We have been publishing articles about additive
manufacturing (AM) for a decade, but many machine
builders are still reluctant to use the technology.
This month we have a very interesting article about
the benefits of using AM to create replacement
metallic machine parts.
If you are involved in machinery safety, we have
plenty for you this time. In particular, take a look
at the new software from DD IT Solutions that
simplifies CE marking, CE audits, risk assessments and
EN ISO 13849 Control Integrity Assessments. This has
been developed - and thoroughly tested - by
experienced UK-based engineers who have worked with a
wide variety of 'real world' machines in a broad
spectrum of industrial sectors. They have used their
in-depth understanding of the relevant standards and
regulations to develop a software tool that is very
user-friendly, being based on a series of detailed
metal printing of spare parts on demand
This article from ES Technology explains how
replacement metal parts are being produced using
additive manufacturing, resulting in reduced downtime.
CC-Link IE and PROFINET interoperability
CLPA and PI have released a specification that could
result in devices being launched later this year so
CC-Link IE and Profinet networks can share data. More?
automation trends - predictions for 2017
Martyn Williams of COPA-DATA UK discusses how three of
the most prominent trends in automation will change
manufacturing operations. More?
compact handling system simplifies commissioning
New from Festo, the YXMx handling system combines
kinematics, controller and software in a single kit so
machine builders can reduce engineering time. More?
expands 3D printing business with new 3D centre and
With new facilities and a growing team of specialists,
Xaar is commercialising its High Speed Sintering
technology that prints much faster than alternatives.
EVENTS AND COURSES
seminars and training in January, February and March
The PPMA is organising some of its popular machine
safety training seminars plus two new courses on
workplace performance and effective sales. More?
safety training courses and seminars from Pilz in
Pilz is running dozens of courses this year, including
new ones on basic and intermediate machinery safety,
risk assessments and the Machinery Directive. More?
are the differences between ISO 14120 and EN 953?
Machine guarding standard ISO 14120 has now replaced
EN 953. Jeremy Procter of Procter Machine Guarding
explains the changes. More?
Compliance Risk Software simplifies CE marking of
DD IT Solutions' Compliance Risk Software uses
checklists to aid CE marking, CE audits, risk
assessments and EN ISO 13849 Control Integrity
Spring custom designs aid bounce-back of UK
Whether you need a customised variant of a standard
spring or an entirely bespoke design, Lee Spring's
experts can help. More?
torque limiter features automatic re-engagement
mayr's new EAS-reverse is a disengaging torque limiter
that is protected against dirt and water spray and is
re-engaged by slow backwards rotation. More?
Automation Builder (SAB) simplifies planning of
Rockwell Automation's SAB software is freely
downloadable to help plan, design, develop and
validate machine safety systems. More?
yet heavy-duty connectors for power transmission
Following a redesign, Phoenix Contact's Heavycon D7
connectors are now more compact and 40 per cent
lighter, yet they are still robust and rated to 40A. More?
six trends of Industry 4.0
This is an interesting article from Harting that
considers Industry 4.0 in terms of six trends - and
offers ways to meet the demands of those trends. More?
How (not) to help an engineer
This week the Pointy-Haired Boss offers to provide
coaching for his engineers but the responses are not
what he hoped for. More?