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Editor: Jonathan Severn
1st May 2019

This month we have an exciting variety of new products and a broad selection of events and courses. In addition, there are publications, software and a customer portal, all of which are well worth a look.

Whether your interest lies in machinery safety, control systems or factory automation, you will find something of interest. Scroll down and click the 'More?' links to read the full articles.


baBFPA Yearbook & Members' Directory 2019
The new edition contains a wealth of interesting and informative articles, including technology updates, and a list of members and their contact details. More?

weSave time in developing configurable safety controller projects
Wieland Electric's samos PLAN 6 tool gives the option of automatic or manual configuration of samosPRO COMPACT safety controllers. More?

hsMachine Designers' Data Book for Safety: user-friendly reference
Published by Health & Safety Compliance Engineering, this book contains tables, charts and formulas from key machinery safety standards. More?

brB&R launches ultra-thin Power Panels for swing arm HMIs
These slimline multi-touch panels feature IP67 protection, an embedded web browser and a single connection for power and network communication. More?

ps3D printed copper parts now possible
Proto Labs is launching a copper 3D printing service using Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) for complex parts that cannot be CNC machined. More?


psSeminar: Practical Aspects of Profinet, Profibus and IO-Link
Presented by Profibus and Profinet International, this seminar covers the use of digital communications technologies in automated manufacturing. More?

ssWorkshops: Find out about the end of physical prototypes
Siemens PLM is hosting half-day workshops for machine builders to learn about the benefits of virtual commissioning, one being in Solihull on May 7th. More?

pxMachine building for a smarter future - the Phoenix Contact tour
Join Phoenix Contact to learn how machine builders can create and maintain a competitive edge, with four key topics coming under the spotlight. More?

paBook now for the PPMA Conference and networking event
Find out more about the latest technological and business developments in the processing and packaging machinery industry. More?


mnmaxon products perform crucial roles in robotic keyhole surgery
Researchers are using maxon DC motors, gearheads, encoders and controllers to develop Robot Assisted Minimally Invasive Surgery. More?

sfWider range of ball bearings with high-performance seals
RSH high-performance seals can now be specified on SKF Explorer deep groove ball bearings with bores of up to 60mm. More?

hmHBM measurement system is user-friendly and time-efficient
Researchers developing a more efficient motor have used a measurement system from HBM that provides synchronised data in real time. More?

srSchaeffler helps gearbox manufacturers simplify designs
A new approach from Schaeffler offers gearbox designers a range of bearings with different load and speed characteristics but identical dimensions. More?

ndNord Drivesystems' myNORD Customer Portal
Making sizing, configuration, pricing and project management straightforward for NORD's comprehensive range of gear units, motors and drive electronics. More?

mnEtherCAT CiA402 synchronised motion for integrated drives
Available from Mclennan, JVL’s servo and stepper motor integrated drives can now achieve millisecond-level multi-axis synchronisation. More?

isigus launches 120 new products, sales rise by 8.5 per cent
New developments from igus include high-performance bearings and energy chains, low-cost automation products and 3D printed components. More?

rrNew high-capacity mobile industrial robot with 1000kg payload
RARUK Automation is offering a high-capacity MiR robot that is just as user-friendly as the smaller model; find out more at a breakfast event in June. More?

pzNew modular operating mode and access permission system
Pilz is launching the PITmode fusion, a modular system for implementing operating mode selection and the granting of access permissions. More?

Do you need a high-performance platform for machine vision?
RDS is now supplying the new Aetina compact boards that benefit from NVIDIA Jetson TX2i/TX2/TX1 super-computing hardware. More?
Servo motors compatible with Simatic Micro-Drive system
Dunkermotoren is launching new versions of its brushless DC motors that are compatible with the Siemens Simatic Micro-Drive servo drive system. More?


Listen and learn
This week Dogbert launches a podcast, the Pointy-Haired Boss avoids accusations of sexism and the engineers are threatened with a reorganisation. More?


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