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How to specify IP ratings for enclosures
Schneider Electric believes that a lack of understanding of IP ratings is leading to enclosures being specified with inappropriate levels of protection. Moreover, some IP ratings do not conform to international standards and are not relevant to the intended use of the products to which they have been applied.
Overcoming problems with silicon oil-filled pressure sensors
Sam Drury, Sales & Marketing Director at Impress Sensors & Systems, explains how the latest generation of pressure sensors overcomes the problems traditionally encountered with silicon oil-filled pressure sensors.
EN ISO 11161 - Safe design of Integrated Manufacturing Systems
Robin Carver* introduces EN ISO 11161, which is the standard for assemblies of machinery, and goes on to outline its contents and describe its relationship to the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC and other machinery safety standards.
EN ISO 13849-1:2008 and its errors and omissions
Robin Carver, a machinery safety consultant and BSI committee member*, explains why he thinks that EN ISO 13849-1:2008 is confusing, contains errors and is of little practical use.
BS EN ISO 13855:2010 and BS EN 999:1998+A1:2008 compared
Jon Severn, editor of MachineBuilding.net, compares the newly published BS EN ISO 13855:2010, ' Safety of machinery - Positioning of safeguards with respect to the approach speeds of parts of the human body,' with the standard it replaces, BS EN 999:1998+A1:2008 (other EN versions of these standards will show the same differences).
Choosing lead screws, ball screws and satellite roller screws
Abssac offers an extensive range of lead screws, ball screws and satellite roller screws, and this article will help designers select the optimum product for a given application.
The end of support for Windows 2000 in industrial automation
Microsoft Extended Support and Security Updates for Windows 2000 will cease in July 2010. Migrating to a new operating system can be time-consuming, disruptive and expensive, so Torsten Rössel presents an alternative.
Benefits of condition monitoring in hydraulic systems
Parker Hannifin's European Hydraulic Filter Division offers the following advice on condition monitoring in hydraulic systems.
How to choose non-contact displacement sensors
Chris Jones, Managing Director of Micro-Epsilon UK & Ireland Ltd, discusses four types of non-contact displacement measurement technology, presenting the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Lean Manufacturing and Lean Maintenance - an introduction
MCP Consulting and Training offers the following as an introduction to the concepts underlying Lean Manufacturing and, in particular, Lean Maintenance.
How to select an infrared temperature sensor
Chris Jones, Managing Director of Micro-Epsilon UK & Ireland Ltd, discusses two key criteria that need to be considered when selecting the most suitable infrared temperature sensor for an application: wavelength and emissivity.
Simplified procedure for assessing PL to EN ISO 13849-1
For certain types of machinery it is possible to assess EN ISO 13849-1 Performance Levels using a simplified method rather than performing the full calculations. This article from Leuze electronic Ltd explains the procedure.