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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
The ELC 100 safety light curtains from Leuze focus on the essentials when safeguarding points of operation. For applications with an operating range of up to six metres, the robust devices are perfect for cost-effective machine designs.
7th axis robot in a welding application
An Igus 7th axis on a collaborative robot working alongside staff at German screening machine manufacturer Rhewum is helping to increase the workspace from 1300 to 5500mm.
Smart plastics make energy chain system intelligent
Adding a sensor unit to your machine helps prevent breakdowns, can save you time and money and keep your production line running, and Igus applies this thinking to making energy chain systems intelligent.
Video shows Igus drylin linear robot system in action
Linear robots are ideal to use in applications where various orientations are required. The Igus drylin linear robots are lightweight, corrosion-resistant and maintenance-free.
ELC 100 safety light curtains from Leuze
The ELC 100 safety light curtains from Leuze focus on the essentials when safeguarding points of operation. For applications with an operating range of up to six metres, the robust devices are perfect for cost-effective machine designs.
Axis Harvesting and Igus automate mushroom harvesting
Automating production is becoming the focus of many companies and Axis Harvesting is no exception. From weighing to packaging the punnets, automation helps alongside humans to process over 90 tonnes of mushrooms per week.
Precise, reliable detection of marks and colour contrast
Sensing and instrumentation specialist Baumer’s new range of OC50 / OC60 contrast and luminescence sensors provide reliable and precise detection of minute and invisible print marks even at very fast speeds thanks to low jitter>7µs.
PPMA Total Show 2022 provides a platform for innovation
PPMA Total Show 2022, the UK’s largest processing and packaging machinery, robotics and industrial vision event, is returning to the NEC Birmingham this autumn, and will take place from 27th to 29th September.
Industry 4.0 and the next generation of interconnects
Join Mouser and Amphenol for a brand-new webinar exploring the challenges of Industry 4.0 applications.
Safe radar and optoelectronic technologies for greater productivity
Pilz Automation Technology is continuing its series of free machinery safety webinars throughout 2022, and on 27 May it will introduce safe radar systems and optoelectronic sensor technology for greater productivity.
Understanding the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations
Pilz is hosting a free webinar on 14 April 2022 covering the essentials of PUWER, the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations.
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.
Instant Adhesives Upgraded
LOCTITE® 402 is Henkel’s new, best-in-class instant adhesive with faster fixture speed, superior heat performance and unique patented formula with upgraded health and safety credentials. Download all the details using the panel here.
Technology report: More safety in harsh environments
3D safety systems provide a good option for reliably monitoring danger zones
Free Guide to mechanical power transmission couplings
A newly updated Guide from jbj Techniques provides engineers with a valuable insight into the considerations needed when specifying couplings for power transmission applications ranging from 12Nm to 7,200,000 Nm
Harwin and MSA Components sign German distribution deal

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Siemens selected by Microsoft for RAMP Programme

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Kontron receives VDC Research’s Gold Award for vendor satisfaction

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Mouser wins Vishay Distributor of the Year Award

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What changes does the new machinery regulation bring?

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Klüber Lubrication receives Schaeffler Supplier Award 2022

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Essentra Components cuts energy usage by 15% globally

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Fluke addresses requirements to improve operational efficiencies

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Robust inductives position automotive workplace carriers on conveyor

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New Leuze plant in Malaysia begins operation

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Nord brings industry solutions to Drinktec trade fair

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Stephenson Gobin celebrates 50 years

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Join a free webinar on the smart factory journey

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New video series helps customers understand how oil is made

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Maxon supports young engineers and start-ups

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Omron demonstrates benefits of smart technology at PPMA

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Storage tank manufacturer expands using Kawasaki robots

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Nidec Leroy-Somer delivers an efficient solution for large fan

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Rodriguez bearings assist winds of change in renewables market

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Long distance inductives keep the sensor out of harm’s way

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ABB wins Red Dot award for FlexPacker industrial delta robot

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Spirol launches new and improved website

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Atlas Copco acquires Glaston Compressor Services

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Expanding the field of view in micromachining

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Weg invests to double the size of Portugal manufacturing site

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Six-station robotic machine tending boosts productivity

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Schaeffler strengthens industrial business with Ewellix acquisition

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Decentralised automation of valves in hygienic areas

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Photosensor ‘distances’ automotive manufacturer from rejects

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Intelligent waste removal enables significant CO2 savings

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Compact DC charging cable awarded Good Design Award 2021

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Allegro announces distribution partnership with Mouser Electronics

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Fanuc UK showcases system integrator expertise at Farnborough

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Siemens acquires simulation expert Zona Technology

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Ensuring pump reliability in abrasive service

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Robots increase production volume for walking aid manufacturer

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Vega Controls officially open its new UK headquarters

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Micromotors power efficient and sustainable farming

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Camozzi extends UK assembly service to cover additional product

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Igus develops two-component, very quiet ball bearing
Following intense research and development, Igus has launched a novel two-component (2K) ball bearing.
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Machine tending kit makes high-mix, low-volume automation viable
The latest easy-automation solution from RARUK Automation makes it viable for any SME, regardless of their size or level of experience, to introduce automatic parts loading in just 2-3 hours.
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Heavy-duty connectors in various colours
The Heavycon standard housings from Phoenix Contact are now also available with a resistant, coloured powder coating. This allows more individuality and flexibility in the realisation of machines and systems in customer-specific designs.
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A safe and efficient future for food and drink manufacturing
Marcus Schneck, CEO of Norelem, looks at how the company’s range of hygienic design products offer several benefits to food and drink manufacturers.
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IFM upgrades its PI pressure sensors
Pressure sensors in IFM’s popular PI2xxx range, which have been widely used and highly regarded in the food and beverage industries for many years, have been upgraded to offer even better performance.
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Handle with electrical safety switch and LED indicator light
Ergonomic and compact, with a technopolymer certified self-extinguishing UL-94 V0 body and a monostable safety switch that ensures proper interruption of the power supply circuit, the new M.2000-SWM handle from Elesa ensures maximum protection for the operator.
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Five ways to reduce compressed air energy consumption
In food manufacturing, reducing consumption of compressed air can yield big wins in reducing energy costs and your carbon footprint, but it can be difficult to know where to start and what energy-saving measures will yield the best return on investment.
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Digital transformation key within industrial manufacturing
Marc Garner, vice president of the secure power division of Schneider Electric, examines the rise of digital transformation within industrial manufacturing.
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Vacuum-tight connector with extended temperature range
Lemo is expanding its field-proven M series with a new vacuum-tight model, named HY, and available in all sizes and low voltage configurations. This new fixed socket model has been specifically designed for all applications requiring vacuum-tight integrations in harsh environments.
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Belden bridges IT-OT divide with next-gen edge gateway device
Belden has introduced the OpEdge-8D device from Hirschmann to further advance Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) connectivity in large, complex industrial networks with edge computing to put operational data to better use.
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Mitigating higher energy prices
Alexander Pavlov, general manager at Atlas Copco Compressors UK and Ireland, looks at how to reduce energy costs for running compressed air equipment and keep manufacturers competitive.
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Simple solutions for challenging inspection tasks
Sensopart’s range of VISOR sensors now allows complex linking of detection results – previously reserved to much more expensive image processing systems or sophisticated PLC applications. These advanced possibilities for processing results are part of a free software upgrade.
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Small terminal blocks for maximum benefits
The terminal blocks in miniature format from Phoenix Contact can be conveniently wired and mounted in various ways in even the narrowest of spaces. Depending on the application, the miniature terminal blocks are available with Push-in or screw connection technology.
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ABB launches fast five axis Delta robot fastest for product picking
ABB is expanding its FlexPicker Delta robot portfolio with the IRB 365. With five axes and 1.5kg payload, the IRB 365 is both flexible and claimed to be the fastest in its class for reorientating packaged lightweight products.
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Transitioning from analogue to digital in your food and beverage operation
Kieran Bennett, Bürkert’s industry manager for food, beverage, chemical and petrochemical, explains why the transition to digital communications is easier than you think.
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The fundamentals of thickness measurement
When selecting sensors for measuring thickness, the first step is to choose an appropriate method and measurement technology. The material, surface and thickness of the target play a crucial role in deciding which option is best for the application, says Glenn Wedgbrow, business development manager at Micro-Epsilon UK.
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Documentation of intralogistics processes
Due to digitalisation in Industry 4.0, internal logistics is subject to constant change. Internal traceability, ie the tracking of goods in the warehouse or production facility, is playing a key role.
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Competitively priced harsh-environment linear position measurement
The ILT series linear position sensors from Variohm EuroSensor’s sister company Ixthus Instrumentation are described as a cost-effective choice for precision linear measurement tasks in harsh duty areas such as construction and agricultural machinery, and heavy-duty industrial plant.
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TTI Europe now stocking 600W configurable power supplies
TTI Europe is now stocking the CoolX 600 series of natural, convection-cooled configurable modular power supplies from Advanced Energy.
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High-performance miniature pump and control package
A new miniature positive displacement pump with integrated control electronics which offers high flexibility in a small, lightweight package, is the latest innovation from miniature fluid control specialist The Lee Company.
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Monitoring system for robot e-chains detects chain breakages
The new i.Sense TR. B sensor from Igus enables condition monitoring for triflex R energy chains in multi-axis applications, detecting breakages and preventing further damage.
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The all-rounder among control cabinet inverters
Nord Drivesystems has expanded its NORDAC PRO inverter family to include sizes with powers of up to 22 kW. All five sizes in the product series have an integrated multi-protocol Ethernet interface and a slim, compact design.
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Self-learning soft starters with Modbus communication
Carlo Gavazzi has extended its popular range of RSGD compact easy to use 3-phase soft starters by offering Modbus communication for real-time monitoring and communication of energy consumption, voltage, current and other electrical variables.
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Abssac introduces long travel, high speed ball screw
To meet increasing demand of suitable high speed ball screws, KSS of Japan has developed a 13mm diameter by 30mm lead rolled ball screw, which is available through dedicated sole UK distributor Abssac.
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QuickDesigner, the conveyor technology configurator
Conveyor systems from Maschinenbau Kitz have a nearly endless number of variants. To help you configure a custom belt conveyor easily and conveniently, MK offers the QuickDesigner online conveyor technology configurator at www.quickdesigner.com
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Push-in contact inserts with click-in latching
The Heavycon heavy-duty connectors from Phoenix Contact are used for cabling from the control cabinet through to the field level. Now the product range is being extended to include new fixed-position push-in contact inserts with click-in latching.
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Rugged enclosures protect marine electronic systems
Foremost Electronics announces the availability of a wide range of enclosures providing rugged protection of electronic systems for shipboard naval systems and maritime electronic equipment.
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TTI Europe offers Amphenol’s IP67 M8 single pair Ethernet connections
TTI Europe is now stocking Amphenol IP67 M8 Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) connections for rugged industrial applications.
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Emka expands its folding T handle range
Traditional folding T handles offer a popular slimline and very effective solution to locking of panels and doors in many situations where space is limited. So Emka has developed its established products into a new range dedicated for use on heavy or oversized doors or flaps of up to 4 mm thickness.
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Light-intensive confocal controllers measure at high speed
Micro-Epsilon has expanded its confocalDT range of confocal controllers with two new industrial-grade controllers for distance and thickness measurements on a variety of materials, including dark or rough surfaces.
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High operating convenience with new connection technology
The new XTV terminal block family is the first product family with the new Push-X connection technology from Phoenix Contact. Compared to the existing push-in connection technology, the company says Push-X serves all conductor types in direct wiring.
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Compact slewing ring bearing bring power to tiny spaces
The new lubrication-free PRT-04 Micro iglidur slewing ring bearing for very small installation spaces is the latest in a high-performing product series from Igus.
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Electric actuators offer longer life and up to 100% duty cycle
Electrak LL series high performance electric actuators from Thomson Industries are aimed at applications where long maintenance-free working life and extended duty cycle lifting and moving tasks in challenging environments are prime requisites.
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Stainless steel increases durability of anti-vibration mounts
A range of anti-vibration mounts used to reduce noise and increase performance across a range of machinery types is now available in stainless steel is new from WDS Components.
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Modular automation thrives on motor innovation
The increase in modular automation is a response to the need for increased flexibility in the production line layout. Oriental Motor’s Paul Jepson explains how the choice of motor can enhance efficiency.
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NSK high-load ball screws now offer even longer life
NSK has developed new technology that it says significantly extends ball screw life in high-load applications such as injection moulding machines and servo presses.
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Compact solution for process-reliable size changeover
Siko says its AP05 is not only the most compact position indicator for monitored size changeover, but it now comes with an integrated IO-Link interface.
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Sick’s roller sensor bar ends conveyor headaches
Sick has developed a versatile and easy to install Roller Sensor Bar to tackle common conveyor downtime headaches for operators in wide-ranging materials handling, parcel sorting or logistics hubs.

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