Having visited a number of exhibitions and companies during October, I have discussed the state of the machine building and systems integration market with numerous suppliers. Most told me that business is buoyant, with many saying they have achieved record sales. While this is very good news, the situation can have its drawbacks - such as extended lead times for standard catalogue products.
According to a new report from IMS Research, 2011 will be a record-breaking year for machine building, though the situation varies greatly between different geographical regions. Just as we went to press, Andrew Robertson, a Market Analyst with IMS Research, told me that the latest forecasts indicate that output in the UK will still be behind pre-recession levels in 2015.
When times are tough, innovation can be an important differentiator. Here at MachineBuilding.net we will continue to publish news about innovative products and technologies, and we will be introducing our own innovations too - such as the new index of mobile apps for machine builders and engineers (see below).
colorSENSOR offers high resolution and stable measurements
Micro-Epsilon's new colour sensors are claimed to provide up to 20 times higher resolution than conventional devices but at a mid-range price. More?
Schmidt-Kupplung shaft couplings now available from Abssac
Abssac is now supplying Schmidt-Kupplung shaft couplings that provide constant-velocity drive even when there is severe and/or variable parallel offset. More?
High-accuracy magnetic linear encoder has zero hysteresis
Balluff's BML S1F incremental magnetic linear encoder offers exceptional accuracy and resolution, making it a compact alternative to optical systems. More?
Micro-intelligence condition monitoring pays for itself
Unlike conventional condition monitoring, the Global Sense system uses low-cost sensors and wireless 'data push' data transfer via GPRS. More?
NI launches higher-specification Smart Cameras
The new NI 177x Smart Cameras feature a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, IP67 protection, M12 connectors and options for colour and high resolution. More?
Conference explains benefits of Ethernet Powerlink
B&R, ASCO Numatics, Cognex and Staubli are inviting engineers to see how Ethernet Powerlink offers advantages for robotics, vision, pneumatics, motion and control. More?
Motor Driven Systems Conference - event guide published
This conference will examine the latest developments in motor-driven equipment, including legislative, technical and energy-efficiency issues. More?
Machinery safety training courses receive national accreditation
Pilz Automation Technology's three City & Guilds Machinery Safety training courses are now accredited by Proskills UK. More?
CPX modular automation platform explained and demonstrated
Festo has created a web page and video that introduces the CPX modular automation platform, demonstrates its capabilities and explains the benefits. More?
Compact pump features electromagnetic drive
Michael Smith Engineers says the latest Micropump gear pumps with integral electromagnetic drive offer accurate flow control and pulse-less fluid delivery. More?
Laidler updates free practical guidance on Machinery Directive
Laidler Associates has published a new version of its machinery safety guidance, which is available as a PDF download or hard copy. More?
Han GND industrial connectors offer pluggable grounding
Harting's new Han GND industrial connectors provide for pluggable grounding, which reduces the time required for assembly and maintenance. More?
Low-cost integrated pressure transducers
ETLG Inertial Aerosystems is supplying Honeywell's low-cost, high-accuracy, board-based pressure transducers with integral temperature compensation. More?
Dilbert's boss hires consultants
Find out how Dilbert and Wally handle the idea of a humour consultant and, later in the week, a consultant to teach them how to be less confident. More?
Apps for machine builders and engineers
MachineBuilding.net has published an index of apps for use on mobile devices, with the emphasis on apps for machine builders and engineers.
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