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Editor: Jonathan Severn
7th March 2018

This month we have plenty of new products for machine builders, as well as some apps to aid commissioning and troubleshooting, and a great application story about how 3D printing is being used for producing grippers.

The section in the middle of the newsletter for Events and Courses is always popular. In this issue of the newsletter we have items from ST&L and amtri veritas. These two companies are new to the newsletter but they are both well established and highly regarded machinery safety consultancies and training providers.

For those of you interested in Industry 4.0, which I expect most of you are, scroll down to read the item from Bosch Rexroth. This company has already adopted Industry 4.0 and it has published some guidance that draws on its own valuable experience.


kbKEB launches new safety PLC, I/O modules and software
KEB is releasing a group of machinery safety products, all of which are certified by TUV Rheinland to IEC 61508 SIL3 and EN/ISO 13849-1 PL e. More?

amMobile app provides access to PLCs via Bluetooth or WiFi
IDEC is releasing its WindEDIT Lite app for iOS and Android devices, providing easy two-way access to its family of MicroSmart PLCs.  More?

is3D printed grippers cost less and are quicker to manufacture
A manufacturer has reduced costs by 85 per cent and production time by 70 per cent by 3D printing grippers using igus iglidur i150 filament. More?

csNew IP68 circular multi-pole connectors from CamdenBoss
The new CamCirc range of circular multi-pole connectors offers compatibility with industry-standard models from other manufacturers. More?

mhMatmatch launches the world's largest materials database
If you ever need to select materials - whether metals, polymers, ceramics or composites - take a look at the vast new Matmatch online database. More?


paSeminar: Robotic Safety for Integrators
Later this month the PPMA is hosting a Robotic Safety seminar for companies designing, manufacturing, purchasing and using robotic systems. More?

slNew City & Guilds accredited machinery safety training
ST&L's new training courses in PUWER Inspection and CE Marking to the Machinery Directive are accredited by City & Guilds. More?

avMachinery Directive CE Marking training from amtri veritas
amtri veritas, a UKAS-accredited Notified Body, is running a training course on the Machinery Directive and CE Marking in April. More?


mnNew encoder technology for microstepping motors
Available in Europe from Mclennan, AMP's capacitive encoders for microstepping motor position verification are compact and durable. More?

tdModular signal towers are brighter, with new buzzer technology
Patlite LR series signal towers, available from Techdrives, benefit from brighter LEDs and an audible alarm module that is sealed to IP65. More?

brMiniature laser sensors detect small objects and gaps
Baumer's 0300 miniature laser sensors with IO-Link provide pinpoint accuracy for detecting objects to within 0.1mm, and with response times of < 0.1ms. More?

ndNord Gear launches myNORD customer portal in UK
The myNORD customer portal is now fully available to UK users, with product sizing/configuration tools, pricing, order tracking and aftersales support. More?

rwIRenishaw showcases intelligent measurement and manufacturing
At MACH Renishaw will have one stand highlighting its measurement technologies and another for its additive manufacturing systems. More?

ahNew crossed-roller bearing ball-screw linear stages
With travels of up to 250mm, Aerotech's new ATX series stages offer an excellent combination of superior precision and versatility. More?

pzMachinery Directive poster aids compliance with standards
Pilz is offering a poster that shows the key Harmonised Standards to help machine builders meet their regulatory obligations in Europe. More?

skSick launches next-generation photoelectric sensors
These new sensors feature optical and communications technologies that improve usability without compromising detection reliability. More?

Adopting Industry 4.0 without impacting on current production
Bosch Rexroth has drawn on its first-hand experience to publish 'A practical roadmap for the implementation of Industry 4.0'. More?


Words of advice
This week the Pointy-Haired Boss requests more jargon and acronyms, Alice starts to mentor a new engineer and Dilbert puts in a good word.  More?

Jonathan Severn

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