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Editor: Jonathan Severn
1st November 2017

BSI has published BS 8611 (Robots and robotic devices. Guide to the ethical design and application of robots and robotic systems). This is applicable to all types of robot, not just personal care and collaborative robots, so designers of industrial robots, as well as systems integrators and machine builders incorporating robots, should be taking account of the standard's guidance and recommendations. Read a review of BS 8611.

It is unusual for an organisation to feature twice in our newsletter, but this month BSI gets a second mention for its new Kitemark certification scheme for the functional safety of electrical, electronic and programmable electronic systems - see the first Editor's Choice item below.

Scroll down to see what else we have this month, as this is another bumper edition and there should be something for everyone.


biNew BSI Kitemark for Functional Safety
BSI has launched a new Kitemark for Functional Safety of Electrical, Electronic and Programmable Electronic Systems. More?

mnWhy do DC motors fail? How to specify to prevent failure
Patrick Vega of maxon motors explains the factors that can cause premature failure of DC motors and offers guidance for their correct specification. More?

efEEF podcasts provide tips for fourth industrial revolution (4IR)
New podcasts from EEF discuss the challenges and benefits of 4IR for manufacturers, with talks from in-house experts and guest speakers. More?

isigus adds heavy-duty models to drylin ZL family
igus is introducing a heavy-duty version of its popular range of drylin ZLW toothed belt linear modules, including a stainless steel option. More?

isPLC Checker now supports PLCopen coding guidelines
Itris Automation's PLC Checker software tool now enables users to check automatically that programs comply with the PLCopen coding guidelines. More?


hmWebinars for industrial test, measurement and control
HBM's November webinars cover the integration of measurement within control systems, high-speed torque and power analysers for motors. More?

srRegister now for Stemmer's UK Vision Technology Forum
There is still time to register for Day 2 of Stemmer Imaging's event at Silverstone, with seminars, applications, hands-on sessions and 40 exhibitors. More?

srMachinery safety training courses and seminars from Pilz in 2018
Next year Pilz is running more CMSE and City & Guilds courses, and other courses and seminars will cover a variety of machinery safety topics. More?


leTechnical article tackles warehouse automation challenge
Lenze's new technical article explains how to overcome the challenge of warehouse automation and achieve optimum performance. More?

sfSKF power transmission products simplify supply chain
SKF says customers benefit from simpler logistics and lower costs if they use a single source for bearings and related power transmission products. More?

prNew machine risk assessment and PUWER services from Procter
Procter Machine Guarding is using its knowledge and expertise to provide machine risk assessment and PUWER inspection services. More?

rzWhite Paper: how to specify slewing ring bearings
R.A. Rodriguez (UK) Ltd is offering a white paper that can be downloaded from its website: '9 questions to ask when specifying slewing ring bearings'. More?

soHow to specify components for a rotary latch system
This article from Southco explains how to specify a rotary latching system and the importance of ensuring compatibility between the main components. More?

hgDigital Retrofit - or how to upgrade legacy plant to Industry 4.0
Harting's guidance document explains how a digital retrofit methodology can help organisations with legacy equipment move towards Industry 4.0. More?

meLaser triangulation sensors with extended measurement ranges
New models in Micro-Epsilon's groundbreaking family of laser triangulation sensors extend the measurement range, which now covers 10 to 500mm. More?

isVersatile industrial camera with GigE or USB 3.1 Type-C port
Suitable for a wide variety of applications, the latest uEye SE cameras from IDS are offered with a choice of connections, formats and image sensors. More?

ndPreferred configurations reduce TCO for drives by 70 per cent
Nord Gear says its three preferred sizes of LogiDrive for materials handling and conveyor applications can reduce total cost of ownership by 70 per cent. More?

mnMicrostepping drives for high-torque step-and-direction control
Available in the EU through Mclennan, the AMP STRAC2 and STRAC8 microstepping drives are AC-powered to suit higher-torque applications. More?

Making the most of web visualisation and compact controllers
Pilz says its PASvisu web-based visualisation software and PNOZmulti small controllers make 'the perfect team' for machine automation. More?


The engineers take over
This week Dilbert invents a neural interface so the engineers can take control the Pointy-Haired Boss via smartphone apps.  More?

Jonathan Severn

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