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Editor: Jonathan Severn
4th March 2015

Last month's newsletter proved very popular, with plenty of readers interested in machinery safety and Legionnaires' Disease. If you ever want to see previous issues of the newsletter, don't forget you can access them via our archive.

This month's newsletter includes more on machinery safety products, services and seminars. There is also an excellent new publication from Techdrives covering drive system energy efficiency, an article about achieving rapid return on investment with automation, and a great selection of webinars and webcasts from HBM. Scroll down to find the articles of interest to you.


tdDesign guidance for efficient motors, drives and gears
A new publication from Techdrives provides the legislative background and technical advice to help machine builders design energy-efficient equipment. More?

prAutomation payback - 10 tips for achieving ROI in 12 months
Richard Gladwin of Pacepacker Services has written a helpful article showing how automation can achieve a very rapid return on investment. More?

byFast and secure implementation of Lockout/Tagout
Machine builders must provide maintenance instructions, which may include Logout/Tagout procedures. Brady's specialists can help prepare these. More?

miMitsubishi launches FX5U next-generation compact PLC
Mitsubishi's latest compact PLC benefits from more processing power, improved connectivity, built-in motion control and improved debugging. More?

brIndraControl XM21/22 PLC suits real-time motion control
Bosch Rexroth's versatile and expandable IndraControl XM21/22 is suitable for automation and real-time motion control applications. More?


hmMachinery safety seminar dates and venues
You can now start booking places on the 2015 PPMA machinery safety seminars - including a Machinery Directive seminar on 19 March. More?

miMachinery Safety Alliance seminars - dates and venues for 2015
The first 2015 Machinery Safety Seminar takes place in Leicester on 11 March, with more to follow at various venues during the year. More?


fcTop ten tips for operative safety when working alongside robots
Darren Whittall of FANUC discusses hazards, regulations, standards, safeguards and other issues relating to operative-robot interactions. More?

lgDesign, build and integration capability meets delivery target
LG Motion met a tight deadline for a handling and vision inspection system, even though the final specification was not ready at the outset. More?

fsFortress and Troax partner for machine guarding and interlocking
Fortress and Troax have created a means by which modular amGardpro and tGard interlocks can be installed on Troax modular mesh panels. More?

lsLee Spring to make Stuttgart Fastener Fair debut
For the first time, Lee Spring will exhibit its full range of standard products at the Fastener Fair in Stuttgart, Germany, from 10-12 March. More?

pzNew EtherNet/IP and Profinet modules for PNOZmulti 2 controller
New expansion modules for the Pilz PNOZmulti 2 modular configurable control system enable users to add EtherNet/IP or Profinet communications. More?

ndEffective corrosion protection for aluminium drives: nsd tupH
Nord's nsd tupH sealed surface conversion system gives aluminium drives permanent corrosion resistance and multiple benefits over stainless steel. More?

ahIntegrated XY ball-screw stages for high-precision motion
Aerotech's PlanarSL mechanical bearing, ball-screw-driven XY stages achieve exceptional performance in a cost-sensitive, low-profile package. More?


Pay inequality and how to get even
This week Wally, the CEO and Alice all find ways to improve their pay relative to others in the organisation. More?


Webinars and webcasts cover test and instrumentation
HBM is running more webinars and webcasts, covering everything from strain gauges and data acquisition to torque and power measurement. More?

Jonathan Severn

Andrew Turner
Sales Manager
Telephone: +44 (0) 1483 560314


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