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Editor: Jonathan Severn
5th June 2019

This month's newsletter contains a broad spectrum of innovations that could benefit machine builders, system integrators and end users. For example, there are developments in the fields of motion control, machine vision, HMIs, light grids and spherical roller bearings, to name just a few.

If you are interested in machine safety, take a look at the new book from Robin Carver of Health & Safety Compliance Engineering, read about smarter 'safe automation' and check out Procter's risk assessment service.

In addition we have items relating to Ethernet, CAN-bus, Profibus, Profinet and IO-Link, plus Industry 4.0, customised motors, uninterruptible power supplies and much more. Scroll down to see what else there is, and click the 'More?' links for further information.


pxStandardised Single-Pair Ethernet for industrial automation
Phoenix Contact, Weidmüller, Reichle & De-Massari, Belden and Fluke Networks are developing mutually compatible components for SPE. More?

psBenefits of capacitor-based uninterruptible power supplies
If your machine or process needs a UPS, this article from PULS explains the advantages of capacitors compared with traditional lead-acid batteries. More?

kbFeed-forward control algorithm reduces tracking errors tenfold
KEB's drive controllers now benefit from feed-forward algorithms that reduce positional errors in single- and multi-axis systems. More?

leRJ45 connectors are more rugged than mil-spec models
Lane Electronics is introducing a cost-effective RJ45 connector system for applications requiring high reliability in harsh environments. More?

rcNew book: CE Marking of Machinery
This book by Robin Carver explains CE marking in plain English and uses a flow-diagram to illustrate the steps that need to be taken. More?


leLenze boosts drive and automation training offering
Lenze's global training programme includes standard and tailored courses, online training and a 'virtual machine' for simulating robots. More?

psSeminar: Practical Aspects of Profinet, Profibus and IO-Link
Presented by Profibus and Profinet International, this seminar addresses digital communications technologies for use in automation. More?


mnSmall precision motors: standard or customised?
If a standard small precision drive is not quite perfect for your application, consider the many options maxon motors offers for customisation. More?

pzIndustrie 4.0, modular production processes and machine safety
Find out about the SmartFactoryKL initiative and how Pilz and other partners are developing technologies for smarter 'safe automation'. More?

brNew B&R ultra-thin Power Panels for swing arm HMIs
These IP67 slimline multi-touch panels benefit from an embedded web browser and a single connection for power and network communication. More?

hgDigital services enhance customer collaborations with Harting
Harting has launched a customer portal and online configurator to make life easier for customers wanting to streamline their processes. More?

ahAerotech partners with Micronix for nanopositioning
Aerotech and Micronix have formed a strategic partnership to offer complementary precision motion products for advanced applications. More?

skSick re-invents the lightgrid as a versatile 'light chain'
New from Sick, the FlexChain detection system enables up to 60 through-beam, reflex and proximity sensors to be connected to a host controller. More?

srHow to use computational imaging to reveal hidden details
This article from Stemmer Imaging explains what computational imaging is and how it highlights defects that would otherwise be undetected. More?

ctWhite paper explains CAN-bus for machine builders
Control Technologies UK has published a white paper that is a 'must' for machine builders who are using or contemplating using CAN-bus. More?

brFour criteria to consider when specifying industrial drives
This article by Paul Streatfield of Bosch Rexroth explains what to look for in the latest generation of servo drives for machinery and automation. More?

Machine risk assessment service from Procter Machine Safety
Procter's risk assessments are suitable for designers, machine builders, buyers and end users with concerns about machine safety. More?
Split cylindrical roller bearings offer far higher load capacity
The innovative and cost-effective JHB Split Bearings overcome the limitations associated with conventional split cylindrical roller bearings. More?


Just what nobody wanted
This week the Pointy-Haired Boss says the wrong thing to Dogbert, he tries to manage Dilbert and gives unwanted advice to Carol. More?


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