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Editor: Jonathan Severn
3rd August 2011

As a machine builder or system integrator, are you familiar with all the Directives and Regulations relating to pressure systems? Usually the emphasis is on designing machines to achieve the required performance and designing safety-related control systems to comply with the necessary Regulations. But the pressurised systems on those machines often receive little attention in terms of regulatory compliance.

If your machines incorporate pressurised systems of any sort, two recent additions to the website will be of interest. The first is an announcement about a new section on the HSE website that provides a single point of access to the official advice and guidance relating to pressure systems.

The second is an article commissioned from Paul Laidler of Laidler Associates that explains what machine builders should know about the Pressure Equipment Directive 97/23/EC (see the 'Useful Resource' item further down this newsletter).


niLabVIEW 2011 features more libraries and greater versatility
The latest edition of LabVIEW benefits from new engineering-specific libraries and the ability to interact with almost any hardware device or deployment target. More?

sieMotor scrappage scheme from Siemens for EU MEPS compliance
Siemens is running a motor scrappage scheme until the end of the year, with allowances of up to £700 per motor, depending on the power rating. More?

erkHow to specify O-rings for fluid sealing applications
This article explains how to specify O-rings and also provides a link to the Eriks Groove Wizard that details suitable standard O-rings and groove dimensions. More?

ifmStainless steel inductive proximity switches with long range
These new one-piece switches from ifm electronic detect stainless steel targets at long distances. They also withstand thermal shocks and are sealed to IP69K. More?

tdrHow to specify spring-applied brakes
Techdrives has created a page on its website that provides practical advice and guidance on specifying spring-applied brakes. More?


mepPPMA Show 2011 includes 'The Manufacturing Forum' seminars
This year's show for buyers, manufacturers and suppliers of processing and packaging machinery includes a new seminar programme. More?

dstOnline registration opens for 2011 Sensing Technology show
Register now for this event at the NEC, where you can meet suppliers of sensors and associated products, and take part in the seminars. More?


bldSmart drives benefit from onboard motion control programming
Baldor's MicroFlex e100 and MotiFlex e100 smart drives can control motion and automation tasks, plus they feature Ethernet Powerlink communications. More?

iaNew high-temperature, 12-bit analogue-to-digital converter
ETLG Inertial Aerosystems says Honeywell's HTADC 12 analogue-to-digital converter processes 100,000 samples/second at temperatures up to 300degC. More?

plzMini configurable safety controllers are easier to expand
New Pilz PNOZmulti Mini configurable controllers can be expanded and/or linked using a variety of modules for safety inputs/outputs and communications. More?

schLinear Quick-Centre offers machined shafts and linear guides
Schaeffler is offering UK customers rapid delivery of machined shafts and linear guidance systems, with the option of corrosion-resistant coatings. More?

acSee energy-efficient air compressors at The Energy Event 2011
Visitors to The Energy Event can find out more about Atlas Copco's energy-efficient compressors and the company's zero per cent finance scheme. More?


One a day keeps the boss at bay
This week's cartoons take a look at standardisation, new technology, argumentative colleagues and absurdly broad patents. More?


Machine builders and the Pressure Equipment Directive 97/23/EC
Read about the Pressure Equipment Directive and find out how machine builders can comply - which is often relatively straightforward. More?

Jonathan Severn

Andrew Turner
Sales Manager

Telephone: +44 (0) 1483 560314


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