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Editor: Jonathan Severn
8th January 2020

Happy New Year! I hope you had a good break and are ready for the next decade.

You have probably heard of Greta Thunberg, the Swedish environmental activist, and you may well have seen and heard her on news reports. I was given her book for Christmas, No One is Too Small to Make a Difference, and I would recommend this short compilation of her speeches and writings if you want to know what she is actually saying, rather than just what is reported as soundbites in the media. However, you might prefer to borrow a copy instead of having an online retailer ship it to you in plastic packaging…

Still on the subject of the environment, there is a huge difference between single-use plastics and polymer components that are engineered for a long and useful life. Nevertheless, igus takes its environmental responsibilities very seriously and has just launched a recycling scheme for plastic energy chains. The company is taking back any manufacturer's energy chains and, in exchange, providing vouchers that can be redeemed against the cost of new igus products. Find out more about the igus green chainge recycling program here.

This month's newsletter is relatively short due to the holidays, but I'm sure you will find something of interest in the editor's choice, events and courses, or sponsored announcements.


swECDriveS powered roller drive and control system for light loads
New from SEW-Eurodrive, the ECDriveS is an innovative drive system for light-load roller conveyors that is simple to set up and requires fewer rollers. More?

mnMclennan now supplying innovative hollow shaft rotary actuators
These high-specification JVL actuators are suitable for rotary tables and other applications requiring decentralised precision positioning. More?

skNew programmable sensor connection and data processing hubs
Sick is launching two smart devices that combine decentralised, multi-sensor co-operation with field-to-cloud connectivity for Industry 4.0 applications. More?

wdWieland adds new input modules to samos Pro Compact family
For monitoring safety-critical variables such as temperature, pressure and flow, Wieland is introducing samos Pro Compact analogue input modules. More?

leLenze launches decentralised i500 frequency inverters
Following the success of its i500 inverters, Lenze is now offering IP66 decentralised variants with IO-Link connectivity. More?


paPPMA Project Management training course
Taking place next month, this one-day course is for people with no formal training as well as those wanting to refresh their knowledge. More?

esSouthern Manufacturing & Electronics, 11-13 February 2020
Southern Manufacturing & Electronics returns to Farnborough next month, with hundreds of exhibitors and dozens of seminar sessions. More?

peWebinar: How to create a safe human-robot workspace
This recorded webinar addresses the question of how to ensure safety in a human-robot working environment, as well as the pertinent standards. More?


kbKEB servo gear motor ensures safe use of mobile manipulator
RSH Automation has used a KEB Combivert servo drive to ensure safe and reliable motion when handling workpieces weighing up to one tonne. More?

pxIntelligent monitoring of surge protection systems
Phoenix Contact's new ImpulseCheck is the first intelligent assistance system for monitoring mains surge protection systems. More?

isIDS NXT ocean - unique all-in-one AI-based image processing
IDS now supplies everything you need for implementing AI-based image processing, making this a straightforward option even for non-experts. More?

Pilz UK machine safety training courses gain CPD accreditation
The City & Guilds and Certified Machinery Safety Expert (CMSE) training courses from Pilz UK are now accredited by the CPD Standards Office. More?


What was he thinking?
This week the Pointy-Haired Boss accuses Dilbert of failing to know what he was thinking, so Dogbert takes the case to the Court of Stupidity. More?

Jonathan Severn

Andrew Turner
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