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Editor: Jonathan Severn
7th June 2017

Registration is now open for the 2017 PPMA Show, which takes place at the NEC, Birmingham from 26-28 September. With BARA and UKIVA both being part of the PPMA Group, there will be plenty for machine builders to see at the PPMA Show, even if they are not involved directly with processing and packaging machinery. Find out more about the show here.

Other news this month ranges from machinery safety products through to design software, training courses, machine vision, sensors, roller screws, rapid manufacturing and Industry 4.0. Scroll down to find the items of interest to you.


anIO-Link Safety specification published
IO-Link Safety is now ready to be implemented by device manufacturers; like IO-Link, IO-Link Safety is fieldbus and system independent. More?

anAngular position sensors from ZF Switches & Sensors
ZF Switches & Sensors now has a complete range of angle sensors based on Hall Effect technology, including models for safety-critical applications. More?

aoNew safety relays and safety controllers from Leuze electronic
Leuze electronic is expanding its range of machinery safety products, with a new generation of programmable safety controllers and more safety relays. More?

scEPLAN Cogineer speeds electrical and fluid schematics
With the intuitive new EPLAN Cogineer tool, design engineers can generate electrical and fluid schematics at the press of a button. More?

dnNew white paper: functional safety and information security
HIMA has published a new downloadable white paper that explores the relationship between cyber security and plant safety. More?


hmBFPA launches training passport scheme for fluid power industry
This new scheme enables individuals to demonstrate their skills and companies to check people are safe to work on fluid power systems. More?

paPPMA machinery safety and management training, June 2017
This month the PPMA is running two training courses, one covering robot safety and the other project management techniques. More?

pwWebinar compares piezoelectric and strain gauge technologies
HBM's webinar will help engineers decide whether piezoelectric or strain gauge technology will be best for a given force measurement application. More?


sdRobust IP65/67 GigE uEye FA industrial cameras with PoE
IDS is launching new machine vision cameras that have been designed specifically to suit the needs of factory automation applications. More?

skHow to improve metal additive manufacturing processes
This article from Aerotech discusses the current state of metal additive manufacturing technology and presents ways to improve the process. More?

raVersatile switching products from Phoenix Contact
Phoenix Contact's switching products are designed to be smaller, easier to use and wire, and more versatile than similar products from other suppliers. More?

srMachinery safety handbook published by Axelent
Axelent's Safety Book explains the laws, regulations, directives, certifications and labelling requirements relating to machinery safety. More?

hgRoller screws offer many advantages over ball screws
Compared with ball screws, SKF's roller screws offer better load capacity, power density, speed, acceleration, reliability and accuracy. More?

srRapid parts in any igus material moulded in 3D printed tooling
Igus is now offering custom parts injection moulded from SLS/SLA tooling in just 2-5 days for prototyping and small production runs. More?

isModular signal towers are brighter, with new buzzer technology
Techdrives is introducing the new Patlite LR series signal towers that use brighter LEDs and a new audible alarm module that is sealed to IP65. More?

meOptimising safety with Industry 4.0
Mike Lomax of Bosch Rexroth explores machine safety in Industry 4.0 applications, and the interactions between machines, humans and software. More?

ndPilz to launch new products at CPI Health & Safety Conference
Not only is Pilz sponsoring the CPI Health & Safety Conference on 20/21 June, but it is also unveiling two new machinery safety products. More?


Projects with limited resources
This week the Pointy-Haired Boss forgets to allocate any budget to Dilbert's project, so we get to see Dilbert at his most creative.  More?

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