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Editor: Jonathan Severn
2nd December 2015

For those of you who have been looking forward to the merger of ISO 13849 and IEC 62061 into a single machine functional safety standard IEC/ISO 17305, I am afraid you are going to be disappointed. ISO has ceased its involvement in the project, so there will be no merger.

Still on the subject of functional safety standards, a second amendment to EN 62061 (IEC 62061) was published in October, containing minor amendments and updates to normative references. However, Stewart Robinson of TUV SUD Product Service has told me that IEC may produce a new edition of this standard to incorporate some of the changes that were being considered for IEC/ISO 17305.

In November's newsletter it was suggested that the publication of machine guarding standard ISO 14120 (replacing EN 953) was imminent and, indeed, it has now been published. A new subclause in ISO 14120 relates to 'Guards with electrically conductive parts' and this month we have a technical article explaining the requirements and their relationship to those found in the electrical safety standard EN 60204-1.

Finally, if you are a marketing manager or consultant/agent, please have a look at our media guide to learn more about promotional opportunities with our newsletter and website, and how they can support your 2016 campaigns.


mcPatented single guard switch monitors door pairs
Mechan Controls' patented HED safety switch monitors two adjacent doors with a single switch and a coded magnetic actuator on each door. More?

bnHeavy-duty Bowmet plain bearings out-perform alternatives
Bowman International says its new Bowmet heavy-duty, corrosion-resistant bearings represent the biggest advance in plain bearings for 70 years. More?

kpCustomised roller shutter doors for machine guarding
Kabelschlepp is using its extruded aluminium link apron system to create customised roller shutter doors for machine guarding applications. More?

axDesign tool for selecting motors and gearboxes
Apex Dynamics has a very useful tool on its website for selecting electric motors and planetary, hypoid and right-angled bevel gearboxes. More?

ssEN ISO 14120 and electrically conductive parts of machine guards
Warren Spiers of Spiers Engineering Safety discusses electrical aspects of ISO 14120, the new machine guarding standard replacing EN 953. More?


esSouthern Manufacturing and Electronics 2016
Southern Manufacturing and Electronics returns to FIVE, Farnborough, from 9-11 February, with hundreds of exhibitors and 28 seminar sessions. More?

pzPilz introduces new machinery safety seminars for 2016
Pilz is adding two seminars to its already extensive portfolio, one covering risk assessments and the other the Machinery Directive and CE Marking. More?


ahOptics positioning stage with nanometre precision at high speeds
Aerotech's QFOCUS QF1 piezo nanopositioning stage features ultra-precision capacitive sensing for microscope objective and optics positioning. More?

ahNew cost-effective wireless I/O modules for industrial IoT
Advantech says its new 2.4G WISE-4000 IoT wireless I/O modules will revolutionise data collection from remote or difficult-to-wire locations. More?

msFive challenges of creating The Industrial Internet of Things
M.A.C Solutions is offering a white paper from Kepware, 'Industrial Internet of Things and Communications at the Edge', outlining five key IIoT challenges. More?

tvWhy both new and existing machines need PUWER assessments
Neil Dyson of TUV SUD Product Service explains the need for PUWER assessments, even on new machinery. More?

wdConfigurable safety controller offers advantages over alternatives
Wieland is offering readers a samosPRO COMPACT starter set for £299 (worth £670) so you can experience the benefits yourself. More?

imNew relays simplify level monitoring and control
ifm electronic's new DL series relays make it easy to control levels by switching an output in response to signals from one or two sensors. More?

mkBenefits of 'bottom up' installation for automation systems
Murrelektronik explains how a 'bottom up' approach to the installation of automation systems is more cost-effective and efficient. More?

srLexium servo bundle optimised for compact machines
Schneider's cost-effective Lexium bundle offers out-of-the-box integration, optimised performance, embedded safety and energy efficiency. More?

leLenze's 2015 Advent Calendar
Have a look at the Lenze Advent Calendar, which is bigger and better this year, with dual emphases on fun and information. More?

CE Marking and rating plates manufactured to order
Whatever your requirements for standard or bespoke machine CE marking plates and rating plates, Nameplates365 can supply them. More?

Advantech IoT e-store redefines industrial online purchasing
With an intuitive interface that works on all web-enabled devices, Advantech's new eStore improves access to industrial computing products. More?


rzHow to select the right robot gripper
Andrew Mason of R.A. Rodriguez (UK) Limited explains how to select the right robotic gripper, particularly when using collaborative robots. More?


Did somebody mention collaborative robots?
This week the office robot asks Dilbert to teach it how to code. Keep watching to see what happens next. More?

Jonathan Severn

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