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Brexit Update: UK Designated Standards for Machinery
Dated 1st January 2021, the Government has published a consolidated list of Standards for machinery. It supports the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008 (S.I 2008/1597). As will be seen from the UK Government statement, the Standards Update has been categorised into three sections: A-Type, B-Type and C-Type. You can access the full article by clicking on the headline above.
Free Guide to the Machinery Directive
The latest edition (January 2021) of our Guide to the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC has been published and contains updated information for machine builders.
Brexit Implications for Machine Builders
The UK and EU have reached an agreement over their future trading relationship, so there is finally some clarity for machine builders.
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Video of the Month
In this video the secrets of the hydraulic shaft-hub connection called ETP are revealed by Abssac.
ETP-EXPRESS hydraulic bushes are quick to mount and dismount
In this video the secrets of the hydraulic shaft-hub connection called ETP are revealed by Abssac.
Webcast reveals advances made by machine builder
Lenze has a library of webcasts available to machine builders that cover a variety of topical subjects. One of them relates the experiences of Dutch machine builder Brink
New robot swivel bracket video
igus has released a video showing machine builders how to provide a supply on axis 2 of a robot
Developments in charging technology
Spelsberg has produced a video highlighting advances in charging stations and grid connection solutions
Robolink® in splash water applications
The igus robolink® DP can now be used in splash water applications with a protection class of IP44
Dangers of vibrational fastener loosening
Newly released video highlights why threaded fastener assemblies can fail
Webinars: torque limiters and safety brakes
Mayr Transmissions has announced a new webinar series, running through until December
Webinar: Inter-car jumpers for the rail industry
A focus on reduced energy usage and easier handling: worth a look
Design & Automation Solutions
The company was founded in 2012 by Mick Stallwood, a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with a vision. His aim was to provide a ‘Concept to Completion’ service for manufacturing businesses and research organisations
6 hours ago
Flexible multi-axis motion
PI has introduced its new X-417 multi-axis motion sub-system, featuring nanometer resolution and absolute encoders with fast configuration, delivery, and set-up
3 days ago
Performance boost for warehouse robot drive motor
A comprehensive redesign by Printed Motor Works of its low profile, high power density wheel motor, developed for Ocado's warehouse robots, has delivered a boost to its capabilities. Improvements to the design of the motor have increased the axial load strength by up to 650% despite being no heavier - and all within the same space envelope and a maximum depth of less than 50mm
3 days ago
Making light work: laser cutter is 5 axis solution
QFS Technologies is a specialist supplier of body-in-white (BIW) parts to the automotive industry, and has recently invested in a new TRUMPF TruLaser Cell 5030 five-axis (3D) laser cutter
6 days ago
New PULS 40A DC UPS controller now available
A new DIN-rail mounted controller for uninterruptible power supplies has been announced by PULS
1 week ago
High performance pneumatic clamps for automation and robotics
Elesa has announced a partnership with Misati, covering the latters’ high-performance pneumatic clamps for work holding or the transportation of machinery/assemblies in manufacturing operations
1 week ago
Torsional couplings for mobile hydraulic applications
Mechanical power transmission couplings for applications with diesel, gasoline or natural gas engines driving one or more flange-mounted hydraulic pumps
1 week ago
New Yaskawa Motoman-PL palletising robots
YASKAWA has announced its newly developed MOTOMAN-PL series of robots. The new additions bring 4 additional options of palletising robots to complement its existing models. They cater for lightweight palletising applications as well being able to handle larger, heavier items  
1 week ago
New IO-Link input/output modules
New modules from ifm electronic offer 8 multifunctional input/output ports, each of which can be freely configured as a digital input or output
1 week ago
KABELSCHLEPP Metool adds new products
New sizes for UNIFLEX Advanced and ROBOTRAX cable management series
1 week ago
Angle sensor for mobile machinery
Now available from Variohm Eurosensor is Novotechnik’s new RSA-3200 touchless Hall-effect angle sensor
2 weeks ago
Durable and cost effective light curtains designed and manufactured in the UK
The MLG-4 series of Type 4 light guards from Mechan Controls are through-beam photo-electric machine guarding devices, designed to protect operators working at or near dangerous machinery
2 weeks ago
Electromechanical linear actuators for the UK market
With a wide range of potential applications, Schaeffler’s P.ACT linear actuators offer UK machine builders high power density with improved energy efficiency compared to hydraulic and pneumatic systems
2 weeks ago
New extension modules for integrated safety
Mitsubishi Electric has introduced compact, fully integrated units which it says are designed to streamline installation and configuration while improving data visualisation and integrity
2 weeks ago
New vacuum and pressure switches
Norstat has added a range of vacuum and pressure switches that are said to be suitable for robotics, materials handling with vacuum lifting technology and a variety of other machine and automation applications
4 weeks ago
New safety switch from Rockwell Automation
The new Allen-Bradley® Guardmaster® 440G-EZ electromagnetic interlocking switch provides physical interlocking of guard doors. It is an electromagnetic product which uses a power-to-lock (PTL) magnetic locking function
1 month ago
480v Kinetix 5100 servo drive and TLP motor pairing
The Rockwell Automation Kinetix 5100 servo drive and Kinetix TLP servo motor standalone motion solution is now available in 480V for use in a wider range of OEM applications for packaging, converting, print and web, machine and assembly, and life sciences
1 month ago
New Southco cam latch extensions from Zygology
Now available now at Zygology are product extensions from Southco which are said to simplify design and increase the performance and versatility of its E5 Cam Latch series
1 month ago
New compact actuators deliver high force
A new range of electric linear actuators from Inmoco offers machine builders high power density in a compact package
1 month ago
An open and shut case for enclosure door locking depth
The new DIRAK height-adjustable door locking system from FDB Panel Fittings features knurled wheel adjusters. They offer machine designers and users a quick set up for the depth of cams or rod systems to suit varying door depths or gasket pull down requirements
1 month ago
New gearbox bearings from NSK
NSK has developed a new series of gearbox bearings designed to deliver improved performance
1 month ago
Camozzi launches new high-flow valve islands
Camozzi Automation has just introduced a 25mm version of its new Series D range of valve islands
1 month ago
Intelligently controlled peristaltic metering pump
North Ridge Pumps is offering a peristaltic metering pump that features a built in variable frequency drive