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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.
Igus highlights the versatility of the drylin motors
The wide variety of motors used to power a multitude of machines and applications all have one thing in common: they all need to have the ability to adapt to different parameters and to cope with particular functions.
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.
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.
Work more safely
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
PI increases production space at HQ by 11,000 sq ft

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Farnell, NXP and Doulos present new Industry 4.0 webinar

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Thorite offers same-day hydraulic hose assembly service

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Actuator increases accuracy and productivity of bagging machine

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World’s first e-chain made of 100% recycled material

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Siemens Congleton factory accelerates towards net zero goal

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Inductive sensors prove a ‘jack of all trades’ in bridge construction

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Digital tools to support engineering design

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Nabtesco delivers solutions for every drive application

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Festo showing ‘Progress in Motion’ at PPMA 2022

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IFM Electronic makes IIoT easy at PPMA 2022

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Bürkert extends capabilities with Fine Controls partnership

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Individual service for signal integrity

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Aveva MES rises in the leader ranks of the latest Gartner report

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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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Packers and processors need to adapt to wonky veg
Following this morning’s BBC news report that fruit and veg will be smaller and look different as the summer’s hot and dry weather hits crops, Scorpion Vision is advising processors and packers of fresh produce to consider upgrading to AI-powered vision technology.
19 hours ago
Increased energy prices: tips on how to reduce your costs
The cost of electricity, gas and heating oil have risen dramatically worldwide and are placing a considerable burden on plant and machine operators. More than ever, the question arises of how electricity can be saved without major restrictions on daily operation.
23 hours ago
Individually configured drive systems meet specific requirements
With the Nord modular system, Nord Drivesystems offers a wide portfolio of drive components that can be individually combined. The company places particular emphasis on energy efficiency, version reduction and the total cost of ownership.
1 day ago
Norelem offers extended range of shaft collars
Norelem has extended its range of shaft collars for use in machine and fixture construction to ensure continuous safety and optimisation in machine and fixture construction.
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Polymer composite enhances safety for PCap touch displays
Review Display Systems (RDS) has announced the introduction of a new material technology for use with PCap (projected capacitive) touchscreens from leading touch solutions manufacturer AMT.
1 day ago
Quarter turn enclosure locks now assembled and available online
The FDB Online store now includes a full assembly provision to supplement the standard component offering of quarter turn locks to IP65/67.
2 days ago
Monoblocks from Phoenix Contact offer two connection points
New, so-called monoblocks from Phoenix Contact provide a single pass-through function. With two connection points, they enable the pole-number-accurate and space-saving construction of potential distributions.
2 days ago
Softing offers extended functionalities with smartLink product family
Two product releases from Softing’s smartLink family offer enhanced functionalities for plant asset management and the implementation of Industry 4.0 connectivity in industrial networks.
2 days ago
Smoother machinery operation with new spring sleeves
German standard components manufacturer Norelem has introduced a new range of spring sleeves for use as indexing and positioning elements.
3 days ago
TÜV-SÜD-certified solution for safe monitoring of cardboard feed
With optical detection on the carton magazine or cardboard feed on carton erectors, a new TÜV SÜD-certified solution from Pilz prevents operator from reaching into the machine through the empty material infeed opening and injuring themselves.
3 days ago
How to select the right size hydraulic gear motor
JBJ Techniques offers a complete range of hydraulic gear motors to meet the needs of a broad spectrum of applications. And now the company has produced a comprehensive guide to selecting the right product for a given task, complete with example calculations and real world applications.
3 days ago
UK now accelerating towards automation
Tom Bouchier, managing director of Fanuc UK, says there has never been a better time for UK firms to invest in automation. Here, he outlines the key changes within the automation landscape that are prompting British firms to finally wake up to the benefits of automation.
3 days ago
Southco introduces corrosion-resistant stainless steel positioning hinge
Southco has expanded its successful E6 constant torque position control hinge series to include a corrosion-resistant cast stainless steel version that provides superior durability in harsh outdoor environments.
6 days ago
Long travel test on the new P4HD energy chain from Igus
Testing is an essential part of the process for developing new parts at Igus. And the company’s long travel chains are no exception.
6 days ago
Low-code application for interface integration
Thanks to a web client with a low-code approach, the latest version of Kontron’s FabEagle Connect integration solution now also supports user groups with limited programming experience.
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Norelem makes fixing of workpieces and tools even easier
German standard components manufacturer Norelem has significantly expanded its clamping technology range of products, with more than 800 items being added to the ‘Norelem positions’ group of products.
1 week ago
Atlas Copco launches first remote smart app compressor controller
Atlas Copco has introduced its new, fully in-house developed Elektronikon Nano, the first compressor controller that can work remotely with a smart app.
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High functionality in a small installation space
Nord Drivesystems has developed its NORDAC ON decentralised frequency inverter series for lower power ranges up to 2.2 kW. The inverter is characterised by an integrated Ethernet interface, full pluggability and a very compact design.
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How to build a custom embedded stereo machine vision system
Depth perception can be achieved by a variety of 3D sensors ranging from stereo vision with cameras to lidar and ToF sensors, each with its own strengths and weaknesses.
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Cyanoacrylate adhesives offer ultimate instant bonding solutions
If you are looking to reduce overall manufacturing costs, increase product reliability, performance and operating life, Henkel says its Loctite cyanoacrylate adhesives (ie, instant adhesives) may be just the bonding solution for which you are searching.
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Get switched on to safety
Elesa now offers an electrical safety switch with an LED indicator, and here the company explains how this can help to create a safer workplace for engineers.
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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.
1 week ago
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.
1 week ago
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.
1 week ago
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.
1 week ago
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.
2 weeks ago
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.
2 weeks ago
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.
2 weeks ago
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.
2 weeks ago
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.
2 weeks ago
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.
2 weeks ago
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.
2 weeks ago
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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