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Editor: Jonathan Severn
5th February 2020

If you are involved with technical product documentation and specification, you will be interested to know that BSI has published a new edition of BS 8888, the British standard covering this area. This 214-page document effectively brings together more than 200 international standards, so although it is not cheap, it provides very economical access to a huge amount of information. And if you have a copy of its predecessor, BS 8888:2011, bear in mind that many of the international standards it references will have been updated or revised over the last nine years. Follow the link to find out more.

This month's newsletter has four items in the Events and Courses section, but take a close look because the two PPMA entries are each promoting two different training courses.

In other news, we have a wealth of cutting-edge products for machine builders and system integrators, plus new guidance for machine guarding and an application story relating to machinery safety.


miSafePlus helps turn industrial robots into co-operative robots
Mitsubishi Electric has made substantial improvements to its MELFA SafePlus robot safety system for use on SCARA and articulated arm robots. More?

ioVoice coil motors offer precision motion in compact package
Inmoco is now supplying standard and custom voice coil motors with high acceleration, smooth motion, short settling times and accurate positioning. More?

foFesto launches CMMT-ST compact and economical servo drive
The new CMMT-ST servo is half the size of the CMMT-AS, rated at 2.5kW, and benefits from the same functional modules and safety features. More?

brLaser distance sensors combine great accuracy and reliability
Baumer's OM70 laser distance sensors provide precise and reliable inline measurements, even on 'challenging' and inconsistent surfaces. More?

meThermal imaging for the same price as a single-point pyrometer
Micro-Epsilon is introducing two compact and robust thermal imagers at a price level normally associated with single-point pyrometers. More?


psSeminar: Practical aspects of Profinet, Profibus, IO-Link
Hosted by Profibus and Profinet International, this seminar focuses on the practicalities of digital communications in automated manufacturing. More?

pcRegister now for Pilz machinery safety training courses in 2020
Pilz has confirmed the dates for its 2020 training schedule, so make your choice from the perennial favourites and new additions. More?

p1Two project management training courses from PPMA
PPMA is hosting its Project Management and Advanced Project Management courses this month, so take a look to see which one matches your needs. More?

p2PPMA training courses: Robotic Safety and Quick Learning
While the first event addresses robotic safety for integrators, the second focuses on coaching in the workplace and running effective one-to-ones. More?


srLubricator e-kit simplifies maintenance of electric motors
Schaeffler has developed an e-kit for use with its CONCEPT2 lubricator for independently supplying lubricant to two points on an electric motor. More?

prGuidance on guarding for recycling machinery
Procter Machine Safety has published new advice on machine guarding for one of the UK's most dangerous industries, waste management and recycling. More?

leLenze launches decentralised frequency inverters
Lenze's i550 protec is a decentralised variant of the successful i500 inverter with the same technology inside plus IP66 protection and IO-Link connectivity. More?

hgHan F+B connectors designed for the food industry
New from Harting, Han F+B connectors feature Ecolab certified housings and withstand detergents, water jets and extreme temperatures. More?

brBosch Rexroth launches ctrlX Automation, a truly open platform
The ctrlX Automation platform eradicates boundaries between machine control systems, IT and the IoT, cutting engineering time by up to 50 per cent. More?

mnNon-contact guard switches designed and manufactured in the UK
Mechan has safety switches and monitoring systems to suit almost every non-contact magnetic, coded magnetic and electronic guard switch application. More?

Pilz works with machine builder to implement new safety concept
When the safety concept for a specialist-purpose machine changed at short notice, the Pilz PSENmlock safety gate system provided a neat solution. More?
Compact and robust cycloidal gearboxes for high-end applications
R. A. Rodriguez is now supplying standard and bespoke cycloidal gear heads and component sets from Nabtesco Precision Europe. More?


It seemed like a good idea at the time
This week Dilbert has been ignoring the marketing department’s creative suggestions and has to go into hiding. More?

Jonathan Severn

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