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Explaining the changes in the 2006 version of BS EN 60204-1
BS EN 60204-1 is one of the most important machinery safety standards and a new version was published in June 2006. This article by Kevin Ives, a consultant with Pilz Automation Technology, looks at the changes introduced and the implications for machine builders.
No more doubt: EN 13849-1 will replace EN 954-1
Voting has now finished and, depite strong opposition from the UK, USA and Japan, EN 13849-1 will definitely replace EN 954-1.
CANopen application layer Version 4.1
Version 4.1 of the CANopen application layer (CiA 301) has recently been released by the non-profit arm of CAN in Automation, CiA e. V. This specification is - for the time being - available to CiA members only.
Ten good commercial reasons to use robotics
Barr and Paatz, which has designed and installed many automated systems using cutting-edge Stäubli, Mitsubishi and Bosch Rexroth hardware, is suggesting 10 commercially-sound reasons to use industrial robots.
Gas analysis technologies for pharmaceutical production
Pharmaceutical production involves numerous processes where gas analysis is either essential in order to comply with regulatory requirements or highly beneficial in terms of plant safety or operational efficiency. Choosing the correct technology is vital, as there is a trade-off between purchase price and cost of ownership.
Review: PD 5304:2005 'Guidance on safe use of machinery'
Procter Machinery Guarding takes a close look at PD 5304:2005, 'Guidance on safe use of machinery' and compares it with the version dating from 2000.
The implications of IEC 62061 becoming EN 62061
Although it is all but identical to IEC 62061, BS EN 62061 (Safety of machinery, Functional safety of safety-related electrical, electronic and programmable electronic control systems) is now harmonised to the Machinery Directive, which makes a subtle but important difference. This article explains the implications for machine builders and those modifying machinery, and looks in detail at what the standard contains.
Rapid prototyping, rapid 3D printing and rapid manufacturing
The phrase 'rapid prototyping' means different things to different people. But the concept is now sufficiently established for its supporting vocabulary to be moving from confusing jargon to fixed and well understood definitions. Here Martin Stevens, MD of Unimatic, gives an overview of the techniques and reviews its benefits.
How to select the right type of temperature sensor
Selecting the right type of sensor is critical to the success of applications requiring temperature measurement. In this article, Labfacility offers some advice, based on the requirements of the automotive industry.
Electric motors, inverters and the ATEX Directive
Motor users have expressed concern that changes in the ATEX Directive have lead to a requirement to test EEx d motors and inverters together for compliance when variable speed drive systems are used in potentially flammable or explosive atmospheres. However, this is emphatically not the case, as Martin Swindell, Technical Director of motor manufacturer Brook Crompton, explains.
Machine guarding pays for itself
Jeremy Procter, Convenor of the European Standards Committee responsible for Machine Guards, and Managing Director of Procter Machinery Guarding, explains how installing guarding in compliance with current standards and regulations can pay for itself several times over.