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Editor: Jonathan Severn
3rd July 2019

Industry 4.0 continues to be a hot topic, but one reason for companies delaying its uptake is the perceived difficulty in upgrading existing factories containing legacy machinery. To help manufacturers understand how ready they are, ABI Research has developed an Industry 4.0 Maturity Model Assessment tool. The idea is that manufacturers can assess their own readiness online to see where they sit on the Industry 4.0 maturity scale; only then can they plan Industry 4.0 projects. Find out more here.

Other news this month covers a variety of topics, from machinery safety, computing and servo control, through to composites, machine vision, and software for design and analysis - and much more. Scroll down to find the items of interest to you.


reReliance Cool Muscle Motor servo system gains EtherCAT option
The latest addition to the Reliance Cool Muscle Motor servo family is the RCM1 all-in-one unit with EtherCAT communications. More?

chWhite paper shows how composites can boost machine performance
New from CompoTech, this white paper explains the advantages offered by carbon fibre reinforced composites for machine builders. More?

fbNew sprung and unsprung multi-link concealed hinges
FDB Panel Fittings is now supplying these neat concealed hinges for use on overlay and nested doors. More?

sfGeneralized Bearing Life Model predicts life of hybrid bearings
SKF has added the Generalized Bearing Life Model to its Bearing Select tool for making direct comparisons between hybrid and all-steel bearings. More?

skEconomical Sick LiDAR sensors are certified to PL b
Designed for lower-risk applications, Sick's latest software-configurable infrared safety sensors are compact, lightweight and versatile. More?


paPPMA course: Developing Communication Skills for the Workplace
This one-day course will benefit team leaders, managers, supervisors and anyone else who needs to communicate effectively in the workplace. More?

ptPilz UK adds new topics to machinery safety webinar series
Three new machinery safety webinars from Pilz cover distributed safety systems, safe motion control and safe operating mode. More?


mnMotor controllers: options for modification and customisation
If you need a motor controller that is non-standard in any way, maxon motor offers a wide range of options for modification and customisation. More?

ssHow machine builders benefit from virtual commissioning
Siemens PLM explains how virtual commissioning helps machine builders create production-ready machines that are much quicker to commission. More?

isVision app-based cameras now available from IDS
IDS NXT rio and rome vision app-based cameras are now available with a choice of protection classes, sensors and Smart GenICam or AI. More?

hgHarting launches Han 1A connector - small, robust and versatile
Harting's new Han 1A rectangular industrial connector transmits power, signals and data, and is significantly smaller than the Han 3A. More?

lsLee Spring catalogue includes additional DIN compression springs
The latest catalogue has over 25,000 standard springs, including thousands of DIN compression springs in spring steel and stainless steel. More?

pxPlanning and marking software from Phoenix Contact
This software makes it easier and quicker for machine builders and system integrators to plan and purchase customised terminal labels. More?

rsNew fanless embedded box PC for machine vision applications
Available from RDS, the Boxer-6841 vision system fanless box PC features a 6th/7th Gen Intel Core processor for machine vision and AI edge applications. More?

ppPilz launches first safety system based on radar technology
If you need to implement machinery safety in a dusty area, outdoors or in other challenging conditions, this radar-based system is worth investigating. More?

Functional safety encoder monitors speed, direction and position
Wieland's new Safe SENC incremental encoder with HTL interface offers up to 1024ppr resolution and achieves PLe and SIL3 on moving axes. More?
IBASE launches compact fanless 3.5-inch single-board computer
The new IB822 SBC supports Intel's Gemini Lake Pentium Silver J5005 and Celeron J4005 processors and benefits from a rich set of standard features. More?


Time to look busy
This week Tina asks Wally if he is busy (he is) and the senior managers decide to create a centre of excellence. More?


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