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Editor: Jonathan Severn
3rd May 2017

Last month I wrote about ISO/TS 15066, the international technical specification for collaborative robot (cobot) safety, and I invited comments from suppliers, end users and others who have used the specification. You can read the feedback in this article about Working with ISO/TS 15066 , and I would welcome further contributions.

This month we have another bumper edition of the newsletter, so please scroll all the way through to find what is of interest to you.


mxMarket leaders collaborate on new M12 push-pull standard 
Molex, Phoenix Contact, Murrelektronik and Binder have announced they are to co-operate on the standardisation of M12 push-pull connectors. More?

anAmazon Business launches in the UK
Amazon Business customers benefit from VAT-exclusive pricing, VAT invoicing and Amazon Business Analytics for visibility of spending. More?

aoAerco introduces interconnects for industrial automation
Aerco is now offering the extensive Alpha Connect range of interconnects that are designed for sensors and actuators on industrial automation. More?

scProgrammable micro gripper for handling small, fragile parts
SMAC's new micro gripper has a pair of parallel jaws that are independently programmable for position, velocity and force. More?

dnVersatile ServoTube motors with higher speed and force
Dunkermotoren's new ServoTube XTA25 and XTBA25 linear motors offer an increase in peak force and speed of 10-18 per cent. More?


hmWebinar 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?

paPPMA machinery safety and management training courses
During May and June the PPMA is running courses on the Machinery Directive, robotic safety, project management and workplace performance. More?

pwPilz machine safety seminars and workshops
Registration is now open for the interactive machine safety workshops that Pilz is hosting in two different UK venues during June. More?


sdStep Design supplies pre-assembled, tailored CNC systems
Step Design can now design, integrate, install and commission tailored CNC control systems, including motion controllers and servo/stepper drives. More?

skSick AppSpace: open software platform for programmable sensors
Using Sick's AppSpace, SIM4000 Sensor Integration Machine and smart sensors, tailored sensor-based systems can be built, including 2D/3D vision. More?

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

srNew KUSE linear recirculating ball bearing and guideway assembly
Schaeffler has redesigned its six-row linear recirculating ball bearing and guideway, substantially improving quality and performance. More?

hgDigital Retrofit - how to upgrade legacy plant to Industry 4.0
Harting's useful guidance explains how existing manufacturing facilities can be upgraded so the benefits of Industry 4.0 can be enjoyed. More?

srHigh-speed 1D/2D code reading and part inspection in one device
Available through Stemmer Imaging, the Boa Spot integrated vision sensor now benefits from a high-speed reading algorithm for 1D and 2D codes. More?

isNew USB 3.1 Gen 1 cameras with the Python 480 sensor
IDS is launching uEye LE cameras with USB Type-3 connectors, one of which features the Python 480 sensor with global shutter and SVGA resolution. More?

meMicro-Epsilon extends its range of colour recognition sensors
Whatever your requirements for colour recognition sensors, LED analysers and inline colour measurement, Micro-Epsilon now offers a full range. More?

ndModular industrial gear units in additional sizes
Two new models in Nord Drivesystems' industrial gearbox range, rated at 15 and 20kNm, mean there are now 11 sizes rated at up to 250kNm. More?

ppPSSuniversal 2 decentralised I/O for automation and safety
Pilz is launching the second generation of its PSSuniversal decentralised I/O that can be used for both automation and safety-related control systems. More?

bnBowman International acquires distributor John Handley Bearings
Bowman has acquired Midlands-based John Handley Bearings, whose three key technical partners are Thomson Industries, Cooper Bearings and NSK linear. More?


Keeping in touch
This week Tina declines to borrow Wally's warm phone, and we meet a new engineer who has the skills to reprogram any electronic device.  More?

Jonathan Severn

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