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Editor: Jonathan Severn
2nd June 2010

BS EN ISO 13855:2010, 'Safety of machinery - Positioning of safeguards with respect to the approach speeds of parts of the human body,' was published on 31 May 2010 and replaces BS EN 999:1998+A1:2008, 'Safety of machinery - The positioning of protective equipment in respect of approach speeds of parts of the human body,' which was withdrawn on the same day. There are several important changes, one of which is the explicit inclusion in the new standard of certain physical interlocked guards. If you previously ignored EN 999 because you did not fit light curtains, you should have a look at the new standard to see whether it is applicable to your guards.

Having studied the old and new standards, I have written a technical article that highlights the differences - and there are plenty of these.

Still on the subject of standards, a new list of Harmonised Standards for the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC has been published. Read about this and the fact that EN 60204-1 is included but EN 954-1 is not.

In closing, thank you to everyone that responded to last month's editorial regarding trends in this market. If you missed May's newsletter, remember that you can now access it via the newsletter archive on the website.


epsgopenSAFETY provides safety on all fieldbus systems
The Ethernet Powerlink Standardization Group says that openSAFETY operates over all Industrial Ethernet networks and other fieldbuses too. More?

eplnEPLAN Data Portal is available online to simplify projects
A new version of the EPLAN Data Portal has functions that are claimed to accelerate the organisation and administration of engineering design projects. More?

leepSub-miniature latching solenoid valves use minimal energy
Lee Products' sub-miniature latching solenoid valves suit applications that demand ultra-low power consumption, low heat generation and small size. More?

pkrProportional directional control valves integrate electronics
These D*FB proportional hydraulic valves simplify installation, improve accuracy and can have their control parameters modified via a PC. More?

gfrnNew all-in-one multi-zone temperature controller and display
Gefran's new GF_PROMER combines a four-loop setpoint temperature controller with a graphical touchscreen display and on-board memory. More?


dfaMachinery Safety seminars at Drives & Controls show
Phil Papard, the HSE's head of product safety, will explain how to apply the new Machinery Directive at this month's Drives & Controls seminars. More?

nbyNew show for Industrial Adhesives, Sealants & Encapsulants
The new Industrial Adhesives, Sealants & Encapsulants show will take place alongside this autumn's Fastening & Assembly Solutions & Technology event. More?


pilzPilz extends its range of emergency stops and control devices
An innovative operating mode selector switch is the latest addition to the Pilz range that includes emergency stop switches, enabling switches and muting lamps. More?

lnzLenze 8400 motec inverters mount on motors or panels
These new inverters are smaller, lower cost, more intelligent, benefit from higher performance and use VFCeco software to minimise energy costs. More?

ldlrRisk assessment software for Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC
Laidler Associates' mCom Machinery Safety Software greatly assists risk assessments for the Machinery Directive, PUWER and the working environment. More?

igusPlain bearing units combine linear and rotary motion
Igus DryLin WJRM hybrid bearing units are designed for applications such as manually-operated sliding machine guards. More?

leesComposite 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?

h-hainSee Heidenhain's angular, linear and rotary encoders
Heidenhain will be displaying examples from its comprehensive range of encoders on its stand at MACH (7-11 June 2010, Birmingham NEC). More?

gt85New 1-litre GT85 PTFE-based maintenance spray
A 1-litre bottle of GT85 PTFE-based maintenance spray with a strong trigger action complements the existing 200 and 400ml aerosol cans. More?


Technical articles
There are now hundreds of Technical articles on that cover everything from standards and regulations through to 'How to select…' articles and others that compare different technologies. Take a look and see what is there to help you with your projects.


A new Dilbert cartoon strip every day
Have you ever struggled to find a name for a new project of product? Today's cartoon (2 June) addresses this problem in true Dilbert style. More?

Jonathan Severn

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