Analyzer now allows models to be imported from Solidworks for simulation, design optimisation and other analyses. More?
Three-beam multiple light beam safety devices cut costs
Leuze electronic has developed Type 2 and Type 4 three-beam light barriers that are more cost-effective than four-beam devices for many applications. More?
Compact Simatic S7-300 CPU with Profinet and optional safety
Siemens is launching four new models of Simatic S7-300 CPU that are just 40mm wide, plus they offer more power and memory than their predecessors. More?
Easy way to integrate vision and measurement with robots
National Instruments and Denso Robotics have announced a collaboration to facilitate the simple use of NI measurement and vision technology with Denso robots. More?
Energy-efficient IP67 stainless steel servo motors
Inmoco is introducing high torque density, energy-efficient stainless steel servo motors for use in hygienic processing environments. More?
Machine Building & Automation show - registration opens
Register now for the Machine Building & Automation show, which aims to be the biggest and best showcase of industrial automation in the UK. More?
Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2010 on LinkedIn
The event organisers have created a LinkedIn group so exhibitors and visitors can start communicating and doing business now! More?
New Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC training course
Pilz is running monthly courses to introduce machine builders, specifiers and users to the requirements in the new Machinery Directive. More?
Continuous process industries benefit from torque measurement
Find out how torque monitoring can identify problems before they become critical in continuous process industries, thereby saving downtime and cost. More?
Are you unhappy with your linear motions supplier?
Rexroth offers a comprehensive range, backed by UK-based sales, service and stock, and understands customer requirements for quality, reliability and sustainability. More?
Composite plastic compression springs - as strong as steel
Lee Spring's new LeeP compression springs combine the strength of steel with the advantages of high-performance engineered thermoplastics. More?
Walk-in temperature and humidity test chambers
Unitemp is introducing cost-effective walk-in temperature and humidity chambers for testing large loads at 85 degrees C and 85 per cent relative humidity. More?
Single-axis angular rate sensor offers high-performance
Inertial Aerosystems is launching a single-axis angular rate sensor with a level of performance that is "unprecedented in a commercial product." More?
Casks filled thanks to IP65 frequency inverters
Microdat uses Lenze SMV inverters on its cask-filling equipment, which reduces costs because there is no need to install the inverters inside enclosures. More?
A new Dilbert cartoon on MachineBuilding.net every day
If you missed your daily Dilbert over the holidays, remember that you can scroll back to read a month's worth of cartoons. More?
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