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Editor: Jonathan Severn
1st February 2017

By far the most popular item in January's newsletter was DD IT Solutions' Compliance Risk Software that simplifies CE marking of machinery. This month we have something similar but different, namely the new mCom+ machinery risk system from TUV SUD Product Service (see below). Some readers may remember Laidler Associates and the company's mCom Machinery Safety Software; after TUV SUD acquired Laidler Associates the risk assessment software benefited from a complete rejuvenation and is now available as either a bespoke server-based version for larger multi-site organisations, or a cost-effective, cloud-based browser version.

Other news in this issue ranges from training and webinars, through to safety/automation controllers, electric motors, sensors and linear motion. Even Dilbert has a robot storyline this month!


tvTUV SUD launches mCom+ machinery risk system
Designed to aid compliance with machinery CE marking and PUWER assessments, mCom+ uses checklists to support risk assessments. More?

skLight curtain options for high-efficiency pallet handling
Dr Martin Kidman of Sick discusses alternative ways to use light curtains, muting and blanking when safeguarding palletising systems. More?

enHow CAE tools boost machine builders' profitability
EPLAN UK's Ken Christie explains how CAE tools can benefit machine builders who want to streamline their engineering processes. More?

dcHow to implement Industry 4.0 with legacy machines
This article by Adrian Swindells of Distec explores how manufacturers with legacy machines can minimise the cost of IoT implementation. More?

prWhite Paper: benefits of acoustic enclosures for machines
Procter's new White Paper explains how acoustic enclosures aid compliance with the Machinery Directive and the Control of Noise at Work Regulations. More?


baIncreasing profitability and safety through training
Find out how courses from the BFPA Training Academy can boost profitability as well as enhancing the safety of operatives and maintenance personnel. More?

esSouthern 2017: one-stop event for machine builders
Southern Manufacturing and Electronics takes place at FIVE, Farnborough, from 21-23 March, with hundreds of suppliers and dozens of seminars. More?

hmWebinar explores technical issues relating to automation systems
This month HBM is hosting a webinar that addresses some of the technological and technical issues surrounding modern automation systems. More?


leReading 1D, stacked and 2D codes is quicker and easier
Leuze electronic's DCR 200i high-speed code readers are easy to configure for packaging systems, automation, robotics and production applications. More?

srTop 10 factors to consider when specifying linear systems
Bob Love of Schaeffler UK presents 10 factors to consider when specifying linear modules for single- and multi-axis handling and positioning systems. More?

rwATOM encoder enables optimisation of 5-axis measuring head
Renishaw's innovative ATOM miniature encoder has enabled the company to develop an improved version of its REVO 5-axis measuring head for CMMs. More?

hlHenkel launches dedicated YouTube channel
Henkel's new YouTube Channel has a wealth of application stories, best practice, webinars and success stories - all well worth a look. More?

ndNORD motors are IE3 or better, exceeding new legal requirements
In light of the new obligation for smaller electric motors to be efficient to IE3 standard, NORD says its products already meet or exceed that requirement. More?

meThickness measurement sensor is compact, accurate and affordable
Micro-Epsilon is launching a 10um-accuracy thicknessSENSOR that costs less and is easier to integrate than systems built in-house. More?

dnBrushless DC motor with integrated control and electronics
Dunkermotoren's BG 95 CI ultra-compact brushless DC motor provides a continuous output of 1.1kW and can deliver 3.3kW temporarily. More?

pzGet more from programmable safety and automation controllers
A single controller for safety and automation offers many advantages, and Pilz has prepared some tips and tricks to help users maximise the benefits. More?


Hair, there and everywhere
This week the Pointy-Haired Boss visits the robotic hair transplant centre and, despite the results, he replaces the company lawyer with a robot. More?

Jonathan Severn

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