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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 (January 2021) 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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MachineBuilding.net has a daily Dilbert cartoon. And if you miss any, you can scroll back through the Dilbert archives.
Video of the Month
The versatile 1500 Series enclosure from CamdenBoss is suitable for wall and corner mounting due to its unique shape and purpose built 45 degree angle mounting bracket.
1500 Series wall and corner mounting enclosure
The versatile 1500 Series enclosure from CamdenBoss is suitable for wall and corner mounting due to its unique shape and purpose built 45 degree angle mounting bracket.
Igus components making your ride more comfortable
When you think of car seat, you probably don’t think of the components designed and used within the mechanism of that seat. Why would you?
Igus e-chains bring smooth motion to Mercedes simulator
Igus e-chains are used in a host of interesting applications, and in a new video the company shows them being used to move a Mercedes simulator in a smooth and uninterrupted way. Adding the smart plastics technology also helps eliminate unplanned downtime, saving the customer money.
Pick and place applications with low-cost robotics
Robotic pick and place applications are becoming increasingly popular within companies wanting to automate processes. These could be anything from simple movements to complex actions, but fundamentally they all need the same thing: to be smooth running. In this new video you can see how Igus products ranging from energy chains to linear gantries all work in harmony linked with the iRC, Igus Robot control. With an overhead camera mounted, this allows the software to accurately control the machines movements.
igus products feature in packaging machines
... and no maintenance required, states the company
Moving energy with igus chains
Cables are protected and can be changed fast
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.
Understanding EN ISO 14119 – interlock devices
Pilz is hosting a free webinar, covering the essentials of safety with interlocking devices.
maxon in the driving seat
Drive Technology Insight Day lined up with partner Harmonic Drive UK
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
White Paper: Industry 4.0 and the dual channel principle
Increasing digitisation is opening up new possibilities in automation technology
WDS reinforces stock availability with production machine upgrade

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Bostik present details of new 2K cyanoacrylate prototype

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Virtual factory and showroom tours provide access to best practices

3 days ago

Food-safe, tribo-optimised coating increases packaging throughput

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Unlocking the benefits of micromotors at Design Engineering Expo

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Advanced Engineering partners with SMMT and ADS

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Telford based supplier has a handle on Truckman Tops

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Digital appraisal service reveals energy saving opportunities

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BCN3D and Henkel announce collaboration on VLM technology

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Whitepaper details how smart sensors enable the Intelligent IoT

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New liquid dispenser to shake up lab automation

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Image processing as a key technology for Industry 4.0 and Smart Factory

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RS demonstrates commitment to innovation in British manufacturing

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Klüber Lubrication awarded Gold for sustainability

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Free motor evaluation service highlights untapped efficiency potential

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Moving from automated to autonomous production

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Stober’s One Cable Solution (OCS) wins Product of the Year award

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New website is an essential resource centre for fastening and assembly

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SolutionsPT highlighted as EMEA Partner of the Year from Claroty

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Farnell signs new distribution agreement with Kunbus

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Greene Tweed recognised at Manufacturing Leadership Awards

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Learn about AI in food and farm automation at IDS web session

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New production technology creates superior metal enclosures

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WDS expands UK production capacity to increase stock holding

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Nord presents drive solutions for intralogstics at LogiMAT

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Bespoke AI technique delivers ‘utopian’ vision of product presentation

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RARUK Automation wins European partner of the year award from Robotiq

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Nord Drivesystems highlights drive solutions for the meat industry

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Stratus wins Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork Ecosystem Award

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Gear solutions for robotics and mechanical engineering unveiled at Automatica

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Digital event from Pilz covers current trending topics in safe automation

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Full steam ahead for traction engine after Loctite repair

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Schaeffler offers solution package for the robotics industry

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70 years in standard parts supply built on trust

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Get connected at the Eplan virtual fair

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Crucial kit and supplies from RS will help team fulfil Le Mans 24 race ambition

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Photoelectric sensors make packaging ‘easy-cheesy’

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Mouser Electronics named global high service distributor of the year

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Hydra-Cell pumps save oil and gas company over $¼million in maintenance

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Emka smart lock management for Sichert outdoor cabinets
Thanks to Emka, Sichert outdoor enclosures can now be locked mechanically without a physical key, increasing security but without compromising aesthetics.
2 hours ago
Live demonstrations on multi-axis precision motion systems
PI’s booth at the 2022 Robotics Summit featured new applications for high precision 6-axis stages based on hexapod parallel kinematic robots and gantries (cartesian linear robots).
4 hours ago
Festo pneumatic robot heralds new era of human-robot collaboration
What if there was a robot that was easy to operate, did not require a safety fence and was also attractively priced? That would introduce a whole new era in human-robot collaboration. Festo says this new era is now dawning – with the world’s first pneumatic robot.
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Tough enclosures for desktop and wall-mount electronics
Electronics designers are specifying Metcase’s tough UNIDESK aluminium enclosures for desktop and wall-mount applications too challenging for plastic housings.
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Simplified gripper configuration and integration processes
The task of configuring bespoke vacuum gripper systems, which will meet the specific requirements of individual applications has never been easier, thanks to the comprehensive Digital Configuration Services now offered by industry leader Schmalz.
4 days ago
IFM takes conductivity sensing to the next level
The new LDL101 conductivity sensor from IFM Electronic accurately measures conductivity levels as low as 0.04 µS/cm, as well as offering high resolution that allows even small deviations from target values to be detected reliably.
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Linear position sensors gain from design optimisation
Novotechnik has announced design improvements for one of its oldest and most produced linear potentiometer position sensors, the LWH series.
4 days ago
Improving safety and increasing uptime in hazardous applications
Emerson’s TopWorxTM DX PST units with HART 7 provide valuable valve data and diagnostic information, enabling the digital transformation of process applications.
5 days ago
Vacuum pumps offer intelligent networking of pump and process
Atlas Copco says its new GHS 1402-2002 VSD+ series of vacuum pumps have a new design for better performance, optimal oil separation, a smaller footprint and a new controller which puts the customer in gear for Industry 4.0.
5 days ago
SKF food-grade bearing sets high standards in hygienic design
A new ball bearing from SKF, with food-grade grease and an integral seal, requires no relubrication – which helps maintain both machine performance and hygiene standards.
5 days ago
New modular flow sorting system is fast, flexible and energy efficient
Fath Components has announced the arrival of its Flowsort automated diverting units, said to herald a new era of affordable, flexible sorting in conveying, handling and logistics.
6 days ago
Compact and reliable metal frame power supplies
Idec has introduced a new line of products to its power supply family with its PS3V Series. These switching power supplies are said to provide an excellent price/performance ratio and build upon the previous generation’s reputation for reliability and functionality, while adding new features like push-in connections for simplified installation.
6 days ago
Inductive sensors rated for high pressures
Contrinex HIGH-Pressure rated Inductive sensors can operate at a peak pressure of 1,000 bar and sense at up to 3mm, ensuring reliable, accurate sensing in the most demanding pneumatic and hydraulic applications.
6 days ago
FO couplings and pigtails from Phoenix Contact
New couplings and pigtails extend the fibre optics (FO) range from Phoenix Contact. The company says the couplings and pigtails are particularly well-suited for splice boxes and other distributors.
6 days ago
New multi-axis and single-axis motion controllers with EtherCat
New controllers from PI optimise the performance of linear stages, rotary stages, and gantry robots, equipped with direct-drive servo motors, stepper motors, and voice-coil motors.
1 week ago
New multi-axis servo drive provides performance control up to 750W
Trio Motion Technology has launched a multi-axis servo drive to provide precision motion coordination for space critical, lower power machines up to 750W.
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Cure your components with high intensity LED UV light
To help manufacturers boost production speed, consistency, and reliability with LED UV curing, adhesives specialist Intertronics has introduced the new Dymax BlueWave FX-1250 LED UV Curing Flood Lamp to its range.
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New feature for predictive maintenance is simple to implement
Stober has developed a new feature for the predictive maintenance of its geared motors that needs no additional sensors, cables, software, or other hardware components.
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Dispensing single-component thermal interface materials
Nordson Electronics Solution introduces a system-solution for dispensing single-component (1K) thermal interface materials by integrating the ASYMTEK Helios SD-960 Series fluid dispensing platform with the new FS-EP1 fluid supply/feeding system one-gallon pail pump.
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Condensation-free distribution board enclosure suited to outdoor use
Spelsberg says its AK Air condensation-free enclosure for electrical distribution boards is increasingly gaining prominence for outdoor use, in addition to indoor installation.
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Servo motors are powerful solutions when the going gets tough
Demanding tasks that require high torque are the servo motor’s primary discipline, and KEB says its DL4 servo motors set new performance standards for power while being particularly flexible in their connection to machine designs.
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Tool-free cabling with M12 Push-Lock connectors
Confined spaces and customised cable lengths are becoming increasingly common when it comes to the cabling of machines and systems. Whether for signal, data, or power transmission, the Phoenix Contact M12 Push-Lock connectors designed for assembly enable easy and reliable conductor connection.
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EtherCAT delivers performance for machine builders
As the popularity of EtherCAT rises, Carlo Gavazzi has launched an additional IIoT device to its range of NRG solid state relays.
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Lead screws and lubrication-free lead screw nuts achieve 82% efficiency
Igus has refined the classic trapezoidal thread, achieving, it says, a 30% service life extension – a huge increase for a well-established mechanical part.
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Looking at the full picture
Schaeffler has expanded its food programme to include the corrosion-resistant, sealed standard deep groove ball bearings, which are supplied with an initial application of lubricants produced to food industry standards.
1 week ago
Air compressors are the latest technology with OPC UA capability
When machines can communicate and understand each other, processes run more smoothly. But to date, air compressors have not been able to offer OPC UA interconnectivity to other production equipment, with some remaining mostly offline and others using different communication protocols.
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The ultimate guide to cable management
Essentra Components has produced an essential guide designed to help you help you understand why cable management is important and to help you choose the most appropriate cable management options for your application.
1 week ago
Understanding the thermal behaviour of DC motors
Maxon has produced two new videos in its series digging into the detail of its DC motor datasheets. The new videos focus on the thermodynamic properties of DC motors, including thermal operating ranges, limitations and criticality.
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Accelerometer provides low power for healthcare and industrial applications
Analog Devices has announced a three-axis MEMS accelerometer designed for a wide range of healthcare and industrial applications, including vital signs monitoring, hearing aids, and motion-enabled metering devices.
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Efficient device connection in healthcare and industry
The presence of liquids and demanding hygienic requirements dominate the application field of medical device technology. Product developers are faced with the task of balancing functionality, protection and design at a top level.
2 weeks ago
Highly precise and industrious ants for nanopositioning
Precision motion control and automation specialist Aerotech has launched the second generation of its ANT nanopositioning stages. Building on the proven previous model, the high-precision ANT95 and ANT130 nanopositioners deliver even better dynamics and precision.
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Control your energy costs with EM530 and EM540 energy analysers
Reducing business energy consumption doesn’t just make good business sense; it’s good for the environment too. With that in mind, Carlo Gavazzi has extended its product offering with the EM530 and EM540 energy analysers.
2 weeks ago
Cable retraction systems for multi-axis robots
Every robot is slightly different as is every application, so it is important that we have retraction systems that suit these differences.
2 weeks ago
High-voltage, long-life dry reed relays rated up to 200W
Pickering Electronics has released another high voltage relay within the Series 67 range, rated up to 200W, with a stand-off voltage of up to 8 kV, and capable of 6kV switching.
2 weeks ago
Robust, versatile cranking handles from Rencol Components
Cranking handles are a vital component for many industrial machinery and equipment manufacturers. When the operator needs to crank, adjust, or rotate, crank handles provide greater leverage, torque, and precision than a simple rotating handle.
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Improve OEE with ceramic coated weld immune inductive sensors
Contrinex says you can reduce sensor failure in welding applications with its robust ACTIVSTONE ceramic coated inductive sensors. This coating provides high levels of durability from both heat and abrasion.
2 weeks ago
Thermal protection for high nominal currents
The TCP thermal device circuit breakers from Phoenix Contact are being extended to devices with higher nominal currents with the TCP 10 variant.
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IFM combines illumination and signalling with flexibility
With the new range of flexible LED light strips from IFM Electronic, it’s now easy to provide bright shadow-free illumination in even the most inaccessible corners of machinery and plant. In addition, these versatile light strips can be used as signalling devices, displaying various colours to indicate machine status or an alarm condition.

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