The European Commission has published an updated
list of standards that are harmonised to the Machinery
Directive (in case you are not familiar with the CE
marking process, complying with harmonised standards
provides a 'presumption of conformity' to the relevant
essential health and safety requirements of the
Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, so designing a machine
to be standards-compliant is usually the easiest way
to demonstrate that the EHSRs have been met).
This latest list was published in the Official
Journal of the European Union (OJ) on 20 July 2011,
replacing all previous lists. Looking at the standards
making their first appearance in the list, it appears
that the new additions are all Type C standards for
specific classes of machinery.
MachineBuilding.net has summarised the new additions
in an article 'Machinery
Directive Harmonised Standards - updated list',
which includes a link to the full list.
Electric P8 2.0 features improved reporting
EPLAN P8 2.0 for electrical engineering offers
extended reports and parts management, flexible
terminal design, new check functions and revision
monitor accepts inputs from a variety of sensors
Wieland's SNS 4074K standstill monitor works with
sensors such as inductive and magnetoresistive
proximity switches and incremental encoders. More?
string pot sensors have measurement ranges up to
Variohm-EuroSensor is introducing the new Celesco SM1
and SM2 miniature string pot sensors that suit a
variety of automation and control applications. More?
Sound Monitor Kit checks condition of conveyor
SKF's new Idler Sound Monitor Kit is an easy-to-use,
rugged, handheld monitoring device for the early
detection of faults in conveyor belt idlers. More?
micropositioning vertical lift has 135kg payload
New from Aerotech is the AVS1000 micropositioning
vertical lift that achieves sub-micron positioning of
large and heavy loads. More?
out how to improve assembly methods
Anyone wanting to improve assemblies by means of
better fasteners and adhesives should visit October's
event at the National Motorcycle Museum. More?
programme of workshops and seminars
As part of the Sensors and Systems Show on 14/15
September there will be an extensive programme of
one-hour workshops and seminars. More?
control and synchronisation of up to four robots
A Rexroth Indramotion MLC integrated motion, logic and
control unit is being used in a packaging machine to
control multiple robots and other automation axes. More?
Category 2 is unsuitable for Performance Level d
This technical article from Pilz explains why you
should not use Category 2 architecture on machine
guard safety circuits requiring Performance Level d. More?
2011 introduces new levels of productivity
LabVIEW 2011 enhances development efficiency through
new engineering-specific libraries and the ability to
interact with almost any hardware. More?
Laser Sensors suit applications where red lasers
Micro-Epsilon's new Blue Laser Sensors can be used on
hot, glowing metals, as well as organic materials such
as skin, foodstuffs, plastics, veneers and wood. More?
connector housings are low-cost alternative to Han B
Harting's high-quality Han-Eco connector housings
combine ruggedness, reliability and versatility, with
light weight, reduced costs and safety. More?
micropumps for original equipment
Michael Smith Engineers offers an extensive range of
compact, lightweight, magnet-drive external gear pumps
that provide accurate, leak-free, pulse-free flows. More?
Don't miss Dilbert
If you were away on holiday during August, remember
that you can scroll back through a month's worth of
cartoons to see what you missed. More?
Machine builders and the Low Voltage
Machine builders have obligations under the Low
Voltage Directive (LVD) and need to take certain
things into account when assessing electrical safety.
| Andrew Turner
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