An important deadline has just passed for major energy users to register for the UK Government's Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC). A second phase of the CRC scheme is due to commence in 2013, driving organisations using smaller amounts of energy to be more frugal. Organisations affected by either phase of the CRC will therefore be taking more interest in the energy-efficiency of their existing and new machinery.
PI (Profibus & Profinet International) says that manufacturers are already starting to implement ProfiEnergy within their plants, thereby saving energy by, for instance, safely and efficiently shutting down idle machinery, whether the stoppage is short (eg while clearing a blockage) or long (eg over a weekend). According to PI, a typical robot cell may consume up to 60 per cent of its normal operating energy requirement when it is idle at a weekend, so the potential cost reductions available by switching off unused equipment are substantial.
Within this month's newsletter we also have announcements from ABB, SKF, and Lenze, all of which have an energy-efficiency angle, and have a look at this article from Mitsubishi that discusses regenerative inverter drives. Energy efficiency is definitely being forced higher up the agenda for machine builders and system integrators.
Next-generation ABB control gear saves time, money and energy
ABB's next-generation contactors, manual motor starters and softstarters offer numerous benefits and savings for machine builders. More?
Retained fasteners for guards on aluminium frameworks
Machine Building Systems is now supplying Item Safety Fastening Sets that feature captive screws for securing machine guards. More?
openSAFETY protocol now approved to IEC 61784-3-13
The openSAFETY protocol, which enables SIL 3 safety to be added to any flavour of industrial Ethernet, has now been formally standardised. More?
SKF Solution Factory opens in UK
SKF's Solution Factories provide a route by which customers can access the company's vast global knowledgebase and engineering resources. More?
Han-Eco connector housings are low-cost alternative to Han B
Harting Han-Eco all-plastic industrial connector housings are characterised by reduced costs, high quality, light weight, ruggedness, versatility, reliability and safety. More?
Fasteners event - better than searching the web?
A few hours spent at the Fastening and Assembly Solutions Technology event can be better than trying to solve fastening problems by searching the internet. More?
Show preview: Health and Safety '10 - North, 13/14 October
Our Show Preview reveals what will be exhibited in the dedicated 'Plant and Machinery Safety Zone' and the topics covered in the seminar programme. More?
BARA Machine Safety Conference 2010
This event in November focuses on the practical implementation of functional safety, with an overview of standards, legislation and the Machinery Directive. More?
High-performance, miniature, radiation-resistant tilt sensors
Inertial Aerosystems is introducing Applied Geomechanics' radiation-resistant tilt sensors, which are also available in vacuum-compatible versions. More?
Poster explains functional safety standards
Pilz is giving away posters that help users decide which of EN IEC 62061 or EN ISO 13849-1 to use and how to apply the selected standard. More?
Inverter-optimised motors save energy and are cheaper to buy
Lenze's new cost-effective, energy-efficient MF series inverter-optimised motors fill the gap between conventional AC motors and servo motors. More?
Risk 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?
Trade-in offer reduces cost of upgrading machine tool DROs
Heidenhain (GB) is offering £200 for old units when customers upgrade to Acu-Rite VUE two- or three-axis digital readout systems on manual machine tools. More?
Simplified procedure for assessing PL to EN ISO 13849-1
One of the arguments levelled against EN ISO 13849-1 is the complexity of the calculations. However, this article explains the simplified procedure for ascertaining the Performance Level of a safety-related control system. More?
This week's Dilbert cartoons on MachineBuilding.net
Broken limbs, business strategy and motivation. In addition, the boss sends Dilbert to meet a customer and Wally to meet his rival. More?
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