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Editor: Jonathan Severn
1st April 2020

A month ago I wrote about Brexit and UKCA marking, but now those topics seem of very little importance. I hope you are all staying well, and please continue to follow the official advice to keep yourselves, your families and everyone else as safe as possible in these troubled times.

If you are one of the engineers working on mass-producing ventilators, developing new ventilators or 3D printing critical components, thank you. It is often said that engineers make a difference, and never has it been more true than during this war against COVID-19.

A number of engineering events have had to be postponed in recent weeks, so you might like to put some dates in your diary for when we start to get back to normal:

  • The 2020 UKIVA Machine Vision Conference has been cancelled but presentations will be available online from 14 May
  • Health and Safety Event: 22/23 September
  • MACH: 25-28 January
  • Drives and Controls and related events: 25-27 January
  • Hannover Messe 2020 has been cancelled but Hannover Messe 2021 takes place from 12-16 April 2021.
  • The Industry 4.0 Summit and Expo has been cancelled and is not expected to be rescheduled
This month's newsletter has a spread of new product announcements, from modular configurable safety controllers to linear actuators, sensors, drives and thermal imaging cameras. And if you have time on your hands or simply want to learn more, have a look at the new Pilz machinery safety webinar channel.

Finally, a couple of links that are worth sharing:


eaElesa expands SAN range of components for hygienic environments
Moulded from a compound that releases silver ions, Elesa's SAN range of knobs, handles and other hardware helps to combat contact infection. More?

pxPhoenix Contact launches PSRmodular configurable safety system
The comprehensive PSRmodular portfolio comprises a choice of base modules and function modules for applications up to PL e and SIL 3. More?

ssNilab Green Drive - low-cost, powerful industrial pusher/puller
These actuators from SCS combine the speed and ruggedness of pneumatics with the controllability of ball screws and reliability of direct-drive linear motors. More?

fhNew connector cuts aluminium profile framework assembly time
Thanks to a patent-pending design using magnet technology, the new connectors from Fath Components cut assembly time by up to 70 per cent. More?

stOptical sensors measure torques as low as 10 mNm
Sensor Technology is launching new sensors that measure smaller torques and have a 50kHz bandwidth for recording short transients. More?

brBaumer introduces SensControl wireless IO-Link master and app
SensControl is a combination of hardware and a smartphone/tablet app for parameterising IO-Link settings and viewing sensor outputs. More?


pwPilz launches machinery safety webinar channel
There are already eight recorded webinars on the new Pilz channel, and more will be added to this excellent resource in the coming months. More?


hgHan F+B connectors designed for the food industry
Harting's new Han F+B connectors feature Ecolab certified housings and help to reduce downtime by eliminating hard-wired connections. More?

rlRittal launches AX and KX enclosure ranges
These new enclosures are embedded with digital processes for simpler, faster assembly and component installation, greater flexibility and enhanced safety. More?

leDecentralised frequency inverters with IO-Link
Lenze's i550 protec decentralised inverters use the same technology as the successful i500 range, with the addition of IP66 protection and IO-Link connectivity. More?

frFlir camera speeds thermal imaging inspections
Featuring the latest thermal imaging technology, the Flir T860 camera also has onboard Inspection Route software to streamline inspections and reporting. More?

New guidance on safe machine access and data security
Pilz has created a web page to explain the related topics of safe machine access and data security, and to present its holistic safety concept. More?


Goals, gall and getting away from it all
This week Wally plans to meet his targets, the Pointy-Haired Boss shares his secret to being a great manager, and Dilbert invents something better than noise-cancelling headphones. More?

Jonathan Severn

Andrew Turner
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