Free guides for machine builders and system integrators

29 May 2009

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Free guides for machine builders and system integrators Several new and updated guides and posters have been released during April and May 2009, so what follows is a roundup of these, together with links to more information about each.

Murex Welding Products is giving away a free poster with useful tips for oxy-fuel gas welding. With its description of the process, techniques and preparation, it is excellent for display in workshops as a handy reference point for welding engineers.

Procter Machine Guarding was handing out free machinery safety CD-Roms at the recent Health and Safety Expo. Follow the link to find out how you can still obtain copies of the individual documents and software utilities on the CD.

Murex Welding Products' latest catalogue of arc and gas welding consumables contains a wealth of information on using consumables, effective storage and handling, health and safety, chemical compositions and a guide to calculating the consumption of consumables.

PSL DataTrack is offering a useful guide to hourly rates as used by manufacturing companies. It includes an easy-to-use table for costs and times, as well as helpful advice, and will appeal to companies involved in batch production or prototyping that need to control costs and/or prepare quotations.

Murex Welding Products has also published a free poster that is packed with information about Tig welding. It provides a useful insight into successful Tig welding, discusses the process, its applications and the necessary equipment.

The Profibus Group, which is organising the 2009 Profibus and Profinet User Conference, is distributing copies of Catching the Process Fieldbus: An Introduction to Profibus, written by James Powell and Henry Vandelinde. Rather than being a definitive and comprehensive handbook on Profibus, this book is a beginners' guide to show that when industrial communications are understood and then installed with forethought and care, network operation can be both beneficial and painless.

Murex Welding Products is offering is offering a highly informative poster entitled Murex – Cored Wires. This poster provides welders with the information they need for successful cored wire welding, from a description of the wire itself right through to details of welding and application techniques. The selection of the correct power source, wire feeder, torch and shielding gas is also discussed, as is the question of how to handle the torch for optimum performance.

Lenze has published Safety of machinery to help machine builders and system integrators prepare for the switch from EN 954-1 to the functional safety standards for machinery, namely ISO 13849-1 and EN 62061. [See this more recent announcement confirming the extended transition period for EN 954-1 - Ed]

Sick (UK) has prepared a useful Introduction to Machine Vision to provide engineers with insight into best practice applications. The company is also offering free hands-on workshop sessions in its new Machine Vision test studio at its St Albans headquarters.

Lee Product's Microhydraulics Handbook, now in its third edition, contains 210 pages. Divided into three sections, the handbook covers the following: components designed for installation into metal manifolds and fittings for high-volume industrial and automotive applications; components intended for installation into plastic manifolds and fittings for low-pressure, medical applications; and useful technical data.

Murex Welding Products is offering a workshop poster that explains how to get the best out of the oxy-fuel gas cutting process. The poster provides a description of the process, detailed information on how to cut using both acetylene and propane gases, and an explanation of how to select the appropriate cutting nozzle. is also still distributing free copies of the Guide to the New Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC. The second edition highlights more of the changes in the Directive and includes helpful comments from industry experts. In addition, the UK's Health and Safety Executive (HSE) was consulted, enabling input from this authority to be incorporated as well.

Follow the links above to find out more and to request copies of the various items. Moreover, if you know of any other similar guides or posters that have been published recently, please email .

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