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Editor: Jonathan Severn
11th January 2012

EN 954-1 has now ceased to provide a presumption of conformity to the corresponding essential health and safety requirements of the Machinery Directive. Almost all machine builders who had previously worked to this standard will therefore need to update their Declarations of Conformity (for new machines being placed on the market) so they refer, instead, to the newer functional safety standards (see How to migrate from EN 954-1 to EN ISO 13849-1 or EN 62061 ). In some cases minor changes to the safety-related control system will also be necessary.

For those who have not yet made the transition, however, there are two more articles on that would be worth reading: What to do when EN ISO 13849-1 replaces EN 954-1 , by Robin Carver of Health & Safety Compliance Engineering, and What to do now that EN 954 has gone , by Douglas Florence of SafeMech.

As for updating the Declaration of Conformity and the list of standards in the Technical File, this will have to be done manually unless you have a system for managing the Technical File, which will typically be based on a spreadsheet, database or document management package. If you are concerned that managing the Technical File relies too much on human intervention - and is time-consuming and prone to errors - you could take a look at the CETech Technical File management software from CESystems. Having seen a demonstration, I can report that CETech is very impressive and has the potential to cut the time, effort and risk involved in managing the Technical File and CE marking process.


pcIndustrial tablet PCs are rugged and sealed to IP65
Phoenix Contact is launching 13.3-inch industrial tablet PCs with WiFi, Bluetooth, and a choice of processors and optional upgrades. More?

ifmNew DA101S safe standstill monitor from ifm electronic
This safe standstill monitor suits Performance Level e and SIL 3 applications, with a hard-wired link for setting the 'zero speed' threshold between 0.2 and 2Hz. More?

hnLow-cost H series linear actuators are versatile for automation
Heason Technology's new H series actuators are designed specifically for positioning applications in automated manufacturing and test equipment. More?

tmHigh-torque backstop clutches feature non-contact overrunning
These new Tsubaki high-torque cam clutches benefit from innovative lift-off cams that provide non-contact overrunning for a longer life. More?

pteverRun high-availability software prevents downtime
Now available from HardwarePT, everRun helps to synchronise, monitor, correct and repair application problems so that downtime is avoided. More?


etSeminar programme for Southern Manufacturing 2012
The organisers have now published details of the technical seminars, which are expected to be very popular, so book early to be sure of a place. More?

pzMachinery safety training courses updated for 2012
Pilz has published a booklet with its 2012 training schedule and details of the courses, which have been revised to reflect the latest changes in legislation and standards. More?

st3D Machine Vision Technology Day hosted by Stemmer Imaging
This event is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the current state of 3D machine vision technology, the markets and potential applications. More?


ls2000 new stock springs added to Lee Spring catalogue
Lee Spring is adding around 2000 more items to its range of 17,000 stock products, including over 450 new stainless steel REDUX wave springs. More?

tdPatlite BSV voice annunciators are MP3 compatible
Techdrives is now supplying Patlite BSV voice annunciators, including an SD card programmable voice version, and one with pre-recorded sound alarms. More?

edLow-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?

stCable harnesses designed and manufactured to order
Sensor-Technik UK is building on its CAN-based control design and integration services by offering custom cable harnesses on short lead times. More?

iacPCI/PXI card for synchro, resolver or LVDT feedback
ETLG Inertial Aerosystems is introducing the CP3000 converter that has a universal AC sensor interface for digitising up to eight channels of programmable inputs. More?

brE-Tools reduce engineering time for machine builders
Rexroth's engineering tools (E-Tools) reduce the time required for machine design, product selection, installation and maintenance. More?


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If you missed your daily Dilbert over the holidays, remember that you can scroll back to read a month's worth of cartoons. More?


Mobile apps for machine builders and engineers
Did you get a new smartphone or tablet for Christmas? Take a look at our page of mobile apps for machine builders and engineers to see what might be of use to you. More?


10.4-inch IP65-rated industrial touchscreen panel PC
Hoffmann + Krippner is giving readers of the opportunity to win one of its new flexx-IPC M series customisable panel PCs. More?

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