Welcome to the 100th issue of the MachineBuilding.net
monthly email newsletter. As usual, there are
loads of great new products, technical articles
and application stories for you. In particular
I would like to draw your attention to the
PLC Checker item. Itris Automation has developed
PLC Checker (for automatic analysis and verification
of PLC program quality), PLC Converter (automatic
program conversion) and PLC DocGen (automatic
documentation and reverse engineering of programs),
which are well worth a look if your machines
use PLCs for anything other than the simplest
Without wanting this to read too much like
an Oscar acceptance speech, I would like to
use our 100th issue as an opportunity to thank
our readers for subscribing to and reading
the newsletter. Also a big 'thank you' to
the companies that provide news and sponsor
some of the content, and a final 'thank
you' to the team working behind the scenes
to make each issue possible.
Checker verifies and improves quality of
Herakles estimates it is enjoying a 200 per
cent return on investment for Itris Automation's
PLC Checker that automatically verifies PLC
program quality. More?
launches 'industry first' smart sensors
Sick's latest photoelectric, magnetic
and proximity sensors have built-in intelligence
to process data locally and reduce the load
on networks and PLCs. More?
launches new generation of high-end thermal
Printronix is launching the T8000 Thermal Printer
series with the aim of offering the best thermal
printers on the market. More?
EtherCAT system with controller, motion and
The new Adlink EtherCAT system comprises an
IEC 61131-3 compliant automation controller
and deterministic I/O and motion control system. More?
unveils world-beating 35kg payload collaborative
Fanuc's TUV-certified CR-35iA robot has
a significantly higher payload than other collaborative
robots currently available. More?
EVENTS AND COURSES
course: Pneumatic Safety for Design Engineers
Festo's course covers the safe application
of pneumatics and compliance with the Machinery
Directive and appropriate machinery safety
registration is open for The Machine Building
You can now register for tickets to The Machine
Building Show, which takes place at the NEC
from 30 September to 1 October. More?
motion monitoring made easy with configurable
A new configurable module from Pilz monitors
motion, speed, direction and safe stopping
when used with PSS 4000 programmable safety
should you specify standard, modified and
This technical article from R.A. Rodriguez
(U.K.) discusses the situations in which it
is appropriate to specify standard, modified
and custom gears. More?
are the differences between ISO 14120 and
Jeremy Procter of Procter Machine Guarding
explains the differences between EN 953 and
the new machine guarding standard that is replacing
- a versatile, lightweight table-top collaborative
Universal Robots' UR3 table-top six-axis
robot has a payload of 3kg, 0.1mm repeatability
and advanced safety settings for operating
without guards. More?
for using threadlockers and retaining compounds
This article from Henkel provides ten tips
for using threadlocking adhesives and retaining
compounds to reduce costs and improve reliability. More?
chance to see new gantries for XY, XZ and
This month igus is exhibiting one of its
most exciting recent innovations, namely
economical off-the-shelf gantries for 2D
and 3D motion applications. More?
aluminium framing profiles and components
MiniTec is launching a range of aluminium profiles,
matching modular elements and fittings based
on a sectional size of 30 x 30mm. More?
IO-Link incremental encoders with integral
New encoders from ifm are fully programmable
and feature switched outputs, two-colour displays
for count or speed, and IO-Link connectivity. More?
torque monitoring brings benefits to ship
This article from Sensor Technology uses the
example of dockside ship unloaders to demonstrate
the benefits of non-contact torque measurement. More?
explain the latest robot technologies and
National Instruments' four-part webcast
series covers new robotics technologies and
applications; it is suitable for both experts
and newcomers. More?
You can't hide
This week we follow Dilbert as he attempts
to evade the authorities, having refused
to hand over his anti-hacker app. More?