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Brexit Update: UK Designated Standards for Machinery
Dated 1 January 2021, the UK Government published a consolidated list of Standards for Machinery, supporting the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008 (S.I 2008/1597). You can view it by clicking on the link above to access MachineBuilding’s unique Guide. At some point in 2022, the EU will publish updates to the current Machinery Directive and this will also be available here.
Free Guide to the Machinery Directive
The latest edition of our Guide to the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC has been published and contains updated information for machine builders.
Free Guide to Food & Beverage Industry Machine Design
Now published is the MachineBuilding.net Guide to Food & Beverage Industry Machine Design. You can download a free copy here.
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Video of the Month
Different machines have different doors and flaps. With the flexLock safety locking device from Sick, you can solve all these applications, from large to small door radii.
Robotic cables for demanding applications
The complex movements in industrial applications demand twistable cables with a long service life. The chainflex robotic cables from Igus have been specifically designed and tested for these requirements, making them the perfect solution.
Video highlights xiros ball bearings in several applications
A new video from Igus illustrates its xiros plastic ball bearings in a selection of application examples, from the automotive industry to conveyor systems.
Robotic pipe crawlers reaching the unreachable
When pipe measurement and inspection specialist OMS needed DC motors for its state-of-the-art robotic crawlers, it turned to Maxon.
Robotics made simple with Igus Apiro kit
Robotics doesn’t need to be complicated. In fact, in this video, you can see how easy it can be using the Igus Apiro robotic kit.
Sick introduces flexible solution for guard locking
Different machines have different doors and flaps. With the flexLock safety locking device from Sick, you can solve all these applications, from large to small door radii.
Lenze launches NUPANO open automation platform
Lenze has launched a new open automation platform called NUPANO, offering a space for digital innovations for machines and systems, while also providing access to new business models – all without requiring any prior IT knowledge from the user.
New event announced – MachineBuilding.Live
The Engineering Network (TEN), publisher of MachineBuilding.net, has announced a new event for October 2023. MachineBuilding.Live takes place on 4 October next year, using an unusual format which one of the company’s founders pioneered with great success almost 20 years ago in another industrial market sector.
Webinar explores creating OEM-standard bodywork seams
The latest innovations in sealing technology make it possible for any body shop to replicate seams that are as good as new. In a webinar on the subject on 10 November 2022, Henkel will give delegates the benefits of its wide expertise.
A look into the future of automation at SPS 2022
The 31st edition of SPS, the trade fair for smart and digital automation, will take place from 8 to 10 November 2022 in Nuremberg and will showcase the latest products, solutions and pioneering future technologies in the field of industrial automation.
Discover the potential of instant component bonding
Designers and manufacturers can now tap-in to Henkel’s wealth of expertise on component bonding with instant adhesives in a new dedicated webinar. Scheduled for Wednesday 12 October, the event will be hosted by Henkel’s Dr Julie Joseph and Håkan Jacobson, both technology specialists in this burgeoning field.
Whitepaper explores traceability in the FMCG sector
Recognising how traceability has evolved due to the implementation of technology, Omron has produced a Whitepaper that explores the evolution of traceability and explains why the latest phase, Traceability 4.0, is not just about tracking products throughout the supply chain but also optimising productivity, quality and brand reputation within the manufacturing operation by tying product to process parameters.
Safely automated in compliance with standards
A new safety solution for palletisers and depalletiser using induction loops, light curtain and monitored signal sequence satisfies the requirements of revised standard EN 415-4, thereby ensuring maximum safety. Leuze has produced a new Technology Report detailing this new safety solution.
Safety and security go hand in hand
While engineering and industry are well positioned when it comes to safety, they are sorely lacking with regard to security. A new white paper from Pilz examines how safety and industrial security go hand in hand.
Enhancing EV and battery production
The latest technical paper from Keyence offers those in the EV/battery manufacturing realm an exclusive insight into ways in which vision systems, sensors, laser markers and other new technologies can be implemented to increase production efficiency and optimise end-product quality.
Vision systems help IMA Group raise industry standards

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New robotics sales engineer for the North East

22 hours ago

Kistler Group presents global climate strategy

2 days ago

Euchner looks to drive growth strategy with new appointment

2 days ago

Energy efficiency is the best way for industry to cut costs

3 days ago

Schneider Electric unveils next-generation industrial technology

4 days ago

Delta selected among the Taiwan Best Global Brands

4 days ago

Drives and servos now certified to communicate via Profisafe

1 week ago

Zimmer Group joins PPMA and BARA to drive automation uptake

1 week ago

Farnell signs a new global distribution partnership with Analog Devices

1 week ago

Carlo Gavazzi showcases capabilities and smart solutions

1 week ago

Omron invests in inspection machine manufacturer

1 week ago

Pump specialist chooses ABB for regenerative drive demo rig

1 week ago

RARUK Automation helps PCS get the measure of linear motion

1 week ago

Kawasaki robot delivers fully automated ‘coffee-to-go’ service

1 week ago

Beckhoff UK joins leading association of automation and logistics

1 week ago

Hybridisation brings cycloidal gears for the digital age

1 week ago

SolutionsPT partners with IFS Ultimo for optimised asset management

2 weeks ago

Raising accuracy in dosing improves product quality for bakery

2 weeks ago

Schaeffler strengthens industrial business with acquisition of Ceraspin

2 weeks ago

Food manufacturers boost production with Yamaha robots

2 weeks ago

RA Rodriguez signs distribution deal with TGB Group

2 weeks ago

PES Group now distributing Moxa IoT connectivity devices

3 weeks ago

Semiconductor innovator becomes the newest CLPA member

3 weeks ago

Han-Modular Domino modules from Harting win industry award

3 weeks ago

Manufacturing and Engineering Week returns for 2023

3 weeks ago

LG Motion appointed primary UK distributor for Techman Robots

3 weeks ago

Igus now carries more stock than ever before

3 weeks ago

Braintree Precision Components apprentice strikes gold at awards

3 weeks ago

Schneider Electric and SAP collaborate on industrial digitalisation

3 weeks ago

Siemens and Eplan enter strategic partnership

3 weeks ago

RARUK Automationhelps PCS get the measure of linear motion

4 weeks ago

Atlas Copco acquired two British compressed air distributors

4 weeks ago

Rockwell Automation completes acquisition of Cubic

4 weeks ago

Rockwell Automation showcases the power of data at SPS 2022

1 month ago

Mclennan publishes new capability brochure and product line card

1 month ago

Vapormatt brings service packages into the 4.0 era with data insights

1 month ago

Inovance Technology launches key automation products at SPS

1 month ago

Mitsubishi Electric’s solutions under the spotlight

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14 hours ago
The new standard for wireless remote access to industrial machines
With the new Cosy+ Wireless, HMS Networks has released the new generation of Ewon industrial remote access gateways, which it says brings IIoT connectivity and cybersecurity to the next level.
16 hours ago
Emka range of ex-stock hinges for flush enclosure doors
Emka has announced a program of visible and non-visible hinges for flush enclosure doors. Flush doors often require hinges which are hidden or have hidden fixings for greater security so as to eliminate or conceal an obvious target area.
2 days ago
AlphaStep AZ Series stepper motors feature an integrated encoder
In Oriental Motor’s continuing drive to improve customers’ productivity and reduce costs, it has developed a mechanical encoder for use with the AlphaStep AZ Series of stepper motors.
2 days ago
Compact cables guarantee 100 million double strokes
Igus says its new CF98.PLUS and CF99.PLUS chainflex cables are durable, sustainable and allow the smallest bending radii for precision movements, guaranteeing 100 million double strokes with a bend radii of three times cable diameter.
3 days ago
Maintenance safeguarding system for safe and secure plant maintenance
The new maintenance safeguarding ‘key-in-pocket’ system from Pilz protects operators from an unauthorised machine restart, allowing maintenance work to be carried out safely.
3 days ago
High torque capacity mechanical power transmission couplings
For coupling applications where substantial torque is required, jbj Techniques offers the ZAPEX, N-ARPEX and RUPEX ranges of high torque capacity couplings.
3 days ago
Belleville washers deliver big power in tight spaces
Belleville washers from Lee Spring are an excellent solution when an application requires high loads in a confined space. Compared to coil springs, Belleville washer’s conical configuration allows them to support high loads with relatively minimal deflection and solid heights.
3 days ago
M12 connectors for Single Pair Ethernet
The new M12-size SPE connectors from Phoenix Contact provide identical mechanical installation conditions and easy integration into conventional sensors.
3 days ago
Durable drives for belt conveyor systems
With high thermal limit powers, MAXXDRIVE XT industrial gear units from Nord Drivesystems have been optimised for bulk logistics applications such as belt conveyor systems.
4 days ago
Wireless operator panels cut downtime and monitor machine health
A new range of wireless operator panels that constantly monitor machine health, increase efficiency, production and cut downtime, is available in the UK from Motor Technology.
4 days ago
Bifold torque hinge for thinner fold-out tables in transportation interiors
Southco has expanded its line of bifold constant torque hinges with the AH-2E-12, designed for thinner fold-out tables used in passenger transit interior applications. The AH-2E-12 uses friction to increase control of 180 degree fold-out tables, preventing the flaps from falling open during operation and improving the end user experience.
1 week ago
The importance of pull-out and pull-in torque for stepper motor sizing
Valentin Raschke, application engineer at Portescap, explains the impact of pull-out and pull-in torque for stepper motor specification.
1 week ago
Schneider Electric highlights simplicity and productivity with new cobot
At its Innovation Summit World Tour 2022, Schneider Electric highlighted a range of industry challenges, as well as introducing a new cobot in the Lexium range.
1 week ago
Safety in medical electrical equipment starts with the power input
Electrical equipment used in medical technology must fulfil high requirements in terms of safety. This protects both the patient and medical staff. Schurter offers a wide range of products for medical equipment, including power sockets and power entry modules with and without power-line filters as well as filters.
1 week ago
What to do when your current motor is end-of-life
Due to the constant update in both winding and magnet technologies, motors can go into NRND (Not Recommended for New Designs) status and eventually become obsolete. It is a standard process to replace older motors with more modern options, perhaps for a more compact design or for competing lead times or pricing.
1 week ago
Lenze Selection is your partner for your mechanical drive train
Drive components are used in almost every machine and factory. To ensure the optimal performance of your machine individual components must work together seamlessly. With decades of experience, the Lenze Selection team have a deep understanding for machines and solutions.
1 week ago
Applying SNMP to the OT level is now a reality
John Browett, general manager at the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA), looks at SNMP, its benefits as well as how, when combined with the right network, it can support industrial automation and control applications.
1 week ago
Taking next-generation motion from concept to reality
Adnan Khan, manager of pharma industries at Beckhoff UK, discusses the challenges of pharmaceutical production lines and how next-generation motion can help.
1 week ago
Long-reach, single-pair power over Ethernet (SPoE) solutions
Analog Devices has announced what it claims are the world’s first single-pair power over Ethernet (SPoE) power sourcing equipment (PSE) and power device (PD) solutions to help customers drive greater levels of intelligence at the edge of traditional networks.
1 week ago
Discover Lemo’s new cutting-edge high-speed connectors
Lemo has expanded its field-proven High-speed data transfer portfolio with the release of USB 3.1 and Single Pair Ethernet connectors.
1 week ago
Reduce your costs in the wake of increased energy prices
The rising cost of energy is placing a considerable burden on plant and machine operators. KEB Automation provides various solutions and products that can help. In doing so, you reduce costs and help protect the environment.
1 week ago
Short lead times and competitive pricing for HepcoMotion ball screws
HepcoMotion has announced a new range of ballscrews combining competitive pricing with short lead times. The range includes precision rolled ball screws, nuts and bearings housings, as well as high lead screws and miniature screws.
1 week ago
When should you choose a 4pole DC motor?
Selecting a DC micromotor for use in applications from aerospace through to downhole drilling inspection, a 4pole motor has advantages over a 2pole equivalent, being stronger while fitting within the same space and weight envelope. Greg Dutfield of Maxon UK explains.
2 weeks ago
Precision ball splines deliver robust motion integration
Thomson Industries has introduced a line of precision ball splines that enable robust delivery of rotary and linear motion on a single shaft.
2 weeks ago
Sensor bolts-on for continuous condition monitoring
Sick has announced the launch of its MPB10 Multi-Physics Box condition monitoring sensor, a rugged bolt-on device designed to deliver real-time, continuous service data from industrial machines, including electric motors, pumps, fans and conveyor systems, even in the harshest industry environments.
2 weeks ago
Quick and simple selection of optimum product solutions
Searching for the optimum solution for your linear motion application has just got much easier, thanks to the new Electric Motion Sizing Tool from Festo.
2 weeks ago
Use robotics to take a firm grip on production flexibility
The robots of today need one principal attribute: flexibility. Much of this flexibility comes courtesy of the end-of-arm tooling (gripper). Marcus Mazetti, global account manager at SMC, guides us through the factors to bearing in mind when selecting gripper technology.
2 weeks ago
What is a SCADA system and how does it work?
A key technology as we drive towards ‘smart manufacturing’, SCADA technology can be the enabler to predict maintenance, monitor output speed, increase operator safety and more. But what is a SCADA system and how does it work? The experts at OnLogic have produced a high-level introduction to SCADA systems and how to get started.
2 weeks ago
Keep your motors running
Schaeffler has introduced the Generation C range of deep groove ball bearings for electric motors, meeting the needs of applications in which low noise and smooth running are critical.
2 weeks ago
Procter offers updated guide for the waste and recycling sector
Procter Machine Safety has published a new edition of its free Guide to Machine Guarding for the Waste Management and Recycling Industry. The guide is available as a free download from Procter’s website.
2 weeks ago
Mechan Controls pushing forward
With 50 years’ experience in the design and manufacture of non-contact safety switches, safety interlocks, safety relays and light curtains for machine guarding applications, Mechan Controls is now ready to push through to other areas within the machine guard safety market, with four key new products for 2023.
2 weeks ago
Igus brings increased reliability to cosmetic manufacturing
During cosmetic manufacturing, downtime should never be a concern. Igus motion plastics eliminate this fear thanks to their maintenance- and lubrication-free qualities, ensuring risk-free, agile manufacturing processes.
2 weeks ago
Build or buy a three-axis motion controller?
Gerard Bush of motion specialist Inmoco compares the build versus buy approach for PCB-motion controllers.
2 weeks ago
New servo drive increases flexibility for machine builders
Trio Motion Technology has launched a new high performance servo drive aimed at increasing design flexibility for machine builders in a cost optimal package. The new DX3 single-axis servo drive is available in separate EtherCAT and conventional control options.
2 weeks ago
IFM makes analogue signal conversion simple
A compact inline device that requires no mounting, the new DP2200 signal converter from IFM Electronic takes a standard 4-20 mA analogue signal – typically from a sensor – and converts it to an IO-Link digital signal. This makes it easy to interface legacy devices with more modern control systems.
2 weeks ago
Inovance launches PLC and servo at Nuremberg’s SPS show
Inovance Technology Europe attended the SPS Nuremberg trade show for the first time, presenting four new products: the high performance Easy Series PLC, the GL20 I/O modules, the AC703 IPC motion controllers, and the SV670 servo series.
2 weeks ago
Complete enclosure parts range for OEMs and end users
WDS Components is now offering a complete range of parts for enclosures and cabinets. Aimed at c and end users, the range includes locks, latches, and catches, as well as hinges and handles, plus a range of accessories and peripheral parts.
3 weeks ago
Flexible solutions for prototyping and product development
Marcus Schneck, CEO of Norelem, explores the standard components that are already available to the engineering and manufacturing industry, that can push forward the creation of flexible solutions and facilitate prototyping and product development.

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