Did you realise that EN 60204-1 (Safety of machinery.
Electrical equipment of machines. General
requirements) is not currently harmonised to the
Machinery Directive? It was unexpectedly excluded when
the list of harmonised standards was published in the
Official Journal to coincide with Machinery Directive
2006/42/EC coming into force at the end of 2009. There
was very little publicity at the time and, two months
on, MachineBuilding.net asked CEN/CENELEC (the
European standardisation committees) about the
It transpires that EN 60204-1 was 'not ready to be
published under the new MD (2006/42/EC) at that time'
but steps are now being taken to get the list of
harmonised standards updated to include EN 60204-1.
You can read more about it in this article on
60204-1 not harmonised to Machinery Directive
2006/42/EC - and keep an eye on the
website for further updates.
indexer operates in either direction - or both
Schunk's new RST-P driven ring indexing table can turn
in either direction or oscillate, with switching
performed pneumatically. More?
and precision gears - standard and specials
Ondrives is adding commercial and precision gears to
its extensive portfolio of power transmission
products, with specials available to order. More?
document: selecting gearbox bearings
NSK is offering 'Rolling Bearings for Industrial
Gearboxes' - a comprehensive publication that
simplifies the process of selecting bearings for all
gearbox types. More?
connectors for lower-specification military
ITT's compact, lightweight and cost-effective APD
circular connectors can now be used for certain
wheeled armoured vehicle applications. More?
New plugs for
Eurostyle wire-to-board terminal blocks
Tyco Electronics is adding new left- and right-hand
plugs to its range of Eurostyle wire-to-board terminal
UK Conference - sessions to help manufacturers
Staged alongside the Machine Building and Automation
show in April, the two-day MEDTEC UK Conference
includes plenty to interest manufacturers. More?
& Assembly Solutions Show - March 2010
Next week's fastening and assembly technologies event
takes place at RAF Hendon, which is easy to reach and
has excellent facilities for visitors. More?
control system ensures integrity of bolted joints
The Integrity system from James Walker RotaBolt and
Hytorc ensures that the correct tension is applied to
a bolted joint at installation and throughout its
sensor features improved communications
Edinburgh Instruments' Gascard gas sensor benefits
from onboard RS232 and optional TCP/IP comms, as well
as temperature and pressure compensation. More?
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?
drives gain plug-in motion/machine control module
Baldor's Powerlink-compatible drives are available
with plug-in modules for performing motion and machine
control tasks within the drive. More?
high-precision linear positioning stages
Designed for high-throughput industrial production and
test applications, Aerotech's rugged PRO165LM
positioning stages deliver high performance. More?
Inline Action Form for a rapid response
You may have seen the 'Request a callback' and
'Request information' buttons on some stories on the
website (such as the NSK item above). This new feature
lets you contact the supplier quickly and simply for a
What happened to Asok?
To understand the background to today's Dilbert, you
will need to scroll back to February 27- but it is
well worth it. More?
| Andrew Turner
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