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Editor: Jonathan Severn
11th January 2017

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 checklists.


es3D 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. More?

ccNew CC-Link IE and PROFINET interoperability specification
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?

hgIndustrial 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?

foPlug-and-play 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?

xrXaar expands 3D printing business with new 3D centre and team
With new facilities and a growing team of specialists, Xaar is commercialising its High Speed Sintering technology that prints much faster than alternatives. More?


paPPMA 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?

pzMachinery safety training courses and seminars from Pilz in 2017
Pilz is running dozens of courses this year, including new ones on basic and intermediate machinery safety, risk assessments and the Machinery Directive. More?


prWhat 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?

ddNew Compliance Risk Software simplifies CE marking of machinery
DD IT Solutions' Compliance Risk Software uses checklists to aid CE marking, CE audits, risk assessments and EN ISO 13849 Control Integrity Assessments. More?

lsLee Spring custom designs aid bounce-back of UK manufacturing
Whether you need a customised variant of a standard spring or an entirely bespoke design, Lee Spring's experts can help. More?

mrHoused 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?

rwSafety Automation Builder (SAB) simplifies planning of safety systems
Rockwell Automation's SAB software is freely downloadable to help plan, design, develop and validate machine safety systems. More?

pcCompact 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?

hgThe 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?

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