There are now around 180 working days until EN 954-1
ceases to provide a presumption of conformity to the
Machinery Directive. Although it may seem like a long
time until 31 December (269 days), we should assume
that there are only five working days in the week,
with two days off at Christmas, a week's annual leave
over the summer, plus a handful of bank holidays.
If you have no 'real' work to do, then 180 days is
plenty of time to get up to speed with EN ISO 13849-1
and/or EN 62061. But most machine builders and system
integrators will (I hope) have sufficient work to keep
them busy for most of that time.
Last week I spoke with somebody from a supplier of
machinery safety components and he estimated that
approximately 80 per cent of his customers were still
using EN 954-1. If you have yet to make the transition
to EN ISO 13849-1 or EN 62061, I suggest that you do
so sooner rather than later. There is plenty advice,
guidance and training available, so start now to avoid
Anybus X-gateway and Communicator modules
HMS Industrial Networks is launching new Anybus
fieldbus gateways that are slimmer and more
energy-efficient than their predecessors. More?
outlines safety for pneumatic control systems
Festo is offering a Safety@Festo poster showing
methods for evaluating and assessing pneumatics in
accordance with functional safety standards. More?
Safety Relay offers two-in-one and other benefits
Rockwell's next-generation multifunctional safety
relays reduce component counts as well as cabinet
space requirements and wiring costs. More?
DSL protocol reduces cabling and adds safety
Hiperface DSL is a new digital protocol that
eliminates the need for a separate motor-to-servo data
cable, plus it can be used for SIL3 safety
30-100XL sealed belt drive offers higher capacity
The latest addition to HepcoMotion's SBD range suits
applications requiring higher load capacities and
longer distances to be spanned. More?
event for machine builders
Sensors+Systems – for Control & Instrumentation, a
new event in September, will include much that is of
interest to machine builders and system integrators. More?
& Safety show hosts Plant & Machinery Safety
Health & Safety '11 North will have a Plant &
Machinery Safety Zone with specialist exhibitors and a
dedicated programme of seminars and workshops. More?
gas sensor for original equipment manufacturers
Edinburgh Instruments' Gascard gas sensor features a
field-replaceable IR source and Windows-compatible
data logging software. More?
marking modified machinery - what machine users need
This technical article from Pilz explains the
requirements for CE marking when upgrading machinery
or interlinking existing standalone machines. More?
Spring catalogue is now online and downloadable
Lee Spring's latest catalogue is available both as a
hard copy and in a digital format that can be
downloaded as a whole or in parts. More?
expands its panel building and control systems
Since it was launched in 2008, Lenze's Systems
Division in the UK has seen near-exponential growth,
with customers benefiting from time and cost savings.
Paper: Prototype Faster with Graphical System Design
National Instruments is offering a White Paper that
explains how graphical system design can reduce the
time, effort and cost involved in prototyping. More?
Dilbert's boss is transformed
You need to scroll back to Monday 4 April and read the
series to get the best out of this week's Dilbert
cartoons - but it is well worth it! More?
EN 954-1 and ten reasons NOT to use it
This article gives ten good reasons not to use EN
954-1 but to apply EN ISO 13849-1 or EN (IEC) 62061
| Andrew Turner
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