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Editor: Jonathan Severn
6th November 2019

You may recall reading in our May and June newsletters about two books written by Robin J Carver of Health & Safety Compliance Engineering. The first was a compilation of data relating to machinery safety standards, while the second explained CE Marking. And now there is a third: 'Decoding EN ISO 13849' is written for designers and manufacturers of machines, machine assemblies and integrated machine systems. It includes useful sections that are targeted specifically at machine designers, control system designers and validators, making it crystal clear who is responsible for what. If you are involved in any way with safety-related control systems that need to comply with EN ISO 13849, find out more about the book here.

This month's newsletter is another long one, so please take a minute to scroll down and find the items of interest to you. We have machinery safety standards, high-reliability inverter drives, machine vision cameras with integrated deep-earning, plus training courses and a broad spectrum of new products that offer real benefits to machine builders, system integrators and end users.


biNew standard for minimum gaps to avoid crushing
BS EN ISO 13854:2019 superseded and replaced BS EN 349:1993+A1:2008 on 3rd October 2019. More?

fiMultipurpose drives offer exceptional versatility and quality
Fuji Electric's FRENIC-Ace and FRENIC-Mini multi-purpose variable-speed drives benefit from sophisticated features and a long life expectancy. More?

fhSmooth-operating friction joints for aluminium framework systems
These new friction joints from FATH Components come in a range of operating torques to suit different positioning applications. More?

exEwellix linear kits extend reach of industrial robots and cobots
Ewellix, formerly SKF Motion Technologies, is launching modular linear axes for extending the horizontal and/or vertical reach of robots. More?

frFirefly DL machine vision camera with built-in deep learning
Flir's new compact yet powerful camera enables complex and subjective problems to be solved without the need for a host system. More?


srStemmer Imaging UK Machine Vision Technology Forum
This takes place in Birmingham on 13-14 November and is said to be the UK's most comprehensive machine vision learning event. More?

wdCESE machinery safety courses - new dates announced
Become a TUV Certified Electrical Safety Engineer with the Wieland CESE Course. More?

paPPMA course: Advanced Project Management
Anyone with experience or an interest in project management, and who wishes to develop their skills, can benefit from this PPMA training course. More?


lsSpring-applied brake approved for functional safety applications
Lenze Selection is offering spring-applied brakes that are approved to SIL 1 or SIL 2, or PL c or PL d, for safety-related applications. More?

prMachinery safety standards - guidance and tips
Procter Machine Safety's 13th edition of 'On Your Guard' contains a wealth of information about standards, plus guarding design tips. More?

hgHarting simplifies rear-facing connector assembly
Harting's Han-Eco B plastic connectors have contacts that are snapped into the rear of the housing for easier cable assembly and panel building. 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?

pxPhoenix Contact launches power supply with SIL 3 certification
This new power supply has SIL 3 certification, plus there is a version with a protective coating and ATEX/IECEx approval for use in Zone 2 areas. More?

mnRobust and durable absolute linear encoders with SSI interface
Mclennan is supplying Leine Linde's RLA 4200 series absolute linear encoders featuring inductive technology and now an SSI interface as well. More?

ndMaxxdrive XT industrial gear units rated from 15 to 75kNm
Nord's new Maxxdrive XT modular gear units feature integral fans for heavy-duty applications with high thermal limit powers. More?

New RFID safety switches with 316 grade stainless steel housings
Mechan Controls' latest coded safety switches contain a number of user-friendly features, yet they withstand extreme operating conditions. More?
Servo press modules are compact, versatile and ready to use
RARUK Automation is introducing the aiPRESS JM fully controllable modules with press forces of 3kN to 36kN and strokes of 75mm to 175mm. More?
How to ensure the integrity of trapped key interlocking systems
This article from Fortress Interlocks discusses standards for trapped key interlocks and how to be certain duplicate keys are never issued in error. More?


Understanding dark matter
This week Dilbert and the Pointy-Haired Boss discuss dark matter, but Dogbert has the best explanation. More?


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