Did you know that if you simply connect two machines so they function together you are creating an 'assembly of machinery'? Moreover, there is an international standard that covers this, namely ISO 11161, and the assembly must be CE marked as an 'integrated whole' if it is to be placed on the market in Europe. This requirement to CE mark assemblies of machinery was highlighted by the HSE's Phil Papard when he spoke at last month's Drives and Controls seminar.
In this issue of the newsletter we have a technical article that discusses ISO 11161 - which is harmonised to the Machinery Directive as EN ISO 11161 – and I commend it to all machine builders and system integrators, as well as people purchasing, installing, modifying or upgrading machinery.
If you supply machinery in Europe, you will also be interested to read about the new edition of the official guidance on the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC. The first edition did not cover all annexes of the directive, but the new edition does. It also corrects some errors contained in the first edition. See below for more information about this and ISO 11161.
Independent, standalone EtherCAT master for motion control
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New Allen-Bradley Compact GuardLogix safety controllers
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ROBA-topstop safety brake is easy to integrate
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speedigus custom moulded plain bearings shipped in 24 hours
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High-reliability connectors now available with fibre-optics
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STANDARDS AND REGULATIONS
EN ISO 11161 - Safe design of Integrated Manufacturing Systems
This article introduces the international standard for assemblies of machinery, outlines its contents and explains how it relates to other standards. More?
Revised guidance on application of the Machinery Directive
A new edition of the European Commission's detailed guidance on the Machinery Directive now includes information about Annexes III to XI. More?
High-reliability thermal switches for Mil-spec applications
ETL Inertial Aerosystems is now supplying Honeywell's high-reliability yet affordable 100 series thermal switches for terrestrial applications. More?
New Safety Compendium - a Pilz book on functional safety
This book explains machinery safety standards, laws in different regions of the world, and technologies for implementing functional safety on machinery. More?
Magneto-inductive displacement sensors feature low thermal drift
Micro-Epsilon's new mainSENSORs are compact, robust and economical, with excellent resolution and temperature stability, and a choice of outputs. More?
Edinburgh Instruments unveils low-cost gas monitors
Guardian wall-mounted infrared gas monitors give accurate continuous sampling, measurement and display of target gas concentrations. More?
New Nichesensor low- and ultra-low-pressure transmitters
Chamois Metrology in partnership with Nichesensor are introducing a new range of low- and ultra-low-pressure transmitters with a choice of outputs and housings. More?
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A new Dilbert cartoon strip every day
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