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Editor: Jonathan Severn
3rd March 2010

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, asked CEN/CENELEC (the European standardisation committees) about the standard's status.

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 EN 60204-1 not harmonised to Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC - and keep an eye on the website for further updates.


Pneumatic 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?

Commercial 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?

Guidance 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?

Plastic connectors for lower-specification military applications
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 blocks. More?


MEDTEC 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?

Fastening & 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?


Tension 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 lifetime. More?

Low-cost gas 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?

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?

Powerlink 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?

New low-cost, high-precision linear positioning stages
Designed for high-throughput industrial production and test applications, Aerotech's rugged PRO165LM positioning stages deliver high performance. More?


Try the 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 rapid response.


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?

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