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Editor: Jonathan Severn
4th November 2015

This time last year it was thought that machine guarding standard EN 953 would be replaced by ISO 14120 before the end of 2014, but production of the Final Draft took longer than expected. With the status now officially 'International Standard under publication' there should be no further changes, so Procter Machine Guarding has updated its White Paper that details the differences between ISO 14120 and EN 953. Scroll down to the Useful Resource item below to find out more.


swSolidworks 2016 slashes design time for machine builders
New and improved features in Solidworks enable machine builders to cut the time required for designing machines and managing the process. More?

agArburg launches Freeformer additive manufacturing machine
The Freeformer stands out from other additive manufacturing systems with its two nozzles and its use of standard plastic or elastomer granulates. More?

isCarbon-fibre linear guide is ultra-light and non-magnetic
The new igus drylin W linear guide is constructed from carbon fibre reinforced polymer and offers several advantages over steel or alloy guides. More?

skHow to use laser scanners correctly for machine safety
Dr Martin Kidman of Sick explains that selecting the right safety products only gets you half way to a safe machine; they must also be used correctly. More?

onTechnology helps machine builders offer improved availability
Omron's Robert Brooks outlines how modern control platforms help to boost machine availability and, therefore, overall equipment effectiveness. More?


hlLearn how adhesives improve productivity and reliability
Henkel is hosting two webinars in November to explain how adhesives benefit machine builders in terms of productivity and equipment reliability. More?

srVision Technology Forum to be held at Silverstone
If you use or are considering machine vision, have a look at this event being hosted by Stemmer Imaging and the European Imaging Academy. More?


pzExpanded range of guard interlocks offers greater versatility
Pilz has launched more models of PSENslock interlock, with separate outputs for 'closed' and 'locked' and options for preventing unexpected startup. More?

foFesto extends Optimised Motion Series of electric positioners
New additions to the OMS family extend the capability of this range that offers the performance of electric axes with the simplicity of pneumatics. More?

usNew Vision700 all-in-one PLC+HMI with 7-inch widescreen display
Unitronics' Vision700 PLC has an integrated 7inch touchscreen, Ethernet port, and is offered with a choice of communications and I/O modules. More?

tdHow to specify and integrate electromagnetic clutches and brakes
This guidance from Techdrives will help engineers specify the right product and integrate it into a design to maximise benefits and avoid pitfalls. More?

meThermal imaging camera offers advantages for metal processing
Micro-Epsilon says its competitively priced TIM M1 thermal imaging camera is revolutionising temperature measurement for metal processing. More?

niNI launches control systems for Industrial Internet of Things
National Instruments' new CompactRIO, FlexRIO and Single-Board RIO are great for developing and implementing monitoring and control projects. More?

msEasy access to condition monitoring data via 3G cellular signal
A remote access system from M.A.C. Solutions is enabling a customer to download condition monitoring data from mobile equipment. More?

fstGard and amGardpro interlocks gain new connectivity options
Fortress Interlocks is now offering AS-i on its tGard and amGardpro interlocks, and PROFIsafe on amGrardpro modular interlocks. More?

wgElectrical safety and functional testers aid standards compliance
Whitelegg offers a range of functional and safety testers that are fully featured, easy-to-use and cost-effective for machine builders. More?

hmFour-channel module for torque, rpm, angle and displacement
New from HBM, the easy-to-use MX460B digital pulse and frequency DAQ module offers excellent flexibility and measurement performance. More?

lsUSA patent granted for Lee Spring's plastic spring
Lee Spring's highly innovative LeeP plastic composite spring has been granted a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. More?

mrMouser offers small-footprint, low-power USB Type-C devices
Mouser Electronics is now stocking Fairchild Semiconductor's USB Type-C portfolio of products for compact devices with low power consumption. More?


prThe differences between guarding standards ISO 14120 and EN 953
Jeremy Procter of Procter Machine Guarding details the differences between EN 953 and the new machinery guarding standard that will soon replace it. More?


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Jonathan Severn

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