There are three things I want to mention this month, all relating to machinery safety. However, if you are more interested in general machine building products and technologies, scroll further down the newsletter.
The first of the safety topics is the new list of standards harmonised to the Machinery Directive, published on 18 November. Follow the link to read about the latest additions.
Second, if you are still designing and building control systems to EN 954-1, remember that this standard ceases to be current at the end of this month. Instead you will have to work to one of the functional safety standards (read How to migrate from EN 954-1 to EN ISO 13849-1 or EN 62061 and see the item from Pilz, below).
Finally, to help machine builders comply with safety standards without compromising productivity, a new Machinery Safety Alliance has been formed by Festo, Fortress Interlocks, Pilz, Troax, UK Engineering, and Werma.
Autodesk 360 for PLM creates new opportunities for SMEs
If you like the idea of PLM but have previously ruled it out because of cost or complexity, take a look at the new system from Autodesk. More?
'Industrial Ethernet Facts' compares five real-time protocols
This publication from EPSG describes and compares five real-time Industrial Ethernet protocols: EtherCAT, Ethernet/IP, Powerlink, Profinet and Sercos III. More?
MachineStruxure helps to optimise machine performance
Schneider Electric is launching MachineStruxure, an innovative automation platform that can reduce time-to-market and improve machine performance. More?
New robolink multi-axis joint for robots and automation
Igus is introducing the robolink system of standard modular components for creating multi-axis joints for robots and lightweight automation. More?
Sysmac Automation Platform is optimised for machine control
Omron's new Sysmac Automation Platform, comprising controllers, software and networking, has been developed specifically for machinery. More?
Southern Manufacturing & Electronics, February 2012
The organisers of this event say it is the most comprehensive marketplace in the UK for machine building components and sub-assemblies. More?
Drives & Controls show and conference 2012
Drives & Controls 2012 takes place from 17 to 19 April. There will be around 300 exhibitors at this and the co-located events, so it should be worth attending. More?
Last chance to migrate from EN 954-1 to EN ISO 13849-1
Pilz is reminding machine builders that they only have until the end of the month to prepare for the switch from EN 954-1 to EN ISO 13849-1. More?
Motion control - everything from a single source
Following its acquisition of Baldor, ABB now offers an extensive range of motion controllers, servo drives, rotary servos and linear motors. More?
colorSENSORs offer stable measurements and high resolution
Micro-Epsilon's new colour sensors output stable readings, even when used on reflective surfaces, and detect small variations in colour on the target surface More?
Large-capacity temperature chamber features fast cycling
Unitemp's low-cost, large-capacity LC1000 chamber benefits from fast cycling, low power consumption and an accuracy of +/-1degC. More?
Low-cost gas sensor for original equipment manufacturers
Edinburgh Sensors, a division of Edinburgh Instruments, offers the Gascard NG sensor for quality detection and measurement of CO2, CO and CH4. More?
A different Dilbert every day
This week's cartoons cover everything from leadership and expectations, through to Skype and self-respect - and Alice's bad hair day. More?
Machine builders and the EMC Directive 2004/108/EC
This article explains what machine builders need to know about the EMC Directive, and how they can comply in a reliable and cost-effective manner. More?
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